The suspension of the Test & Go program for international arrival is now official after it was published on the Royal Gazette website on Wednesday.
Prime Minister and CCSA chairman Prayut Chan-o-cha specified that Thailand Pass will no longer accept new applications from midnight on Wednesday (December 22) until January 4, adding that the CCSA will re-evaluate the situation and announce another decision.
During the Test & Go suspension, foreign visitors who wish to enter Thailand can do so under the Phuket Sandbox. If their test comes out negative upon arrival, they just need to stay in the island province for seven days. After the required number of days, they can then visit other provinces as long as test negative via the RT-PCR method on the 5th or 6th day in Thailand.
Foreigners can also choose to come to Thailand via the “alternative quarantine” channel approved by the Tourism and Sports Ministry. They will also need to take a Covid-19 RT-PCR test on the 5th or 6th day in Thailand before they can travel to other parts of the country.
It is also stipulated in the announcement that foreigners who applied and received approval via Thailand pass before it was suspended will be allowed to enter Thailand. However, they will have two RT-PCR tests — the first on arrival and the second on the 5th or 6th day in Thailand. The test will be provided at designated public or private medical facilities and the cost will be covered by the government.
Source: The Nation
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