Travel restrictions

Thailand ends nearly all travel restrictions

Thailand ends almost all travel restrictions. (credits: Google)

  • Thailand’s color-coded restrictions system is no longer used.
  • A Covid-19 vaccination certificate / professionally performed antigen test is required for entry.
  • Phuket, Koh Samui and northern Thailand have seen the biggest increases in tourist arrivals this year.

Travelers curious about what it’s like to visit Thailand right now might find it interesting to hear that the nation is “allowing pretty much everything again.”

This is according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), the government body responsible for promoting travel to the country.

The country’s color-coding system, which imposed different restrictions by province on dining activities, gatherings and travel, is no longer in use, according to TAT. Masks are also no longer necessary.

Moreover, entering Thailand is now very simple.

A Covid-19 vaccination certificate or a negative PCR or antigen test carried out by a professional are the only Covid-related documents tourists must present from July 1 to enter, according to TAT.

Both print and digital media are allowed, according to the tourism authority.

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TAT says unvaccinated visitors who arrive in Thailand without a clear test result obtained within 72 hours of departure will have to pay and take a Covid-19 test there. According to a TAT representative, travelers who test positive must also pay their medical bills.

Foreign visitors are still required to enter with their passport and the necessary visas.

“Thailand Pass” app is no longer required for entry. It was implemented in May and required travelers to provide proof of vaccinations, health insurance and other documents before leaving.

The country’s many travel initiatives, like the “Phuket Sandbox” and the more recent “Test & Go” program, which were introduced during the pandemic to revive tourism, an industry that typically contributes around 12% of gross domestic product. of Thailand, have been replaced by the new simplified rules.

The disappointing response to both initiatives demonstrated that visitors have little incentive to follow a set of rules in order to enjoy a trip to Thailand.

Tourists reacted 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 halted, with around 9,000 tourists arriving on Friday.

According to the article, more people entered Thailand on the same day at several checkpoints around the borders with Malaysia and Laos.

From July 1, more people were looking online to make hotel reservations, according to Michael Marshall, chief commercial officer of Minor Hotels, a Thailand-based hotel chain.

Despite the fact that all the limitations were only recently released, we’ve already seen nearly 10,000 new searches for Thai destinations from various markets since July 1, which is quite promising.

Thai tourist activity was growing even before the rule changes.

From January to May this year, the number of foreign visitors nearly doubled, according to Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports. According to ministry statistics, more than 1.3 million immigrants entered during this period, compared to less than 35,000 during the same period in 2021.

“We expect the momentum to last… The latest limitations on foreign passengers have been lifted by the Thai government, according to Marshall.

According to him, Phuket, Koh Samui and the northern regions of Thailand have seen the biggest increases in tourist arrivals this year.

Thailand’s tourism rebound may be on the right track, but there will likely be a long way to go as inflation, rising travel costs and rising Covid rates have foreign tourists worried. This year, declining visitor numbers from China, its main source market, will not help either.

Given these challenges, Thai authorities expect between five and 15 million foreign visitors this year, a significant increase from the 428,000 who visited last year, but well below the nearly 40 million who visited in 2019, according to Reuters.

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