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- The Test and Go and Sandbox programs have been removed and travelers may now enter under the No Quarantine program with fewer requirements.
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In this program, tourists will only need to be tested for COVID-19 when they arrive at their SHA+ or ASQ hotels and get a negative result. After getting a negative test result, the travelers will be allowed to travel to other parts of Thailand. A self-test ATK will be performed on the 5th Day in Thailand.
What is Thailand’s “Test and Go” Program?
The “Test and Go” program is, also sometimes referred to as “Exemption from Quarantine”, is one of the latest programs that Thailand’s government implemented to encourage travelers to visit Thailand.
The government has already recommenced the “Test and Go” program. Under the renewed program, tourists from all countries traveling to Thailand via air travel and who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 are eligible for this program.
What is the difference between Test & Go and Sandbox?
Under Thailand’s “Test and Go” program, tourists can travel all over Thailand after they’ve received a negative test result on their first COVID-19 test. However, on your fifth day, you must do a self-test ATK and report your test result on the Mor Chana mobile app.
For the Sandbox program, travelers are required to book a 7-night stay in a SHA+ Hotel and they will undergo 1 RT PCR test on Day 1 and ATK test on Day 5 before they are allowed to travel to other parts of Thailand. This program is only available in Phuket, Samui, and Pattaya.
If you are a fully vaccinated traveler, it is best to apply under the Test and Go Program.
What are the requirements for the Test and Go program?
You will need to meet some requirements to be eligible for the “Test and go” program. These requirements include the following:
- COVID-19 Travel Insurance: Your COVID-19 travel insurance policy coverage shouldn’t be less than US$ 20 000 for medical emergencies.
- A COVID-19 Recovery or Vaccination certificate. Keep in mind that any tourists younger than 18 years old won’t need this certification if they travel with a legal guardian or a parent.
- The Day 1 hotel confirmation letter confirmations that you’ve pre-paid for accommodation, airport transfer and RT-PCR test. The letter needs to be issued by one of the approved Alternative Quarantine (AQ) or SHA + Hotels.
- Flight reservation to Thailand. If your final destination is Phuket and Samui, you will be allowed to take a sealed domestic flights.
Packages for Test and Go Travelers
Since Thailand resumed the Test and Go program for tourists, a list of approved AQ and SHA+ Test and Go Hotels is provided to travelers.
Test and Go Hotel Bangkok
Below is a list of approved Test and Go hotels in Bangkok. The hotels include the following:
- Holiday Inn Express Bangkok Sukhumvit 11
- Carlton Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit
- The Continent Hotel Bangkok by Compass Hospitality
- The Salil Hotel Sukhumvit 57 – Thonglor
- Sinsuvarn Airport Suite
- Solitaire Bangkok Sukhumvit 11
- Arte Hotel
- The Sukosol
- Centre Point Silom River View Hotel
- Jasmine Resort Hotel
Test and Go Hotel Pattaya
Below is a list of approved test and go hotels located in Pattaya. The hotels include the following:
- Amari Pattaya
- Hotel J Residence
- The Green Park Resort
- Cholchan Pattaya Beach Resort
- Sunshine Vista Hotel
- Siam Bayshore Resort Pattaya
- Royal Cliff Beach Hotel
- J Inspired Hotel Pattaya
- Citrus Grande Hotel Pattaya
- Golden Tulip Pattaya Beach Resort
Test and Go Hotel Phuket
Below is a list of approved test and go hotels located in Pattaya. The hotels include the following:
- Crest Resort & Pool Villas
- Four Points by Sheraton Phuket
- Kalima Resort & Spa
- Hotel Indigo Phuket Patong
- The Nature Phuket
- Oceanfront Beach Resort
- The Lantern Resorts Patong
- The Senses Resort & Pool Villas Phuket
How to enter Thailand with the “Test and Go” program?
1. Apply for Thailand Pass
You apply for the Thailand Pass Test and Go Program 2022 via https://tp.consular.go.th/.
Remember that the processing time could take three to seven business days. So you’ll need to apply at least seven business days before you plan to travel to Thailand.
To apply for the Test and Go program, you must submit the necessary documents mentioned above.
You can upload the QR code of your vaccination documents to make the application process go a lot quicker.
The Thailand Pass will be sent to you by email. Make sure that you scan the QR code to know the validity of your Thailand Pass and check if your information is correct.
2. Get a pre-departure COVID-19 Test
The second step will involve going through the COVID 19 RT-PCR test and hopefully getting a negative test result within 72 hours of leaving for Thailand.
If you’ve had COVID-19 before your trip, you will need a medical certificate stating that you’ve recovered. The certificate will need to be dated between 14 to 90 days of your departure date.
Children younger than six years and traveling with their parents won’t need to undergo the pre-departure RT-PCR test.
Note: Starting April 1, 2022 this pre-departure COVID test will no longer be required.
