Thailand’s quarantine-free travel pass suspended over concerns over Omicron variant
From midnight on December 22, new requests for quarantine exemption under the Thailand Pass program will not be considered. The government says it is a temporary suspension rather than a permanent ban, but there is no date yet for the suspension to be lifted.
The pass, which was part of the “Test & Go program”, began on November 1.
Travelers who have already applied and been approved will not be affected by the new regulations. However, if they have not yet entered Thailand, they will now have to take two PCR tests after arrival, one of which will be at a government facility.
Thailand has also announced that it will expand the national contact tracing program, but has not yet shared details on how this will happen.
Those who have applied for the Thailand Pass but have not yet been approved can also continue as normal once they receive a response to their application.
The Omicron variant was first identified by scientists in South Africa in November. It is now the dominant strain of new infections in the United States.
CNN’s Eric Cheung contributed to this report.