As you can imagine, I get many questions every day. Sometimes, too many to answer as I have a day job and sometimes I am busy in the evenings. So, I put together this FAQ that you might find useful.
Q: What is the difference between Test & Go and Sandbox?
A: With Test & Go, you’re free to go anywhere you like in Thailand once you have passed your 1st test. But you have to stay in a SHA++ hotel with a partner hospital on Day 5 while you wait for results of the 2nd test.
Q: What is the point of the Sandbox when Test & Go will now be open to people from all countries?
A: You must understand that the global pandemic is ongoing, and things can change. If there is a major outbreak, they could suspend Test & Go again and Sandbox will be the backup plan.
Q: I have already applied for a Thailand Pass for the Sandbox. Can I switch to Test & Go?
A: Yes, but you have to apply for a new Thailand Pass when registration re-opens on 1st February. Although some people got the QR Code straight away, it can take up to 7 days.
Q: I have a home in Thailand, do I really need to book a SHA++ hotel for the 2nd test?
A: Yes, there are no exceptions to this. The 2nd hotel can be anywhere, but it must have a partner hospital and you must wait in the room for the results like you did for the first test.
Q: I applied for Test & Go before the 22 December deadline and I have a Thailand Pass. Do I need to book a SHA++ hotel for the 2nd test?
A: You are an exception as you can do at a government designated facility for free. So far, they are not saying you must book a hotel.
Q: I will only be staying in Thailand for a few days. If I come in using Test & Go, must I stay until I do the 2nd test?
A: The RT-PCR tests are on Day 0-1 and Day 5-6. If you have a pre-booked return flight before Day 5, then you don’t need to do, or even pay for, the 2nd test.
Q: Why do we have to book SHA++/AQ/OQ/AHQ accommodation for the 2nd test?
A: There have been many cases of travellers not waiting for their test results. It will be more efficient and quicker if people stayed in hotels that have a partner hospital that does the test.