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Thailand to relax quarantine rules for vaccinated travelers as of February 1


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Vaccinated travelers can re-register for virtually quarantine-free entry to Thailand from February 1. That reports the Thai news site The Thaiger. Vaccinated travelers are now required to undergo a PCR test on the first and fifth days after arriving in Thailand.

This will restart the ‘Test & Go’ program after the plan was canceled last month due to the arrival of the omikron variant. However, the new form of the program has been tightened up somewhat; in the original Test & Go program, travelers only had to undergo one PCR test on arrival.

Waiting for a test in a hotel
Vaccinated travelers must be able to show proof of a hotel reservation where the two tests will take place. These travelers stay in the approved hotel where they await their test results. A spokesperson told The Thaiger that this does not have to be in the same hotel for the different tests, meaning that travelers can continue their journey through Thailand between the test on the first day and the test on the fifth day.

In addition to the two tests on arrival in Thailand, vaccinated travelers must also be able to show a negative PCR test result that is not older than 72 hours before the trip. It is also necessary to request the Thailand Pass QR code, in addition to your own proof of vaccination. This pass can be requested free of charge on the website of the Thai consulate.

Sandbox program
The Thai government has also decided to add more destinations to the so-called Sandbox program, which allows vaccinated travelers in certain areas to roam freely for a week without a quarantine period in an approved hotel. These areas include Phuket, Koh Chang in Trat, Pattaya, Koh Sichang, Na Chom Tian, and Bang Sare in Chon Buri.

For unvaccinated travelers, it is a different story. They must be quarantined in a recognized hotel or resort for ten days on arrival in Thailand. Before they are allowed out of that quarantine, these travelers must undergo a corona test.

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