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Thamkrabok is open to detox patients. Certain restrictions and requirements apply for getting into Thailand, and travelling within it. See below for updates:

5/1/22 Test & Go remains suspended. Entry to Thailand only via quarantine, or Phuket “sandbox” scheme.

24/12/21 Registration for Test and Go entry suspended until 4th January. Existing prior registrations are unaffected. Due to Omicron variant there is again mandatory quarantine for all travellers now applying to enter Thailand. Details here.

21/12/21 In a nutshell, current entry rules to Thailand are: On the “Test & Go” scheme fully vaccinated travellers must present a recent proof of negative test on arrival, take another test, and spend one night in a pre-booked, approved hotel while waiting for this result. They are then free to wander. Unvaccinated/single jabbed must quarantine for 10 days. See Thai government website for full details and updates. HOWEVER – in response to Omicron variant there are strong rumours that this may change, so anyone contemplating detoxing at Thamkrabok should get a move on. Go on! Do it! And by the way, may I just mention what a pleasing date it is [hint: palindromes].

19/12/21 Thai government has launched this website for assisting foreign travellers with understanding current entry requirements. This will presumably (hopefully) be a more up-to-date and definitive guide than anything I could supply.

16/12/21 Statement from Thai government regarding new entry rules effective as of today

15/5/21 Due to the tireless efforts of some friends of ours, and extraordinary generosity on the part of many, all the western monastics at Thamkrabok now have full health insurance cover. Blessings and inexpressable gratitude to all concerned.

11/5/21 The situation in Thailand regarding Covid19 is extremely volatile. Until recently the country had an almost miraculous escape with very few cases being detected, and was preparing to re-open to foreign visitors as fully and as quickly as possible. However, since early April there has been a new wave of infections, including new variants, which is spreading rapidly, while Thailand’s vaccination program is barely underway, and proceeding slowly. Updates as we get them…

7/3/21 Just in case anyone was intending to leap all the quarantine hurdles and check in for detox from abroad (2 have, so far), please be aware that Thamkrabok will be closed from 1st April for 15 days for tudong (See “Thamkrabok, Sajja-Dhamma, and the Hay” page for an explanation of tudong). This is the only time in the entire year when we do not accept patients.

21/2/21 Prayers and loving kindness requested for our friends and supporters, Peter and Julie K.

15/2/21 Due to the astounding generosity of a number of supporters, some known to us and others not, visa costs for 2021 have now been raised for all 5 western monastics. Thanks and blessings. Fundraising for health insurance costs continues. Please see “Giving” page if you would like to help our work.

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