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Pre-travel COVID tests for arrivals lifted from April 1

Pre-travel COVID tests for arrivals lifted from April 1

BANGKOK: The Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration today (Mar 18) resolved to discontinue the requirement that visitors pass a pre-travel COVID-19 test, from Apr 1, but testing on arrival will continue.

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By Bangkok Post

Friday 18 March 2022, 02:42PM


Visitors undergo arrival procedures at Suvarnabhumi airport. Photo: Varuth Hirunyatheb

Visitors undergo arrival procedures at Suvarnabhumi airport. Photo: Varuth Hirunyatheb

The change in procedure was announced by CCSA spokesman Taweesilp Visanuyothin, reports the Bangkok Post.

He said the requirement for pre-travel tests would end for all visitors, whether arriving by Test & Go, Sandbox or quarantine channels.

People who enter the country through Test & Go or Sandbox programmes would be given an RT-PCR test on arrival, and be required to perform an antigen self-test on day 5 after arrival, monitored at their hotel.

Sandbox visitors would remain in their reception areas for five days. Visitors in the quarantine scheme, including people caught sneaking in, would be kept in isolation for five days and have an RT-PCR test on day 4 or 5 after arrival.

The CCSA would continue to require visitors to have COVID-19 insurance coverage of at least US$20,000 (B666,175) but was likely to reduce it later, Dr Taweesilp said.

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Also, from Apr 1 people would be able to arrive by land through Satun province in the South, in addition to current Nong Khai, Udon Thani and Songkhla.

Arrivals by sea would be allowed through Surat Thani ports, in addition to the present Phuket and Chon Buri.

By air, the reopening would include Hat Yai airport in addition to the current Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang, Phuket, Krabi, Samui, Chiang Mai and U-tapao airports.

The CCSA hoped to expand the reopening by air to all airports, depending on their readiness, in May, Dr Taweesilp said.

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Ash Ward | 19 March 2022 - 10:02:04

I agree with BobTB. The Thai goverment has lost the plot completly. Just pure greed. They sure know how to keep tourists away.

Ash Ward | 19 March 2022 - 06:12:54

With so many local Omricon infections in Thailand, the govenment should focus on getting those numbers down.....not worry about infected  tourists as those numbers are very low.

Ash Ward | 19 March 2022 - 06:06:05

Sandbox arrivals must remain in their reception area for 5days. Test and Go arrivals only need antigen test after 5 days. Makes no sense, just another way to confuse tourists.
Yes  Kurt i agree, another money making scam.

BobTB | 19 March 2022 - 02:34:59

..... where the risks are lower.

BobTB | 19 March 2022 - 02:33:14

No sign of abandoning the much-criticised Thailand Pass either, despite it being a bureaucratic nonsense that causes untold stress to anyone trying to navigate the website. People have a choice where they go on holiday, and if it’s made difficult, possibly expensive and with the risk that they’re going to spend much of their break in hospital, they will go somewhere else, where the risks are l

BobTB | 19 March 2022 - 02:28:44

The Day 5 test is absurd because you are as likely to have contracted the virus in Thailand as brought it from abroad, but it’s another chance to have you admitted to an expensive hospital so let’s keep it, eh? And how is the test to be “monitored at their hotel” (to quote the article) if under Test & Go you’re allowed to travel anywhere in Thailand from Day 2?

BobTB | 19 March 2022 - 02:27:44

If the country is serious about having foreign tourists return, they should keep the pre-departure Covid test and scrap the two tests in Thailand, or at the very least downgrade the Day 1 test to an antigen test so that you don’t need to pay for a night’s overpriced accommodation.

BobTB | 19 March 2022 - 02:26:39

What a ridiculous policy change! Of course no one in Thailand makes any money from tests conducted abroad, so let’s scrap them and everyone’s happy, right? Well actually, no. Sharing a long haul flight with hundreds of untested fellow passengers can only mean a high chance of testing positive on arrival, but what great business for Thailand’s hospitals!

Kurt | 18 March 2022 - 17:54:36

Pre-travel PCR is good, as one needs to check in/room around at airport 3hrs prior dept + a 10-12 hrs flight. You want confirmed healthy people around you, yes? Of course the Thai don't care about that, prefer you arrive Covid positive, good business for quarantine in hospital. By now here a 'recognised' business module. Test here, positive?, How can you refutate that? Great money maki...

Foot | 18 March 2022 - 16:24:50

Great idea as the number of new COVID cases has hit an all time high!  

 

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