It is now possible for vaccinated U.S. citizens and citizens of 62 other nations to visit Thailand and avoid an extended quarantine under Thailand’s Test And Go program. This guide walks you how I prepared for my trip to Bangkok.
Thailand Test And Go Guide
If you are a citizen of the the following nations, you are eligible to avoid an extended quarantine in Thailand by taking part in the Test And Go program.
Which Countries Are Eligible For Test And Go Program In Thailand?
- Brunei Darussalam
- Czech Republic
- New Zealand
- Saudi Arabia
- Slovak Republic
- Sri Lanka
- South Korea
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom
- United States
- Hong Kong
If you are eligible, follow the steps below for a stress-free arrival in Thailand.
Step One: Obtain Insurance
Insurance is necessary to enter Thailand. You must be covered for at least 50,000USD. While some U.S. insurance plans include worldwide coverage, I booked my insurance via AXA Insurance. The Sawasdee Thailand insurance package cost 470THB (about 15USD) for my three-day trip (I added an extra day, just in case). The policy was delivered instantly in a .pdf document and seemed a lot easier than trying to even pick up the phone and call BlueShield to see if my policy was valid overseas for at least $50K.
Step Two: Book Test And Go Hotel Package
Second, you’ll book your Test And Go package with the hotel of your choice in Thailand. A list of eligible hotels in Bangkok is here. While some third-party services offer to book Test And Go packages for you, your best bet is to contact the hotel directly to arrange your package.
I chose to spend my 1-night quarantine at the Hyatt Place in Bangkok. While the hotel’s website showed sold out, I emailed the hotel and was easily able to make a reservation online.
Once your Test And Go package is booked, you will be given a form that you will need when applying for your Thailand Pass.
The package includes:
- airport transportation to your hotel
- three meals daily
- COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival at your hotel
- self-administered antigen test
- nurse on call
Once your PCR test returns negative, you are free to leave, even if it is same-day. At my hotel, I was not allowed to come and go after receiving my negative test…once I left, that was it (the hotel claimed this in accordance with health guidelines).
Step Three: Fill Out Thailand Pass
Once your insurance and Test And Go hotel confirmation are complete, apply for a Thailand Pass here.
First, choose non-Thai.
Next, you’ll choose which package you are applying for. Choose Test And Go on the left side.
Fill in your arrival date and where you will be departing from.
Agree to the terms.
Next, you’ll fill in your personal information and upload your passport and vaccine card.
You’ll then enter your Test And Go hotel information and upload the confirmation booking.
Finally, you’ll upload your proof of healthcare insurance.
Click submit and you’ll receive a “success” box. Monitor your email for the QR code.
I filled out the form the first time and waited three days for the QR code to arrive. It never did. From the lounge in London, I filled it out again and it arrived instantly. The earlier QR did arrive a few hours after (about 72 hours after requesting). It looks like this:
Step Four: Obtain Negative COVID-19 PCR Test
You will need a negative COVID-19 PCR test not more than 72 hours old to board your flight to Thailand. If you are traveling on multi-legs on the same ticket, the test must be no more than 72 hours from your first leg.
(for example, if traveling from New York to London to Bangkok, the test must be less than 72 hours from your departure date from New York)
Hint: Print a paper copy of all documents, because airlines check them as well. I flew ANA to Bangkok and agents very carefully checked my paperwork before issuing my boarding pass.
Starting December 16, 2021, a rapid antigen test will be accepted, which will eliminate the need for one-night quarantines all together.
Thailand’s new Test And Go package allows vaccinated travelers to avoid an extended quarantine by testing negative after arrival. Although the process is a bit cumbersome, hopefully this guide helps you to quickly gather the information you need to obtain your Thailand Pass QR code.
Shortly, I’ll share what arrival in Bangkok was like.
> See Also: Alternative Quarantine (AQ) Thailand Guide