Thailand to lift Covid-19 testing starting May 1 for vaccinated tourists

The Thai Government will be terminating the Test & Go process for foreign arrivals at the end of the month and vaccinated travelers will require only self-antigen tests for Covid-19 from May 1, to stimulate tourism and the economy, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said today.

“Tourism is recovering and antigen tests will be more convenient and faster for visitors,” Gen Prayut said after chairing a meeting of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) at Government House.

“Many countries are relaxing travel restrictions significantly and our country depends¬† considerably on tourism to support our economy,” the prime minister said.

Vaccinated visitors will no longer be tested for Covid-19 upon arrival. They would be recommended to do antigen self-test during their stay and if they tested positive, they could enter their Covid-19 insurance process or take care of their own treatment.

Unvaccinated travelers however will need to present proof of a negative RT-PCR test no more than 72 hours before their trip and would be quarantined for five days upon arrival, with another RT-PCR test on day 4 or 5. They will also be advised to do self-antigen testing during their stay.

The minimum Covid-19 insurance coverage for all foreign arrivals will be reduced to US$10,000.

For arrivals by land, visitors who intend to stay no longer than two days must be fully vaccinated and pass self-antigen tests. Otherwise, they could not enter the country. For visitors who intend to stay longer, vaccinated travelers would not be quarantined if they pass antigen tests, while unvaccinated travelers would be quarantined for five days.

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