Thailand has allowed international tourists to enter under various schemes, first only in Phuket, from July last year, and has slowly expanded and relaxed the program.
The tourism numbers are still abysmal as western visitors are unwilling to put up with the Test & Go application process and follow-up tests that are cumbersome for many.
Now, Thailand’s Tourism Minister, Mr. Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, has told the local press that he will propose scrapping the Thailand Pass Test & Go registration scheme altogether at the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) meeting held on April 22.
If the Test & Go is scrapped from May 1st, it would mean that tourists no longer are required to apply for the Test & Go and can travel only with proof of their completed vaccination scheme.
The government has previously indicated that it would only require an antigen test upon arrival to Thailand from next month instead of the current PCR-RT that can detect previous covid infection for several months (and off to the hospitel you go).
There can be a setback to these plans if there is a covid spike after the Songkran festivities that are currently held in Thailand (Thai New Year’s Holiday).
Thailand’s Current Entry Requirements:
The number of foreign international visitors to Thailand has stayed relatively low, but these various schemes have been useful for Thai Nationals and visitors with ties to the country to enter that have been willing to put up with the red tape.
Opening the country for international visitors without registration requirements now, would ensure that the country would not lose another tourism high season that runs from January to March.