Thailand Travel Updates: Thailand Dropped COVID Test Requirements; Entry Requirements for Vaccinated and Unvaccinated Travelers

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Thailand Travel Updates for May 13

Thailand Travel Updates as of May 13, 2022

Thailand Dropped COVID Test Requirements for Vaccinated Travelers

Thailand is amongst the first few countries in Southeast Asia that have allowed entry by international travelers under various schemes. Despite the attempt to relax the conditions, the number of visitors is still not as high as expected since many tourists may find the Test & Go scheme and other requirements to be cumbersome.

With the country recovering from the pandemic, the government has further eased the requirements and implemented new entry regulations to attract more tourists.

Since May 1, 2022, visitors entering the Kingdom no longer need to undergo the Test & Go scheme allowing fully vaccinated visitors to enjoy quarantine-free arrivals with no testing. Though registration on Thailand Pass is still mandatory, the process is now much simpler and faster.

What has changed?

Given the removal of the Test & Go scheme, vaccinated tourists are not required to go through any tests (pre-arrival and on-arrival) nor endure a period of quarantine. Visitors are urged to perform ATK (Antigen Test Kit) self-test and monitor their conditions during their stay in Thailand, though not compulsory.

In cases of unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers, if the negative RT-PCR test result, taken within 72 hours before departure is provided during the Thailand Pass application, they will also be able to enter the country without having to undergo on-arrival tests or quarantine. On the other hand, if the RT-PCR test is not provided for any reason, they will be required to book accommodation at an Alternative Quarantine hotel for 5 days, including an RT-PCR test.

In addition, the newly implemented regulation lowered COVID insurance coverage from USD 20,000 to USD 10,000. With this insurance reduction and the removal of SHA+ hotel stay, visitors can save their travel expenses by a considerable sum.

However, all Thai and foreign visitors must still register via Thailand Pass website and upload the required documents based on their vaccination status. This normally takes a couple of hours up to 48 hours to get approved.

These changes mark a significant milestone for easing Thailand’s entry requirements.

Vaccinated Travelers

What does it mean to be considered ‘vaccinated’?

  • Minimum 2 doses of vaccine approved by Thai FDA including Sinovac, AstraZeneca, Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, Sinopharm, Johnson & Johnson, Sputnik, Covaxin, Novavax and Medigen
  • Must be fully vaccinated at least 14 days before departure to Thailand.

The following are required:

  • Registration via Thailand Pass website with the following documents:
    • A valid passport and
    • Proof of insurance coverage of a minimum of USD 10,000 (Thais and expats covered under Thailand’s healthcare system are exempted.)
    • A certificate of COVID-19 vaccination
      • Children aged 5-17 who are traveling by themselves must be vaccinated at least 1 dose for a minimum of 14 days prior to departure.
      • Children below 18 years of age who are traveling with their parents must be included in their parents Thailand Pass application.
      • Adult travelers with a history of COVID infection who received at least 1 dose of vaccine after the infection must present the evidence of recovery to be considered as fully vaccinated.

Once arrived in Thailand, all travelers will undergo basic screening procedures including providing necessary documents and body temperature check. Then, vaccinated travelers will be allowed to travel anywhere in the Kingdom.

Unvaccinated Travelers with Proof of Negative RT-PCR Test Result

Unvaccinated adult travelers who upload evidence of negative RT-PCR test issued within 72 hours pre-travel are permitted to enter Thailand with the same scheme as vaccinated travelers. On-arrival tests and quarantine are not required.

The followings are required:

  • Registration via Thailand Pass website with the following documents::
    • A valid passport
    • Proof of insurance coverage of a minimum of USD 10,000 (Thais and expats covered under Thailand’s healthcare system are exempted.)
    • COVID-19 RT-PCR test result issued within 72 hours prior to departure

In the case of unvaccinated travelers who have already been approved for Thailand Pass under the AQ scheme, but want to be exempted from quarantine, they must re-apply for Thailand Pass based on the new measures.

Unvaccinated Travelers for Alternative Quarantine

For those who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated and cannot provide proof of a negative RT-PCR test performed within 72 hours prior to traveling, a 5-day Quarantine is still mandatory.

The following are required:

  • Registration via Thailand Pass website with the following documents:
    • A valid passport
    • Proof of insurance coverage of a minimum of USD 10,000 (Thais and expats covered under Thailand’s healthcare system are exempted.)
    • A 5-day booking confirmation at an Alternative Quarantine (AQ) hotel including an RT-PCR test.
    • Must undergo the test on Day 4-5 during the quarantine

Travelers with negative test results can freely travel within Thailand after the quarantine period. If the result appears positive, they must receive medical treatment with expenses covered by the purchased COVID insurance.

Important Points to note:

  • Travelers whose Thailand Pass applications have been approved and have received the QR code do not need to re-apply for the new Thai Pass. They will be able to enter Thailand under these new measures after May 1. Travelers can request a refund from the hotels directly.
  • Despite the ‘no-test’ scheme for entering Thailand, travelers are advised to check with the airline regarding their COVID vaccination/test policies.
  • When traveling around Thailand, it is still compulsory for everyone to wear a facemask in public at this point.

This easing of entry procedures is expected to help revive Thailand’s tourism industry regardless of the low season. There has been news about the possibility of eliminating the Thailand Pass which will further ease the travel restrictions. Nonetheless, the proposal is subject to the COVID infection rate in the country and the related authority’s decision.

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You may use your own health insurance or purchase insurance from your own country, however, for the best COVID insurance for the Thailand Pass it is recommended to purchase from an insurance company in Thailand such as AXA Insurance Thailand to make sure that you meet the requirement in obtaining the Thailand Pass successfully.

  • Your certificate of insurance will expressly state that it covers up to 20,000 USD medical expenses including COVID-19. It will also state that the certificate is issued for the purpose of the Thailand Pass application.
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  • Your insurance letter or certificate will also contain the policy number and date of effectivity or start date.
  • The AXA Insurance policy must be effective before or on the date of arrival and during your entire length of stay.

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