As previously announced, Thailand has implemented new regulations for entering the country by modifying reliance on the Thailand Pass system by only keeping it active for foreign arrivals.
Thai nationals will no longer need to register on the Thailand Pass system to return to their home country but must still carry vaccination or current Covid test documents.
With these changes, administrative processing at the airport will be further reduced and the Thailand Pass is now primarily functioning as a pre-arrival registration for foreign travelers.
After these new tweaks, Thailand Pass will migrate from a role of an approval system to a registration system, and at least according to officials the new QR codes should be issued much faster than before, in some cases being available instantly (I will test this later this weekend).
We have previously covered the Thailand entry process and the working of the Thailand Pass extensively.
The main article we had about the June 1st changes:
The changes Thailand implemented per May 1, 2022 making it much easier to arrive even for unvaccinated travelers:
John’s most recent Thailand Pass application in May:
I have since gotten a Thailand Pass as well and briefly went to Thailand last week which was really a breeze, arriving from Frankfurt on Thai Airways and being out of the airport within 25 minutes including baggage collection.
Foreign nationals are still required to register through the Thailand Pass system but that’s really easy compared to what I went through yesterday for registering to visit Malaysia (more about that innanother article).
The Registration on Thailand Pass still needs the following documents to be provided online:
- A valid Passport (duh) ;
- A certificate of vaccination or – if unvaccinated/not fully vaccinated – a negative RT-PCR/Certified ATK COVID-19 test result issued within 72 hours before departure ;
- Proof of medical treatment coverage with a minimum coverage of US$10,000
The system is now set up (so they say) to receive the Thailand Pass QR Code within a few hours at the latest. I will put this to a test soon as I’m curious myself.
My experience from last Saturday was that upon landing, the Disease Control Officers of Thailand will briefly check your documents, scan the code and send you to immigration. The endless lines of chairs at the airport are now gone.
Airlines are required to pre-check for the TH Pass QR code prior to issuing any boarding documents to Thailand so you should have the Thailand Pass ready when doing the check-in, ideally in printed form.
The Thailand Entry System that used to rely on the Thailand Pass registration for all arrivals has been amended and will now only require foreigners to register. I think that for now, this is a good compromise as it’s fast and efficient enough.
Since Thai passengers are no longer required to carry the code this will also shrink the lines and processing times at the check-in counters as well as the Thai Airports upon arrival.
There is no longer the need for any testing to go on flights so the usefulness of having a bunch of tough regulations in place is watered down so much that most of them were ripe to be abandoned anyway. Especially as most of Thailand’s neighbors have already done away with theirs and the continuous grip on tough measured was costing the country valuable tourist funds as it deterred travelers.