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The Thailand Pass is temporarily suspended until further notice for all new TEST & GO applications.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to provide an update on the latest announcement published on 22 December, 2021 in the Royal Thai Government Gazette that officially orders a temporary suspension of the Thailand Pass for all new applications under the Exemption from Quarantine (TEST & GO) entry scheme, effective from 22 December, 2021.

 

Protocol for TEST&GO travelers who have obtained their Thailand Pass QR code before 22 December, 2021, with scheduled arrival dates in Thailand from 24 December, 2021, onwards.

  1. Travelers must complete the TM6 Immigration Form (while on the plane).
  2. Upon arrival in the airport’s terminal, travelers must complete and sign the Quarantine Form before proceeding to the Health Control screening point. Children under 12 years of age can use the same form as their parents/guardians. *Soon this step will be conducted while on the plane.
  3. Present the required documents, including the Thailand Pass, arrival date and RT-PCR test results to the Communicable Disease Control officers to carry out the checks. Provided that all documents are in order, the officers will then affix the Quarantine Form with the official seal of Thailand’s Department of Disease Control, along with instructions on either to under a quarantine or mandatory stay, and the 2 required RT-PCR tests.
  4. Travelers will receive a copy of the affixed Quarantine Form, along with a QR code indicating the list of government-designated hospitals/lab centers for their second RT-PCR test (no additional cost).
  5. Travelers can then proceed to the Immigration. As well as going through the Immigration procedures, travelers must also present their copy of the affixed Quarantine Form and passport to the Immigration officer to carry out the checks. Provided that all are in order, travelers will then be allowed to proceed to a prearranged transfer to the reserved hotel.
  6. Upon arrival at the hotel, travelers must present their copy of the affixed Quarantine Form to the hotel staff to carry out the checks on the type of entry scheme permitted to the travelers. The travelers’ information will then be registered on the COSTE system. Afterwards, travelers must undergo the first RT-PCR test (except for those who have already taken the test at government-designated hospitals/lab centers prior to their arrival at the hotel.)
  7. If receiving a negative RT-PCR test result, travelers must inform the hotel staff of their intended accommodation on Day 5-6 to be registered on the COSTE system.
  8. On Day 5-6, travelers must go to their appointment at the government-designated hospitals/lab centers to undergo their second RT-PCR test, and must bring along their affixed Quarantine Form.
  9. Travelers give their copy of affixed Quarantine Form to the hospitals/lab centers for billing.
    (There will be no additional cost for travelers who have obtained their Thailand Pass before 22 December, 2021.)

 

Existing conditions

  • Eligible travelers
    • Thai citizens
    • Foreign travelers, including but not limited to diplomats, guests of the government, Thai work permit holders, students and their family, and patients seeking medical treatment.
  • Eligible countries
    • Currently, there are 63 approved countries/territories under the TEST & GO scheme where travelers must have stayed for 21 days or more before travelling to Thailand.
      • Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Laos, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovenia, Sri Lanka, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Taiwan
    • Returning Thais and eligible foreign expatriates, who previously travelled from Thailand to these approved countries/territories, are exempt from this requirement.
  • Points of entry
    • By air at Thailand’s international airports.
    • By land. *This has been postponed until further notice.
    • By water, provided that everyone on board the vessels meet the vaccination, testing and entry requirements.

 

Pre-Arrival Requirements

All eligible travelers travelling from eligible countries must have the following documents for entering to Thailand:

  • A Thailand Pass, which can be applied via https://tp.consular.go.th/
    *The system is currently closed for all new TEST & GO applications.
  • A Medical Certificate with an RT-PCR lab result indicating that COVID-19 is not detected issued no more than 72 hours before travelling.
    • Travelers under 6 years of age, travelling with parents with a negative RT-PCR test result within 72 hours before travelling, are not required to have a pre-arrival negative RT-PCR test result and can have a saliva test when entering the Kingdom.
    • For arrivals by water, everyone on board the vessels must have a medical certificate with an RT-PCR lab result indicating that COVID-19 is not detected within the officially specified timeframe. Anyone on aboard with a history of COVID-19 infection within a period between 14-90 days must have a medical certificate of recovery.
  • An insurance policy with coverage no less than US$50,000.
    • Thais and foreign expatriates under Thailand’s national healthcare coverage are exempt from this requirement.
  • A confirmed payment for at least a 1-day stay at a SHA++ hotel that also includes the expenses for the RT-PCR and self-antigen (ATK) tests. 
    *The ATK self-test has been changed to an RT-PCR test at no additional cost.
  • A Certificate of COVID-19 Vaccination/Recovery
    • Everyone 18 years of age and older must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 with an approved vaccine at least 14 days before travelling to Thailand.
    • Travelers 12-17 years of age travelling to Thailand unaccompanied must get vaccinated with at least one dose of an approved vaccine. Those travelling with parents are exempt from this requirement.
    • Travelers 6-11 years of age, travelling with parents, are exempt from this requirement.
    • For arrivals by water, everyone on board must be fully vaccinated. This is except for travelers under 18 years of age, travelling with parents or guardians.
    • Travelers with the history of COVID-19 infection who have recovered by medical treatments and travelers who have received at least 1 dose of an approved vaccine after post-infection must have a certificate of COVID-19 recovery.

All travelers must undergo ‘exit screening’ at the point of departure, i.e., at the airline check-in counter and present the required documents to the person-in-charge to carry out the checks.

 

On-Arrival Requirements / During the Stay

  • All travelers must undergo ‘entry screening’ including body temperature check at the point of entry           
  • Present the required documents to the Immigration/Health Control officer to carry out the checks, then proceed through the Immigration procedures.
  • Proceed to the prearranged accommodation or medical facility to undergo the RT-PCR test. The trip must be by a prearranged vehicle on a sealed route within a 5-hour journey from the point of entry. Then, all travelers must wait for the test result within the hotel only. Travelers under 6 years of age, travelling with parents, can have a saliva test.
    • If testing negative for COVID-19, travelers are free to go anywhere in Thailand. They will receive an ATK for a self-antigen test on Day 5-6. 
      *The ATK self-test has been changed to an RT-PCR test at no additional cost.
    • If testing positive for COVID-19, travelers will be referred to a healthcare facility for appropriate medical treatment, for which the expenses must be covered by the required insurance, or national healthcare coverage for Thais and eligible foreign expatriates.
  • All travelers must download and install the MorChana application (iOs / Android), and set it on at all times for the COVID-19 precautionary measures and to record the result on Day 5-6 in the application.

 

Guidelines for International Departure

It is the responsibility of travelers or their organisations to make sure that the travelers meet the requirements of their specific international destination regardless of the point of departure.

 

Kindly note the information is to serve as reference only and is subject to change without prior notice. It is especially important to check in regularly on www.tatnews.org to stay current on what remains a very fluid and fast changing situation.

Sample Quarantine Form
(Source: https://www.facebook.com/informationcovid19/photos/471617301123266)

 

In case of inquiry, travelers from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Hungary, Montenegro, Romania, and Serbia are advised to consult with the Consular department of the Royal Thai Embassy in Budapest.

Address: H-1025 Budapest, Verecke ut 79.

Tel : +36-1-438-4020

Office Hours: Monday-Friday 09.00-12.00 & 13.00-17.00 hrs.

Email for consular inquiries: consular@thaiembassy.hu

 

Sources: https://www.tatnews.org/2021/12/thailand-reopening-exemption-from-quarantine-test-go/

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