Thai Covid-19 Center approves ATK tests to replace RT-PCR for international travelers from low-risk countries, effective mid December

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Thailand’s Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has approved the use of ATK test kits for health screening among visitors traveling from 63 low-risk countries to replace the use of RT-PCR tests, effective on December 16th.

CCSA spokesperson Dr. Taweesilp Visanuyothin stated during the daily briefing that travelers from eligible countries who are visiting Thailand under “Test & Go” and “Sandbox” schemes are only required to take an ATK test upon their arrival in the Kingdom.

“Test & Go” visitors will only go through a single ATK test as soon as they arrive in Thailand and do not need to book a room for awaiting results. They are allowed to travel immediately if their Covid-19 result proved negative.

“Sandbox” tourists still require an RT-PCR test on their first health screening but they will only have to go through an ATK test if they had symptoms on day 4 or day 5 during their five-day quarantine.

However, the vaccine certificates and RT-PCR negative results issued 72 hours prior to their travel are still mandatory and must be present to the health officials for all groups of travelers.


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National News Writer at The Pattaya News from September 2020 to October, 2022. Born and raised in Bangkok, Nop enjoys telling stories of her hometown through her words and pictures. Her educational experience in the United States and her passion for journalism have shaped her genuine interests in society, politics, education, culture, and art.