Signs at Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Samut Prakan

Thailand drops pre-arrival RT-PCR COVID test for foreign visitors

Travelers to Thailand are exempted as of Friday April 1st from having to submit a RT-PCR COVID test before traveling, although they will still be required to quarantine for at least one night upon arrival, as the country records its highest wave of infections during the pandemic.

Despite the lowering of the pre-travel requirements, which until today required a negative result of less than 72 hours before boarding the plane, people arriving in the country from abroad must still undergo a PCR upon arrival and wait in a hotel for a negative result before being able to leave freely.

In addition, travelers must undergo a rapid ATK test on their fifth day of stay.

This new policy, aimed at reactivating the tourism sector, coincides with the largest wave of contagions since the beginning of the pandemic, although the number of deaths has not increased to the same extent.

The Government of Thailand intends to declare COVID-19 as an endemic disease, although it is making slow progress in the reduction of measures and still maintains the obligation to wear masks indoors and outdoors, restricts the hours of sale of alcohol and the closure of nightlife, among other measures.

-Thailand News (TN)


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