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Confirmed Changes To Thailand Test and Go Programme

Following the announcement of the relaunch of the Test & GO “quarantine-free” programme from 1st February we now have more details of the plan which includes an additional confinement day. In the previous incarnation of Test & GO travellers would complete a PCR test on arrival and would have to wait at an approved SHA+Continue reading "Confirmed Changes To Thailand Test and Go Programme"

Thailand Quarantine Free Travel To Return

Authorities in Thailand have today announced that the Test & GO scheme, suspended prior to Christmas, will be reinstated from 1st February. Test & GO had seen visitor numbers increase in the seven weeks since it was introduced at the start of November. The scheme allowed fully vaccinated visitors to travel to Thailand without havingContinue reading "Thailand Quarantine Free Travel To Return"

New Thailand Sandbox Zones Could Be Created

Yesterday we reported that the suspended Test & GO programme could be reinstated soon and now there are reports that the Sandbox programme could be expanded. When Test & GO was suspended just before Christmas it left just the Phuket Sandbox as route into the country without undergoing a full quarantine. The Sandbox scheme wasContinue reading "New Thailand Sandbox Zones Could Be Created"

Could Thailand Test And Go Make A Rapid Return

There are reports coming out of Thailand today that the Thai government is considering reinstating the Test & GO programme, less than a month after it was suspended. Test & GO, which allowed fully vaccinated travellers from 63 countries to visit without quarantine requirements once they had completed an initial arrival PCR test, was suspendedContinue reading "Could Thailand Test And Go Make A Rapid Return"

New Thailand Tourist Entry Fee

The Thai Tourism and Sports Ministry  has announced that a tourist entry fee will be imposed on all foreign arrivals from April. The 300 baht (approx £6.60 / US$8.99) per person fee will be used to develop tourist attractions, accident and death insurance. Plans are for the fee to be collected through air fares althoughContinue reading "New Thailand Tourist Entry Fee"

Three New Sandbox Destinations Open But Omicron Spreads In Thailand

Phang Nga (including Khao Lak), Krabi (including Ao Nang and Phi Phi islands) and Surat Thani (Koh Samui, Koh Tao and Koh Phangan only) have all today been added to the Phuket Sandbox in Thailand, welcoming tourists despite increasing cased of Covid-19 in the country fuelled by the Omicron variant. Fully vaccinated tourists can nowContinue reading "Three New Sandbox Destinations Open But Omicron Spreads In Thailand"

Thailand Sandbox Extended But Test And Go Suspension Continues

Thailand has announced that the quarantine-free Test &GO scheme suspension is extended indefinitely but that further Sandbox destinations will be added from 1th January. Test & GO allowed fully quarantine-free travel to fully vaccinated travellers from more than 60 countries and was seen as the key measure in the relaunch of tourism in the country.Continue reading "Thailand Sandbox Extended But Test And Go Suspension Continues"

Further Blow To Thailand Tourism Hopes

The suspension of the Test & GO entry scheme for fully vaccinated travellers has been a hammer blow to the Thailand tourism industry and the prospects of another ruined high-season. The country has today raised its COVID-19 alert level as the Omicron variant fuels increasing numbers of infections. Raising the alert level from three toContinue reading "Further Blow To Thailand Tourism Hopes"

Doubts Over Thailand Tourism As Restrictions Look Set To Be Extended

Reports coming out of Thailand suggests that it is highly likely that the current suspension of the Test & GO entry systems, due to expire today, will be extended. Test & GO was the culmination of Thailand’s reopening schedule, allowing fully vaccinated vistors from more than 60 countries to travel quarantine-free throughout the country. TheContinue reading "Doubts Over Thailand Tourism As Restrictions Look Set To Be Extended"

Thailand Confirms Reopening Of Maya Bay

World famous Maya Bay will reopen on 1st January but will still have restrictions in place. Main picture tourist boats in Maya Bay prior to its closure in 2008 credit Humphrey Muleba on Unsplash The bay, whose fame and issues stem from being one of the stars of the Leonardo DiCaprio film The Beach, hasContinue reading "Thailand Confirms Reopening Of Maya Bay"

Quarantine Free Travel Halted In Thailand

Updated 14:24 CET 21/12/21 – Thailand has announced that it will reinstate mandatory COVID-19 quarantine for foreign visitors and suspend the Test & GO and sandbox schemes from today due to concerns over the spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus. “After Dec. 21, there will be no new registrations for ‘Test and Go’,Continue reading "Quarantine Free Travel Halted In Thailand"

Thailand Reviewing Permitted Countries Under Omicron Threat

The Bangkok Post is reporting that Thailand is likely to review its list of permitted countries under the Test & GO entry scheme later this week in an effort to thwart the spread of the Omicon variant of Covid-19. Currently travellers from countries are permitted to visiot under the scheme but the reports suggest thatContinue reading "Thailand Reviewing Permitted Countries Under Omicron Threat"

Could Omicron End Quarantine Free Travel To Thailand

The ongoing global spread of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 has resulted in calls for the Test & GO quarantine-free travel arrangement in Thailand to be ended, at least for the time-being. Thailand Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul is reported as saying that he would be proposing the end of theContinue reading "Could Omicron End Quarantine Free Travel To Thailand"

Thailand Hotel Named In World’s Best Hotels List

The Six Senses Yao Noi in Thailand has been named one of the World’s Best Hotels in the Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2022. The Gold List includes places and experiences handpicked by Condé Nast Traveler’s global editors. Phang Nga Bay has to be one of the world’s most spectacular seascapes and it sets theContinue reading "Thailand Hotel Named In World’s Best Hotels List"

More Changes To Thailand Entry Rules

The Royal Thai government have announced a number of changes to its entry rules for foreign arrivals, many effective immediately. Full, updated details are available on our dedicated Test & GO Exemption from Quarantine and Blue Zone and Happy Quarantine pages. Test & GO – Exemption From Quarantine The headline changes include the opening ofContinue reading "More Changes To Thailand Entry Rules"

Thailand Launches New Website For Tourists

A new website called Entry Thailand has been launched designed to make the travel journey easier for travellers to Thailand. The website contains the latest information required by all travellers as they prepare to visit the country, during their stay and prior to leaving. It includes details on the documentation required for entry, the ThailandContinue reading "Thailand Launches New Website For Tourists"


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