Thailand has authorized the removal of the RT-PCR testing requirement for overseas visitors commencing 1 May 2022, a substantial boost to the country’s tourist industry. New entrance procedures for vaccinated and unvaccinated passengers are also being implemented.
New entry requirements for immunized visitors:
- International passengers who have received all of their vaccines will no longer be needed to produce documentation of a pre-arrival negative RT-PCR test or to undertake an arrival test.
- They must still apply for a Thailand Pass (through https://tp.consular.go.th/) with a Certificate of COVID-19 Vaccination and an insurance policy with a minimum coverage of US$10,000 (down from US$20,000).
- When they arrive in Thailand, they will be granted entrance and will be free to travel around the country.
New entrance requirements for unimmunized visitors:
- International passengers who are unvaccinated or are just partially vaccinated will no longer be needed to demonstrate documentation of a pre-arrival negative RT-PCR test or to undertake an arrival test.
- They must apply for a Thailand Pass and schedule a 5-day hotel stay, as well as purchase an insurance policy with a minimum coverage of US$10,000 (down from US$20,000).
- When they arrive in Thailand, they must be quarantined for 5 days before being subjected to an RT-PCR test on Day 5.
- Unvaccinated tourists who can upload documentation of a negative RT-PCR test within 72 hours of travel via the Thailand Pass system will be granted entry and free to go wherever in the country, just like those who are fully vaccinated.
Both vaccinated and unvaccinated visitors to Thailand are encouraged to adhere to rigorous health and safety regulations. Travelers who have COVID-like symptoms should be checked. If they test positive, they must receive the necessary medical care.