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    Quote Originally Posted by Shutree View Post
    If all goes as planned, I'll travel to UK and return with about 9 months to run on the visa. Does that mean I'll need to buy 9 months of insurance before I come back?

    Does it only kick in when you arrive, or could I buy a 1-year policy and be covered before I left as well as use it for my re-entry?

    I'd recommend you ask that question of AXA or another agent. I was led to believe that for tourists, it must cover the duration of your stay (i.e. what you're stamped in for), but I think for people on long term visas leaving and coming back, they made some sort of concessions.
    Warning: Be cautious if you are a fragile pink

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    If this goes ahead, airlines will be pleased. Can't just add it to all tickets if they aren't charging it for Thais.

    The Tourism and Sports Ministry promotion plan for 2022 will be themed "Amazing Thailand New Chapter", introducing new selling points from January and collecting a 300-baht entry fee from foreign tourists from April, government spokesman Thanakorn Boonkongwanchana said on Wednesday.

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    Also under the plan, from the start of the second quarter, April, an "entry fee" of 300 baht would be collected from foreign tourists arriving in Thailand, the spokesman said.

    The 300 baht fee would be used to develop tourist attractions and for accident or death insurance for all tourists. The maximum insurance payout would be 1 million baht in the case of death and 500,000 baht for medical expenses.

    The charge would be included in air fares. The means of collecting the entry fee from people arriving by land was still being considered.


    https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/2246355/thailand-to-launch-new-chapter-of-tourism

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    ^ Does that mean we don't need travel insurance

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    Quote Originally Posted by malmomike77 View Post
    ^ Does that mean we don't need travel insurance
    No idea. If they listen to the feedback they might still shitcan it.

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    Well let's hope this has legs!


    The government may revive the quarantine-free visa programme for vaccinated travellers from abroad, less than a month after suspending the waiver, as fears of a new wave of Omicron-driven Covid cases recede.
    Officials will propose lifting the suspension of the Test & Go programme to the nation’s virus task force led by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Thursday, Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said on Monday.

    Govt mulls resuming quarantine-free travel programme

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    That would be great.

    They have 2.5 weeks to sort it out before I arrive

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    Quote Originally Posted by naptownmike View Post
    That would be great.

    They have 2.5 weeks to sort it out before I arrive
    Hopefully the clamour from "influential citizens" will help the process along.


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    I wonder what would happen if they change back to test and go after we are traveling or already in our hotel.

    Would we be released early or have to do our full term?

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    Quote Originally Posted by naptownmike View Post
    I wonder what would happen if they change back to test and go after we are traveling or already in our hotel.

    Would we be released early or have to do our full term?
    I think they let people out early last time but it was down to the hotel to have "heard the news".

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    So CCSA Meeting tomorrow then.

    The expected resumption of the Test & Go tourism scheme in February should allow the country to attract at least 8 million tourists this year, says the Tourism and Sports Ministry.
    Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn said his ministry plans to push for the resumption of the quarantine-free Test & Go scheme next month as this proposal is scheduled for discussion at the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration meeting on Jan 20.
    Ministry pushes for Test & Go redux

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    The Test & Go programme will be reintroduced soon while entry rules under the scheme will be tweaked to allow close monitoring of overseas arrivals' health, said Gen Supoj Malaniyom, head of operations at the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).
    Gen Supoj, also secretary-general of the National Security Council, added that Test & Go rules need to be tightened. The CCSA is looking into ways to monitor the health of overseas arrivals during the first seven days of entry.

    Test & Go for overseas arrivals to be restored, fine-tuned

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    Well that makes sense... (read to the bottom).

    @RichardBarrow 1h
    The CCSA has agreed to accept applications again for Test & Go starting from 1st February
    Can take part from any country
    Must pay for two RT-PCR tests in advance On days 1 and 5
    Must stay at a hotel that has a partner hospital
    Must wait for test results
    And the kicker....

    The details are yet to be published in the Royal Gazette, but it seems clear to me, for Days 1 and 5 you must book a hotel that has a partner hospital that can do the two RT-PCR tests. This is in response to people either not doing the 2nd test or not waiting for the results.
    As someone pointed out, are they going to rename it "Test And Go And Come Back And Test And Go Again".

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    Might be tight for me! Unless the mean you can register for dates starting Feb 1st. Will have to see what my embassy says (Twitter translation).

    Open Test & Go again, registration starts 1 Feb 65. The meeting of the Prof. approved the plan to accept travelers into the Kingdom in the form of Test and Go. Registration can begin on February 1, 2022, with preliminary guidelines.

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    I knew the rules would change just after booking my hotel

    The same thing happened when my wife came for the sand box in October.

    Oh well maybe I'll just hang out in Bangkok for my first week. Something tells me the hotel won't be keen on a refund just like the one in Phuket.

    It's only money after all and time of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by naptownmike View Post
    I knew the rules would change just after booking my hotel

    The same thing happened when my wife came for the sand box in October.

    Oh well maybe I'll just hang out in Bangkok for my first week. Something tells me the hotel won't be keen on a refund just like the one in Phuket.

    It's only money after all and time of course.
    I'm resigned to doing a week in the hotel. If you book through Agoda and the hotel does their stuff, you can still get the hotel certificate saying you've paid - but have cancellation up to two days before.

    So if by a slim chance they do open registration in the next couple of days for Feb 1st, then I'll switch, but I'm not expecting it.
    Even with shit translations, it looks likely that they are not going to open registration until Feb 1st.

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    Top Tip: I converted ALL of my documents from PDF to JPG, submitted the ThailandPass application and got an approval in under five minutes, which I'm guessing was automated. And I'm not in a PKI partner country either.

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    The Updated ThailandPass:

    Thailand quarantine and entry conditions-09igi24fhee81-jpg

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    Also, please note that someone has the ThailandPass database and is sending Phishing emails pretending to be "ThailandPass Updates".

    Be warned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Also, please note that someone has the ThailandPass database and is sending Phishing emails pretending to be "ThailandPass Updates".

    Be warned.
    Thanks for the note, Harry -
    One would have thought that after the officially revised and updated Feb 1 TP/T&G program they might have logically installed a "new" ThailandPass database.
    Guess not.

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    So you have to isolate on day 1 and again on 5

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    Quote Originally Posted by malmomike77 View Post
    So you have to isolate on day 1 and again on 5
    Yes. Yet, I don't believe it's been quite recognized as to where one can be tested on day 5 - has to be officially sanctioned local/facility anywhere in the country.

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    so the big change is you isolate twice, and its another 1200 THB for another PCR, i can't imagine that's going to attract more tourists.

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    Pretty fucking silly.

    I arrive on 2nd Feb and stay in a hotel for 7 days.
    Others may arrive on the same flight and be out on day 2.

    Thankfully I'm not averse to putting my feet up for a week and getting fed and watered.

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    ^ as usual its a knee jerk to those that didn't do the self administered test and phone it through, i did.

    The question is on test 2 what happens? - you aren't in an ASQ so are you legally obliged to report to a hospital and get quarantined with all the commensurate cost even though as you are fully vaccinated you are either asymptomatic or presenting very mild symptoms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by malmomike77 View Post
    ^ as usual its a knee jerk to those that didn't do the self administered test and phone it through, i did.

    The question is on test 2 what happens? - you aren't in an ASQ so are you legally obliged to report to a hospital and get quarantined with all the commensurate cost even though as you are fully vaccinated you are either asymptomatic or presenting very mild symptoms.
    I think you missed item 4 in the left column: You have to book into an AQ hotel, get tested and await the result as on day one.

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