Thailand resumes TEST & GO scheme, reopens Pattaya and Ko Chang Sandbox from 1 February 2022

Allowing fully vaccinated travellers from around the world to apply for a TEST & GO Thailand Pass up to 60 days in advance with confirmed payments for accommodation on Day 1 and Day 5, two RT-PCR tests, and a prearranged airport transfer on Day 1.

 

Bangkok, 20 January, 2022 – Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) today approved the resumption of the Exemption from Quarantine (TEST & GO) entry scheme, the reopening of Pattaya and Ko Chang Sandbox destinations, and the reintroduction of the Sandbox Extension programme effective from 1 February, 2022, from 09.00 Hrs. Thailand time.
The Thailand Pass system reopens for new TEST & GO applications

From 1 February, 2022, 09.00 Hrs. Thailand time, fully vaccinated travellers from any country around the world can apply for a TEST & GO Thailand Pass up to 60 days in advance.

While existing rules under the scheme remain unchanged, the CCSA approved additional requirements to ensure stringent COVID-19 precautions.

All new TEST & GO applications must submit A proof of prepayment for 2 separate nights of accommodation at government-approved hotel/s, such as, SHA Extra Plus (SHA++), AQ, OQ, or AHQ on Day 1 and Day 5, and the expenses for 2 RT-PCR tests on Day 1 and Day 5.  The prepayment for Day 1 must include an accommodation, a test and a prearranged transfer from the airport to the hotel.

Travellers can book 2 different hotels for the accommodation on Day 1 and Day 5. However, on both Day 1 and Day 5, they must stay within the room for the RT-PCR test result.

The second RT-PCR test will not be required if the traveller’s length of stay is less than 5 nights, or his/her scheduled international departure date out of Thailand is on Day 5 or before. For example if the traveller plans to stay in Thailand for 3 days, then he/she does not have to undergo the second RT-PCR test, but he/she must leave for another country immediately. However, whether the traveller will be required to take another RT-PCR test depend on the airline and the final international destination.

Meanwhile, travellers who have applied/obtained their Thailand Pass QR code before 22 December, 2021, with scheduled arrival dates in Thailand from 24 December, 2021, onwards, are still required to undergo their second COVID-19 test using the RT-PCR technique at government-designated facilities on Day 5-6 of their stay in Thailand, or when they experience respiratory symptoms (no additional cost).

More details: Exemption from Quarantine (TEST & GO) entry scheme

Sandbox destinations expanded 6 provinces, Sandbox Extension reintroduced

Also from 1 February, 2022, the CCSA approved the reopening of Bang Lamung, Pattaya, Si Racha,
Si Chang, and Sattahip – only Na Jomtien and Bang Saray – in Chon Buri, and Ko Chang in Trat as Sandbox destinations.

The Sandbox Extension programme will also be introduced between Phuket, Phang-Nga, Krabi, and Surat Thani (Ko Samui, Ko Pha-ngan, and Ko Tao), where Sandbox travellers can travel within these destinations during the first 7 days in Thailand and can change accommodation three times (can book 3 different hotels).

This means fully vaccinated travellers from overseas who are planning to travel to Thailand under the Sandbox programme can choose to undergo their first 7 days in either Krabi, Phang-Na, Phuket, Surat Thani (Ko Samui, Ko Pha-ngan, and Ko Tao), Chon Buri (Bang Lamung, Pattaya, Si Racha, Si Chang, and Sattahip – only Na Jomtien and Bang Saray), and Trat (Ko Chang).

Existing rules under the scheme remain unchanged. More details: Sandbox entry programme

For more information on entry into Thailand schemes, please visit: https://www.tatnews.org/thailand-reopening/

No quarantine for vaccinated tourists starts from 1 November

Bangkok, 22 October, 2021 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to confirm that Thailand is all set to welcome fully vaccinated foreign visitors, including returning Thais and foreign residents, from the approved countries to enter the Kingdom by air with no quarantine requirements from 1 November, 2021.

