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Govt mulls ending Thai Pass

BANGKOK: The Ministry of Public Health has given a loose time frame for when it will decide upon dropping the Thailand Pass for foreigners.

By Bangkok Post

Saturday 21 May 2022, 10:41AM

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul talks at the Better Thailand Open Dialogue forum at the Siam Paragon shopping mall on Friday (May 20). Photo: Anutin Charnvirakul / Facebook 

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul talks at the Better Thailand Open Dialogue forum at the Siam Paragon shopping mall on Friday (May 20). Photo: Anutin Charnvirakul / Facebook 

To make its decision, the ministry needs more solid information about infected cases coming from foreign entry to reach a conclusion, Minister of Public Health Anutin Charnvirakul said on Friday at an event organised by Chulalongkorn Alumni Associations and their partners, reports the Bangkok Post.

“It’s possible that we will cancel the registration requirement of Thailand Pass for foreigners. We need one more month then we will have a clear answer,” he said.

Mr Anutin, however, said the country is now relaxing many regulations used in its bid to manage COVID-19 infections due to the improving situation regarding daily infections.

The minister gave examples of the latest easing measure with the opening of pubs, bars and karaoke venues in provinces labelled blue and green zones to boost tourism next month.

He expressed confidence there would be solid cooperation from related business operators in following the ministry’s health safety advice.

“We have seen the results of our control measures including having a high percentage of the population receive two doses of COVID-19 vaccines,” he said. “That is the reason why we started to relax some regulations.”

Mr Anutin praised the country’s ability to provide people with access to medical treatment and medicines. He added that telemedicine is another important step the ministry is going to take to offer medical treatment to all Thai people.


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Kurt | 23 May 2022 - 05:21:48

Thailand can exclude Expats and Retirees. These have already B800,000 on a Thai bank account for any 'events'.

Kurt | 23 May 2022 - 05:16:08

If point of that Thailand Pass thing is for purpose of having insurance, than have a boot with seveal Thai insurances at Thai airports where tourists can buy one before passing Immigration, if they not have a insurance. But not these 4 Thai insurances that are broke and not pay out! But is there not another (3rd) B300,- premium on tickets coming, specially for health covering?

maverick | 23 May 2022 - 00:42:36

 No hassle with TP did mine for return trip early June. Took 2 hours to get approval a nuisance but if they want insurance better that than getting pulled up at the airport for not having it.

DeKaaskopp | 22 May 2022 - 16:55:32

@Kurt   Why should they keep the Thailand Pass for Thai's ? Thai's don't need an insurance ! I don't see any "psychological barrier for foreigners" { what a crazy description btw} because of that.
But I do agree that it's about time to skip that Thailand Pass at all.

Kurt | 22 May 2022 - 12:34:25

Mr Anutin's prejudiced opinion about foreigners. Twice in public he called them "dirty farangs". An absolute disgrace of a Minister's function. It is clear why he in his xenophatic mind setting continue the Thailand Pass for foreigners only. Wo are suffering of that? The Thai entrepreneurs and staff in tourist industry. Anutin is seeing blind due to anti foreigner mindsetting. 

Kurt | 22 May 2022 - 11:45:58

Thailand Pass was, is,  remains psychological barrier for foreigners,  specially as the Pass is now for foreigners only! Who are suffering? The entrepreneurs/people working in Thai tourist industry. Khun Pooliekev sure not works in tourist industry. Fact that foreigners now unvaccinated can enter Thailand, which is crazy, makes the Thailand pass a complete farce. 

BobTB | 22 May 2022 - 01:52:06

..... or before they leave their own country.

BobTB | 22 May 2022 - 01:51:05

@Pooliekev Of course the Thai government can decide on the entry criteria to the country but that doesn't mean people can't criticise them for maladministration. Basing a decision on whether to end the Thailand Pass for foreigners on the number of infected cases from abroad makes no sense if the vaccinated (the vast majority) already aren't tested on arrival or before they leave their ...

Pooliekev | 21 May 2022 - 17:27:56

Their country, they say who can enter and how to. Of course, Kurt has a better way but as normal, it will be found wanting.

Kurt | 21 May 2022 - 10:51:14

What a farce/lie that Thai Government needs one more month to have solid information about infected cases from foreign entry. 
They have all solid info they need, month after month. They skipped the Thailand pass already for Thai 'from foreign entry'. Do we experience here the Anutin sentiment about 'dirty farangs? Well, thai logic is not matching normal smart logic.


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