Thailand is suspending its Test And Go program, but will not block visitors who have already had their application approved.
Thailand Suspends Test And Go Program
I traveled to Thailand under the Test & Go program last month and recently provided a detailed step-by-step guide on how to enter Thailand under this scheme. But effective at midnight on Wednesday, December 22, 2021, Thailand will stop accepting new applications for its Test And Go program, which allows vaccinated travelers to test in advance, test on arrival, and only quarantine until that post-arrival test comes back negative.
This represents another blow to tourism in Thailand, which was just starting to recover after 18 months of closure or quarantine.
Approved Test And Go Travelers May Still Visit Thailand
But the news is not all bad. Those who have already been approved to enter under Test & Go (or conceivably those who still apply before the end of the day in Thailand today and are approved) can still travel to Thailand.
That’s an important concession to those who have already booked travel on the basis of existing policy and I applaud Thailand for not being so punitive as to block those who have already purchased test and go packages and airline tickets.
Thailand Borders Not Closed
The suspension of the Test & Go program is open-ended. However you can still travel to Thailand under its Phuket Sandbox program or by undergoing an Alternate Quarantine (AQ) for 10 nights at an approved hotel.
> Read More: Alternative Quarantine (AQ) Thailand Guide
Hopefully the omicron wave will recede, as it is already starting to do in South Africa. Hopefully Thailand can soon welcome visitors again without burdensome quarantine requirements (I would have gone crazy for more than a day at my quarantine hotel). In the meantime, if you are already approved under Test And Go, you can still travel to Thailand and avoid an extended quarantine.