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No more quarantine, RT-PCR tests upon entering Thailand starting May 1

Fully vaccinated travellers coming to Thailand are no longer required to do a hotel quarantine and RT-PCR Covid-19 testing prior and upon arrival starting May 1.

Once passed through the immigration checkpoints, fully vaccinated travellers are free to go anywhere in Thailand. There is no need to hire a private van bringing the travelers to an expensive SHA Plus+ hotel and no more RT-PCR test result waiting.

Furthermore, the least required amount of health insurance coverage for a traveller is lowered down to US$10,000 from $20,000.

The latest softening of entry restrictions is welcomed by both businesses and visitors as it will make international travel more convenient.

But the same rule is not applicable for visitors who are not fully vaccinated. While they are not required to do an RT-PCR test prior or upon arrival, a five-day hotel booking and an RT-PCR test on Day 5 is still required and at least $10,000 health insurance policy is also needed.

However, unvaccinated travellers may skip the five-day hotel quarantine if they can upload via the Thailand Pass system proof of negative RT-PCR test within 72 hours of travel. In this case, they are free to go anywhere in Thailand upon arrival.

Both fully vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers should register at the Thailand Pass website. The kingdom will start accepting entry application through the Thailand Pass website for the new entry measures starting April 29, 2022.

What is needed to enter Thailand?

  • Thailand Pass registration
  • Insurance with minimum coverage of $10,000
  • A Covid-19 vaccination or recovery certificate
  • Thai visa (if required).

Source: Bangkok Post