Sawadeeka! Thailand Drops More COVID-19-Related Tourist Restrictions From 1 July

From 1 July 2022, foreigners travelling to Thailand will no longer need to register for the Thailand Pass or obtain USD10,000 health insurance. (Image by Mathew Schwartz/Unsplash)

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For over two years, the impact of COVID-19 has been the main topic of discussion almost everywhere. Now that the worst of the pandemic appears to be behind us, and more countries are easing travel restrictions, one-holiday destination we can’t wait to visit is Thailand — which is now easier than ever as the nation is dropping almost all of its COVID-19-related travel restrictions from 1 July 2022.

To ease travel to Thailand, and thus reboost local tourism, Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has stated its plan to drop requirements for foreigners to obtain a Thailand Pass and USD10,000 health insurance to enter the country. The Thailand Pass and health insurance had already been abolished for Thai citizens on 1 June, but it is still required for foreign visitors.

If you are planning to travel to Thailand, here’s what you should know:

  • You will still need to show — either in print or digitally — a copy of your vaccination certificate or a negative RT-PCR or a professional ATK (Antigen Test Kit) test result within 72 hours of arrival.
  • Travellers who have not been vaccinated will be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test.
  • Quarantine requirements have already been removed.
  • Unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, or those unable to produce a negative pre-arrival test must undergo a professional antigen test.
  • There may be random checks on arrival at Thailand’s international airports or land border checkpoints in 22 out of 77 provinces.
  • All 77 provinces in Thailand are green zones, meaning normal activities are allowed with no COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.
  • Masks will not be required in low-risk areas such as uncrowded or open-air spaces.
  • Alcohol consumption in restaurants will return to pre-COVID-19 hours while night entertainment venues will be allowed to stay open and serve alcohol until 12am.

Thailand is undoubtedly in the post-pandemic phase now that the country’s borders have been opened and international travel has resumed. With this in mind, a new set of recommendations for locals and visitors alike will be announced soon by the Royal Thai Government. 

In the meantime, visitors can keep up to date with the COVID-19 situation in Thailand here.

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A journalist by profession, self-proclaimed horror movie expert by passion. Danisha needs to spend more time watching sunsets than Netflix. Ultimately, she's just another girl figuring out her place in the world in between the multitudinous demands of adult life.