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Thailand Suspends Visa-Free Travel and Expands Sandbox Destinations

Those who already possess valid visas for the quarantine waiver will be permitted to enter the country, but with certain restrictions and limitations.

Thailand has indefinitely suspended its Test & Go quarantine exemption programme. Those already approved to enter the country under the quarantine exemption scheme, on the other hand, may enter under the Test & Go programme over the next few days, up to January 15.

Meanwhile, the Sandbox entry programme has expanded to include additional destinations, including Phuket – Krabi, Phang Nga, and the trio of islands off the Surat Thani coast (Koh Samui, Koh Pha Ngan and Koh Tao).

International travellers will be able to travel to Thailand under the Sandbox programme beginning January 11, 2022, and will be able to choose between Krabi, Phang-Na, Phuket, or Surat Thani for their mandatory seven-day stay (only Ko Samui, Ko Pha-ngan, and Ko Tao).

According to the Thailand Tourism Authority, all travellers must ensure that their travel plans are in order prior to applying for the Sandbox Thailand Pass. This may include, but is not limited to, a vaccination certificate, a negative pre-arrival RT-PCR test result, prepaid seven nights’ accommodation in an approved hotel, prepaid RT-PCR tests for use while in Thailand, and a minimum US$50,000 insurance policy.

If travellers intend to continue their journey to other destinations in Thailand, they must stay at least the first seven nights within a Sandbox destination. If the traveller stays less than seven nights, he or she must immediately depart Thailand for another country.

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According to government reports, foreign visitors who already possess valid visas for the Test & Go quarantine waiver will be permitted to enter the country, albeit with some restrictions and conditions. According to the Thailand Tourism Authority, the following protocols must be followed by Test & Go travellers who obtained their Thailand Pass QR code prior to December 22, 2021:

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They must submit to a second COVID-19 test using the RT-PCR technique (not the ATK self-test) at government-designated facilities on days 5-6 of their stay in Thailand or whenever they exhibit respiratory symptoms (at no additional cost).

Additionally, travellers must complete the TM6 Immigration Form (while on the plane).

Travellers must complete and sign the Quarantine Form upon arrival in the airport’s terminal before proceeding to the Health Control screening point. Under the age of 12, children may use the same form as their parents/guardians.

Travelers will be required to present the required documents, including the Thailand Pass, their arrival date, and the results of the RT-PCR test, to the Communicable Disease Control officers conducting the checks. Once all documents are in order, the officers will affix the Quarantine Form with the official seal of Thailand’s Department of Disease Control, along with instructions on whether to be placed under quarantine or required to stay, as well as the two required RT-PCR tests.

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Travelers will receive a copy of the attached Quarantine Form, as well as a QR code containing a list of government-designated hospitals/laboratories for their second real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test (no additional cost). After that, they can proceed to Immigration. Along with the Immigration procedures, travellers must present a copy of the attached Quarantine Form and their passport to the Immigration officer for inspection. If everything is in order, travellers will be directed to a prearranged transfer to their reserved hotel.

Upon check-in at the hotel, travellers must present their copy of the attached Quarantine Form to the hotel staff, who will conduct checks on the type of entry scheme permitted to the travellers. After that, the travellers’ information will be entered into the COSTE system. Following that, travellers must undergo the initial RT-PCR test (except for those who have already completed the test at government-designated hospitals/laboratories prior to arriving at the hotel.)

If the RT-PCR test results are negative, travellers must inform hotel staff of their intended lodging on Days 5-6 in order to be registered on the COSTE system.

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On Days 5-6, travellers must report to their government-designated hospitals/laboratories for their second RT-PCR test, bringing their affixed Quarantine Form with them.

Travelers will be required to provide a copy of the affixed Quarantine Form to hospitals/laboratories for billing purposes. (Travelers who obtain their Test & Go Thailand Pass prior to December 22, 2021 will not be charged an additional fee.)

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