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Thailand Significantly Eases Entry Requirements and Ends ‘Test and Go’ Program

Thailand has taken a monumental step back to normality as the nation eases entry COVID-19 entry requirements. Despite reopening for tourism in 2020—albeit with the controversial Sandbox Schemes—Thailand’s entry requirements have remained strict, especially compared with Western nations. 

Thailand hopes easing entry requirements will attract more tourists back to the nation.

In 2019, 39,797,406 tourists visited the country; however, Thailand’s strict COVID-19 restrictions saw that number drop below 500,000 in 2021, causing significant damage to Thailand’s economy. 

Thailand’s New Entry Requirements For Tourists 

From May 1, fully vaccinated tourists can enter Thailand without any further tests or quarantine, according to Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA). However, visitors will require health insurance that covers $10,000 of medical expenses during their stay in Thailand. 

The news means fully vaccinated tourists no longer need to reserve one-night hotel accommodation to secure their visas. Travelers will still need to apply for the Thailand Pass with their proof of vaccination. Thailand accepts all vaccines approved by the Ministry of Public Health.

To summarize, if you’re vaccinated:

  • No pre-departure or arrival tests
  • No need to pre-book a hotel on your first night
  • A self-test post-arrival is only to be done if you are having symptoms
  • The travel health insurance coverage amount lowered to $10k

Unvaccinated tourists, however, will still need to provide evidence of a negative test result taken within 72 hours of departure for Thailand or complete five days of hotel quarantine and take a test. Travelers only need to take antigen tests if they have COVID-19 symptoms.

To summarize, if you’re unvaccinated:

  • No pre-departure or arrival tests
  • Yes, booking a hotel for your first 5 nights is still required
  • Yes, PCR test is needed on Day 5

CCSA spokesman, Taweesilp Visanuyothin, said: “Looking back to the first three months of this year, we see the numbers of infected international tourists entering the kingdom keep falling,”

“As a result, we considered the plan to open up a little bit more to welcome international tourists and finally approved the easing measure,” he added. 

Currently, visitors—regardless of their vaccination status—must take PCR tests upon entry and undergo overnight quarantine at a hotel until they obtain their results.

As a result, if travelers test positive on arrival, they have to undergo a lengthy quarantine period—which will ruin their vacation, especially if they’re visiting for under three weeks. 

If travelers test negative for COVID-19, they are free to explore Thailand after their one night in hotel quarantine. However—from May 1—fully vaccinated travelers no longer need to worry about testing. It’s the first time tourists can freely enter Thailand since March 2020; it’s the news millions have been waiting for.

Internal COVID-19 Restrictions Within Thailand 

Although Thailand is easing entry requirements next month, an emergency decree remains nationwide.

The emergency decree states all travelers must not:

  • Hoard essential goods 
  • Attend public gatherings 
  • Propagate false information 
  • Enter high-risk areas 

All travelers, regardless of their vaccination status, must wear masks in all indoor and outdoor public spaces within Thailand. The Thai authorities may fine you if you don’t wear a mask.

Thailand is still operating various disease control measures at national and local levels, including a color rating for each of Thailand’s 76 provinces based on COVID-19 case numbers. Therefore, restrictions may vary depending on the province. 

Restrictions may include:

  • Closures of shops 
  • Restrictions on dining in restaurants 
  • Restrictions on large gatherings 

Although hotels and private accommodation are open nationwide, most hotels will request your temperature on arrival and ask for your recent travel history. 

For many European and U.S. visitors, traveling to Thailand will feel much more restricted than in the West, which has largely decided to live with COVID-19. 

Koh Samui Beach

The COVID-19 Situation In Thailand 

Due to strict COVID-19 rules, Thailand kept the virus out throughout 2020. However, the emergence of more transmissible variants—such as the Delta variant—pierced Thailand’s strict border measures, causing massive waves of COVID-19 throughout 2021. 

The current 7-day case average is 19,249. Thailand has recorded 4.13 million COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began, including an unfortunate 27,520 deaths. 

Final Thoughts 

Thailand is one of the world’s most popular travel destinations. Strict travel restrictions, however, have prevented millions of tourists—especially U.S. and European tourists—from visiting. 

Without testing requirements, traveling to Thailand will feel completely different. 

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seb

Saturday 23rd of April 2022

"Unvaccinated tourists, however, will still need to provide evidence of a negative test result taken within 72 hours of departure for Thailand or complete five days of hotel quarantine and take a test. Travelers only need to take antigen tests if they have COVID-19 symptoms.

To summarize, if you’re unvaccinated:

No pre-departure or arrival tests Yes, booking a hotel for your first 5 nights is still required Yes, PCR test is needed on Day 5"

In the first paragraph it says "or" in the second it says booking 5 nights is still required. So do i need now to quarantine as an unvaxxed person?

Elan

Saturday 23rd of April 2022

@seb, Thank you, I have the same question.

Christian

Friday 22nd of April 2022

I have banned Thailand for the next 20 years. I don’t care about their weekly Covid rules.

Timon

Friday 22nd of April 2022

Thailands real virus is the Junta. Everything following the Kings death in 2016 turned sour.

Mark

Friday 22nd of April 2022

So to enter Thailand if im unvaccinated can I skip quarantine with a pcr test?

Let's talk about health

Friday 22nd of April 2022

@Mark, I am confused, why are you asking this? All travellers, regardless of their vaccination status, must wear masks in all indoor and outdoor public spaces within Thailand. The Thai authorities may fine you if you don’t wear a mask.

I truly can not understand, why would some pay money and feel that constant pressure to wear a useless mask in 30c. It is mind-boggling, total dystopia.

Brie

Friday 22nd of April 2022

Having to wear a mask outside otherwise get fined by corrupt police and deal with a majority who doesn't question such measures in a country that discriminates against those who chose to not partake in a risky medical treatment that doesn't even stop COVID does not sound back to normal to me.

Thailand honestly believes they are the center of the world for tourism and millions are ready to rush back there at the snap of a finger but that isn't true. Tourists have found way better spots that don't have 2 tiered pricing, a curfew at midnight and ridiculous covid requirements.

Goodbye thailand, it was nice knowing you.

Igor

Saturday 23rd of April 2022

@Brie, totally agree, countries like these follow the chinese dystopia, wearing a piece of coffee filter in the face, specialy outdoors is really ridiculous. ANd in a country with so much hot and humidity. I just calculated their covid death rate and it's 0,01%, it's really ridiculous. WOuld love to know how much poverty and sickness and crime and death occured in the last 2 years, when you have so much people depending on turism, with 40 million tourist every year and then, pufff, you have 500.000 in 2021, 80 times less. It's really a madness that insists not ending..!