Thailand fully reopens its doors to tourism

Thailand has finally decided to simplify its entry rules, which will attract many travelers and revive the tourism sector.

The Center for Covid-19 Situation Management (CCSA) meeting on Friday, April 22nd brought long-awaited changes by the tourism sector and travelers.

The Test & Go program for foreigners will be canceled [] “Starting from May 1st for the revitalization of tourism and economy,” Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said on Friday.

The Prime Minister added that “many countries are easing travel restrictions significantly and our country is highly dependent on tourism to support its economy.”

New entry rules for vaccinated travelers

International travelers who are fully vaccinated will not be required to provide evidence of a negative RT-PCR test prior to arrival or be tested upon arrival.

Thailand’s passport registration system is still mandatory, despite calls from tourism officials to abolish it, as it is complex and time-consuming.

But the only documents travelers will need to upload for registration before coming to Thailand are passport, vaccine information and proof of insurance.

You will also have to wait for your pass to be approved before coming to Thailand.

The current waiting period is usually one to three days, but it may take longer.

However, since there are far fewer documents required, approvals should be faster after May 1.

Applications under the new rules will be accepted from April 29, according to an update posted on the Thailand Pass official website: tp.consular.go.th.

Once in Thailand, travelers will be allowed entry and they will be free to travel anywhere in the kingdom.

New entry rules for non-vaccinated travelers

International travelers who have not been vaccinated or not fully vaccinated will also not be required to provide evidence of a negative RT-PCR test prior to arrival or be tested upon arrival.

They are required to register for a Thailand entry permit with a 5-day hotel reservation and an insurance policy with coverage of at least $10,000 (instead of $20,000).

Once in Thailand, they must undergo a 5-day quarantine and undergo an RT-PCR test on the fifth day.

There is an exception for unvaccinated travelers who can upload evidence of a negative RT-PCR test within 72 hours of traveling through the Pass Thailand system, where they – like those who have been fully vaccinated – are allowed entry and are free to go anywhere in the kingdom.

respect the laws

While in Thailand, vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers are advised to strictly adhere to health and safety standards.

Travelers with Covid-19-like symptoms will need to be tested.

If the test is positive, they should receive appropriate medical treatment.

Compulsory testing may be raised under the Test & Go entry program as statistics show a very low infection rate among foreign entrants to the Test & Go system, at just 0.46% this month, Dr. Tweiselp said.

Access by road

For arrivals on the ground, visitors who intend to stay for no more than two days must be fully immunized and undergo a self-antigen test.

Otherwise, they will not be able to enter the country.

For visitors intending to stay longer, vaccinated travelers will not be isolated if they pass antigen testing, while unvaccinated travelers will be quarantined for five days.

Relaxing controls in the country

On Friday, the CCSA also took note of the Department of Public Health’s decision to ease nationwide disease control from May 1, ending control (orange) zones in 20 counties.

As a result, the number of micro-monitoring areas (yellow) will increase from 47 to 65 governorates, according to Dr. Tweisla.

In addition, the number of tourism pilot areas (in blue) will increase from 10 to 12 provinces, with Songkhla and Rayong as newcomers.


Source: Bangkok Post, TAT News

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