3. When you arrive, do the 1st RT-PCR test
When tourists first arrive at the airport or their hotel or designated venue, they have to undergo the first RT-PCR test and wait for the result in their hotel room. Children and adults must be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival.
If the test is negative, you will be able to travel all over Thailand. You will also be able to take the second test on the fifth day of your trip. The second test will be an antigen rapid test.
However, if you test positive for COVID-19, officials will refer you for the necessary medical treatment. The tourists will be responsible for the medical expenses. In some cases, insurance policies might not pay for your isolation expenses.
4. On Day 5, do the 2nd COVID test (Antigen Rapid Test)
On the fifth day of your trip, tourists will need to go through the second COVID test which is an ATK test. Just like the first test, if you test negative for COVID-19, you will be allowed to travel anywhere in the country. If you test positive, you need to do a confirmatory RT PCR test to make sure you have been infected with COVID and receive the necessary medical treatment.
How to Follow Up on the Status of Thai Pass Application
Typically, the application process shouldn’t take three to seven business days. However, if this process takes longer than seven days, you can contact the Thailand Pass system via email or telephone. You will be able to send an email to the following addresses:
Siam Legal Visa and Thailand Pass Assistance
In case you are experiencing difficulty with the Thailand Pass system, you could also avail the professional services of Siam Legal International, a law firm in Thailand that will help you in your Thailand Pass registration and therefore make it easy for you to get to the Land of Smiles.
Package: 200 USD (Visa + Thailand Pass)
- Visa Consultation
- Extensive checklist of required documents
- Assistance in visa application (non-immigrant O marriage visa or 60-day tourist visa)
- Assistance in Thailand Pass application
- 2-3 weeks total processing time (Visa and Thailand Pass)
- Our offer is available in the US, UK and Canada visa applications only
Package: 100 USD (Thailand Pass only)
- Consultation with our Immigration Specialist
- Extensive checklist of required documents
- Assistance in Thailand Pass application (including Visa holders and Visa Exemption)
- 5 to 10 days processing time
- Available in eligible countries only
- Available for Thai and foreign nationals from any country
Top 20 Questions for Test and Go Thailand
Are there any check-in restrictions when exiting Thailand?
Unless stated otherwise by your airline, the only requirement to exit Thailand is to present your vaccination certificate or an ATK test result before boarding the flight. It is recommended to check with your airline to know the current entry requirements of your country of destination.
We are landing in Thailand but will visit Cambodia for a few days. Our flight home is via Bangkok. Will we need to apply for a new Thailand Pass even though not leaving the airport?
If your return flight from Cambodia is a direct transit (you do not pass through Passport Control), then you do not need to apply for a new Thailand Pass. You only need insurance and the pre-boarding COVID test.
If you must exit through Passport Control to board your new flight, you will need to apply for a new Thailand Pass and do a new Test & Go.
I am trying to use the MorChana App in my home country, but it is not working. What is the issue?
The MorChana application will only activate once you are in Thailand. You can download it before then, but it will not register any details or your Thai Pass QR code. You may ask your SHA+ hotel staff to assist you on how to navigate the app.
Can I land directly in Phuket, stay for 3 – 4 days, and then leave again?
Yes. If you land directly at Phuket International Airport under Test & Go you will do 1-night mandatory quarantine and then are free to travel for the rest of your stay. Since you are staying less than 5 days, you are not required to undergo an ATK test. However, you need to check the entry requirements of your next country of destination.
Do I need to print all my documents and Thailand Pass QR code for when I arrive in Thailand?
Yes. It is the best practice as you will present these documents to Immigration and Health Officers at the airport Passport and Health Control.
Why are the SHA+/AQ hotel packages more expensive than a normal hotel?
SHA+/AQ hotels include the cost of transport from the airport, RT-PCR testing, and transport to the hospital/isolation facility for cases where people test positive for Covid.
What documents do I need for a Thai Pass Test and Go application?
- Passport Copy – Scanned copy of passport profile page.
- Insurance Policy – Minimum cover of $10,000 USD. The insurance policy must be valid for the entire length of stay in Thailand.
- Vaccination certificate – Your vaccination certificate must be of an approved vaccine variety and you must have been vaccinated over 14 days prior to departure.
(Not required for children below 18 years old who are escorted by parents).
- Hotel reservation – SHA Extra+ / AQ for 1 day (Day 1) (1 RT-PCR test fee 1 ATK self-test kit and airport transfer included).
- Flight details
If you land at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi from an international flight, can you transfer to a domestic flight without leaving the airport and do your test and go to your final destination? Or do you have to do one at Bangkok accredited Hotel first?
Unless the flight is listed as a ‘sealed flight’, you cannot transit domestically. You must complete your Test & Go in Bangkok before traveling to your final destination. Please check with Thai Airways and Bangkok Airways for the new list of sealed flights to Phuket and Samui.
What does the term transit mean regarding Thailand Pass?
