The Thai government has announced that it will stop allowing quarantine-free travel to Thailand through the so called “Test and Go” program, in light of the global spread of omicron, the highly infectious COVID-19 variant.
The now suspended “Test & Go” program, launched in November, applied to fully vaccinated travelers from 63 countries (with low infection rates) as part of the Thailand’s efforts to revive the tourism sector.
However the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed that foreign visitors can still gain entry into Thailand under the Phuket Sandbox scheme and by using Alternative Quarantine (AQ) services.
The country will continue to accept Thailand Pass applications for visits with quarantine, or arrivals through the Phuket Sandbox, with registrations required at least one week prior to travel.
Some 200,000 people had already been approved prior to the announcement and will be permitted entry under the Test & Go scheme, but must get tested twice using the RT-PCR method, first on arrival and again on the seventh day of their trip. The costs for both tests will be covered by the Thai government.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), the following new measures will apply for all applicants to Thailand Pass:
- Applicants who have already received their Thailand Pass QR Code can enter Thailand under the scheme…