The Thai government said on Tuesday that it will scrap the recently implemented Test and Go Plan as Omicron variant cases spike worldwide.
The Test and Go Plan, which allowed foreign arrivals to skip quarantine, and the Thailand Pass system will be suspended and reevaluated again on January 4.
All travelers that previously applied for and received the Thailand Pass can still enter the kingdom until January 10 but must report two more PCR negative tests.
Arrivals planning to enter the country after must either quarantine for 14 days or use the country’s Phuket Sandbox program.
It is unclear at this time whether the Bangkok and Samui sandbox programs will continue in light of the new restrictions.
Anutin Charnvirakul, the Public Health Minister, told reporters before the decision that scrapping the program was necessary to stop another damaging spike in cases.
The Test and Go Plan and the Thailand Pass was only introduced on November 1 and contributed to a steady rise in tourism numbers.