Thailand's Test & Go Policy: Quarantine Exemption for Travelers [Update in March 2022]

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From 1st February 2022, Thailand allows fully vaccinated worldwide travelers to enter without quarantine with the Test and Go program.

Test & Go - Thailand's newest solution to welcome international tourists post COVID-19

Thailand began reopening on July 1st on its most popular island, Phuket, where the majority of locals have been vaccinated. From that time, Thailand only planned to allow travelers from about 10 "low-risk" countries, including Singapore, China, and the US, to enter by air without requiring quarantine, if they were fully immunized with the Covid-19 vaccine and tested negative before boarding the plane and after arriving in Thailand.

On the 1st of November, Thailand expanded the number of countries/territories deemed "low-risk" to 46, and travelers from these areas will be exempt from quarantine if they meet the requirements set by the Thailand government. However, the appearance of the Omicron - a new strain of COVID-19 caused the Thais government to temporarily stop the Quarantine-free program.

Fortunately, from the 1st February 2022, Thailand announced a new Test & Go program which is quite similar to the quarantine-free policy at the end of 2021 but has more restrictions. The advantage of this  Test and Go 2022 version is that according to its policy, Thailand is totally open for foreign travelers from all countries and territories who are fully vaccinated and have negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test result no more than 72 hours before arrival. On the other hand, some restrictions are still available. Due to this program, visitors must take a PCR test on the 1st day of the trip. They must install a mobile app called "MorChana" so that the government can monitor and send notifications. Tourists must pay the cost of the test and Covid-19 treatment in advance if travel insurance purchased when arriving in Thailand is not included.

As to wait for RT-PCR test results, guests must stay in a government-designated hotel (SHA+ hotel) on day 1 of their trip and are allowed to travel freely around the country if the test result is negative.

Thailand reopening without quarentee

 

Approved hotels for quarantine-free in Thailand

As mentioned, from Feb 1st, 2022, Thailand is quarantine-free to travelers from all countries and territories. However, on the 1st day of your Thailand trip, you must stay in a SHA+ hotel that is approved by the Thais government to do the RT-PCR test for tourists and quarantine them on test days.

Below are the 50 best SHA+ hotels approved for the Test & Go quarantine-free program in Thailand.

No.

Hotel

City/Province

1.

Shangri-La Bangkok

Bangkok

2.

Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park

Bangkok

3.

Lancaster Bangkok

Bangkok

4.

Movenpick BDMS Wellness Resort Bangkok

Bangkok

5.

Hyatt Place Bangkok Sukhumvit

Bangkok

6.

Mercure Bangkok Sukhumvit 11

Bangkok

7.

Pullman Bangkok Hotel G

Bangkok

8.

The Landmark Bangkok Hotel

Bangkok

9.

Holiday Inn Express Bangkok Sukhumvit 11

Bangkok

10.

A-One Bangkok Hotel

Bangkok

11.

Royal Cliff Beach Hotel

Pattaya

12.

Baraquda Pattaya - Mgallery

Pattaya

13.

Ravindra Beach Resort and Spa

Pattaya

14.

Pullman Pattaya Hotel G

Pattaya

15.

Pattaya Discovery Beach Hotel

Pattaya

16.

D Varee Jomtien Beach Pattaya Hotel

Pattaya

17.

Long Beach Garden Hotel and Pavilions

Pattaya

18.

The Seasons Pattaya Hotel

Pattaya

19.

Sunshine Garden Resort 

Pattaya

20.

Sarita Chalet and Spa Hotel

Pattaya

21.

JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa

Phuket

22.

Diamond Cliff Resort And Spa

Phuket

23.

The Surin Phuket

Phuket

24.

Namaka Resort Kamala

Phuket

25.

Twinpalms Phuket Hotel

Phuket

26.

Baan Laimai Beach Resort & Spa

Phuket

27.

Best Western Premier Bangtao Beach Resort & Spa

Phuket

28.

Boat Lagoon Resort

Phuket

29.

Andaman Seaview Hotel Karon Beach

Phuket

30.

Tropica Bungalow Hotel

Phuket

31.

Melia Koh Samui

Koh Samui

32.

ShaSa Resort & Residences, Koh Samui

Koh Samui

33.

Napasai, A Belmond Hotel, Koh Samui

Koh Samui

34.

Pavilion Samui Villas & Resort

Koh Samui

35.

