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Thailand to reopen Pattaya and Ko Chang from 1 February and resume TEST&GO scheme

Thailand is calling and from 1 February 2022, the TEST & GO entry scheme is back and the Sandbox destinations on offer to international tourists will increase by two extra destinations, Pattaya and Ko Chang.

Thailand is calling and from 1 February 2022, the TEST & GO entry scheme is back and the Sandbox destinations on offer to international tourists will increase by two extra destinations, Pattaya and Ko Chang.

From 1 February fully vaccinated travellers from any country around the world can apply for a TEST & GO Thailand Pass up to 60 days in advance.

While existing rules under the scheme remain unchanged, Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) approved additional requirements to ensure stringent COVID-19 precautions.

All new TEST & GO applications must submit: A proof of prepayment for 2 separate nights of accommodation at government-approved hotels on Day 1 and Day 5, and the expenses for 2 RT-PCR tests on Day 1 and Day 5. 

The prepayment for Day 1 must include accommodation, a test and a prearranged transfer from the airport to the hotel.

Travellers can book 2 different hotels for the accommodation on Day 1 and Day 5. However, on both Day 1 and Day 5, they must stay within their room for the RT-PCR test result.

Travellers who have applied/obtained their Thailand Pass QR code before 22 December 2021, with scheduled arrival dates in Thailand from 24 December 2021, onwards, are still required to undergo their second COVID-19 test using the RT-PCR technique at government-designated facilities on Day 5-6 of their stay in Thailand, or when they experience respiratory symptoms (no additional cost).

More details: Exemption from Quarantine (TEST & GO) entry scheme

Sandbox destinations expanded to 6 provinces

Pattaya, Thailand

Also from 1 February, the CCSA approved the reopening of Bang Lamung, Pattaya, Si Racha, Si Chang, and Sattahip – only Na Jomtien and Bang Saray – in Chon Buri, and Ko Chang in Trat as Sandbox destinations.

The Sandbox Extension programme will also be introduced between Phuket, Phang-Nga, Krabi, and Surat Thani, where Sandbox travellers can travel within these destinations during the first 7 days in Thailand and can change accommodation three times.    

This means fully vaccinated travellers from overseas who are planning to travel to Thailand under the Sandbox programme can choose to undergo their first 7 days in either Krabi, Phang-Na, Phuket, Surat Thani (Ko Samui, Ko Pha-ngan, and Ko Tao), Chon Buri (Bang Lamung, Pattaya, Si Racha, Si Chang, and Sattahip – only Na Jomtien and Bang Saray), and Trat (Ko Chang).

More details: Sandbox entry programme

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