Thailand Reinstates Mandatory Quarantine for Foreign Tourists

Thailand Reinstates Mandatory Quarantine for Foreign Tourists

Read before planning your next trip to Thailand.

Earlier last week, Thailand had announced the relaxation of its stringent COVID-19 measures nationwide which included a further easing of rules for foreign visitors entering the country. However, following the detection of locally-transmitted Omicron cases, Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has ordered a temporary suspension on the Thailand Pass for the TEST&GO scheme and all Sandbox applications (except for the Phuket Sandbox).

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This would mean that tourists are no longer eligible for quarantine-free travel and can only enter the country under the Alternative Quarantine (AQ) or Happy Quarantine scheme. Those who have previously registered for the Thailand Pass would need to wait for their application results before being able to travel into Thailand. 

Thankfully, tourists who have been previously approved under the TEST&GO or Sandbox scheme can still proceed with their travel plans. The catch, however, is that these travellers would be required to undergo a second additional RT-PCR COVID-19 test to be taken at a government-designated facility. This is free of charge. 

These revised measures shall be reviewed by the Thai government on 4 Jan 2022 and will be subjected to further changes depending on the development of the COVID-19 situation in the country. 

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