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Visitors to Thailand will no longer be required to complete a ‘Thailand Pass’ or purchase travel insurance prior to arrival from July 1, as the government eases restrictions and prepares to return its tourism standards to the pre-pandemic era.
This decision replaces current entry rules, which require travellers to lodge their vaccination certificate, hotel bookings and flight itinerary, as well as prove a minimum of $10,000 travel insurance.
Travellers will still need to show proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test prior to boarding their flight. Random spot checks will also be made at the airport on arrival to ensure compliance.
Further afield, New Zealand will also do away with its long-held pre-arrival testing from June 21, although two self-administered tests will still be needed after landing.
In another welcome change, face masks will no longer be compulsory in outdoor areas of Thailand, unless crowded or poorly ventilated. Indoor mask requirements remain unchanged.
Thailand has long been a holiday favourite for Australian travellers, with popular destinations like Phuket and Koh Samui, Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai, and the bustling capital of Bangkok – home to an exquisite array of luxury hotels – just a few of its many draw cards.
Despite reopening to vaccinated overseas travellers in November, Thailand’s tourism industry has been slow to recover. It’s hoped the latest developments will help set the nation on track to restoring its pre-pandemic shine, which included 40 million visitors in 2019.