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Thailand to restart quarantine-free travel from 1 February

Thailand's rebooted Test & Go (& Test again & Go again!) is the country's latest attempt to boost tourism... with its latest overcomplicated process!

After suspending new registrations for its Test & Go programme in late December, Thailand will resume applications for the quarantine-free arrival scheme for fully vaccinated travellers on 1st February 2022, with the second PCR now including an unusual second hotel isolation period on the fifth day.


This will once again allow shorter and more flexible trips than the more restrictive Sandbox arrival programme, which has continued in a limited form but is also being expanded to more destinations and having some travel flexibility added.

Test & Go will also be expanded to everyone, rather than being limited to a list of “safe” origin countries, though for most of our readers this won’t make any difference as Singapore was previously included anyway.

Bangkok. (Photo: Shutterstock)

What’s also new, however, is the requirement to book a separate 1-night SHA Extra Plus (SHA++), AQ, OQ, or AHQ hotel reservation for the Day 5 test, and isolate in the room from the time the test is taken until a negative result is received.

Sandbox will continue to run alongside Test & Go.

Test & Go

Key Features

  • Fully vaccinated travellers from any country
  • Arrive anywhere in Thailand
  • COVID-19 insurance required
  • Pre-departure PCR test
  • On-arrival PCR test and self-isolation in hotel until negative result
  • 3 days of freedom
  • Day 5 PCR test and self-isolation in hotel until negative result
  • No subsequent quarantine


Key Features

  • Fully vaccinated travellers from any country
  • Arrive in a designated Sandbox location
  • COVID-19 insurance required
  • Pre-departure PCR test
  • On-arrival PCR test and self-isolation in hotel until negative result
  • Stay in the Sandbox area for 7 days, or leave Thailand immediately for shorter trips
  • Day 5 PCR test (no isolation)
  • No subsequent quarantine, travel throughout Thailand from Day 8, if desired

If you already obtained a Thailand Pass via the Sandbox entry scheme you can switch to Test & Go, however you will have to submit a new application on or after 1st February 2022 in this case.

The Test & Go programme, which had allowed fully vaccinated travelers from over 60 countries to travel to Thailand quarantine-free, generated 350,000 visitors in less than two months before it was suspended due to concerns over the Omicron variant of COVID-19.

Test & Go (& Test again & Go again!)

Thailand’s third incarnation of the Test & Go programme from 1st February 2022 has a few differences compared to the original version launched in November 2021, which was then slightly amended on 23rd December 2021.

Here’s a summary highlighting the key differences.

🇹🇭 Thailand Test & Go
Testing Evolution

  Test & Go
1 Nov 21

22 Dec 21
23 Dec 21

31 Jan 22
1 Feb 22

Pre-departure test
(within 72h)
(self paid)
On-arrival test
(Day 1)
(self paid)
Arrival isolation   In hotel room
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4

(3 days)
Day 5 test
(self paid)
Day 5 test isolation   In hotel room
Day 6 test
Day 6 test isolation None
Day 8 onwards

As you can see the second test has been brought forward by a day in this latest version of the scheme, from Day 6 to Day 5, and unfortunately also involves a designated hotel self-isolation period while awaiting the results.

It is also a self-paid PCR test, while versions 1 and 2 of Test & Go featured a free second test on Day 6.

If you arrive in Thailand before 6pm local time, your arrival day is Day 1. If you arrive after 6pm local time (e.g. on SQ704 from Singapore which lands at 6.45pm), the day after your arrival day is Day 1.

(Source: Thai Consular Department)

The second test isolation period is really quite bizarre, and will be a deal-breaker for many travellers.

Even Thailand’s tourism governor seems incredulous about the process, highlighting how Thai residents will also be subject to this process, not even allowed to isolate at their home for the second test!

“There’s no exception for Thais or expatriates. Even if you have a permanent home here, people have to check in at a hotel five days after arrival to take a second RT-PCR test and wait for a negative result before checking out.”

Yuthasak Supasorn, Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) governor
Bangkok. (Photo: Robby McCullough)

The tests can be in different places

Importantly, you do not need to book the same hotel for your Day 1 and Day 5 tests, nor do you have to book the same hotel for the first five nights of your trip, though of course you are free to do so if you wish.

Your two tests can even be in different parts of Thailand. The only restriction is that the hotel in each case is an approved SHA Extra Plus (SHA++), AQ, OQ, or AHQ property.

