Test & Go Thailand changes to take place from March 2022
UPDATE: Travellers arriving in Thailand from 1st March 2022 and those who have been approved on Thailand Pass before then will also be exempt from a second night of self-isolation. They also won’t be required to do an RT-PCR test on Day 5, according to Richard Barrow in Thailand.
Today, the government stated that changes to the scheme are to be expected.
Here are the updates to Test & Go that are slated to kick off from 1st March 2022.
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Travellers to quarantine for 1 night only
On 23rd February 2022, officials announced that Test & Go’s mandatory quarantine period will be one night for applicants starting from 1st March 2022, as published by The Thaiger.
Previously, applicants were asked to self-isolate on both Day 1 and Day 5 of their trip and were also required to undergo RT-PCR tests on both of those nights.
From 1st March 2022 onwards, Test & Go applicants will only be required to self-isolate on the first night in Thailand.
While travellers will still be required to submit to an RT-PCR test on Day 1, this is no longer necessary for Day 5. Instead, those intending to stay longer than five days are asked to instead self-administer an ATK test on Day 5.
Furthermore, the minimum insurance coverage has been lowered to US$20,000 from US$50,000.
Apply under new rules from 1 March
These updates are slated to take place from 1st March 2022.
So, only Thailand Pass applicants who apply from the aforementioned date onwards will be considered for Test & Go under these requirements, according to Richard Barrow in Thailand.
The source further clarified that while officials have announced these changes, the public is advised to wait for it to be published in the Royal Gazette.
Test & Go updates mark another step closer towards pre-Covid travel
Thailand experienced a small taste of pre-Covid travel norms late last year.
With these updates to the Test & Go programme, we’re hopeful that Thailand’s travel landscape will look even more so like what it did pre-2020.
Until then, let’s do our part in keeping us and those around us safe. We probably don’t need to tell you how, but here’s a reminder just in case. Wash your hands, wear a mask and practice social distancing.