Over the last week I’ve checked the SHA+ hotel directory daily and today the first 49 hotels were listed as certified for Bangkok where arrivals have to stay for one night while waiting for the PCR test result.
This is the first selection of hotels travelers can choose from in preparation for their trip to Thailand under the new arrangement of quarantine free travel which we reported about.
From November 1, 2021 it will be possible to arrive in Bangkok and other areas of the country, taking a RT-PCR test on day one and then wait at the reserved SHA+ hotel until the test results arrive.
It was expected that around 300 hotels would join and I have no doubt eventually they will but to certify and list all of them under the SHA+ hygiene concept takes a bit of time.
You can access the SHA Certification website here to look over the entire list.
These are the first properties [Edit: 49 have been added by the end of today, OCT 25th]:
It includes one of my favorite hotels in the city, the very large Marriott Marquis Queens Park that has two towers and is located in the Phrom Pong (Sukhumvit) area of the city.
Right now no packages are being offered online. I have contacted the Marriott QP to ask about how these new arrangements can be booked and how the flow is going to be and this was their detailed reply:
1. If you are travelling from one of the 46 countries mentioned above, then Plan #1 “Test & Go” applies with the following details:
· Required to be fully vaccinated and completed at least 14 days prior to arrival at the Kingdom of Thailand
· Required to have a negative RT-PCR test no more than 72 hours before departure from your country
· Required to have a booking confirmation and receipt from a hotel with an official SHA+ certification for one night or more. Please note that you have to book a pre-pay non-refundable rate, which are available on https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/bkkqp-bangkok-marriott-marquis-queens-park/ to be able to apply for this process.
· Required to have a personal insurance coverage of US$ 50,000 net.
· Required to submit all required documents via www.tp.consular.go.th prior to travel. You will get the “Thailand Pass QR Code” once the request is approved.
· Then you can travel to Thailand and after that the process will continue as follows:
o Upon arrival go through customs process with required documents.
o Transfer must be by our hotel limousine only straight to the hotel without any stops. To book the limousine please send an email with your flight details to firstname.lastname@example.org
o Required to stay at a SHA+ hotel for a minimum of 1 night.
o At the hotel, upon arrival you will have to undergo another RT-PCR test, which is chargeable at THB 2,000 Baht per person.
o You are required to stay in your room until you receive your test results. Upon check-in you will have to download the Mor-Chana application through which you will receive the results.
o If the results are negative, you are free to leave the hotel and travel in Thailand. On day 6/7 you are required to do an ATK test and upload the results on the Mor-Chana application.
o Should the test after arrival at the SHA+ hotel be positive, you will be picked up by our partner hospital at your own cost.
It’s good to have first hand information from a property rather than one of the many news from various agencies that always seem to vary a bit.
There is also a clarification about the RT-PCR test requirement that will apparently take place at the hotel upon arrival and comes at a 2000 Baht fee which is rather reasonable in local and international comparison.
What I had not read anywhere else before is that on day 6/7 you are required to do an ATK test and upload the result into the app.
Either way this is the process of one hotel that is currently bookable and I’d imagine that it will run in a similar fashion at the other properties as well. I’ve stayed at the Marriott Queens Park many times, it’s comfortable with a good location and I can definitely recommend it.
Here are some Thailand reopening related articles I wrote up in the past week:
Thailand Plus Application (not live yet as of OCT 25)
E-Visa System Now Available
The SHA+ certifications first started in Phuket and Samui for the Sandbox models and have then been adopted by the the new system as well.
The first SHA+ hotels are now available for reservations in the Bangkok Metropolitan area for travelers to prepare for their quarantine free arrival in Thailand under the new program that starts November 1, 2021.
All in all the process of reopening the country to international tourism is well underway. No doubt this will be refined over the coming months but it’s as good as it gets right now. It’s rather amazing how much interest and demand there is from our readers to return to this destination. Of course with almost all of Asia still closed to international tourism the choices are slim for those who wish to travel to the region.