Thai tourism officials to propose cancellation of Test & Go at next CCSA meeting
At least two terms travelers will be happy to hear more about – Test & Go and Thailand Pass.
Tourism officials now plan to present a proposal to cancel Thailand’s Test & Go entry program at the next CCSA meeting. The Tourism Authority of Thailand, together with the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, will present the proposal at the next meeting on April 22.
Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn said last week that if the changes are approved, from May 1 tourists will be able to enter Thailand using only vaccine passports. They would no longer have to wait three to five days for their documents to be approved in the Thailand Pass online registration system. In the proposed plan, on-arrival PCR testing for foreign travelers is expected to be replaced with on-arrival antigen testing at the airport.
“Thailand is ready to welcome foreign visitors again because our public health system is properly equipped.”
It should be noted that these are proposals from the TAT and the Ministry of Sports and Tourism, both of which have an interest in reopening Thailand to as many tourists as possible.
Proposed suggestions to ease restrictions and remove the Thailand Pass have NOT been discussed by the CCSA and must be approved by CCSA members at a meeting, the Thai cabinet, and then approved via the Royal Gazette before the changes do not become law.
The Ministry of Tourism forecasts at least 10 million international arrivals and more than 1 trillion baht in revenue for the remainder of 2022, the latest of its regular random stabs in the sky in the dark. The ministry and the TAT have variously predicted 3, 5, 11 and 15 million visitors for 2022.
Thailand saw a tourist surge in early April, but even if that rate of 9-11,000 travelers arrived every day for the rest of the year, Thailand would still only reach 8% of its tourist traffic before Covid (2019 ).
To meet the ministry and TAT targets for 2022, tourist numbers are expected to increase to an average of 35,000 to 40,000 tourists arriving from overseas daily for the remainder of 2022.
Minister Piphat said the government will take daily cases of infections after Songkran into account when considering further reopening the country to tourists.
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If you are fully vaccinated and want to travel to Thailand, you can enter through a Test & Go packages 1 day.