Countdown to February 1, at some point to go earlier than Test & Go resumes

“The current 3 months of complete international arrivals had been round three.4% of the arrivals on the similar time 2 years in the past.”
The Test & Go program of the Thailand Pass is about to begin again this Tuesday, a rebooted version with some extra prices and paperwork. Travellers will need to e-book an extra pre-paid SHA+ room and PCR test for Day 5 of their keep. In the original version of Test & Go you only had the one test and pre-paid room reserving on Day 1.
The actual registrations for the revised Test & Go don’t begin until February 1. So the primary arrivals will follow within the days, or more most likely weeks, after.
Since December 22, when the original Test & Go program was shelved, the varied Sandboxes have crammed the arrival void, with 7 days of SHA+ prepaid lodge bookings in a delegated province or region – roam round in the course of the day then verify back at your SHA+ hotel overnight.
Arrival numbers to Thailand have been lukewarm since Test & Go was first launched. From November 1, when the primary Test & Go program started, until now, there have been 381,871 international travellers arrive – 83% of those arrivals got here in on the Test & Go program with the remainder in the Sandbox or Alternative Quarantine programs.
As a comparison, in the same 3 months 2 years ago (November 2019 – January 2020), some 11.1 million travellers arrived at international airports in Thailand. So the latest three months of complete worldwide arrivals were round three.4% of the arrivals on the same time 2 years in the past. Added to the low uptake of worldwide journey into Thailand up to now three months, lots of the arrivals have been returning Thais and expats, and folks getting into Thailand for business.
Whilst tourism businesses round Thailand are hoping the reboot of Test & Go will construct on the tepid initial response, flights into the Land of Smiles stay restricted presently – the demand simply hasn’t reached a stage whereby international carriers really feel they can swiftly add new schedules into the country.
The online response to the added prices of SHA+ accommodation and PCR take a look at on Day has been lower than beneficial – some calling it the “Test & Go, then check again” program.
Meanwhile, neighbouring international locations are beginning to re-open their borders to travellers, with larger or lesser ranges of restrictions.
The Philippines plans on reopening to some totally vaccinated tourists on February 10. Travellers from most countries will lastly be allowed to enter the south east Asian tourism competitor, after plans to reopen on December 1 were scrapped due to the unfold of the Omicron variant.
The announcement to reopen Philippines will permit totally vaccinated travellers from 157 nations who had been beforehand permitted to enter the country and not utilizing a visa earlier than the pandemic, to resume travel to the Philippines from February 10. The Philippines reopening plan doesn’t contain any type of quarantine and only requires a latest adverse Covid-19 take a look at earlier than travelling to the country.
Next door to Thailand, a marketing campaign named “Cambodia: Safe and Green Tourism Destination” was launched on Thursday. All fully-vaccinated vacationers are welcome to Cambodia without quarantine.
Singapore says it will proceed to restrict the number of travellers who can enter the island nation by way of its quarantine-free, vaccinated travel lane arrangement.
But some restrictions are easing. Travellers who enter Singapore after January 24, via the vaccinated travel lane flights, can do “unsupervised, self-administered rapid Covid tests” for 7 days after arrival if they intend to leave their place of residence. And they don’t even need to do any official submission of these outcomes.
Further south and Indonesia’s seashore paradise, Bali, has had an anticlimactic relaunch of international tourism since a program was launched in October 2021. Indeed, in the first three months of the ‘reopening’, not one industrial worldwide flight landed at Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport.
Before October last 12 months, Bali solely saw forty five international tourists arriving within the first 10 months of 2021.
Simply, flights to Thailand right now, even after February 1, are a small proportion of the flight options out there in pre-Covid days.
So how open is Thailand on Tuesday when the new Test & Go program relaunches?
Bars and nightlife are nonetheless, formally, closed. A loophole permitting bars-converted-to-restaurants to reopen and serve alcohol till 11pm has given thirsty patrons a spot to have an evening tipple, however it’s a pale shade of Thailand’s former nightlife glory. And that’s only in, principally tourist-friendly, Blue Zones. The CCSA, who administer Thailand’s Covid response, will meet once more next week to evaluation the present zonings and restrictions.
Secret are nonetheless obligatory in public areas. Although most Thais and local expats don’t appear to have much of a problem with the mandate, a coterie of potential travellers say they won’t return until the masks wearing rules are lifted.
Whilst the CCSA has stored the Test & Go program on ice since December 22 last 12 months, the every day reports of latest infections and deaths related to Covid-19 have flatlined, like actually flatlined – in a range of 12 – 20 deaths and 7,000 – 8,600 new circumstances over the past month.
The statistical stabilisation of Covid infections have given confidence to the CCSA to relaunch the Test & Go program but not fairly sufficient confidence, at this stage, to make the next massive steps of eradicating the quarantine and PCR testing for travellers. Allowing bars and nightlife to correctly reopen would additionally give an additional kick to the tourist numbers when Test & Go Version 2.0 begins next week.

You can visit the Thailand Pass web site HERE. There is NO price to register for a Thailand Pass, together with the Test & Go, Sandbox and Alternative Quarantine packages.
If you’re fully vaccinated and trying to journey to Thailand, you might enter by a 1 Day Test & Go or 5 Day Test & Go packages..

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