Thailand Makes Changes To COVID-19 Rules

Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has approved the lifting of the pre-travel testing requirement for international arrivals beginning April 1 as the kingdom prepares a four-phase plan to downgrade the COVID-19 pandemic to an endemic disease.

International arrivals under any of the current three entry schemes – TEST & GO, Sandbox, and Alternative Quarantine (AQ) – will be allowed to enter Thailand without the need to show proof of a negative RT-PCR test within 72 hours of travel.

The number of approved airports has increased from 7 to 8 – Don Mueang, Suvarnabhumi, Phuket, Krabi, Samui, Chiang Mai, U-Tapao, and Hat Yai (new). Land border checkpoints has increased from 3 to 4 – Nong Khai, Udon Thani, Songkhla, and Satun (new).

Two tests remain in place for the TEST & GO and Sandbox travellers: RT-PCR test upon arrival (Day 0) and an antigen self-test on Day 5. The Sandbox staying period has been reduced to 5 days from the current 7 days.

After completing five days within the Sandbox destinations, travellers will be allowed to travel domestically within Thailand. Quarantine is reduced to 5 days and an RT-PCR test on Day 4-5.

It is especially important to check in regularly on to stay current on what remains a very fluid and fast changing situation.