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 is 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 approved, underneath the Thailand Pass system can nonetheless enter the country underneath Test & Go or the Sandbox scheme.
The new rules have been posted within the Royal Gazette, making it official. The choice was made as a result of growing number of Omicron instances involving travellers getting into Thailand from overseas, in accordance with the deputy spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Natapanu Nopakun, speaking throughout a press briefing on the Covid-19 scenario.
Natapanu cited a recent World Health Organisation report saying the Omicron variant is spreading a lot sooner than the Delta variant. He added that closing Thailand Pass registration is meant to stop the potential improve in native transmissions, which would, in turn, overwhelm the healthcare system and impression 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 urgent assembly, chaired by PM Prayut Chan-o-cha, and decided to close registration for the 2 entry schemes until further notice. The CCSA will discuss revisions to the Thailand Pass after the holidays on January four.
Travellers from permitted nations can nonetheless apply for the Thailand Pass to enter the country under the Phuket Sandbox or the Alternative Quarantine schemes. (See below)
The Test & Go scheme has allowed vaccinated travellers from low threat nations to enter Thailand with a minimal quarantine interval at a hotel while they await outcomes from an RT-PCR take a look at, which can take as a lot as 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 country.
Those who have been accredited beneath the Test & Go or sandbox programme, and have acquired a Thailand Pass QR code, can nonetheless enter Thailand underneath the 2 schemes.
Those travellers are actually required to bear an additional RT-PCR test, with the first one taken upon arrival and the second check taken at a government-designated facility on their seventh day in Thailand. Click HERE for an inventory of laboratories accredited for RT-PCR testing.
The Thai authorities made an announcement and with an official graphic saying the final group of these permitted beneath the Test & Go scheme will be capable of enter until January 10. The Department of Consular Affairs, which runs the Thailand Pass website, has not made an official assertion on a minimize off date for those registered for the Test & Go and Sandbox schemes. The order printed within the Royal Gazette additionally does not embody a reduce off travel date for individuals who have already registered or been permitted. Building blocks : A spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has since confirmed that their isn’t any cutoff date.
For candidates who’ve registered through the Thailand Pass, however haven’t received a QR code, might want to wait till they are permitted. Once permitted, they can enter Thailand underneath the scheme they registered for.
Travellers can still register and enter beneath the Phuket Sandbox scheme, which allows fully vaccinated travellers to stay on the island province quite than isolating at a quarantine-approved lodge. Travellers should keep on the island for at least seven days and guide a keep at a resort or resort approved for the scheme.
Travellers will need to undergo an RT-PCR test upon arrival, after which one other earlier than day seven of their stay in Thailand. Both tests are on the expense of the traveller. An earlier check might be given if the traveller develops Covid-19 signs.
Travellers should apply for a Thailand Pass QR code. Click HERE.
Travellers entering Thailand beneath the Alternative Quarantine scheme… or as tourism officials wish to call it “Happy Quarantine,” must isolate at an approved hotel, resort, or quarantine facility, seven to 14 days. The size of the quarantine period is determined by vaccination status and which nation the traveller is coming from.
Travellers will endure two to three RT-PCR checks earlier than being released from quarantine.
Travellers should apply for a Thailand Pass QR code. Click HERE..

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