Thai Prime Minister, General Prayut Chan-o-cha, signed the entry guidelines for the quarantine-free reopening, published in the Royal Thai Government Gazette last night (21 October 2021) along with two other announcements on relaxed COVID-19 controls in 17 Thai destinations.

Test & GO: Quarantine-Free Entry Requirements From 1 November, 2021.

  1. Travel by air from the approved countries. Currently, Thailand has approved quarantine-free entry for arrivals from Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UAE, UK, USA, and Hong Kong.
    • Must have been in the approved countries for 21 days or more.
    • For returning Thais and foreign residents, it is not necessary to be in an approved country for 21 days or more, as long as they are travelling from Thailand to the approved country/s and return within the last 21 days.
  2. A Certificate of Entry (COE) or a proof of registration for entry Thailand via specified platform. Currently, the COE can be applied online https://coethailand.mfa.go.th/.
  3. A Medical Certificate with an RT-PCR lab result indicating that COVID-19 is not detected issued no more than 72 hours before travelling.
    • A Medical Certificate of Recovery is also required from those having a lab result with COVID-19 detected to show that that have recovered from COVID-19 no later than 3 months.
  4. An insurance policy, with coverage clearly identified as no less than US$50,000, which should cover the cost of the treatment and other medical expenses associated with being infected with COVID-19, including in-patient hospitalisation for the whole duration in Thailand. *Except for Thai citizens who are entitled to the national health insurance system.*
  5. A payment confirmation for no less than a 1-night stay upon arrival at the approved quarantine facilities (Alternative Quarantine – AQ, Organisation Quarantine – OQ, or Alternative Hospital Quarantine – AHQ), or SHA Plus-certified hotel.
    • The prepayment should cover both the 1-night accommodation, the required RT-PCR COVID-19 test, and an Antigen Test Kit (ATK).
  6. A Certificate of Vaccination (fully vaccinated).
    • For those fully vaccinated, proof includes a Certificate of Vaccination with a vaccine approved by Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) (see here) or the World Health Organisation (WHO) (see here) no less than 14 days before their travel date.
    • and a Certificate of Vaccination with at least one dose of the approved vaccine at least 14 days before their travel date.
    • Travellers under 12 years of age, travelling with their parents or guardians, are exempt from this vaccination requirement, but must have a Medical Certificate with an RT-PCR lab result indicating that COVID-19 is not detected issued no more than 72 hours before travelling.
  7. Undergo the entry screening (health screening and Immigration procedures) upon arrival at Thailand’s International Airport, and submit all the required documentation to the officials.
  8. Then proceed directly by the approved airport transfer to the pre-arranged COVID-19 test centre, or the reserved accommodation and undergo the required RT-PCR COVID-19 test on Day 0-1.
    • Travellers must download and install the specified alert application (MorChana), and must wait within the accommodation only for the test result, which should be available within the day.
  9. If testing negative for COVID-19, travellers can go anywhere in Thailand.
    • Each traveller will receive an ATK that they have prepaid when booking the accommodation.
    • Any traveller experiencing COVID-19 symptoms must immediately get a test done, using the provided ATK. If experiencing no symptoms, travellers must use the provided ATK for COVID-19 self-testing on Day 6-7, and show the result to staff at the hotel or accommodation, as well as record the result (bot detected and non-detected) in the MorChana App.
    • Hotel/AQ staff must recommend that travellers self-monitor themselves for at least 7 days. If any traveller experiences COVID-19 symptoms, Hotel/AQ staff must immediately notify the officer in charge of communicable disease control in their respective area.
  10. For travelling from Thailand to other countries, travellers are advised to follow the guidelines and measures announced by the respective country of their destination.

From ‘Sandbox’ to ‘Business & Leisure Ultimate Experiences’ (Blue) Zone

Thailand continues to welcome fully vaccinated visitors from countries not on the list under relaxed requirements.

