Destinations

Thailand pass to be removed from next month

Thai health authorities approved the removal of the Thailand Pass registration scheme and a US$10,000 ($14,420) health insurance requirement for foreign visitors from 1 July.

Both requirements were initially removed for Thai nationals from 1 June.

From 1 July, foreign nationals are only required to show proof of either a certificate of vaccination or a negative RT-PCR or professional ATK test result within 72 hours of travel. These can be in print or digital format.

Random checks will be made on arrivals at Thailand’s international airports or land border checkpoints (in 22 provinces).

Unvaccinated/not fully vaccinated travellers who are randomly checked and unable to show proof of a pre-arrival negative test will be required to undergo a professional ATK test at the point of entry.

Meanwhile, Thailand’s Centre of COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) also approved the designation of Bangkok and 76 provinces as the Surveillance or green zone, thus allowing resumption of new normal businesses and activities nationwide.

And while maintaining the safety and health measures under the universal prevention, the Royal Thai Government is preparing to announce a new set of guidelines as the nation is stepping into post-pandemic.

This announcement comes alongside the legalisation of marijuana in Thailand, which many believe will boost the nations tourism industry.

The Thai government predicts this new development will generate as much as 10 billion baht ($400 million) per year, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

The legalisation of marijuana contribute to Thailand’s health and wellness tourism sector that is estimated to bring in 27.7 million tourists this year alone.



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