Thai Embassy in Seoul outlines measures for return of Thais


BANGKOK (The Nation/Asia News Network): The Royal Thai Embassy in Seoul on Thursday (January 13th) announced the final measures for Thais wishing to return home, either through the Test & Go or sandbox programs, or by opting for an alternative quarantine (AQ).

“Those who registered for the Thailand Pass before December 22, 2021 and who have already received their QR code can enter Thailand under the Test & Go program. Under this program, they are required to take an RT test -PCR 72 hours prior to departure,” read the embassy’s Facebook post.

“If they wish to change their travel date, an email should be sent to [email protected] explaining why the date has been changed along with a copy of passport, vaccination certificate and proof of payment for travel. AQ hotel and airfare Changes in travel plans will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Since the Test & Go program was suspended on December 22 in response to the spike in Omicron infections, people who registered for the Thailand Pass after that date can only enter the country by quarantining in an AQ hotel or opting for a sandbox program.

The QA method requires travelers to provide proof of prepayment for hotel stay – seven days for fully vaccinated and 10 days for unvaccinated or those who have not yet received their second injection.

People required to quarantine for 10 days will also have to pay for two RT-PCR tests.

The sandbox program, on the other hand, does not require an RT-PCR test, but applicants must be fully vaccinated and land in Phuket, Samui or Krabi. They will be allowed to travel to Phuket, Phang Nga, Krabi and three islands in Surat Thani under a sealed route for seven days.

Travelers are required to show proof of payment for SHA+ certified hotels in these provinces.

The embassy also added that Thai nationals under the age of 18 can enter Thailand under the following conditions:

• People between the ages of 12 and 17 who have received at least one Covid-19 vaccine can enter Thailand without an accompanying parent through an AQ hotel or through the sandbox program.

• Those who are not vaccinated must be accompanied by a parent and quarantined according to the parent’s vaccination status (seven or 10 days).

• Children under 11 are not required to be vaccinated but must be accompanied by their parents and the quarantine period will be based on the parents’ vaccination status.

• No RT-PCR test is required for young travelers in either age group.

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