As of 1 May 2022, Thailand will lift the RT-PCR testing requirement for international arrivals. Travellers and international yachts will be allowed to enter the kingdom without pre-arrival or arrival tests.
Thailand’s Centre for COVID Situation Administration (CCSA) has approved the dropping of all testing for travellers to Thailand. Registration for the revised Thailand Pass is also expected to be available from 29 April, according to Thailand Pass.
It’s the biggest easing of entry requirements for fully vaccinated travellers since the Thailand Pass was introduced as an upgrade to the earlier Certificate of Entry on 1 November 2021.
“This is great news for Thailand. Tourists are already starting to arrive, with more making bookings for the next few months,” says Gordon Fernandes and Captain Charlie Dwyer, Co-Founders of Asia Pacific Superyachts. “It’s rewarding to see Thailand hasn’t lost its appeal.”
Thailand’s CCSA approved the lifting of the RT-PCR testing requirement for international arrivals and introduced two new entry schemes specifically customised for vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers.
International travellers who are fully vaccinated will no longer be required to show proof of a pre-arrival negative RT-PCR test or undergo an arrival test.
They will still be required to register for a Thailand Pass with a Certificate of COVID Vaccination, plus have an insurance policy with coverage of no less than US$10,000. On arrival in Thailand, they will be allowed entry and are free to go anywhere.
International travellers who are unvaccinated, or not fully vaccinated, will no longer be required to show proof of a pre-arrival negative RT-PCR test or undergo an arrival test. They are required to register for a Thailand Pass with a five-day hotel booking or yacht stay and an insurance policy with coverage of no less than US$10,000. On arrival in Thailand, they must undergo quarantine for five days and an RT-PCR test on day five.
An exception is made for unvaccinated travellers who are able to upload proof of a negative RT-PCR test within 72 hours of travel via the Thailand Pass system. Like those who are fully vaccinated, they will be allowed entry and are free to go anywhere.
There will be no more Test & Go or Sandbox programs, either. The only two options for arriving travellers will now be vaccinated or unvaccinated.
“This is a milestone in Thailand’s recovery and we’re thrilled to welcome visiting yachts,” says Fernandes.
Apply for a Thailand Pass here.