  • Travellers are welcome to choose from the 17 ‘Blue Zone’ destinations, up from currently 4 ‘Sandbox’ destinations, for their first 7-night mandatory stay within the destination before being able to move on to other parts of Thailand.
    • Bangkok
    • Krabi
    • Chon Buri (Banglamung, Pattaya, Si Racha, Ko Si Chang, and Sattahip – Na Jomtien and Bang Sarey)
    • Chiang Mai (Mueang, Doi Tao, Mae Rim, and Mae Taeng,)
    • Trat (Ko Chang)
    • Buri Ram (Mueang)
    • Prachuap Khiri Khan (Hua Hin and Nong Kae)
    • Phang-Nga
    • Phetchaburi (Cha-Am)
    • Phuket
    • Ranong (Ko Phayam)
    • Rayong (Ko Samet)
    • Loei (Chiang Khan)
    • Samut Prakan (Suvarnabhumi Airport)
    • Surat Thani (Ko Samui, Ko Pha-ngan, and Ko Tao)
    • Nong Khai (Mueang, Sangkhom, Si Chiang Mai, and Tha Bo)
    • Udon Thani (Mueang, Ban Dung, Kumphawapi, Na Yung, Nong Han, and Prachaksinlapakhom)
  • The two required COVID-19 tests have been revised to using the RT-PCR method for the first test upon arrival in Thailand, and the ATK method at the designated test centres for the second test, which takes place around Day 6-7.
  • The required health insurance coverage associated with being infected with COVID-19 will be reduced to US$50,000 (down from US$100,000).

Entry Thailand Under Alternative Quarantine (AQ) System

  • The quarantine period will remain 7 days for travellers who have been fully vaccinated with the approved vaccine, 10 days for air arrivals who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, and 14 days for land arrivals who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated. However, they will be able to enjoy more activities within the hotel.
  • The 2 required COVID-19 tests have been revised to using the RT-PCR method for the first test upon arrival in Thailand, and the ATK method at the designated test centres for the second test which takes place around Day 8-9.
  • The required health insurance coverage associated with being infected with COVID-19 will be reduced to US$50,000 (down from US$100,000)."We wish all visitors an enjoyable, safe, and rewarding holiday in Thailand during this exciting time in which we are able again to welcome travellers from around the world."

    ***** Kindly note the information is subject to change without prior notice *****

See more information please contact:
International Public Relations Division
Tourism Authority of Thailand
1600 New Petchaburi Road, Makkasan, Ratchathevi
Bangkok 10400
Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 2250 5500 ext. 4545-48
Fax: +66 (0) 2250 0246
Email: prdiv3@tat.or.th

Website: www.TATnews.org

15 The Hermit’s Body Twist or Thai Hermit Yoga

The Hermit Exercises posture or Ruesi Datton is the wisdom of Thai ancestors for a long time and has been practiced as part of Traditional Thai Massage. The Ruesi Datton is a physical exercise of Thai people Which focuses on practicing breath and focusing concentration both physical and mental management as well as helping in the treatment of primary illnesses. Institute of Thai Traditional Medicine have selected 15 basic Ruesi Datton postures to be used in starting a practice. If people practice regularly, it will promote health and can prevent the disease as well.

The benefits of posture exercise Ruesi Datton

1. To help the natural movements of arms, legs or joints to be flow with emphasis on massage. Some positions will include pressing or massage as well.
2. Improve blood circulation that will bring energy and freshness to body
3. Against disease, maintain health for a long life
4. Combine with meditation, it helps to lift the mind from frustration, irritability, lethargy, disillusionment, stress, and improves the efficiency of breathing if correct breathing is practiced.