Samui Palm Beach Resort

Koh Samui

36.

The Briza Beach Resort

Koh Samui

37.

Baan Haad Ngam Boutique Resort & Villa

Koh Samui

38.

Samui Bayview Resort & Spa

Koh Samui

39.

Anahata Resort Samui

Koh Samui

40.

Rajapruek Samui Resort

Koh Samui

41.

Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai

42.

Anantara Chiang Mai Resort

Chiang Mai

43.

Horizon Village & Resort

Chiang Mai

44.

Rati Lanna Riverside Spa Resort

Chiang Mai

45.

RarinJinda Wellness Spa Resort

Chiang Mai

46.

Duangtawan Hotel

Chiang Mai

47.

Amora Tapae Hotel 

Chiang Mai

48.

Le Meridien Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai

49.

Kao Mai Lanna Resort

Chiang Mai

50.

Eco Resort Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai

You can find more approval SHA+ hotels and resorts on the websites of SHA Thailand or the Thai Embassy.

Document requirements for entering Thailand following Test & Go program (updated March 2022)

  • A Thailand Pass QR Code (available from Nov 1st) to prove that you have the right to enter Thailand. Please note that applying for Thailand Pass is totally free and it takes 3-7 days to be approved, therefore, you should apply for Thailand Pass at least 7 days before your trip.
  • An RT-PCR negative result is valid no more than 72 hours before arrival. Kids under 6 years old don't need to show negative RT-PCR if accompanied by parents who have already had PCR test negative results within 72 hours before traveling
  • A Medical Certificate of Recovery (if you were a COVID-19 patient)
  • Travel insurance with the coverage of USD 20,0000 that also covers expenses for RT-PCR COVID-19 tests, COVID-19 treatment, and related isolation  (if there's any)
  • A certificate of fully vaccinated with the 2nd no less than 14 days before arrival applied for everyone from 18 years old. This certificate is not required for tourists under 18 accompanied by fully vaccinated parents
  • Payment confirmation for Day 1 at a SHA+ hotel or resort.

Document requirements for getting the quarantine exemption when entering Thailand

 

Immigration procedure for quarantine-free travelers

The immigration procedure is quite simple for quarantine-free travelers. Let’s take a look at the below steps:

  • Do a health check and submit required documents to officials at the airport.
  • Get directly to a COVID-19 test center or a reserved hotel then take the RT-PCR test. Kids under 6 years old take a saliva test.
  • Download and install MorChana App (a Thailand COVID-19 alert application), stay at the hotel, and wait for the RT-PCR test result. The app must be turned on throughout your trip for precaution and to receive test results.
  • After receiving the negative COVID-19 test result, you can travel anywhere in Thailand.

 

Scheme for entering Thailand (Air travel only) from 1st March 2022

 

Exemption for Quarantine

Sandbox Program

Alternative Quarantine

Eligible Countries

Only eligible countries

(Must reside in the eligible countries for at least 21 days)

All countries

All countries

Quarantine

No quarantine

Travel restricted in “Sandbox Area” for 7 days

Quarantine at the AQ hotel for at least 10 days

Vaccination

Fully vaccinated

Fully vaccinated

Not required

Accommodation Requirements

2 Nights reservation at SHA+ or AQ hotels

7 Nights reservation at SHA+ or AQ hotel

10 Night reservation at an AQ hotel

Medical Insurance

Medical insurance with coverage of at least USD 20,000

Medical insurance with coverage of at least USD 20,000

Medical insurance with coverage of at least USD 20,000

COVID-19 Tests Result Before Departure

Have an RT-PCR test result issued within 72 hours before traveling

Have an RT-PCR test result issued within 72 hours before traveling

Have an RT-PCR test result issued within 72 hours before traveling

COVID-19 Tests in Thailand

1 RT-PCR COVID-19 tests on arrival date

1 RT-PCR COVID-19 tests on arrival date

1 RT-PCR COVID-19 tests on arrival date

For Sandbox Program: You must arrive through International Airports such as Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Samui, U-tapao, and Buriram (Charter flights only)

Strict entry requirements and quarantine measures have kept Thailand under control until recent months. However, these measures have prevented a huge number of foreign visitors from visiting this amazing country. Therefore, the quarantine exemption for all countries and territories seems like a good solution for both Thailand residents and international tourists which not only helps this country welcome more guests next year but foreign visitors also can enter Thailand easier.

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