To transit in Thailand without needing a Thailand Pass, you must not pass through Passport Control but move directly from one flight to the next.
If you pass through Passport Control for ANY reason (to collect bags or check in on a new flight), you are required to have a Thailand Pass and follow Test & Go/ Alternate Quarantine procedures.
With Test & Go, you may travel around everywhere in Thailand after a negative test result. But with SANDBOX you have to stay in your hotel for 5 days. Why is that?
The Sandbox scheme was implemented before Test & Go was available in Phuket. If you are vaccinated and meet the requirements for Test & Go, there is no need to enter Thailand under the Sandbox scheme. The Test and Go program is a better option for those who are fully vaccinated.
For the vaccination certification – can we use a screenshot of the official Corona App from Germany which shows all the vaccinations or do we need an official printout of the vaccination certificates?
It is best practice to print a hard copy of all documents needed when applying for a Thailand Pass. You will present these documents to Passport Control on arrival. You can take a screenshot if all applicable details show, but it is better to present the screen or print the official certificate.
For the Thailand Pass application, yes a high-resolution screenshot will be accepted.
Can a tourist apply for Thailand Pass with only a fly-in ticket (1 way) without a fly-out ticket booked?
Yes. With Thailand Pass, you only need to provide details of your entry flight.
How do I extend my stay in Thailand if I have a Tourist Visa or visa exemption?
If you enter Thailand under visa exemption you can stay for 30 days.
A Tourist Visa allows you to stay in Thailand for 60 days.
Before the expiry date of your permit to stay, you can visit the local Thai Immigration Office and apply for a 30-day extension. The cost is 1900 Thai baht.
What is the Royal Thai Gazette?
The Royal Thai Government Gazette, frequently abbreviated to Government Gazette or Royal Gazette, is the public journal and newspaper of record of Thailand. Laws passed by the government generally come into force after publication in the Royal Gazette.
I have a family of 4. One child is under 6. Do I need to submit a separate Thai Pass application for each family member?
No. All travelers aged 18 years old or above must apply for Thailand Pass individually.
Children under the age of 18 do not need to register for the Thailand Pass on their own. Parents will add their children’s information to their Thailand Pass registration under the “Personal Information” section.
What do you do if you test positive at the hotel? Do you stay at the hotel to quarantine or do they move you and how long of a quarantine?
If you test positive with no history of COVID 19 infection, you will be sent to a hotel or hospital quarantine for up to 10 days.
If you test positive with a history of COVID infection, you will be sent to isolation in a hotel or hospital. Officials will review your infection history (medical certificate of recovery) It will depend on the case. The assessment will include your CT level, whether you are asymptomatic and how long ago you had COVID.
What are the rules for traveling to Thailand from the UK if unvaccinated?
IF you are not vaccinated, you must enter Thailand under the Alternative Quarantine scheme. You are required to quarantine in your room at an approved SHA+ hotel and cannot leave the room for 5 nights. You will do an RT-PCR test on Day 1 and Day 5.
I’m traveling on the 6th of April from Australia. I just got a message from Qantas saying I require a PCR within 72 hours. Is RT-PCR still required?
Because the April 1 changes have not come into effect yet, many airlines are still auto-generating correspondence. Check your airline after April 1.
I am applying for my Thailand Pass and am unsure what scheme to choose. What are the different schemes?
Test & Go – allows vaccinated visitors to enter Thailand without the mandatory quarantine
Visitors enter Thailand and stay 1 night at an approved SHA Extra+ / AQ hotel where they undergo a Day 1 RT-PCR test. If the test shows a negative result, visitors are free to travel anywhere in Thailand. They will be issued with an ATK self-test, which they will conduct on Day 5, and submit the result via the channel as instructed by the Ministry of Public Health.
Sandbox – is a scheme that allows vaccinated foreign travelers to visit Thailand without having to undergo mandatory room quarantine. Travelers will undergo 1 night of quarantine at an SHA Extra+ / AQ hotel and undergo an RT-PCR Test. An ATK self-test will be conducted on Day 5.
Under the Phuket Sandbox program, travelers must stay in their Sandbox province for at least 7 nights before being free to travel anywhere in Thailand.
Alternate Quarantine – If you have not been vaccinated, you are required to enter Thailand under the 10-day Alternate Quarantine Scheme. You will isolate yourself in your hotel and do an RT-PCR test on Day 1 and Day 5. You cannot leave the room during the 10 days.
Test and Go, and Sandbox schemes are not available for non-vaccinated visitors.
My Thai Pass has been approved. What do I do now?
Once your Thailand Pass is approved, you will receive an email with your Thailand Pass QR code, ID number, and further details.
Compile your travel documents to be presented on arrival. It is recommended that you print 2 copies of all documents in case a document is kept by an airport officer.
Print a copy of your QR code for arrival in case there is an issue with your phone when arriving.