The world of travel continues to move beyond the pandemic as Thailand and Singapore have both lifted testing requirements for international arrivals.
Travellers heading to Thailand will no longer have to undertake a PCR test from 1 May.
Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has also introduced two new entry schemes specifically for vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers.
International travellers who are fully vaccinated will no longer be required to show proof of a pre-arrival negative RT-PCR test nor undergo an arrival test.
They are still required to register for a Thailand Pass with a Certificate of COVID-19 Vaccination and an insurance policy with coverage of no less than US$10,000 ($A14,000).
Once arriving in Thailand, they will be allowed entry and are free to go anywhere in the kingdom.
International travellers who are unvaccinated or are not fully vaccinated will also no longer be required to show proof of a pre-arrival negative RT-PCR test nor undergo an arrival test.
They are required to register for a Thailand Pass with a 5-day hotel booking and an insurance policy with coverage no less than US$10,000 ($A14,000).
Once arriving in Thailand, they must proceed to undergo the quarantine for 5 days and undergo an RT-PCR test on Day 5.
Exception is made for unvaccinated travellers who are able to upload proof of a negative RT-PCR test within 72 hours of travel via the Thailand Pass system, they – like those fully vaccinated – will be allowed entry and are free to go anywhere in the kingdom.
Alongside Thailand’s entry updates, Singapore also announced that international arrivals no longer have to take a pre-departure test as of yesterday.
Entry requirements for non-fully vaccinated travellers remain the same: Short-Term Visitors (STVs) aged 13 and above are not allowed to enter Singapore, with very few exceptions e.g. for compassionate reasons.
Non-fully vaccinated travellers aged 13 and above who are allowed to enter Singapore under such exceptions will be required to take a test within 2 days before departure for Singapore, undergo a 7-day SHN, and take a Polymerase Chain Reaction COVID-19 test at the end of their stay home notice period.