Thailand will reintroduce quarantine free tourism beginning February 1
Thailand will resume a quarantine-free visa program for vaccinated visitors starting next month, as the tourism-reliant nation shifts its focus to economic recovery following an ease in new Covid-19 infections. International travelers from all countries can apply for visas under the so-called Test & Go entry program from Feb. 1, the government said after a meeting of its main Covid task force on Thursday. Visitors will be required to undergo two Covid tests after arrival, one upon entry and another on the fifth day, Bloomberg reported.
Thailand to resume Test & Go quarantine waiver for vaccinated travelers from 1st of February but with stricter measures:
✔️ Test & Go will reopen for registration on Thailand Pass system from 1 February 2022
✔️ Allowed to enter from any country
✔️ Proof of prepaid booking of SHA Extra Plus or AQ hotel that has a partner hospital on the 1st day and on the 5th day
✔️ Proof of payment for 2 Covid-19 Tests (RT-PCR)
Despite the fact that there is no quarantine requirement, arriving tourists will still be required to present some mandatory documents before traveling and will also have to take a COVID-19 test once they arrive in Thailand. A stay at a qualified hotel for at least 1 night is mandatory for waiting the Covid-19 test result. If the test result is negative, travelers can travel to other destinations in Thailand. Learn more about Test & Go entry requirements here.
Authorities also extended the hours restaurants are allowed to serve alcohol to 11 p.m. from 9 p.m. Bars and nightclubs will remain closed, however. The moves are aimed at reviving a tourism sector that has been decimated by the pandemic, with numbers limited by weak global travel demand and Thailand’s rigorous quarantine requirements. Visitors last year to Thailand, one of Asia’s most popular travel destinations, were about 0.5% of the pre-pandemic figure, which hit a record of nearly 40 million in 2019, according to Reuters.
The task force also agreed to expand another similar quarantine waiver programme, the “Sandbox” to include popular eastern beach destinations Pattaya and Koh Chang. The scheme, where vaccinated tourists must agree to stay in one location for a week, is currently operating in Phuket and Koh Samui.
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