The Crown situation in Thailand: information for vacationers

Anyone traveling to Thailand must still take two PCR tests and register for the “Thailand Passport”. It may be too cumbersome for many vacationers. The government therefore wants to facilitate entry in the near future. What is planned in detail, which entry regulations currently apply to Thailand and what is the situation of the crown in the country – TRAVELBOOK offers an overview.

Thailand wants to further loosen entry rules for tourists vaccinated twice since June. So the current model, which requires PCR testing before departure and after arrival, as well as online registration for the so-called “Thailand Pass” could be scrapped entirely, Tourism Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn said. The prerequisite is that the crown numbers do not drastically increase after the traditional Songkran New Year festival, which is celebrated in Thailand from April 13-15.

“Thailand moved on last year when we reopened to visitors. We cannot let the country lag behind now, while many nations are opening their borders and have fewer restrictions than we do, “the minister said, referring to numerous other Southeast Asian countries that are now welcoming tourists again.

Tour operators and hoteliers in Southeast Asia’s vacation paradise have long been calling for further relaxation of the rules to attract more guests. In July 2021, Thailand became the first country in the region to offer non-quarantine holidays again on the largest island, Phuket.

Ratchakitprakarn stressed that he expects around seven million tourists for the whole of 2022. Three million fewer than initially hoped, but the global wave of omicrons and the war in Ukraine are putting a strain on the sector. Authorities only expect as many guests as there were before the pandemic in 2024. In 2019, 40 million tourists traveled to Thailand.

In the sections below you can read which entry regulations currently apply to Thailand, what the crown situation is like in the country, and what restrictions currently apply.

Corona regulations: what do I need to enter Thailand?

Fully vaccinated tourists entering Thailand under the Test & Go program, which was resumed on February 1, are exempt from quarantine. However, they are obliged to wait for the prescribed PCR test result in their hotel room on day 1, i.e. the day of arrival. On the 5th day, an antigen self-test is required, the result of which must be sent by travelers to the authorities via an app.

Also, when entering Thailand, proof of a negative PCR test in English is currently required. This must not be older than 72 hours after departure from the country of origin. Alternatively, a medical certificate of recovery can be presented, for which the infection must have occurred at least 14 days ago and no more than 3 months ago. Children under the age of 6 are exempt from this if traveling with their parents, writes the Federal Foreign Office on its website.

All Test & Go applications must be accompanied by proof of one night prepayment at a government certified hotel (SHA Extra + or AQ Hotel). Advance payment for 1 day must include both accommodation and testing and pre-arranged transfer from the airport to the hotel, writes the Thailand Tourism Authority (TAT) on its website.

If you want to vacation in Thailand despite Corona, you must also provide proof of health insurance with coverage of at least US $ 20,000, which also covers treatments for Covid-19.

The “Sandbox” program.

The “Sandbox” program allows fully vaccinated and cured vacationers to travel across the country. However, only after seven days, travelers have to spend in one of the designated “sandbox” regions. During this week, vacationers can move freely in the “Sandbox” region and do not need to be quarantined. Tourists must stay in a pre-booked and so-called SHA ++ hotel. In addition to the PCR test on entry, they have to undergo another PCR test performed in the hospital. They can only leave the region after seven days if the second test is also negative.

Current sandbox regions currently include the provinces of Surat Thani (Koh Samui, Koh Pha Ngan and Koh Tao only), Phang Nga (entire province), Krabi (entire province), Phuket, Pattaya, and Koh Chang.

Thai passport

After the temporary suspension of the so-called “Thailand Pass”, with the exception of sandbox programs, applications for the “Test & Go” program possible. The program generates a QR code which must be presented before boarding the aircraft and when entering Thailand.

Important: QR codes requested or sent before 22 December have not lost their validity. In this case, the respective conditions of the “Thailand Pass” apply.

The current situation of the crown in Thailand

The number of infections has been very high by Thai standards for weeks, but the situation in hospitals is largely under control. On Wednesday (23 March) the authorities of the country with 70 million inhabitants registered about 26 thousand new infections, 69 people died of Covid-19.

What’s new in Thailand despite Corona?

For months Thailand has been divided into different zones, from blue to dark red, depending on the incidence of the crown. Depending on the color, different rules apply. In general, the hotels and restaurants are open again. Most national parks and many museums also welcome guests again. It is recommended that you check their respective websites before scheduled visits. In Thailand, masks are mandatory in all public spaces, even outdoors.

Thailand introduces the entrance fee for tourists

Thailand plans to impose an entry fee of 300 baht (about 8 euros) on tourists starting in April this year. “Part of the fee will be used to take care of the tourists,” Thailand Tourism Authority Governor Yuthasak Supasorn told Reuters.

The fare adds to the list of requirements for foreign tourists wishing to enter Thailand, including prepayment for the COVID-19 test, hotel accommodation or quarantine, and insurance with COVID-19 treatment coverage. at least $ 50,000.

The new fare will be included in the price of airline tickets and is part of the government’s plans for sustainable tourism, government spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana said, according to Reuters.

With material from dpa and Reuters

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