Thailand reopening is happening with the launch of the test and go rule. According to the latest update from TAT (Tourism Authority of Thailand), travellers can arrive in Thailand by air, land, and water as long as they have prepaid accommodation reduced to 1 night and the COVID-19 tests revised to 1 RT-PCR and 1 self-ATK. The health insurance coverage has also been reduced to at least US$20,000.
Eligible travellers and countries
- For arrivals by air and water: Fully vaccinated Thai citizens and foreign travellers from all countries/territories.
- For arrivals by land: Fully vaccinated Thai citizens and foreign travellers from neighbouring countries which have connection with the reopened border checkpoints (Nong Khai, Udon Thani, and Songkhla).
This will take effect from 1 March, 2022, and will also apply to travellers who have applied/obtained the Thailand TEST and GO Pass or Certificate of Entry with scheduled arrivals from this date.
Means of transportation
- By air (direct international flight or transit domestically via dedicated flights)
- By land (at the border checkpoints in Nong Khai, Udon Thani, and Songkhla)
- By water (yachts)
All travellers are required to have below documents for entering Thailand:
- A Thailand Pass for air and land arrival cases: register here.
or a Certificate of Entry for water arrival cases: register via a Royal Thai Embassy/Consulate-General.
- A Medical Certificate with a negative RT-PCR lab result issued no more than 72 hours before travelling.
- Travellers under 6 years of age are not required to have a pre-arrival negative RT-PCR test result IF travelling with parents who have negative RT-PCR test result within 72 hours before travelling. However, they can undergo a saliva test when entering Thailand.
- For arrivals by water, everyone on board the vessels must have a medical certificate with a negative RT-PCR lab result within the officially specified time frame. Anyone on aboard with a history of COVID-19 infection within a period between 14-90 days must have a medical certificate of recovery.
- An insurance policy with coverage no less than US$20,000.
(Thais and foreign expatriates under Thailand’s national healthcare coverage are exempt from this requirement).
It’s recommended that travellers check carefully important parts of any COVID-19 insurance contract prior to buying. At last, the contract should take care of the expense of therapy and other clinical costs related with being contaminated with COVID-19, including in-patient hospitalisation, hospital isolation, hotel isolation or related quarantine. The insurance contract ought to likewise cover the entire span that travellers are intending to remain in Thailand, in addition to at least additional 10 days as a precautionary measure if travellers have a positive second swab test result.
- A proof of prepayment for 1 night of accommodation at government-approved hotels; such as: SHA Extra Plus (SHA++) on Day 1, which should also include the expenses for 1 RT-PCR test on Day 1 and 1 Antigen Self-Test Kit (self-ATK) on Day 5.
- A Certificate of COVID-19 Vaccination/Recovery
- Everyone 18 years of age and older must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 with an approved vaccine at least 14 days before travelling to Thailand.
- Travellers 12-17 years of age travelling to Thailand unaccompanied must get vaccinated with at least 1 dose of an approved vaccine. Those travelling with parents are exempt from this requirement.
- Travellers 6-11 years of age, travelling with parents, are exempt from this requirement.
- For arrivals by water, everyone on board must be fully vaccinated. This is except for travellers under 18 years of age, travelling with parents or guardians.
- Travellers with a history of COVID-19 infection who have recovered by medical treatment, and travellers who have received at least 1 dose of an approved vaccine after post-infection must have a certificate of COVID-19 recovery.
According to the new Thailand test and go program, all travellers must go through ‘exit screening’ at the point of departure, i.e., at the airline check-in counter and present the required documents to the person-in-charge to carry out the checks.
Thailand Entry Requirements / During the Stay
- All travellers must undergo entry screening including body temperature check, and presenting the required documents to the Immigration/Health Control officer to carry out the checks.
- Arrivals by air:
- Arrivals on a direct flight to Thailand’s international airport: At the point of entry.
- Arrivals with domestic connecting flights: At either the first point of entry before boarding the transit flight, or at the final airport.
- Arrivals by land and water: at the point of entry.
- Arrivals by air:
- Proceed to the prearranged accommodation or medical facility to undergo the Day 1 RT-PCR test.
*Travellers under 6 years of age, travelling with parents, can have a saliva test.
- Arrivals by air and land: The trip must be by a prearranged vehicle on a sealed route within a travelling time of no longer than 5 hours. Then, all travellers must wait for the test result within the hotel only.
- Arrivals by water: All travellers must wait for the test result on board the travelling vessel (yacht).
- Travellers whose test result returns as negative are free to go anywhere in Thailand, but will be provided with 1 Antigen Self-Test Kit for a self-test on Day 5 and be required to report/record the result via the MorChana application or another specified application.
- Travellers whose test result returns as positive will be referred for appropriate medical treatment in accordance with Thailand’s Communicable Diseases Act B.E. 2558 (2015). The expenses must be covered by the required insurance / own expense for foreign travellers, or national healthcare coverage for Thais and eligible foreign expatriates.
- Pending on their conditions, they may be medically advised to receive treatment in either hospital hotel isolation or community isolation.
- During receiving the medical treatment – at least 10 days, they must remain in their accommodation only. They should not leave their accommodation unless utmost necessary, and must notify the Communicable Disease Control officer in-charge.
- After having recovered from COVID-19, they will receive a medical certificate of recovery.
- While in Thailand, travellers are advised to strictly follow standard, good personal hygiene practices; such as, wear a mask in public, maintain hand hygiene (washing with soap and water or using hand sanitizer), and keep physical distance of at least 1 metre from others.
- Travellers who are experiencing COVID-like symptoms should get tested. If testing positive they must get appropriate medical treatment.
- All travellers must download and install the MorChana application, and set it on at all times for the COVID-19 precautionary measures and to record the self-ATK result on Day 5 in the application.
- The self-ATK on Day 5 will not be required if the traveller’s length of stay is less than 5 nights, or his/her scheduled international departure date out of Thailand is on Day 5 or before. For example, if the traveller plans to stay in Thailand for 3 days, then he/she does not have to report the self-ATK result, but he/she must leave for another country immediately. However, the traveller may be required to take another test depending on the airline and the final international destination.
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Guidelines for Domestic/International Departure
- For domestic departure, travellers must hand in a negative result for their Day 1 RT-PCR test.
- For international departure, it is the responsibility of travellers or their organisations to make sure that the travellers meet the requirements of their specific international destination regardless of the point of departure.
That’s the main points for the Thailand test and go rule 2022. Although we will try our best to keep you posted on this entry requirements, please use this information as a reference and regularly check for the official update from TAT (Tourism Authority of Thailand).