Thailand’s quarantine exemption program known as Test & Go, which is part of the larger process of reopening the borders through the “Thailand Pass,” will reopen on February 1, after being suspended since December 21.
Starting at 9 a.m. on Feb. 1, fully vaccinated travelers from any country can apply for a QR code for the Thailand Pass to enter the country (almost) quarantine-free, with a few changes since the initial launch of the program in November.
Here are the main changes as clarified at a CCSA meeting:
Registration for entry with the Thailand Pass program’s Test & Go is reopened, previously approved applications have not been cancelled
People who had previously approved with a Thailand Pass QR code to enter the country under the Test & Go program were able to enter normally under the conditions for which they had registered. Travelers must book an overnight stay at an approved hotel while awaiting the results of their RT-PCR test upon arrival. Recently, an additional RT-PCR test has been required for travelers.
To request a Thailand Pass QR code, visit https://tp.consular.go.th/. There is no charge to enroll in Test & Go, Sandbox programs or the full quarantine option.
Two RT-PCR tests are now required; new applicants must pay for both.
Due to the emergence of the Omicron variant and the fact that some Test & Go travelers tested positive after arrival, the Thai government has decided to require two RT-PCR tests, one performed upon arrival (Day 1) and the other on Day 5.
People with a Thailand Pass QR code issued before February 1 can perform the second RT-PCR test free of charge at a government-approved facility.
Those applying for a Thailand Pass QR code after registration reopens will have to pay for both RT-PCR tests, which can cost between 2,000 and 4,000 baht. On the fifth day, travelers will again need to book a stay at a hotel approved by the Safety and Health Administration while awaiting their test results. This hotel does not have to be the same as the one on the first day and can be in any province.
Thus, the Test & Go program gives you much more freedom to travel and move around, unlike the Sandbox programs where you have to spend seven full days in a particular area or province (although you can move around freely for the first seven days).
CCSA is also in contact with Thai insurance companies to provide additional coverage for asymptomatic cases.
Vaccinated, but recently cured of Covid-19
People who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19, but have recently been infected and still test positive for the virus, can still enter the country under the Test & Go program. Travelers must have a certificate from a health care provider stating that they have recovered from Covid-19 between the last 14 and 90 days. If the traveler tests positive upon arrival, they may present their certificate of recovery but may need to be examined by a health care professional.