Pre-travel COVID testing for arrivals is lifted from April 1


BANGKOK: The COVID-19 Situation Administration Center decided today (March 18) to remove the requirement for visitors to take a COVID-19 test before travel, from April 1, but tests on arrival will continue.

Visitors undergo arrival procedures at Suvarnabhumi Airport. Photo: Varuth Hirunyatheb

The change in procedure was announced by CCSA spokesperson Taweesilp Visanuyothin, reports the Bangkok Post.

He said the pre-travel testing requirement would end for all visitors, whether arriving through Test & Go, Sandbox or quarantine channels.

People entering the country through the Test & Go or Sandbox programs would receive an RT-PCR test upon arrival and would be required to perform an antigen self-test on the 5th day after arrival, monitored at their hotel.

Visitors to the sandbox would remain in their reception areas for five days. Visitors to the quarantine program, including those caught sneaking out, would be kept in isolation for five days and given an RT-PCR test on day 4 or 5 after arrival.

The CCSA would continue to require visitors to have COVID-19 insurance coverage of at least US$20,000 (666,175 B), but would likely reduce it later, Dr Taweesilp said.

Also, from April 1, people could arrive overland via Satun province in the south, in addition to current Nong Khai, Udon Thani and Songkhla.

Arrivals by sea would be permitted through the ports of Surat Thani, in addition to the current Phuket and Chon Buri.

By air, the reopening would include Hat Yai Airport in addition to the current airports of Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang, Phuket, Krabi, Samui, Chiang Mai and U-tapao.

The CCSA hoped to expand reopening by air to all airports, depending on their readiness, in May, Dr Taweesilp said.

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