Test & Go to return Feb 1

Test & Go to return Feb 1

International passengers arrive at Suvarnabhumi airport on Dec 20, 2021, shortly before the suspension of the Test & Go entry scheme. (Photo: Varuth Hirunyatheb)
International passengers arrive at Suvarnabhumi airport on Dec 20, 2021, shortly before the suspension of the Test & Go entry scheme. (Photo: Varuth Hirunyatheb)

The Test & Go programme will be reintroduced on February 1, the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said.

The scheme was suspended a month ago after only seven weeks due to the Omicron variant.

The scheme requires visitors to test on arrival and again five days later, while agreeing to have their whereabouts tracked, CCSA spokesperson Taweesilp Wisanuyothin said.

Authorities also extended the hours restaurants are allowed to serve alcohol to 11pm  from 9pm. Bars and nightclubs will remain closed, however.

The CCSA also agreed to expand the “Sandbox” quarantine waiver programme to include popular eastern beach destinations Pattaya and Koh Chang.

The scheme, where vaccinated tourists must agree to stay in one location for a week, is currently operating in Phuket and Koh Samui.

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Vocabulary

  • arrival: when someone reaches where they are going (arrives) - ขาเข้า การเข้ามา
  • monitor: to regularly check someone/something - จับตาดู เฝ้าระมัดระวัง
  • scheme: a plan that is developed by a government or large organisation in order to provide a particular service for people - แผนการ โครงการ
  • suspend: to stop for a period of time - ยกเลิกชั่วคราว, ระงับชั่วคราว
  • treatment: the process of providing medical care - การรักษา
  • waiver: an official statement or document that says a right, claim, or law can be officially ignored or given up - เอกสารสละสิทธิ
  • whereabouts: where someone is - ที่อยู่,สถานที่,ตำแหน่งที่
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