Made and produced by Ministry of Public Health Kingdom of Thailand

Copyright@Department of Thai Traditional and Alternative Medicine

 

 

The local wisdom of health and wellness can be experienced throughout Thailand


Local wisdom holds a highly respected place in communities of all sizes throughout Thailand, employing knowledge and traditions that are faithfully passed on from generation to generation. It’s applied in various areas of everyday life, including health and wellness. Particular locations or attractions are often renowned for a certain expertise or wisdom; such as, the following in each of the kingdom’s five regions.

Central Region – Abhaibhubejhr Day Spa and Museum in Prachin Buri
Prachin Buri province is known for its herbal plants and traditional Thai medicines, and is often referred to as Thailand’s herbal city. A lot about medical local wisdom can be learned here and an interesting place to start is the Abhaibhubejhr Thai Herbal Medicine Museum which – much as its name suggests – is dedicated to preserving and showcasing traditional Thai medicine knowledge.

The Northeast – Buddhist Meditation Retreats
Those interested in doing a Buddhist meditation retreat may choose to do so at a temple in Northeast Thailand. Many of the monasteries in the Northeast fall under the Thai forest tradition, in which monastics aim to live as closely to how the Buddha lived as possible. Hallmarks of this tradition include living in the forest, using the human body as a meditation subject and maintaining mindfulness in all activities.

The South – Ranong Hot Springs
Ranong’s hot springs have long been reputed for their medicinal properties and this, together with their rustic outdoor appeal, see them continue to draw both foreign and Thai visitors. The springs, of which the closest are a convenient 2 kilometres from Ranong town in Raksawarin Park, are probably the most popular attraction in the surrounding area.

Source :Tourism Authority of Thailand

Thai Herbal Drinks for Wellness

Thailand is known as the country that has hot weather all year round, the hottest period is during March and April, for this period the temperature may reach more than 40 degrees Celsius. This time is the best time to visit beaches and islands as the sky is bright and the water is clear that is perfect time for swimming and snorkeling or doing outdoor activities. Thailand has many beautiful beaches and islands to offer from the east to the south for visitors to relax and enjoy during their holidays.

As the weather in this season is so hot, people try to find the way to stay cool. Besides heading to the beaches or staying in air-condition places, another way that can help and make you get refreshment is finding some cool drinks to make you feel fresh and cool, but some drinks contain too much sugar and less benefit of ingredients, thus we have another choice of drinks which have much benefit that are made from different kind of herbs and fruits; we would like to recommend some Thai herbal drinks that you can find at stores, restaurants, hotels or spas, and some places have them as welcome drinks for visitors. Here are some Thai herbal drinks that are popular and have plenty of benefits;

Chrysanthemum juice - Chrysanthemum is easily found in grocery stores or at the markets. This type of beverage can solve the thirst. Also has a mild laxative and reduce the risk of invisible at night, nourishing the liver, helping to expel the intestines. And can also help relieve rheumatoid arthritis.

Roselle juice - Roselle contains lots of Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium and Vitamin C, this red herbal dink can help urinate and evacuate, reduce kidney stones, contain substances that help reduce bad fat and increase good fat in blood vessels, increase flexibility in blood vessels, reduce the risk of broken capillaries. It also has properties to relieve cough and reduce fever as well.

Pandanus juice - Pandan juice is not only refreshing the body, but also helps relax from its aromatic scent. In addition, it has properties to cure fatigue, improve heart to function normally and help balance the body as well. We can get its natural green color for making dessert or use their leaves for decoration.

Lemongrass juice - Lemongrass contains vitamins A, so it helps nourish the eyes. In addition, has calcium and phosphorus to nourish bones and teeth, expel blood pressure and help to reduce toxicity of impurities in the body. And it is the key ingredient in famous Thai food like Tom Yum Kung.

Bael fruit juice – Bael fruit juice is made from dried fruit, it is a drink of the ancient people so it rather hard to find in general places, but may be found in herbal stores. The properties of Bael fruit can solve diarrhea, improve appetite and contribute to digestion.

When you come to Thailand, do not miss trying one of those Thai Herbal Drinks; it is not only delicious but it helps to enhance your wellness as well.