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The Who, Where & How of Thailand’s No Pre-Flight Covid-19 Test Rule

Eligible travelers, points of entry, vessel types, testing requirements & more

Covid-19 Coronavirus RT-PCR Test Testing

The Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration on Friday approved the lifting of the pretravel testing requirement for international arrivals beginning April 1  as the kingdom prepares a four-phase plan to downgrade the coronavirus to an endemic disease.

Relaxed Rules from April 1

Eligible travelers – International arrivals under any of the current three entry schemes – “Test & Go”, “sandbox” and Alternative Quarantine – will be allowed to enter Thailand without the need to show proof of a negative RT-PCR test within 72 hours of travel.

Points of entry – Air, land, and water points of entry.

Number of approved airports – Increased from seven to eight: Don Mueang, Suvarnabhumi, Phuket, Krabi, Samui, Chiang Mai, U-Tapao and, now, Hat Yai.

Land border checkpoints – Increased from three to four: Nong Khai, Udon Thani, Songkhla, and, now, Satun.

Water points of entry – Increased from ports and piers in two to three provinces: Phuket, Chonburi, and now, Surat Thani.

Types of vessels – Increased from yachts to also cover ships of Thai government agencies, while Thai crew members on cargo ships will also be allowed to enter Thailand.

Testing requirement – Two tests remain in place for the Test & Go and sandbox travelers: RT-PCR test upon arrival (Day 0) and an antigen self-test on Day 5.

Sandbox stay period – Reduced to five days from current seven. After completing five days within the sandbox destinations, travelers will be allowed to travel domestically within Thailand.

AQ requirement – Quarantine reduced to five days and an RT-PCR test one of two last days.