Did you know that, other than the Philippines, there are also other countries in Asia that have opened their borders to foreign tourists? Thailand was among the first to do so in November 2021 through the so-called Test and Go program. It was temporarily halted amidst the omicron surge in December but soon resumed last February 1, 2022.
The best part is that quarantine is no longer mandatory for fully vaccinated foreign tourists! Need to scratch that travel itch asap? Here’s all you need to know about traveling to Thailand from the Philippines!
Other than this, the Test and Go program also requires tourists to be fully vaccinated; otherwise, they will still need to quarantine.
These are the requirements for Filipino tourists traveling to Thailand via Test and Go:
- Thailand Pass registration (QR code) valid within 72 hours before departure
- Vaccination certificate
*Children below 18 years old aren’t required to provide this as long as they are traveling with a parent or legal guardian.
- Negative result of RT-PCR test within 72 hours before departure
*This will no longer be required starting April 1, 2022.
- Confirmation of pre-payment for one RT-PCR test (to be taken on arrival in Thailand) and for an additional antigen test kit for those staying for more than five days, to be taken on the fifth day.
- Return flight confirmation and proof of funds for the duration of stay
- Confirmation and proof of payment from an SHA Extra+ hotel
- COVID-19 travel insurance with at least USD 20,000 coverage
Things to Remember
- Have all of the required documents listed above, along with a copy of your passport, prior to signing up for the Thailand Pass. The processing takes three to seven business days, so be sure to register early.
- If you test positive for COVID-19 prior to your departure, you will need to provide a medical certificate dated at least 14 days and no more than 90 days before your new departure.
- The pre-departure test will no longer be required starting April 1, 2022.
- The RT-PCR test on arrival is required for all tourists. You will have to wait for the result in your hotel before you can start your tour.
- For those staying for more than five days, you will be required to take an antigen rapid test (pre-paid before your departure) on the fifth day before you can resume your tours.
Best Places and Things to Do in Thailand for Filipinos
We’re sure food trips, cheap shopping, and lots of photo sessions are on the itinerary of every Filipino traveler! Here are the places and activities travelers shouldn’t miss in Thailand, especially first-timers.
Tourists usually enter Thailand through the Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) in Bangkok, which is also a great place to start exploring. The bustling capital has a lot to offer, from street food havens like Yaowarat (Chinatown) and exciting nightlife to the iconic floating markets.
Beach lovers gravitate to Phuket not only for its sand and water attractions but also for the amazing culture that radiates off the island. A nice complement to your beach activities, you can get a glimpse of Buddhist culture through, foremost, the sight of the Big Buddha and a tour of the island’s magnificent temples.
Chiang Mai is one of the most postcard-worthy destinations in Thailand. As an ancient city, its scenery comprised of majestic temples and lush hillscapes feels like a distant time travel, especially with the presence of real tribespeople persisting with their culture and traditions.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ayutthaya is another great place to soak up Thai culture and history. It showcases breathtaking ancient architecture with the stone ruins and giant temples that remain of what was once the capital of Thailand (Siam).
For more local shopping, Krabi is another great place to indulge yourself while surrounded by gorgeous beaches and karst islands. Island hopping is not to be missed, as much as food and shopping excursions in hot spots like the Krabi Walking Street.
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