Naka Island, Phuket. (Photo: Marriott International)

For a longer two-centre trip in Thailand you could move between locations on Day 5 itself and get your test and isolation done on the same day. Since you’re travelling anyway on that day and checking in to a new hotel, it probably makes sense to do so on Day 5 and ‘get it all out of the way’ at once.


For example, fly from Singapore to Phuket on Day 1. Test then isolate in hotel for 1 night, then have 3 further nights. Fly Phuket to Bangkok on Day 5. Test then isolate in hotel for 1 night, then have 2 further nights before returning to Singapore via the VTL.

That’s a 7-night trip, including 3 days of freedom in Phuket and 2 days of freedom in Bangkok.

No second test for shorter trips

The second test is not required if you are travelling to Thailand for less than five days, or your departure day is Day 5, provided you immediately leave Thailand for another country (e.g. fly from Thailand to Singapore, or to London).

You will of course still be subject to any pre-departure test requirements imposed by your destination country.


If your stay will be less than five days, you will be able to produce your international departure air ticket from Thailand instead of your hotel booking and Day 5 PCR test confirmation when applying for your Thailand Pass.

For example, you could fly from Singapore and stay for four nights in Bangkok with only one test (leave on Day 5, test-free), or four nights in Phuket with only one test, flying back to Singapore via Bangkok to connect to a VTL flight on Day 5.

How to apply (Thailand Pass)

To use the Test & Go scheme, you’ll first have to apply for a Thailand Pass.

Applications reopen 9.00am (10.00am SGT) on 1st February 2022.

The Test & Go application link is still greyed out; it will become available again at 10am Singapore Time on 1st February

Applications for the Thailand Pass are free of charge. You can apply up to 60 days in advance of your trip.

   Apply for the Thailand Pass

The process is a little quirky, forcing you to upload everything as a JPG image file, while almost every document you need to show is probably a PDF, but you’ll get there in the end!

Note that Thailand Pass approvals can be instant, but can also take up to seven days, so our advice would be not to plan a trip using Test & Go until 8th February 2022 onwards.

Once your Thailand Pass is approved, you’ll receive a QR code.

Full Test & Go process (Singapore – Thailand)

Here’s a summary of the process for Singapore residents to travel quarantine-free to Thailand, based on the latest information shared by the Tourism Authority of Thailand.


  • Thai citizens and foreign travellers arriving from all countries.
  • Fully vaccinated with an approved vaccine at least 14 days before departure, if aged 18 or over.
  • Children aged under 18 can travel with fully vaccinated parents even if they are not fully vaccinated.
  • Children aged 12-17 travelling to Thailand unaccompanied (without parents) must have received at least 1 dose of an approved vaccine.


  • Apply for a Thailand Pass, allowing at least seven days notice prior to your trip to allow for processing (applications reopen 10am Singapore Time on 1st February 2022).
  • Take a pre-departure PCR test within 72 hours of your flight departure time (find the cheapest in Singapore here).
  • No pre-departure PCR test is required for those aged 5 or below.
  • Have an insurance policy with a coverage of no less than US$50,000 (not required for Thai citizens).
  • Book and have proof of prepayment for two separate nights of accommodation at government-approved hotels in the SHA Extra Plus (SHA++), AQ, OQ, or AHQ categories on Day 1 and Day 5, and the two PCR tests on Day 1 and Day 5.
  • Your prepayment for Day 1 must include accommodation, testing and a prearranged transfer from the airport to the hotel.
  • Your prepayment for Day 5 can be at a different hotel, and does not have to include an airport transfer, even if you are arriving by air from elsewhere in Thailand that day.
  • The Day 5 test and hotel booking is not required if the you are staying for less than five nights, which means your scheduled international departure from Thailand must be on Day 5 or earlier.

Arrival (Day 1)

  • Proceed to Immigration and Health Control for a body temperature check and document check.
  • Download and install the MorChana app (Google / Apple), for use in accordance with Thailand’s COVID-19 precautionary measures during your trip.
  • Collect your luggage then proceed to your booked accommodation or medical facility to undergo your Day 1 PCR test. The trip must be by a prearranged vehicle on a sealed route. Children aged 5 or under will have a non-invasive saliva PCR test.
  • Wait for your test result within your booked hotel room.
  • Once a negative result is received, you are free to travel anywhere in Thailand.

Second Test (Day 5)

  • Proceed to and remain at your second prepaid accommodation on Day 5 and undergo your second PCR test.
  • Wait for your test result within your booked hotel room.
  • Once a negative result is received, record the result in the MorChana app.
  • You are then free to leave your hotel with no further restrictions or testing.

