Thailand entry requirements are being eased again as the Government aims to scrap day five testing for full vaccinated visitors.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) confirmed this week that the new travel laws are set to come into effect from 1 March.

Previously under the Sandbox Programme, vaccinated travellers had to complete a PCR test on day one and day five. Passengers would then be required to await their results in a government-approved hotel before being allowed to move out of the area.

However, the change in laws would now mean vaccinated holidaymakers can enter Thailand after the provision of just one negative PCR test.


Brits could find the new Thailand entry requirements easier to negotiate

Switch to cheaper testing

Although the change in requirements does mean a reduction in PCR testing needed, they have stopped short of completely scrapping them.

Rather than ditching the need for vaccinated travellers to take a PCR test, the TAT have confirmed passengers can now complete a cheaper rapid antigen test on day five instead.

While this doesn’t mean a reduction in the number of tests needed to enter Thailand, the Thai Government is hopeful it will reduce the travel costs for Brits wanting to visit the country again. In addition, the out-stripping of the second PCR test would now mean there’s no requirement for tourists to visit local medical centres to complete the examination, as the acceptable rapid antigen tests are self-administered.

Person holding negative LFT

The TAT will make the move to cheaper rapid antigen testing for day 5 exams

New entry requirements

PCR tests will still be required before travelling to Thailand and upon day one of entry, as well as confirmation of pre-payment for a stay in a government-approved hotel while the results of the post-arrival test are gathered.

In addition, those wishing to travel to Thailand from the UK will need to complete a Thailand Pass application at least 3-7 days before departure. Elsewhere, the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration in Asia has confirmed the lowering of the minimal travel insurance coverage from $50,000 to $20,000. 

Thai authorities do recognise the UK COVID Pass as proof of vaccination which must be shown on arrival by all over 18s. However, unvaccinated Brits will still be required to isolate on their arrival in the country.