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Thailand Travel: Should 72 Hour COVID Testing Policy Be Revised?

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As the title of this video suggests, we are discussing COVID testing in conjunction with travel into Thailand. 

We have been getting a lot of feedback from clients, viewers on this channel, just general feedback anecdotally from people I have seen in person talking about the conditions associated with travel into Thailand. 

A recent note from one of those folks came to my attention. Quoting directly: "The COVID-19 PCR test is the real hurdle and in my opinion the Royal Thai Embassy needs to revise their 72-hour rule that is hugely problematic unless you are lucky enough to know a physician who has good connections with a local lab that can do a quick turnaround on testing. A PCR COVID-19 test is not an instant; it must be done through a lab. Most labs are not giving you a quick turnaround. Many say results in 24 hours but in practice they are often 3 to 5 days before the results come back."  Yeah I have to admit we have been seeing a lot of this. Timing associated with the COVID-19 testing has been a real issue in facilitating readmission or admission for our clients back to Thailand. Unfortunately, I can't provide any just sort of rule of thumb advice on this. It is going to really be dictated circumstantially. And as we have seen from case to case, country to country even Consulate to Consulate within the same country, we are seeing this play out in different ways. 

We will definitely keep you updated on this channel as the situation progresses but for now understand one of the really trickier or finer points of getting into Thailand is going to be dealing with the COVID-19 test.