Mandatory on-arrival COVID testing for all vaccinated passengers has been removed, making it easier to enter Thailand. As post-pandemic travel rises up around the world, the move is an attempt to bring the all-important tourist dollar back to the country.
Thailand will eliminate required COVID testing upon arrival, reversing most of the pandemic-related entrance rules that have resulted in a less-than-desirable tourist inflow.
All vaccinated travellers will no longer be required to undergo an obligatory RT-PCR COVID test as of May 1st. Visitors are, however, invited to complete a self-administered antigen test when they arrive. Indeed, the new rules will make travelling to Thailand much more convenient, since travellers will no longer be required to book a one-night hotel stay in order to obtain visas.
Travelers, on the other hand, must still obtain online travel approval and show proof of immunisation and insurance. In addition, the required insurance coverage for a Thai visa has been reduced from $20,000 to $10,000. Travelers who have not been vaccinated must still show proof of a negative COVID test.
In order to attract more tourists, Thailand has steadily eased entry requirements for arriving passengers. The new restrictions come after the relaxation of requirements for arriving visitors to Thailand last month.
Before to April 1st, travellers arriving in Thailand were required to take a PCR test 72 hours prior to boarding planes. An on-arrival test, a one-night hotel quarantine, and a Day-5 antigen self-test were all performed after that.
As part of its Phuket Sandbox concept, Thailand began allowing tourists to enter the country without being quarantined in July 2021. According to "Test & Go" entrance rules, overseas travellers might visit the rest of the country quarantine-free by November.