Q. Can it be any Covid vaccine and what proof do I need to show?
The vaccine must be approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) or the Thai Food & Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA approved list includes AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, Pfizer, Sinopharm, and Sinovac. Visitors need to be fully vaccinated with two shots of the vaccine (one shot for Johnson & Johnson). Vaccination shots need to have been given at least 14 days before boarding your flight to Thailand and no longer than one year before.
Q. Do I need to have a Covid test before departing for Thailand?
Pre-arrival test has been lifted since April 1st, 2022. You do not need any test before boarding the flight Thailand any more. However, there are still 2 Covid test upon arrival in Thailand. 1 RT-PCR Test on the first day, and 1 ATK test on day 5.
Q. If I’m over 18 and not been vaccinated or only received one dose of the AstraZeneca jab, can I still travel to Thailand?
You can, but you will need to follow the current entry procedures and enter quarantine on arrival. You can only visit without quarantine if you have been fully vaccinated with both doses of the jab (or one shot for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine).
Q. Can I travel anywhere in Thailand after I’ve stayed one night and received my negative test result?
*Subject to any local Covid restrictions that may be in place for domestic travelers.
Q. After arriving in Thailand, how long does it take for the RT-PCR test result to come through?
Timings will vary depending on when and where you arrive. Test results will be available within a day, but the average time for results to come through is expected to be between 6-12 hours.
Q. Do I need to download any apps?
On arrival in Thailand you need to download and install the MorChana app:
Q. How much does the RT-PCR test cost and who do I pay?
The cost is approximately 2,100 Baht per test. Payment needs to be made in advance via the approved hotel you are staying at for your first night’s stay. If arriving in Thailand at Phuket airport, you will need to book and pay for your tests in advance via the official website: https://www.thailandpsas.com/
Q. Where will the first RT-PCR test take place?
On arrival at the airport in Thailand you will be taken by designated transport to the test center or hospital for your first RT-PCR test. If arriving in Phuket or Ko Samui, the test will be carried out at the airport.
Q. Where does the day 5 rapid test come from & who administers it?
They will get the rapid test (ATK / lateral flow) at the hotel or from the hospital when they do their PCR test. This test is self-administered on day 5.
Q. When on day 5 does the rapid test need to be completed?
There is no specific time mentioned, but, if guests are leaving their hotel on that day, they will likely need to present results to reception.
Q. Can we schedule anything on day 5 (excursions/domestic flights)?
Yes, with this ATK test, you can now plan as per normal on day 5. Only in the case that guests test positive will there be a problem. As it is a self-test, we do not need to have pre-arranged appointments and wait in the hotel for the result.
Q. Are the rapid antigen/ATK/Lateral Flow tests free?
The rapid antigen/ATK/lateral flow test is included in the hotel booking on Day 1. Price depends on the hotel, but either free or comes at a nominal surcharge that is included in the booking.
Q. Can clients bring their own tests?
No, they will need to use the test provided to them here in Thailand.
Q. What happens if I test positive?
If your test result is positive, the test center or hospital will make all arrangements to admit you to either hospital or a suitable hotel (this will be decided on a case-by-case basis). Your expenses need to be covered by your insurance.
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Q. Do I need a Covid test before flying back home?
This varies depending on your government’s policy. Check out with the local authorities where you live.
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