Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) today approved the resumption of the Exemption from Quarantine (TEST & GO) entry scheme, the reopening of Pattaya and Ko Chang Sandbox destinations, and the reintroduction of the Sandbox Extension programme effective from 1 February, 2022, from 09.00 Hrs, Thailand time.
Fully vaccinated travellers from any country in the globe can apply for a TEST & GO Thailand Pass 60 days in advance beginning February 1, 2022, at 09.00 Hrs. Thailand time.
While the scheme's present standards remain unaltered, the CCSA authorized new measures to maintain severe COVID-19 precautions.
All new TEST & GO applications must include proof of prepayment for two separate nights of accommodation at a government-approved hotel/s, such as SHA Extra Plus (SHA++), AQ, OQ, or AHQ on Days 1 and 5, as well as the costs of two RT-PCR tests on Days 1 and 5.
The Day 1 prepayment must include lodging, a test, and a prearranged transfer from the airport to the hotel.
Travellers can book 2 different hotels for the accommodation on Day 1 and Day 5. However, on both Day 1 and Day 5, they must stay within the room for the RT-PCR test result.
Meanwhile, travellers who applied for/obtained their Thailand Pass QR code before December 22, 2021, with scheduled arrival dates in Thailand beginning December 24, 2021, must still undergo their second COVID-19 test using the RT-PCR technique at government-designated facilities on Days 5-6 of their stay in Thailand, or whenever they experience respiratory symptoms (no additional cost).
Sandbox destinations expanded 6 provinces, Sandbox Extension reintroduced
The CCSA approved the reopening of Bang Lamung, Pattaya, Si Racha, Si Chang, and Sattahip in Chon Buri, as well as Na Jomtien and Bang Saray in Trat, as Sandbox destinations.
The Sandbox Extension project will also be extended between Phuket, Phang-Nga, Krabi, and Surat Thani (Ko Samui, Ko Pha-ngan, and Ko Tao), where Sandbox tourists will be able to move within these areas and change accommodation three times during their first seven days in Thailand (can book 3 different hotels).
This means that fully vaccinated international visitors planning to visit Thailand under the Sandbox programme can spend their first 7 days in Krabi, Phang-Na, Phuket, Surat Thani (Ko Samui, Ko Pha-ngan, and Ko Tao), Chon Buri (Bang Lamung, Pattaya, Si Racha, Si Chang, and Sattahip – only Na Jomtien and Bang Saray), and Trat (Ko Chang).
The scheme's existing rules remain in effect.
More information: Sandbox entry programme
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