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Thailand to dispense with pre-travel tests, Cambodia scraps all tests

Thailand authorities yesterday approved the lifting of pre-travel testing requirements for international arrivals beginning 1 April, 2022, as the kingdom prepares a four-phase plan to downgrade the COVID-19 pandemic to an endemic disease.



That means that from 1 April, 2022, international arrivals entering under any of the current three entry schemes – TEST & GO, Sandbox, and Alternative Quarantine (AQ) – will be allowed to enter Thailand without the need to show proof of a negative RT-PCR test within 72 hours of travel.


Thailand also increased: the number of approved airports from seven to eight (Don Mueang, Suvarnabhumi, Phuket, Krabi, Samui, Chiang Mai, U-Tapao, and Hat Yai); land border checkpoints increased from three to four (Nong Khai, Udon Thani, Songkhla, and Satun); and ports and piers in two to three provinces (Phuket, Chon Buri, and Surat Thani).


However, two tests remain in place for the TEST & GO and Sandbox travellers: RT-PCR test upon arrival (Day 0) and an antigen self-test on Day 5.


The Royal Government of Cambodia also announced that Cambodia officially would dispense with the requirement for all visitors to take Covid-19 tests. 


The simplified rules are:  

  • Waiving the requirement for the negative Covid-19 PCR test result prior to arrival in Cambodia.
  • Waiving the requirement for the Rapid Antigen Test upon arrival in Cambodia.  
  • Re-opening the Visa-On-Line service for all international visitors arriving by air, land or sea.  



All visitors must present proof of vaccination recognised by the authorities in their respective countries. However, those unable to show proof of vaccination would need to be remain in quarantine for 14 days after arrival.  


A Ministry of Health spokesperson added that all visitors should still test themselves with Rapid Tests to ensure their own health and the safety of others.  

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Published: 21 March 2022

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