The Thai government has suspended its plan to reduce testing requirements for travelers arriving through the Test & Go scheme.

Key Points:

  • Travelers arriving through the Test & Go scheme will not be allowed to take an antigen test in place of a PCR test upon arrival, as was previously announced.
    • Individuals using the Test & Go scheme must book transportation to a quarantine hotel and a one night stay at a quarantine hotel in order to take a PCR test and receive the results.
  • Beginning Dec. 16, individuals arriving through the Sandbox scheme only have to book a quarantine hotel room for five days instead of seven days.

Additional Information: The Thai government had previously decided to modify its testing requirements under the Test & Go scheme. To enter the country on or after Nov. 1 travelers must have a valid visa or re-entry permit, Thailand Pass, proof of vaccination (if applicable), COVID-19 health insurance, confirmation of an Alternative State Quarantine hotel booking (if applicable) and a negative PCR test conducted within 72 hours of departure.

BAL Analysis: Authorities canceled the plan to allow antigen testing in light of the spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and BAL will provide additional updates as information becomes available.

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