The government is to consider further delaying the resumption of the Test & Go scheme until the end of this month following the spike in Omicron cases in the country.
Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said that concern over the global Omicron outbreak previously prompted the government to originally suspend the entry of both Thais and foreign arrivals until today.
However, Omicron infections have been detected among prior arrivals, he said.
In light of this, a meeting of the Public Health Ministry’s Emergency Operation Centre on Monday agreed to ask the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) to consider keeping the Test & Go scheme, which was set to resume today, on hold until the end of this month, he said.
“In the interests of health and safety, we have decided to delay the Test & Go scheme further. We will present the proposal for approval by the CCSA,” Mr Anutin said.
As for Test & Go travellers whose applications for entry were previously approved, they must now enter Thailand by Jan 10 under revised measures for travel, he said.
After the Jan 10 deadline, visitors must only enter under the Phuket Sandbox scheme or be quarantined, he said.
Source: Bangkok Post