Thailand’s Suvarnabhumi airport revealed that rapid tests for covid-19 would be offered to foreign tourists, as the nation sees the resumption of international flight operations after three months of air transport lockdown.
After five weeks of Thailand not recording any cases of community infections of the coronavirus, the Thai government has decided to re-allow some foreign groups’ entry into the country.
All foreign travelers have been barred from entering the country since March, except those who have work permits for Thailand.
Tourists who will be spending less than 14 days in the country – business travelers, diplomats, and government guests – are categorized as “fast-track travelers.”
The arrivals will be swab tested for the coronavirus at the central air transport hub of Thailand before allowing entry into the country.
An official of the Department of Disease Control, Suwich Thammapalo, said:
“The test itself takes around one hour and a half.”
The swab test costs 3,000 baht and is a requirement for travelers wanting immediate access into the country without undergoing 14 days in quarantine isolation.
The test is also required for foreigners who have recently gained entry into the country, ranging from those with resident status or family in the country and international students.
The Thai government has also engaged in talks and deliberation for the September travel bubble agreement with other nations, allowing access to and from Thailand.