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Govt talks up new, ‘more efficient’ Thailand Pass

Govt talks up new, ‘more efficient’ Thailand Pass

BANGKOK: The Foreign Affairs Ministry is rolling out a campaign to promote the use of the new Thailand Pass system which will replace certificates of entry (COE) for visitors to Thailand when the country reopens on Nov 1.

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By Bangkok Post

Sunday 24 October 2021, 10:49AM


Tanee Sangrat, spokesman for the ministry, said that since April 2020, the ministry has approved more than 400,000 COE requests by Thai nationals and foreign visitors for travel to Thailand, reports the Bangkok Post.

Now that the government will reopen the country, the Department of Consular Affairs has collaborated with the Digital Government Development Agency (DGA) to develop the “Thailand Pass’” system, the web-based system for Thai and foreign travellers to fill in their travel and health information and upload related documents before travelling.

The new system will help reduce unnecessary procedures and visitors can register on tp.consular.go.th  from Nov 1, said Mr Tanee, who also serves as director-general of the ministry’s Department of Information.

He said the Department of Consular Affairs and Thai embassies and consulates in foreign countries are testing the new system to get a good grasp before its official launch on Nov 1.

“Thai embassies and consulates will change their original role of issuing the COEs to publicising and giving advice on the registration of the Thailand Pass system. This means there will be no more process of seeking their approval,’” Mr Tanee said.

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The ministry, Thai embassies and consulates all over the world are stepping up campaigns to promote the country’s reopening and explain the requirements for arrivals from 45 countries and one territory without quarantine, as well as arrivals under the sandbox and alternative quarantine programmes, he said.

The Thailand Pass system is a web-based system designed to make the documentation process for travellers entering Thailand more efficient than the COE application by collecting both travel and health information and also facilitating the filing of TM6 and T8 forms.

The Thailand Pass is required for all fully vaccinated Thais and foreign travellers from the 46 low-risk countries listed by the government, as well as those who enter Thailand under the sandbox programme or who have not yet been vaccinated or received only one shot and enter Thailand under the alternative quarantine programme.

According to the website, the processing of a Thailand Pass application takes three to five days depending on the Thai embassy or consulate where the application has been submitted. It is recommended to apply for the Thailand Pass at least seven days before the intended date of departure.

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Dick | 31 October 2021 - 12:59:06

COE replaced by Thailand pass.  It is like if I don't slap you in the face, you can choose to be punched in the stomach instead!!!

Kurt | 25 October 2021 - 17:51:08

Bunch of liars with that 'no more quarantine'.  2D/1N obliged in a SHA hotel is quarantine time!  Don't know how else to call it. They keep money scamming twisting. Many 'Officials' will regret it when some time in future all money making Covid-19 settings are not longer there.

Kurt | 25 October 2021 - 17:44:15

A lot non to the point information for us who need to get that "Thailand Pass", what is just another bureaucratic nonsense thing. Do we have to go to Thai Embassy for it, yes/no? What contribute it to certification of fully vaccination + PCR test within 72 hours before departure + PCR test at arrival Phuket airport? Just keep the government's 'water head' Officialdom busy.

Rinaldo | 25 October 2021 - 14:03:14

I hope that in this way the entry is, after almost two years, easier.

dolphinspirit | 25 October 2021 - 10:00:14

And why do they keep saying No quarantine”? It is a one day quarantine.  Very deceptive wording.  

christysweet | 24 October 2021 - 16:25:41

So which is it? Enbassies and consulates no longer issue the docs- or they still do but might stop,  or....?  

 

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