What’s required to travel to Thailand? Only one Covid document now

Travelers wondering what it’s like to visit Thailand now may be interested to know the country is “allowing almost everything” again.

That’s according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), the governmental entity responsible for promoting tourism to the country.

Masks are no longer required, and the country’s color-coded system — which placed limits that varied by province on dining activities, gatherings and travel — is also a thing of the past, according to TAT.

It’s also far easier to get into Thailand now too.

What’s needed

‘Thailand Pass’ no longer required

Fewer rules, more tourists

Indian nationals led the increase in travelers flying into Phuket last weekend, according to the Thai Public Broadcasting Service.

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The number of online searches for hotel bookings also climbed starting July 1, said Michael Marshall, chief commercial officer of the Thai-based hotel operator Minor Hotels.

“Although it’s early days since all restrictions have been lifted, we’ve seen close to 10,000 new searches on our website for Thailand destinations from various markets collectively since July 1st, which is a very encouraging sign of things to come.”

Even before the rule changes, Thailand’s tourism industry was picking up steam.   

International arrivals nearly quadrupled from January to May this year, according to Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports. More than 1.3 million foreigners arrived during this time, compared with fewer than 35,000 during the same period in 2021, according to the ministry’s statistics.

From January to May in 2022, 43% of Thailand’s visitors hailed from Asia, followed by 38% from Europe, according to Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism & Sports.

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“We expect the momentum to continue … [now that] the Thai government removed the final restrictions for international travelers,” said Marshall.  

Tourism arrivals increased the most this year to Phuket, Koh Samui and areas in northern Thailand, he said.  

Road to recovery

Source: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/07/04/whats-required-to-travel-to-thailand-only-one-covid-document-now.html