Thailand eases Covid-19 requirements for international arrivals

International travellers to Thailand will face simpler requirements from March 1, according to the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

Fully vaccinated travellers will only be required to undergo one PCR test on arrival, followed by a self-administered antigen rapid test after five days.

Thailand simplifies testing requirements on arrival and reduces travel insurance coverage for fully vaccinated international travellers

All arrivals will still need to take an RT-PCR test within 72 hours before travelling to Thailand and spend their first night in hotel quarantine or at other approved quarantine facilities.

Tracing app MorChana will still need to be installed, and the self-test result submitted.

Additionally, the amount of travel insurance coverage will be reduced from US$50,000 to US$20,000 starting from March 1.

Earlier this month on February 1, Thailand resumed its Test & Go tourism scheme after suspending it over December 2021 and January 2022 due to Omicron. Under the scheme, overseas travellers who have been vaccinated against or have recovered from Covid-19 are allowed to enter Thailand and travel freely if they test negative on arrival.

However, they are required to stay at a pre-paid accommodation on their fifth day of stay in order to undergo a second PCR test. Travellers must remain in their rooms while awaiting test results.

CCSA data revealed that more than 300,000 travellers have applied for entry to Thailand and 80 per cent of the applications have been approved.

The majority of travellers are from Russia, Germany, France, the UK and Singapore, and the top three destinations are Bangkok, Phuket and Chon Buri.

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