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Thailand PCR Test Entry Requirements: All You Need to Know About Testing For Travel to Thailand

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Updated November 2021

While the severity of COVID cases has reduced over the year, the pandemic is still far from being over. COVID testing has thus become the norm worldwide to enable safe travelling. Thailand has eased most of its travel restrictions but travelling to the country requires passengers to submit a negative PCR test.

Here are the latest PCR test entry requirements in Thailand that you should be aware of.

PCR testing requirements in Thailand

All arriving travellers from all countries, irrespective of their vaccination status, are required to submit a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result. The result must be issued a maximum of 72 hours before departure to Thailand and must be presented to the Health Control station upon arrival.

Please note that your test result must be a hard (not digital) copy or print-out and in either Thai or English language only.

What about testing at the airport?

Travellers are also subject to a PCR test on arrival and must book and pay for their domestic COVID-19 RT-PCR testing before travelling to Thailand. They have to take a COVID-19 RT-PCR test on arrival at the airport and wait at their hotel room for the test results. Travellers under the age of six will receive a COVID-19 saliva test.

Testing in quarantine

There are three methods through which travellers can enter Thailand and post-arrival testing measures varies accordingly.

Exemption from quarantine scheme

Fully vaccinated travellers travelling from the following countries are allowed to enter Thailand without having to serve quarantine:

Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Laos, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mongolia, Myanmar Nepal, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Sri Lanka, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Taiwan.

Such travellers will be subjected to one RT-PCR COVID-19 test on arrival.

Sandbox program

As for fully vaccinated travellers departing from countries not mentioned above, they are permitted to enter for tourism purposes through Thailand's sandbox program. The program requires travellers to spend seven days in designated hotels in destinations including Phuket, Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Koh Samui. After seven days have elapsed, travellers will be allowed to freely visit other parts of the country.

Travellers entering through the sandbox program will undergo two RT-PCR COVID-19 tests, one on arrival and day 6 or 7 of stay.

Alternative quarantine (AQ) scheme

Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travellers may still enter Thailand but must serve the mandatory Alternative Quarantine (AQ) of 10 days in a designated quarantine hotel in Bangkok, Phuket, or Samui before they can travel to other parts of Thailand.

Such travellers must take two RT-PCR COVID-19 tests, one on arrival and day 8 or 9 of stay.

Exemptions

The only exemption to Thailand's PCR testing requirement extends to Thai nationals entering under the AQ scheme.