As a follow-up to my earlier article about entering Thailand under the Test&Go system, I want to quickly update readers on the procedure for the second PCR Test required to be released from the T&G scheme.
My arrival was facilitated in combination with a SHA+ booking package at the Grand Hyatt Bangkok and their testing part at MedPark Hospital and everything was extremely well organized but it won’t include the second (free) PCR test at the same facility.
Unfortunately, the follow-up for the newly required second test proved itself to be difficult as none of the hospitals on the government-provided list in Bangkok had appointments available or offered walk-in’s to facilitate the “free” PCR test prescribed by the Thai Ministry of Health.
You can read more about my entry experience under Test&Go here:
Today is the sixth day since entering so I wanted to get the second test out of the way. The Grand Hyatt Concierge researched the new list and recommended the PIYAVATE Hospital to me which also provides an online appointment system.
You can access the appointment link for the Piyavate Hospital here.
Appointments require a two-day advance notice so it’s best to take care of it early on. I had my reservations about this facility but some of the readers reported a decent experience with this hospital. Maybe I worry too much these days.
Either way, it’s right nearby Bangkok Hospital which claimed to have no appointments at all available to provide the free test.
The tests are not provided inside the hospital but outdoors behind a parking lot. after the taxi or Grab drops you off it’s easy to follow the signs:
Another sign outlines the required documents IN THAI. It also says that no walk-ins are entertained and that an appointment is required:
Bring your passport and the pink slip you received during entry at the airport:
The test will then be administered at another open-air station and you can go home, wait for the result which is available through the link in your confirmation email within 12 hours. Fingers crossed!
The result has to be uploaded in the MorChana App or forwarded to your Test&Go hotel if you need any support with the transmission. You should contact the hotel for this in case there are any further questions as it seems like each facility handles it slightly differently.
The process of getting the second PCR Test administered was rather easy and the location of the Piyavate Hospital is convenient if you avoid the peak traffic times. I made an appointment for 10:50am and getting there was a quick affair.
Mind you, the experience will definitely vary depending on what area in Thailand you’re facilitating this process. Some readers have commented that it’s even easier in the rural areas and you can even do walk-in at the listed hospitals. With the window for these tests being just 3 days apart, I’d prefer the safety net of an appointment though.