What if you already have a Test & Go approval?

If you applied for or obtained your Thailand Pass QR code before 22nd December 2021 but have yet to arrive in the country, you will be required to undergo the second (Day 5) PCR test at a government designated facility, however this will be free of charge and no self-isolation period will apply.

Return to Singapore (VTL)

Unfortunately there are no designated VTL flights to Singapore from the likes of Phuket, Koh Samui and Chiang Mai, even though direct flights are operating on these routes and some VTL options were originally advertised by Singapore Airlines and Scoot.


That leaves Bangkok – Singapore as the sole VTL option for our Singapore-based readers to return home without quarantine, though you can of course travel into Thailand via other airports then return from Bangkok (e.g. Singapore to Phuket at the start, followed by Bangkok – Singapore at the end of your trip).

Here are the confirmed designated VTL flights from Bangkok to Singapore between now and late October 2022 (click to expand):

27th March 2022 - 31st March 2022

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* Next day


From 1st April 2022, there will be no more designated VTL flights to Singapore.
All fully vaccinated travellers can enter quarantine-free on any flight operated by any airline on any route.

Here’s a summary of the standard VTL process when flying to Singapore from a VTL country like Thailand.

Bangkok to Singapore (VTL)

  • Must be fully vaccinated with a WHO-approved vaccine in Singapore, or any VTL country, or any EU member state, or any non-EU countries that have joined the EU DCC system
  • Must have an accepted digital proof of vaccination
  • Children aged 12 or below in the current calendar year are exempt from the vaccination requirements
  • Must have stayed in Thailand, Singapore or any VTL country for the last 14 days
  • Apply for a VTP 3-60 days in advance*
  • Purchase COVID-19 travel insurance (min. coverage of S$30,000)**
  • Take a pre-departure COVID-19 PCR or ART test (up to 2 days before departure)
  • Travel to Singapore on designated ‘VTL flights’ listed above
  • Take an on-arrival COVID-19 PCR test (pre-book if you wish)
  • Self-isolate until the result is available (typically 4-6 hours)
  • Take Day 2 to Day 7 self-swab post-arrival ART tests, only if you will leave your accommodation that day
  • Children aged 2 or below in the same calendar year are exempt from VTL testing requirements
  • Recently recovered travellers with an accepted proof of recovery within 90 days of travel are exempt from VTL testing requirements and self-isolation

* Not applicable for Singapore Citizens or permanent residents
** Not applicable for Singapore Citizens, permanent residents or pass holders

Testing costs

Here are the estimated testing costs per fully vaccinated traveller for a Singapore – Thailand – Singapore trip, under the new Test & Go regime.

Singapore Thailand
Test & Go / VTL
COVID-19 Testing 

Test Cost
SG pre-departure (PCR) From S$95
Thailand Day 1 (PCR) ~S$80
Thailand Day 5 (PCR) ~S$80
Thailand pre-departure (ART) ~S$20
SG on-arrival (PCR) S$125
SG Day 2 (self ART) ~S$7
SG Day 3 (self ART) ~S$7
SG Day 4 (self ART) ~S$7
SG Day 5 (self ART) ~S$7
SG Day 6 (self ART) ~S$7
SG Day 7 (self ART) ~S$7
Total ~S$442

It may be possible to use your Day 1 or Day 5 PCR test in Thailand as a pre-departure test for returning to Singapore (i.e. if you’re return flight is on or before Day 3 or Day 7 respectively), but you will have to make sure it meets the following criteria imposed by Singapore:

The test result certificate must be in English and state the following:

  • the traveller’s name, and at least one other personal identifier such as the date of birth or passport number corresponding exactly with the information in the traveller’s passport used for entry into Singapore;
  • a negative COVID-19 test result;
  • the date and time when the COVID-19 test was taken; and
  • the name of the testing institution conducting the COVID-19 test.

If the personal details used are not stated in the passport, the traveller should have the relevant identity document on hand for verification. Handwritten negative test results are not accepted.

Sandbox remains (and expands)

With Test & Go being reinstated from 1st February 2022, it may seem strange that Thailand continues to operate its less flexible Sandbox programme alongside, for travel to and within specific areas like Phuket and Koh Samui.

The reasoning behind this is that in the event of a major COVID-19 outbreak, the government may suspend Test & Go applications again, with the intention being that the Sandbox scheme would be allowed to continue, as it did from late December to the end of January.

