From 1 November 2021, visitors from 63 countries/territories — including the UK and Ireland — can travel to Thailand quarantine-free under the ‘Test & Go’ arrangement. The welcome news was officially confirmed by the Thai government on 21 October.
We are Tourism Thailand (UK & Ireland) so the advice on this page is aimed at travellers flying to Thailand from the UK or Ireland. Different rules may apply if you are travelling from another country.
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List of approved countries for Test & Go
From 1 November 2021, Thailand has approved quarantine-free entry under the Test & Go arrangement for arrivals from:
Australia | Austria | Bahrain | Belgium | Bhutan | Brunei Darussalam | Bulgaria | Cambodia | Canada | Chile | China | Croatia| Cyprus | Czech Republic | Denmark | Estonia | Finland | France | Germany | Greece | Hong Kong | Hungary | Iceland | India | Indonesia | Ireland | Israel | Italy | Japan | Kuwait | Laos | Latvia | Lithuania | Luxembourg | Malaysia | Maldives | Malta | Mongolia | Myanmar | Nepal | Netherlands | New Zealand | Norway | Oman | Philippines | Poland | Portugal | Qatar | Romania | Saudi Arabia | Singapore | Slovakia | Slovenia | South Korea | Spain | Sri Lanka | Sweden | Switzerland | Taiwan | UAE | UK | USA | Vietnam
What are the requirements for Test & Go quarantine-free travel ?
- Your passport needs at least 6 months validity
- Arrive by air from a country/territory that is on the list approved by the Thai Public Health Ministry (UK and Ireland are both on the approved list)
- Must have been in the approved countries/territories for 21 days or more (can stay in more than one approved country)
- Fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and have proof of vaccination
- Produce proof of negative Covid-19 test from RT-PCR test issued within 72 hours before departure to Thailand
- Obtain Thailand Pass before departure
- Health insurance required with a minimum coverage of USD $50,000
- Undergo a RT-PCR test on arrival in Thailand
- A confirmed payment for a 1-night stay at a SHA Extra Plus* accommodation and 1 RT-PCR test
*SHA Extra Plus hotels are those that meet the Amazing Thailand SHA Plus standard and provide an accommodation service in partnership with certified hospitals for the RT-PCR test. The list of the SHA Extra Plus hotels is available here: https://web.thailandsha.com/shaextraplus.
- Your SHA Extra Plus hotel will coordinate the payment and booking of the RT-PCR test. The only exception to this is travellers flying to Phuket and staying in Phuket or areas within a 2-hour drive of Phuket airport (e.g. Khao Lak). In this instance, the test will be carried out at Phuket international airport and needs to be booked in advance via this official website:
- Install the MorChana app on arrival in Thailand
- After negative test result received can travel anywhere in Thailand
Thailand Pass and Certificate of Entry (CoE)
Visitors entering under the new rules must still prepare documents in advance. A new digital platform called Thailand Pass is aimed at making the process easier. From 1 November 2021, the Thailand Pass system will replace Certificate of Entry (CoE). Once registered in the new system, travellers will receive a Thailand Pass QR Code to display to the airline and to screening officers at the immigration checkpoint.
Thailand Pass (register online)
Thailand Pass FAQs
Test & Go: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
We will continue to add more information here as and when we get confirmation from the Thai authorities.
The requirement for a RT-PCR test on arrival in Thailand was scheduled to change to a test via an Antigen Test Kit (ATK) from 16 December 2021 onwards. However, worldwide concerns over the Omicron variant means that decision has been put on hold and the RT-PCR test on arrival will remain in place until further notice.
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. Proof of vaccination:
From UK: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/demonstrating-your-covid-19-status
From Ireland: https://www.hse.ie/eng/health/immunisation/whoweare/requestrecord.html
(Travellers previously infected within 3 months before travelling must have a medical certificate of recovery or get vaccinated with at least one dose of an approved vaccine for an unspecified period of times before travelling).
