As expected and previously announced, travelers who wish to enter Thailand under the Test&Go scheme can now apply for an appropriate Thailand Pass once again as the system has reopened effective today, February 1, 2022.
Last month, Thailand has decided to reboot their Test&Go program that allows quarantine free entry for fully vaccinated and PCR tested travelers but with some – now updated – modifications to the original model that was suspended for new applications since December 22nd.
The new version of the program and entry requirements is slightly different, especially in the way that a second PCR Test on Day 5 is now mandatory and requires another (nonsensical) quarantine stay on that day for the time period between testing and getting the result.
You can access the Thailand Pass registration website here.
As condition for Test&Go travelers must:
- Travel from a port of departure in any country / territory
- Exempted from quarantine after testing negative for COVID-19 (RT-PCR) after arrival in Thailand, but must undergo 2nd RT-PCR test on Day 5 at pre-booked SHA Extra+/AQ hotel
- Fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no less than 14 days before travelling
- Booking on approved SHA Extra+ or AQ hotel for 2 days (Day 1 and Day 5)
- Obtain a negative COVID-19 test result (RT-PCR), issued within 72 hours before travelling
- RT-PCR result must be negative or not detected
- If RT-PCR result is positive or detected then a recovery certificate or proof of covid recovery for at least 14 days before travelling but less than 90 days from the first date of detection is required
The following documents are needed:
- Passport and Thai Visa (if required)
Certificate of Vaccination
Insurance with minimum coverage of 50,000 USD
Paid AQ / SHA Extra+ hotel reservation confirmation
Paid AQ / SHA Extra+ hotel reservation confirmation for 2 days (Day 1 and Day 5, and the booking must include 2 RT-PCR tests fee and airport transfer for Day 1)
- If you plan to stay in Thailand for less than 5 days (including departing on Day 5), only the hotel booking for Day 1 (including 1 RT-PCR test fee and airport transfer) and flight document indicating your date of departure are required
Most approved hotels in Bangkok offer a variety of packages or individual nights with the option to mix and match. I’ve seen prices for the entire five days between 16,000 (Courtyard) -25,000 Baht (Hyatt Regency).
I talked to one hotel and they mentioned that a limousine transfer isn’t needed for the day five test. You’d just find your way back to the hotel following the test appointment, possibly in combination with a rather long walk through the park so that by the time you reach the hotel your test results are already out.
I have documented my experience entering Thailand under the old conditions for applicants who received their Test&Go ThailandPass code before December 22, 2021:
And the follow-up PCR Test at a designated hospital without any quarantine requirement:
When I went through this process I was positively surprised about the efficiency and ease of the steps required from arrival to eventual release from the scheme following the second test.
At least the system is now online again even though I’m still not a fan of the Day 5 mandatory test. Those who stay a shorter amount of time including most business travelers won’t have to deal with that though.
The Test&Go arrival option is now available again after applicationg were paused for a good 6 weeks. You can now get the Thailand Pass once again by selecting one of the three options which include Test&Go, Sandbox or traditional quarantine in case the traveler isn’t vaccinated as per Thailands interpretation of it.
Keep in mind, that your own country might have a different interpretation of “fully vaccinated” than Thailand does including this whole booster shot situation. As of now Thailand doesn’t require any booster doses and they also fully accept the single J&J shot. I always recommend to check out your home countries requirements after returning from Thailand as well to have all the facts ready before planning a trip.