Koh Samui

From 1st February 2022, Ko Chang and Pattaya will also join the existing Krabi, Phang-Nga, Phuket, and Koh Samui Sandbox scheme.

The Sandbox Extension Programme will also be reintroduced. This allows sandbox travellers to move between Phuket, Krabi, Pang Nga, Koh Samui, Koh Pa Ngan and Koh Tao within the first seven days of arrival, up to a maximum of three hotel transfers.

For full details of the latest Sandbox process and extension programme, check the TAT website here.




Thailand has launched a number of visa-waiver and quarantine-free programmes to try and reignite its vital tourism industry over the last couple of years, but in our opinion they are all fraught with over-complication, and have enticed only a small fraction of the country’s usual 40 million annual foreign tourists to make a visit.

The latest safeguard for the Test & Go scheme from 1st February 2022 is a frankly unnecessary second hotel isolation period on the 5th day, which even applies to Thai citizens and residents staying in their own accommodation.

Even a four night / five day trip from Singapore to Bangkok, exempting you from the second test and isolation period in Thailand, will still involve a total of:

  • 3 PCR tests
  • 7 ART tests
  • 1 night of self-isolation in a hotel
  • 4-6 hours of self-isolation in Singapore
  • Over S$350 in testing costs alone

That’s a lot to ask for a short trip to Thailand.

What we can certainly predict (or hope) is that Thailand’s second test goes away in time, and we can start to see other relaxations such as ART testing in place of PCR swabs, for much more straightforward quarantine-free Bangkok and Phuket trips later this year.

Thanks to the fantastic Richard Barrow in Thailand for always having the latest scoop and for summarising everything so nicely. Also credit to the Tourism Authority of Thailand for updating the latest processes.

(Cover Photo: Shutterstock)



  1. Does the Thai Authority has ways to prevent any potential abuse ie extend the stay in Thailand after getting Thailand Pass based on stay shorter than 5 days?

    1. Hmm so you mean showing an international departure ticket within 5 days of arrival to replace the Day 5 test requirement, then not using the flight and instead staying in the country longer, without taking an extra test?

      I can’t comment on their ability to police anything like that (no idea) but I seriously wouldn’t recommend it!

  2. Hi Andrew, I’m not sure if any of the your readers faced the issue of being unable to book 2nd PCR on the PSAS website , the website only allows travellers to book day1 Phuket airport and day 5 any where in Phuket but doesn’t allow to book day 5 separately, few hotels adamant I need to wait till 31/01 and try again the PSAS, other options which hotels don’t recommend is to register privately at any hospital, the cheapest private test in Patong was THB 2600, while on the PSAS ( if works) THB 2100. I’m unable to attach a screenshot of the issue here but happy to send it privately if you wish so! Cheers.

    1. I haven’t heard of the issue till now but I assume the hotels are probably right and the system will be updated once the new rules come into force on 1st February. When is your trip and do you already have a T&G Thailand Pass?

      1. Probably you are right , but I assume a tourist destination like Thailand would have already updated the system to accept 2nd swab only, as I’m sure I’m not the only tourist in that situation,and yes I’ve all the T&G for Thai pass except second test booking,

  3. What a crazy system. Why these Asian countries try to “beat Covid” but at the same time talk about endemic, endemic, live with the virus, is beyond me.
    Talk the talk but won’t walk the walk.

  4. Hi, I have a Thailand Pass approved before 22 Dec 2021.

    May i know where second (Day 5) PCR test at a government designated facility do I need to go?

  5. This us a rabble now! So I have to pay 16,000 baht for 2 x pcr tests because day 5 is now charged…Well my mind has changed quickly…2 of the extra tesrs are for a thai resident to! 2nd house be just a rapid test to confirm negative at a destination confirmed

  6. Hi Andrew thanks for the comprehensive write up! We are looking to travel from Phuket to Bangkok on day 5. In your writeup our indicates that this would be possible ie flying inter City on day 5 itself and then doing a pcr on arrival in Bangkok. Can I check if my understanding correct and would you be able to direct me to where you found this info pls? Thanks.

  7. I just registered – i land in HKT on the 23rd Feb at 1815, but when I tried to pick the 28th as a departure date to avoid the 5th day quarantine, it would not let me pick anything later than the 27th. I assume this is a glitch in the system, but would be curious to see if others have had a different experience. I selected the 27th, but my ticket shows the 28th. So once/if I am approved, i’ll try to call in to confirm. Pretty lengthy process, and increasingly irrelevant since it seems ‘competitors’ like PH and VN are making things much easier.

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