Thailand Pass to be Scrapped on July 1

Foreign visitors entering the kingdom will no longer need to register online or have Covid-19 insurance.

A longtail boat on Railay Beach in Ao Nang, Krabi province. (Photo: Preto_perola/iStock)

Senior government officials in Bangkok have confirmed they are simplifying Thailand’s entry protocols next month, ending a requirement for all international arrivals to apply for entry via the Thailand Pass registration system. Dr. Taweesilp Visanuyothin, a spokesman for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), said the decision was made at the latest CCSA meeting on Friday.

To visit the country right now, foreign nationals must have mandatory Covid-19 insurance coverage of at least US$10,000, as well as a certification of fitness for entry issued by a Thai embassy or consulate; both these rules will be scrapped from July 1. However, fully inoculated travelers must still show proof of vaccination, while the unvaccinated can present negative pre-departure Covid-19 test results. Thermal scanning will be phased out at border checkpoints but supervised rapid antigen tests will be carried out at random due to the ongoing state of emergency. Notably, the Thailand Pass isn’t being retired just yet: visitors can use it to report suspected symptoms of Covid-19 and other infectious diseases.

The CCSA has also given the green light to end Thailand’s nationwide outdoor mask mandate with near-immediate effect, as soon as the updated regulations are published in the Royal Gazette. From then on, facial coverings will only be required outdoors when in crowded places.

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