Thailand reopens to tourism and announce it will try to lift all the Covid restrictions until June 1
Fully vaccinated visitors, who wish to enter Thailand under the Test&Go scheme, will be required to take only one PCR test instead of two upon arrival, and to spend one night in a hotel, authorized by the government, while waiting for the results. All foreign citizens also need to purchase health insurance that covers potential COVID-19-related expenses.
Were the COVID-19 cases to not increase, the Ministry of Tourism and Sports will bring forward the proposal to lift all entry restrictions. This means that fully vaccinated international tourists will be able to visit the country without having to be subject to covid restrictions.
The Songkran festival, a huge celebration in Thailand organized once a year, will function as a parameter to ascertain whether the country is ready to lift the entry covid requirements, reports Passport-photo.online.
Thailand’s tourism is slowly recovering in 2022. Chian Mai, one of the most popular tourist destinations, has reported an increase in the number of tourists, who, however, don’t bring a lot of money to the country being backpackers on a budget.
In December 2021, Thailand welcomed 230,000 tourists. However, in January this figure plunged to 134,000 due to the discovery of the Omicron variant. In February, the number of visitors had been on the rise reaching 204,000 at the end of the month. Even though the sector is recovering, these figures still remain behind the number of international tourists registered in 2019, which amounted to 39.8 million.
Travel Restrictions in Thailand
The country started easing its restrictions on the 1st of March 2022.
At the moment, to enter the country, travelers are required to:
- Present a valid certificate of vaccination (WHO-approved vaccines are considered valid) to reduce the quarantine duration. Unvaccinated travelers can enter the country, but they have to quarantine.
- Buy health insurance that can cover potential Covid-related medical expenses up to 100,000 dollars.
- Present a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours before departure heading to Thailand.
- Be subject to the quarantine of 7-10 days if they travel under the Sandbox scheme.
Rules might differ depending on the tourist destination. It is advised to check local restrictions with the specific government.
All American citizens that hold a business visa are allowed to enter Thailand. For further information about U.S. citizens visiting Thailand, it can be consulted the Royal Thai Embassy’s website or it is possible to go to the Thai embassy in Washington D.C.
Furthermore, all tourists who travel to Thailand under the Sandbox scheme are allowed in the country.
How Covid has affected Thailand?
Even though Thailand can be said to have successfully dealt with the virus, its economy came out almost destroyed by the pandemic.
Before COVID-19, Bangkok ranked first among the top tourist destinations in the world, but in April 2020, foreigners could no longer enter the country. Were tourism not to recover, it is expected that almost 60% of the hospitality industry’s businesses could be shut down by the end of the year. Moreover, the IMF supposed that the economy could shrink up to 8.5%, and over 8 million citizens and residents could be laid off from work.
Thailand is one of the most renowned destinations around the world. It offers many attractions, cultural experiences, and places to visit. There can be found wonderful natural places and uncontaminated miles of beaches. Also, diving is a popular and widespread activity in the country.
For those who would like to visit historical and cultural sites, the country offers ancient ruins and temples that can be admired and explored. With regards to the nightlife, Bangkok, Phuket, and Pattaya rank high among the most popular destinations.