Do I need to have a Covid test before departing for Thailand?
International travellers must present a medical certificate with a RT-PCR laboratory result showing that Covid-19 is not detected. The test result needs to be issued within 72 hours of departure and the time and date shown on the certificate.
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).
More information here
Will Thailand accept a vaccine exemption certificate issued by the NHS?
No. The Test & Go arrangement is only for fully vaccinated travellers.
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 travellers.
After I arrive 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.
What is the Antigen Test Kit for?
Travellers are required to complete a self-test on day 6 or 7 of their stay using the provided Antigen Test Kit*. The test result should be shown to staff at your accommodation and your result logged in the MorChana app.
*This may now only be required for travellers displaying Covid symptoms.
How much does the RT-PCR test and Antigen Test Kit cost and who do I pay?
The cost is 2,000-2,500 Baht to include the Covid test on arrival and Antigen Test Kit. Payment needs to be made in advance via the approved hotel you are staying at for your first night’s stay.
Where will the RT-PCR test take place?
On arrival at the airport in Thailand you will be taken by designated transport to the test centre or hospital for your RT-PCR* test. If arriving in Phuket, the test will be carried out at the airport and you will need to book and pay for this in advance via the official website:
*Children under 6 years old have a saliva test
What happens if I test positive?
If your test result is positive, the test centre 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.
Children and young adults under 18
Please note the change of rules which are scheduled to come into effect on 16 December 2021
Up until 16 December 2021 these rules apply:
Can I travel with my unvaccinated children?
For the Test & Go scheme, children who are under 12 years of age and are travelling with their fully vaccinated parents or guardians, are exempt from the vaccination requirement. But unvaccinated children must have a medical certificate with a RT-PCR lab result issued no more than 72 hours before travelling indicating that Covid-19 is not detected .
My child is 14 years old and had one jab. Is this acceptable for travel to Thailand?
To travel to Thailand under the Test & Go arrangement, children and young adults between the age of 12 and 18 are required to be double vaccinated (one shot for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine).
The arrangements listed below for travellers under 18 years old are scheduled to apply from 16 December 2021:
Under 6 years old
Travellers under 6 years of age, travelling with parents/guardians with a negative RT-PCR test result within 72 hours before travelling, are not required to have a pre-arrival negative RT-PCR test result and can have a saliva test when entering Thailand.
6-11 years old
Travellers 6-11 years of age, travelling with parents/guardians, must have a negative RT-PCR test result within 72 hours before travelling.
12-17 years old
Travellers 12-17 years of age, travelling with parents/guardians, are not required to be vaccinated but must have a negative RT-PCR test result within 72 hours before travelling. Those unaccompanied must get vaccinated with at least one dose of an approved vaccine and must have a negative RT-PCR test result.
How long does it take to approve the Thailand Pass?
If you meet all the requirements it should take between 3-5 working days to process, but travellers are advised to allow at least 7 working days.
See more details about Thailand Pass
Is Covid-19 insurance mandatory?
Yes. You need to have insurance for Covid-19 that covers medical costs up to a minimum of USD $50,000 for the entire duration of your stay in Thailand. If you are travelling with children, they will also need to be covered by insurance. Your insurance should cover the cost of the treatment and any other medical expenses associated with testing positive for Covid-19 including in-patient hospitalisation. There is some more information here from the Thai General Insurance Association*:
*This link is for more information and not an endorsement by Fan Club Thailand or Tourism Thailand.
Do I need a visa?
If you are a UK or Irish passport holder travelling to Thailand as a tourist and staying for less than 30 days, you do not require a visa. Instead, you can enter under the visa exemption scheme. If you wish to stay longer, you can apply for a Tourist Visa which will allow you to stay for up to 60 days plus a one-time extension of 30 days if required.
More details here
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Can I book my own flights and hotels or do I have to use a travel agent?
You can book independently, but you need to make sure you comply with all the entry requirements.
Can I travel to Thailand via another destination e.g. Dubai or Singapore?
