Thailand’s Center of COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) approved removing entry requirements such as Thailand Pass registration or Covid-19 insurance for foreign tourists, effective from July 1.
From July 1, foreign tourists entering the country only need to show proof of a certificate of vaccination or Covid-19 testing results within 72 hours of travel. Visitors who do not have the above documents will be randomly tested for Covid-19 by professional antigen tests at the border entry points. The requirement for random testing is in effect until Thailand removes current emergency measures to deal with COVID-19.
According to Dr. Taweesilp Visanuyothin, CCSA spokesman, foreign visitors do not need to register a Thailand Pass, COVID insurance, or apply for an entry certificate from the Thai consulate. In addition, the Thai government also removed the temperature scanning and immigration forms to avoid interruption. He added that Thailand maintains a Thailand pass system. However, the system is used to notify symptoms of other dangerous or infectious diseases following the confirmation from the Ministry of Health.
Meanwhile, CCSA also approved the proposal to change the whole country to the green epidemic surveillance area of the Thai Ministry of Health from July 1. This means that Thailand will fully restore tourism and other economic activities. People do not need to wear masks when they are in open spaces or participating in activities that don’t require them. However, wearing masks in crowded places is still recommended.
In addition, Thailand lifted restrictions on entertainment facilities and transporting migrant workers. The professional antigen tests rule only applies to events with over 2,000 participants or people with COVID symptoms.
Regulations removals on the entry will promote the restoration of Thai tourism. According to Mr. Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, Minister of Tourism and Sports of Thailand, it is expected that the number of foreign tourists to Thailand will increase by 25,000 to 30,000 people/day. Meanwhile, the number of foreign tourists can reach 50,000 people/day in the fourth quarter, when the peak tourist season arrives.