Thumbs down for Thailand’s Test & Go Version 2

Test & Go V2.zero has obtained a common thumbs down by Thaiger readers and viewers. Or nearly wherever else within the on-line comments space. The rebooted, and barely extra complicated, Test & Go choice, a part of the three-part Thailand Pass on-line re-entry program, was relaunched on Thursday for travellers arriving after February 1.
Initially launched on November 1, and a preferred possibility for travellers throughout each November and December final yr, Test & Go has had a couple of tweaks earlier than the announcement to reboot this system on Thursday. It’s now Test & Go, then check again, then go… hopefully.
An added fifth day booking of an SHA+ lodge, and accompanying PCR take a look at, plus extra insurance calls for for travellers, was roundly criticised in all The Thaiger feedback sections. In fact we battled to seek out even one complimentary post welcoming the second version of the, apparently, “quarantine-exemption” re-entry. From tatness.org…
“Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has permitted the resumption of the Exemption from Quarantine (TEST & GO) entry scheme.”
In truth it’s something but quarantine-free. Now, with not one, but two, compulsory one-night stays at an SHA+ lodge and a further PCR test… both at the traveller’s value. Fail-proof examine seems to be the straw the broke the back of any ultimate goodwill travellers had for Thailand presently.
Remember, these travellers had been already required to have a PCR test of their house country before they journey to Thailand then, in many cases, one other PCR (or Rapid Antigen Test) test earlier than they get on the airplane and head home.
The timing isn’t great either with the standard excessive season already winding down. Sure, there’ll nonetheless be Thais, expats and different travellers that must, or notably WANT to, get to Thailand presently, however any big surge in tourism, under the present tips, can’t be anticipated to be greater than the November and December totals final 12 months.
Whilst much of the world is making progress with fewer restrictions and ‘opening up’, Thailand has launched a new variations of Test & Go with MORE restrictions.
The online response has been universally brutal….
Lone Wolf The current situation budget and quick holidays tourist is restricted at best then you definitely add the fixed changing of visa rules isn’t workable for lots of tourists who needs to organise journeys months prematurely.
WD ONeal My kids and grandkids were going to come in March. Planned on dropping $25-30K US on the Thai economy whereas here. Well the second lodge PCR check requirement was simply too much for them to deal with. They travel typically and mentioned they never saw so many absurd requirements.
Smiley McGee I went to Thailand in late November beneath the first “Test&Go” and stayed 4 weeks. Turned out I was actually lucky and had good timing. For Off the record to go back once more they should drop each restriction and go back to regular. Too a lot of a threat going to Thailand during these occasions.
John Mac Thailand is going to lose a Significant amount of vacationer in the event that they proceed with the new Test & Go Rules. Why can’t they simply accept the RT-PCR Test that travelers get 72 hours earlier than departure to Thailand.
Peter Ino It’s too complicated and risky. I suppose they need to think about that asymptomatic vacationers pose little menace if they are accountable and use a masks. Surely it’s time to treat this as a nasty flu.
jkn1960 Test,Go,Stop,Test,Go Again (if you’re lucky). Tourism will never recuperate until they provide you with one thing sensible.
Charles Brie I gave up on making an attempt to vacation in Thailand. There are way too many requirements amd restrictions at this time. Perhaps they’ll get all of it sorted out by 2025. Until then, Europe, USA, and South America appear to be simpler trip choices.
Alex Kid Problem is not the price of PCR test …. the issue is the 2 PCR test after arrival which can totally ruin your holidays if you are constructive.
Check any of The Thaiger forums and comments sections for yourselves (or nearly some other comment house on the topic). Honestly, we’ve by no means seen such an outpouring of such adverse commentary on a selected matter.
The other problem is, not a lot the added complexities and prices, it’s the risks of testing positive. And those risks are neither low nor cheap. Again, The Thaiger has been flooded with emails and determined pleas for help from people that have been caught in a Covid hell – forcefully quarantined, at their cost, in AQ hotels, hospitals and subject hospitals. Most asymptomatic. Some have had the double whammy, because of their incarceration, of lacking flights and visa expirations, and been fined for overstay when finally leaving the nation.
Some of those horror stories have ended up in worldwide media…. “Australian lady, 14, locked in Thai Covid hotel as travel horror stories pile up”
Whilst the tourism and hospitality sector are doing their best to put a constructive spin on the scenario and get their very own companies up and going again, some at great price, they must even be shaking their head as Thai officialdom seems, a minimal of from the outside, to be making things as complex as attainable.
Of course Thailand could be usually pleased with its Covid response. Whilst many of us feared the worst, within the early days, Thailand showed that with constant, and at occasions virtually draconian, restrictions and closures, a rustic CAN restrict the direct well being implications of the coronavirus.
South East Asia, generally, has been one of the least hard hit elements of the world. When it comes toCovid-related deaths per million population, Malaysia leads SE Asian countries but remains to be #86 on the list of 224 countries, territories and particular Covid incidents.
Then you must scroll down to #119 to seek out Indonesia. Thailand is #134. Even although folks will level to decreased testing in some instances, over-burdened hospitals or spikes in general death charges haven’t been a feature indicating any underlying, undetected Covid surges in these countries. Diet? Climate? DNA? That will certainly be the subject for later studies.
We imagine that, given the general enchancment within the Covid scenario all over the world, and the continuing low numbers of Covid infections within the Kingdom, that the CCSA will swiftly scale back the variety of restrictions and paperwork hurdles currently confronting travellers. But, for now, travellers could have the option of Test & Go V2.0 and varied Sandbox programs to ponder from February 1, 2022.
HERE’S the net site for the Thailand Pass.
Here’s yesterday’s Good Morning Thailand program the place we went by way of lots of the adjustments and viewer’s reactions to the model new version of Test & Go.

SOURCES: worldometers.data | tatnews.org
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