You can travel to Thailand via any approved country/territory. Dubai (UAE) and Singapore are both on the approved list so they can be used for a connecting flight or a stopover e.g.
✅ Permitted: Depart UK > transit Dubai > arrive Thailand
✅ Permitted: Depart UK > 3 nights Dubai > arrive Thailand
You can also transit via a country/territory not on the approved list, but the transit must not exceed 12 hours and you must stay airside and not pass immigration control.
If you are intending to do a stopover en route to Thailand, you should also check the current entry requirements for the country you are flying to. If you are only transiting (and staying airside) you shouldn’t have any issues, but you are advised to check the latest information with the airline you are flying with.
What happens if someone on my flight to Thailand tests positive on arrival? Will I be ‘pinged’ and have to quarantine?
Under the new travel rules, it’s only an issue if a person sitting directly next to you (not in front or behind) tests positive on arrival.
Can I fly to Ko Samui and do Test & Go there instead of Bangkok?
You can, but to do so you must travel on dedicated ‘sealed route’ connecting flights. These are operated by Bangkok Airways (with their codeshare partners) between Bangkok Suvarnabhumi (BKK) and Ko Samui (USM) airports. Your flight must be a through flight booked on the same ticket e.g. LHR-BKK-USM. These are the connecting flight details that are applicable on the sealed route from 1 November 2021:
- PG5125 (daily): dep BKK 12.00 arr USM 13.30
- PG5171 (daily): dep BKK 17.10 arr USM 18.45
For Test & Go on Ko Samui, you need to book and pay in advance for a package through an approved SHA Extra Plus hotel on Samui that includes:
- RT-PCR test on arrival (test may be at the airport, hotel or an approved test centre)
- Airport transfer
- Antigen Test Kit (to be taken on Day 6 or 7)
- At least one night’s accommodation to await RT-PCR test result
Not all hotels are able to provide the Test & Go one-day package. Travellers are advised to enquire with their preferred hotel to see if they offer the Test & Go package and, if they do, book with them directly. This website may also be useful to find suitable hotels:
SHA Extra Plus hotels Ko Samui
Can I stay at any hotel when I arrive?
You must pre-book and pay for an approved SHA Extra Plus hotel. On arrival at an international airport in Thailand, you will need to proceed directly via approved transfer to the hotel for your arrival RT-PCR test. The hotel must must be within a two hour drive from the international airport you arrived at e.g.
✅ Permitted: Depart UK > arrive Bangkok > test at Bangkok hotel
✅ Permitted: Depart UK > arrive Bangkok > transfer to Pattaya > test at Pattaya hotel
✅ Permitted: Depart UK > arrive Phuket > transfer to Khao Lak > test at Khao Lak hotel (or at Phuket airport)
✅ Permitted: Depart UK > transit Singapore > arrive Chiang Mai > test at Chiang Mai hotel
❌ Not permitted: Depart UK > transit Bangkok > arrive Chiang Mai > test at Chiang Mai hotel
❌ Not permitted: Depart UK > transit Bangkok > arrive Krabi > test at Krabi hotel
Not all hotels are able to provide the Test & Go one-day package. Travellers are advised to enquire with their preferred hotel to see if they offer the Test & Go package and, if they do, book with them directly. This is the website for SHA Extra Plus hotels:
SHA Extra Plus hotels (use the drop-down link at the top to search by province)
Do I need to prepay for my hotel?
Yes. You will need payment confirmation for a stay of at least one night at an approved SHA Extra Plus hotel. The prepayment should cover the costs of:
- At least one night’s accommodation
- One RT-PCR Covid-19 test on arrival
- Antigen Test Kit (ATK)
Do I have to wait in my hotel room for the initial Covid-19 test result or can I enjoy the hotel facilities?
You have to wait in your hotel room, but can leave the hotel as soon as your negative test result is received. No refund will be issued if you book an overnight stay and leave early after getting a negative test result.
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