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Thailand Pass stays, but in ‘faster form’

Thailand Pass stays, but in ‘faster form’

BANGKOK: The government has said it has not cancelled the Thailand Pass registration requirement for foreign travellers yet but it will be made more convenient and quicker to obtain.

CoronavirusCOVID-19healthVaccinetourism
By Bangkok Post

Friday 29 April 2022, 08:52AM


An air arrival undergoes an immigration process at Suvarnabhumi airport in Samut Prakan province. Photo: Wichan Charoenkiatpakul

An air arrival undergoes an immigration process at Suvarnabhumi airport in Samut Prakan province. Photo: Wichan Charoenkiatpakul

Dr Sumanee Wacharasint, assistant spokeswoman for the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), said the requirement will be retained but the procedure will be streamlined for smoother ease of entry into the country, reports the Bangkok Post.

“The procedure involves checking vaccination certificates, proof of hotel bookings, insurance documents, and documents for booking RT-PCR tests upon arrival,” said Dr Sumanee, who also serves as director of the Department of Disease Control’s Risk Communication and Health Behavioural Development Bureau.

However, from May 1 the Test & Go entry scheme will be cancelled, without any need for bookings for alternative quarantine (AQ) hotels and RT-PCR tests, which will facilitate faster Thailand Pass registration, she said.

Vaccination certificates take less time to check than bookings, Dr Sumanee said.

“Therefore, Thailand Pass registration has remained in place, and there should be no problems from May 1. But the CCSA will monitor the situation regularly. If the situation improves, a further easing of entry rules is expected to follow,” she said.

Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul earlier said the government will consider where they will scrap antigen testing and Thailand Pass registration requirements for foreign visitors after the Test & Go entry scheme and RT-PCR tests upon arrival are cancelled next month.

From May 1, fully vaccinated visitors will not be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival. They will be urged to self-test with antigen kits during their stay. Vaccinated travellers must register for entry via Thailand Pass and present proof of vaccination. If they test positive, they can enter their COVID-19 insurance process or take care of their own treatment.

Unvaccinated travellers will be welcomed if they present proof of a negative RT-PCR test no more than 72 hours before their trip and register via Thailand Pass.

They will be allowed entry without the need for any COVID-19 testing as in the case of vaccinated travellers.

High-risk visitors will be quarantined for five days.

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Kurt | 30 April 2022 - 13:04:12

@Donno, thank you for your answer, that Thai, being abroad, also must apply for the Thailand pass before they travel back to Thailand.

CaptainJack69 | 30 April 2022 - 12:34:05

Starts to sounds like a complete waste of time. When you start allowing unvaccinated travelers unrestricted entry it's time to admit your paperwork is unnecessary. Please remove this petty barrier and let recovery begin.

Donno | 30 April 2022 - 06:50:34

Kurt, the answer to your question is Yes, Thais so have to apply for the Thai Pass.  

maverick | 29 April 2022 - 09:48:57

They will can it from June 1 is the official line, but it’s likely to end sooner as they recognize the sheer folly, when compared with rest of the region - so out of touch fiddles and Rome burning comes to mind 

Kurt | 29 April 2022 - 09:34:05

And Thai officialdom keeps marching behind the Thailand Pass music band. Refuse to see that any form of it, 'faster' or 'slower' will continue to block potential foreign tourists coming. Is the Thailand Pass also a requirement for Thai abroad, returning to Thailand? If not, why not? If that is the case than T-P has no value at all, just discriminatory bullying tourists.

 

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