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The Thai government has revealed its plans to completely revoke the entry permit to Thailand, paving the way for easier entry requirements in the country since the start of the pandemic. The popular Southeast Asian country, whose capital Bangkok was once crowned the world’s most visited city in 2019, has struggled to welcome tourists in droves since strict entry requirements were introduced with the spread of Covid-19, but all of that can change with the removal of the pass.
The removal of the Thailand card is just one of several measures Thailand will adopt next month as it scraps many rules related to Covid, such as mask mandate and strict regulation of the nightlife industry. Here’s a look at what will change in the country, and how travelers can enter the country from next month.
Thailand Passport Removed – Information for Travelers
Since the Thailand Pass was launched last year, it has undergone many different face-changes and rules as the country reacted to the changing situation regarding the pandemic. From high insurance requirements and proof of vaccination, to booking hotel stays for quarantine and post-arrival testing, Thailand has not made it easy for travelers to enter the country. land of smiles – Until now.
After a government meeting, it was revealed yesterday that Thailand will remove its Thailand Card requirements for all foreign travelers from July 1. This means that travelers will no longer have to apply for a Thailand entry permit to enter, and will not need to purchase an insurance policy covering Covid-19 before traveling to the country. Thailand will also remove thermal scanning facilities at its borders.
There are still some restrictions related to Covid-19 that are set to remain. Travelers will still need proof of vaccination against the virus or a negative test result to enter the country, as arrivals will be randomly screened for these documents. Tests can be either an RT-PCR test or a professional ATK test performed within 72 hours of travel. Unvaccinated travelers who are randomly screened and cannot obtain a negative test result will need to undergo a professional ATK test at the point of entry.
The Thailand Pass – with its website riddled with errors and outdated entry requirements – has long been seen as a huge barrier to travel, with many choosing to visit other no-requirement destinations instead. Now that it has been removed, travelers are expected to travel to the country in droves, giving the country’s struggling tourism industry a respite.
Travelers will also be happy to know that passport removal isn’t the only significant policy change from July 1st. Also from this date, the state will partially revoke its mask mandate, making it optional to wear masks when outdoors or in crowded places. Masks will still be required in situations such as public transportation, markets and concert venues, but travelers can look forward to taking a walk without masks on the beach. More counties are also set to become “green zones,” allowing more types of businesses like pubs to open for longer.
Each of these changes is subject to publication in the Royal Gazette, a process in the Thai legal system that is required before changes become law, but is expected to be adopted into law. It has been a month full of change in Thailand, as the country recently legalized the use of cannabis – making it the first country in Asia to do so.
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