Test & Go registration suspended – Here’s what we learn about entry to Thailand

This story was updated on Monday, December 27.
Just 7 weeks after introducing (almost) quarantine-free re-entry into Thailand, the Thai government announced it’s suspending registration for the Test & Go quarantine exemption scheme as well as the “Sandbox” scheme, aside from the Phuket Sandbox. Those who have registered, and been accredited, under the Thailand Pass system can nonetheless enter the country under Test & Go or the Sandbox scheme.
The new guidelines have been posted within the Royal Gazette, making it official. The choice was made as a end result of increasing number of Omicron circumstances involving travellers getting into Thailand from abroad, in accordance with the deputy spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Natapanu Nopakun, talking during a press briefing on the Covid-19 scenario.
Natapanu cited a latest World Health Organisation report saying the Omicron variant is spreading much faster than the Delta variant. He added that closing Thailand Pass registration is meant to forestall the potential improve in native transmissions, which would, in flip, overwhelm the healthcare system and impact people’s livelihoods.
The first local transmission of the Omicron variant in Thailand was reported on Monday, December 20. The following day, the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration held an pressing assembly, chaired by PM Prayut Chan-o-cha, and determined to shut registration for the two entry schemes until additional discover. The CCSA will discuss revisions to the Thailand Pass after the holidays on January four.
Travellers from permitted nations can still apply for the Thailand Pass to enter the nation underneath the Phuket Sandbox or the Alternative Quarantine schemes. (See below)
The Test & Go scheme has allowed vaccinated travellers from low threat countries to enter Thailand with a minimal quarantine period at a hotel whereas they await results from an RT-PCR take a look at, which may take up to a day. The Sandbox programme has allowed vaccinated travellers to roam freely in provinces and areas accredited for the pilot tourism scheme for seven days earlier than travelling all through the nation.
Expert who have been accredited underneath the Test & Go or sandbox programme, and have acquired a Thailand Pass QR code, can still enter Thailand underneath the two schemes.
Those travellers are now required to bear a further RT-PCR check, with the first one taken upon arrival and the second take a look at taken at a government-designated facility on their seventh day in Thailand. Click HERE for a listing of laboratories accredited for RT-PCR testing.
The Thai government made an announcement and with an official graphic saying the final group of these accredited beneath the Test & Go scheme will be able to enter until January 10. The Department of Consular Affairs, which runs the Thailand Pass web site, has not made an official statement on a reduce off date for these registered for the Test & Go and Sandbox schemes. The order printed within the Royal Gazette additionally does not embody a reduce off journey date for people who have already registered or been approved. UPDATE: A spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has since confirmed that their is not any cutoff date.
For candidates who’ve registered via the Thailand Pass, however have not acquired a QR code, might want to wait until they’re accredited. Once permitted, they’ll enter Thailand beneath the scheme they registered for.
Travellers can nonetheless register and enter under the Phuket Sandbox scheme, which permits fully vaccinated travellers to stay on the island province somewhat than isolating at a quarantine-approved lodge. Travellers should keep on the island for a minimum of seven days and guide a keep at a lodge or resort permitted for the scheme.
Travellers will want to endure an RT-PCR take a look at upon arrival, and then another earlier than day seven of their keep in Thailand. Both checks are on the expense of the traveller. An earlier take a look at shall be given if the traveller develops Covid-19 signs.
Travellers should apply for a Thailand Pass QR code. Click HERE.
Travellers entering Thailand under the Alternative Quarantine scheme… or as tourism officers wish to call it “Happy Quarantine,” must isolate at an permitted lodge, resort, or quarantine facility, seven to 14 days. The size of the quarantine period depends on vaccination status and which nation the traveller is coming from.
Travellers will endure two to three RT-PCR exams earlier than being released from quarantine.
Travellers should apply for a Thailand Pass QR code. Click HERE..

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