Thailand to end all testing for international arrivals

The tourism-reliant nation joins other Asian countries in ending travel testing for vaccinated visitors.

By David Flynn, April 23 2022
Thailand to end all testing for international arrivals

Thailand will drop all Covid testing for vaccinated visitors from May 1, bringing travel and tourism standards closer to the pre-pandemic era.

The move mirrors a similar announcement by Singapore which takes effect from April 26.

International travellers who are fully vaccinated will no longer be required to undertake a pre-arrival test or undergo a test upon arrival after May 1, with the Test & Go program also scrapped.

However, they will still have to apply for a Thailand Pass in advance of their trip (although that online process has also been simplified) and hold travel insurance with a minimum US$10,000 coverage (previously set at US$20,000), inclusive of Covid-19 protection.

While they will be encouraged to self-test using rapid antigen kits during their stay, that’s not a must-do.

Many countries are relaxing travel restrictions significantly and our country depends considerably on tourism to support our economy," Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said on Friday.

Under a roadmap laid out by the nation’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration, the Thailand Pass will also be retired by June 1: and with no tests or forms, visiting Thailand in June 2022 could be largely like it was in June 2019.

Thailand has experimented with several visa, quarantine and tourism programs over the past two years – including a plan to turn golf resorts into quarantine centres where tourists could play away their mandatory isolation period – to support a sector that contributed about one-fifth of GDP before the pandemic, with 40 million foreign tourists generating more than USD60 billion in 2019.

While Thailand began gradually easing border controls from November last year, strict Covid testing rules and cumbersome documentation for entry deterred visitors.

Foreign tourist arrivals jumped to 497,693 in the first quarter of this year, up from 20,172 a year earlier when the country was mostly shut to visitors. But it’s still a far cry from the pre-Covid era.

The tourism outlook still remains tentative with 4 to 5 million visitors expected this year, suggests Tim Leelahaphan, a Bangkok-based economist at Standard Chartered.

Additional reporting by Bloomberg

13 May 2016

Total posts 41

Great news I will be there in July

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

25 May 2012

Total posts 583

Test & Go is shambolic. I recently made two applications against two different SHA hotels (both booked using cancellable rates), and have now cancelled one of the bookings, yet both Test & Go QR codes are still active.

I've also heard stories of PCR tests coming back fraudulently positive, resulting in 7-days quarantine at your Day 1 hotel, which conflict with several subsequent self administered RAT tests.

The sooner Test & Go is scrapped the better.

24 Feb 2012

Total posts 59

Not sure on other people but my experience was seamless. My original flight got cancelled and the hotel was more than happy to amend the booking. I tend to agree that the sooner it’s gone the better but I had no issues whatsoever

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

05 May 2017

Total posts 14

Was there last month on test and go, no problems at all.  Stayed at Novotel airport hotel, had my result back 4 hours after test which was evening anyway so was free to go out the next morning.

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