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Would Thai Immigration Accept an At Home COVID Test Result?

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As the title of this video suggests, we are discussing At Home COVID testing. 

A recent article from the FDA,, it is a press release. It is titled: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Authorizes Antigen Test as First Over-the-Counter Fully At Home Diagnostic Test for COVID-19. This was released December 15th, 2020. Quoting directly: "Today the US Food and Drug Administration issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the first over the counter (OTC) fully at home diagnostic test for COVID-19. The Ellume COVID-19 home test is a rapid, lateral flow antigen test, a type of test that runs a liquid sample along a surface with reactive molecules. The test detects fragments of proteins of the SARS COVID-2 virus from a nasal swab sample from any individual 2 years of age or older." 

So, the reason I am making this video is I had somebody send me this and they actually said do I think it would be possible that for example the Thai Embassy that might be processing a Visa application or Thai Authorities on arrival here in Thailand, or for “fit to fly” documentation would allow an at-home test? It remains to be seen. This is certainly really, really new so whether or not this is going to be approved, I think we are not going to know for some time. If it proves to be an effective test, I could see a scenario playing out where possibly, yeah maybe Thai Immigration does accept an at home test result as being sufficient for getting for example sufficient "fit to fly" documentation to be able to come to Thailand. 

That said, really early days on something like this. This is just coming out. I don't think it is safe to presume anything at the moment but it is certainly an interesting development that there is this at home test option available and perhaps in the future we may be seeing it in wider and wider use.