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Synopsis: A Covid-19 immunization certificate or a negative PCR or a professionally performed antigen test are the only Covid-related documents that tourists must present as of July 1 in order to enter, according to TAT.
TAT states that unvaccinated visitors who arrive in Thailand without a clear test result obtained within 72 hours of departure will have to pay for and take a Covid-19 test there to avoid any Covid-19 restrictions. According to a TAT representative, travelers who test positive must also pay for their medical costs.
Foreign visitors are still required to enter with their passports and any necessary visas.
No longer necessary to have a “Thailand Pass”
No longer required for entry is a “Thailand Pass” application. It was implemented in May and demanded that travelers provide proof of immunization, health insurance, and other documentation before departing.
The country’s numerous travel initiatives, like the “Phuket Sandbox” and the more recent “Test & Go” program, which were introduced during the pandemic to jump-start tourism, an industry that typically contributes about 12% of Thailand’s gross domestic product, have been superseded by the new, simpler rules. Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism has removed almost all Thailand travel restrictions for travelers.
The underwhelming response to both initiatives demonstrated that visitors had little interest in following a set of rules in order to enjoy a trip to Thailand.
Fewer regulations, more visitors
Tourists responded quickly to Thailand’s relaxed travel regulations.
According to a report by the Thai Public Broadcasting Service, visitor arrivals at Phuket International Airport increased by 20% the day after the “Thailand Pass” was discontinued, with an estimated 9,000 tourists arriving on Friday.
The country’s numerous travel initiatives, such as the “Phuket Sandbox” and the more recent “Test & Go” program, launched during the pandemic to jumpstart tourism, an industry that typically accounts for about 12 percent of Thailand’s gross domestic product, are superseded by the new simplified rules. Beginning on July 1, more people were searching online to make hotel reservations, according to Michael Marshall, a chief commercial officer of Minor Hotels, a Thai-based hotel chain.
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