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Reduce Covid-19 spread or risk of infection by getting tested at home or at the workplace.

Based on latest protocol issued on August 4, 2021. Last update: November 17, 2021

How can I get tested for Covid-19 in Thailand?

We strongly suggest getting tested with a RT-PCR Test directly at the hospital so you can be admitted or added to the waitlist to be admitted to that hospital, if your test is positive and your symptoms escalate. 

 

Option 1: Get tested at the hospital, via RT-PCR test or Rapid Antigen Test.

 

Option 2: Get tested at home with our partner Europ Assistance, via Rapid Antigen Test or RT-PCR

 

Although Rapid Antigen Tests are available to be purchased at the pharmacy and self-performed; we recommend that you test at the hospital or through a private lab. 

Please also note self-purchased and performed Antigen tests are unfortunately not eligible for reimbursement.

Importantly, although a positive Rapid Antigen Test is highly suggestive of Covid-19 infection, the doctor at the hospital will still require you to have a PCR test before issuing recommendations and/or treatment. 

 

Please find below a few links to register for a RT-PCR test from a hospital. Please note this list is not exhaustive. 

What should I do if I test positive for Covid-19?

In case you test positive to Covid-19, we urge you to consult with a doctor to evaluate your health conditions. 

 

The doctor will then advise the best course of actions among:

  • – Home isolation / Community isolation and appropriate medical treatment
  • – Hospitel isolation and appropriate medical treatment
  • – Hospitalization

 

Luma Medical Team has compiled the below summary table to give you a quick view of official guidelines of Thailand Department of Medical Services and Department of Disease Control.

Green case (as defined by Thai Government):

  • – Sore throat
  • – Cough
  • – Diarrhea
  • – Congestion or runny nose
  • – Body temperature higher than 37.5°C
  • – Rash
  • – Conjunctivitis
  • – Loss of taste or smell

Except elderly, pregnant women or individuals within the 7 diseases group:

  • – Non-Communicable Diseases
  • – Cardiovascular disease
  • – Chronic renal failure
  • – Stroke
  • – Obesity
  • – Cancer
  • – Diabetes

 

Lower risk (as suggested by Luma): Younger individuals (20 to less than 60 years of age) with early (1 to 3 days) suggestive Covid symptoms and without comorbidities.

Get tested for Covid-19 Yes
Home isolation Yes upon doctor’s decision. Except for elderly, pregnant, or have underlying diseases.
Community isolation Yes upon doctor’s decision. Except for elderly, pregnant, or have underlying diseases.
Seek transfer to hospital for hospitalization Yes for elderly, pregnant, or have underlying diseases.

Yellow case (as defined by Thai Government):

  • – Chest tightness
  • – Difficulty breathing
  • – Tiredness when coughing
  • – Diarrhea three times per day or more
  • – Pneumonia
  • – Dizziness
  • – Fatigue

 

Middle risk (as suggested by Luma): Individuals under 60 years old, with risk factors such as associated comorbidities 

OR experiencing above listed symptoms.

Get tested for Covid-19 Yes
Home isolation No
Community isolation No
Seek transfer to hospital for hospitalization Seek medical assistance from the hospital where Covid test was performed. If test was not done at the hospital, register on government platform to seek medical help (see below on this page).

Red case (as defined by Thai Government):

  • – Severe gasping for breath
  • – Chest tightness
  • – Pain when breathing
  • – Fatigue
  • – Slow response
  • – Unconsciousness

 

High risk (as suggested by Luma):

Individuals with risk factors such as associated comorbidities

OR older individuals (over 60 years of age)

OR anyone with severe and advanced symptoms as listed below.

Get tested for Covid-19 Yes
Home isolation No
Community isolation No
Seek transfer to hospital for hospitalization Seek medical assistance from the hospital where Covid test was performed. If test was not done at the hospital, register on government platform to seek medical help (see below on this page).

Can I isolate at home if I test positive for Covid-19?

To prevent further spread of Covid-19 and overcrowding hospital beds, you may consider isolating at home if you meet the following conditions:

  • – You have consulted a doctor who has confirmed the possibility to benefit from a Home Isolation Program. Also, you have been prescribed optimal management of care following your present health conditions, via online consultations and home delivery of medications.

  • – Experience Covid-19 related symptoms such as: cough, runny nose, sore throat, loss of the sense of smell and taste, red eyes, rash, loose stools, fever (over 37.5 C).

  • – Not over 60 years old.

  • – If home isolation is practical.

How can I benefit from home isolation?

To benefit from Home Isolation, you need to register yourself to Thai authorities. Follow the below instructions. 

 

1) Prepare the following documents:

  • – ID or passport
  • – Official test results

 

2) Report to disease control agent via 24/7 hotlines below within 3 hours after receiving positive test result:

  • – Department of Medical Service: 1668
  • – National Institute for Emergency Medicine: 1669
  • – National Health Security Office: 1330

Once registered, an officer should call you back within 48h to inform the next steps, whether you should self-isolate or transfer to a hospital to get medical treatment.

 

3) If you do not receive any feedback after 48 hours, you can register on https://crmsup.nhso.go.th/ or add LINE @nhso to register for home isolation.

 

If you already have suspicious symptoms, another solution is to go to the “Acute Respiratory Infection” clinic (ARI clinic) of many private hospitals and get a PCR test together with a medical consultation. If the test is positive, a doctor from the ARI clinic will call you and inform you about the best course of action based on your present condition (Home Isolation Program, Hospitel or admission at hospital). The hospital will handle the registration of your case to the Thai authorities. 

 

What is Community Isolation?

Community Isolation is provided by Public Health Services for patients diagnosed with Covid-19 infection and for whom the treating doctor considers Community Isolation is appropriate and safe.

Community Isolation can be provided for patients who are waiting for admission at the hospital and patients who are returning for further care from the hospital.

What is a Hospitel?

A Hospitel is the combination of hospital and hotel. This type of facility has been created to prevent the overcrowding of hospital beds during the outbreak. Hospitels are designed for people infected with Covid-19 who do not have serious symptoms and have low risk to develop complications of Covid–19 infection. A Hospitel is always coupled with a partnered hospital to provide medical treatment.

Please note Hospitels differ from ASQ hotels (Alternative State Quarantine) that do not provide medical care.

To check into a Hospitel, you need to be prescribed your isolation at the Hospitel by a doctor.

Source: OIC’s definition of Hospitel.

I tested negative for Covid-19 but came in contact with someone who tested positive, therefore was forced to quarantine for two weeks. Will the cost for my quarantine be covered?

Unfortunately, the cost for your quarantine cannot be covered. Only the expenses for medically necessary treatments can be covered.

What are the current restrictions on travel to/from and within the country?

There are currently several visas available to enter Thailand during Covid.
Travelers need to go through a mandatory 14-day Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) in one of the approved hotels in Thailand, at the traveler’s expense.

Regarding internal travel within Thailand, follow news from the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) to check what provinces may be under special measures.

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