Thailand will lift the RT-PCR testing requirement for international arrivals from 1 May 2022. Travellers, including international yachts, will be allowed to enter the kingdom without the pre-arrival nor arrival tests.
Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration has approved the dropping of all testing for travellers to Thailand (Thais and foreign) starting May 1. Registration for the revised Thailand Pass is expected to be available from April 29, according to the Thailand Pass website.
It’s the biggest easing of entry requirements for fully vaccinated travellers since the Thailand Pass was introduced as an upgrade for the earlier Certificate of Entry on November 1 2021.
“This is great news for Thailand as tourists are already starting to arrive and more are booking for the next few months. It’s rewarding to see that Thailand hasn’t lost its appeal. This is a milestone in Thailand’s recovery and we’re thrilled to welcome visiting yachts”, said Gordon Fernandes and Captain Charlie Dwyer, co-founders of Asia Pacific Superyachts.
Thailand’s CCSA) approved the lifting of the RT-PCR testing requirement for international arrivals beginning 1 May 2022 and introduced two new entry schemes specifically customised for vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers.
International travellers who are fully vaccinated will no longer be required to show proof of a pre-arrival negative RT-PCR test nor undergo an arrival test. They are still required to register for a Thailand Pass (via https://tp.consular.go.th/) with a Certificate of COVID-19 Vaccination and an insurance policy with coverage no less than US$10,000 (reduced from US$20,000). Once arriving in Thailand, they will be allowed entry and are free to go anywhere in the kingdom.
International travellers who are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated will also no longer be required to show proof of a pre-arrival negative RT-PCR test nor undergo an arrival test. They are required to register for a Thailand Pass with a 5-day hotel booking or yacht stay and an insurance policy with coverage no less than US$10,000 (reduced from US$20,000). Once arriving in Thailand, they must proceed to undergo the quarantine for 5 days and undergo an RT-PCR test on Day 5.
An exception is made for unvaccinated travellers who are able to upload proof of a negative RT-PCR test within 72 hours of travel via the Thailand Pass system, they – like those fully vaccinated – will be allowed entry and are free to go anywhere in the kingdom.
There will be no more Test & Go or Sandbox programs and there’s now more options for unvaccinated travellers. The only two options for arriving travellers will simply be ‘vaccinated’ or ‘unvaccinated’. But the key change is that there is no pre-travel or on arrival testing from May 1 for fully vaccinated travellers.