Thai Tourism plans to cancel Thailand Pass for new visitors by July

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) plans to ease travel rules for foreign tourists by July 1, 2022, including the removal of the Thailand Pass entry permit.

“Our forecast for the tourism industry in terms of revenue and tourist flows to the kingdom could be worse than expected due to rising oil prices and inflation in the context of the situation in Ukraine. meanwhile, we intend to ease the restrictions related to Covid-19 by the second half of the year, in particular by canceling the Thai passsaid TAT Governor Yuthasak Supasorn.

According to him, the agency should start working on new protocols within the next four months.

“Nevertheless, the requirement for PCR tests will remain for the time being, as the country records a large number of cases every day. Thailand needs to take safety measures and learn from the experience of other countries that have already reopened so that the kingdom remains competitive in attracting foreign tourists,” Supasorn explained.

TAT plans to propose a gradual relaxation of travel rules at the next COVID-19 Situation Management Meeting (CCSA) on March 18.

In July, Thailand is mainly visited by tourists from European countries, but this year the tourist flow is expected to increase due to travelers from neighboring countries – India, Vietnam and other Southeast Asian countries. . Malaysia is set to open its land border with Thailand on April 1.

The Thailand Pass entry permit is valid for foreign tourists under the Test&Go travel program. From February 1, the authorities of the kingdom allow all foreigners to enter.

To apply for entry, you must register on the Thailand Pass platform no earlier than 60 days before the expected date of arrival in Thailand. Then provide confirmation of a room reservation with a prepayment for 2 nights in SHA Extra Plus (SHA++), AQ, OQ or AHQ hotels on days 1 and 5 and two paid tests (one PCR, one rapid test) which will be carried out on days 1 and 5 days respectively.

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