Report: Thailand Pass to be scrapped from 1 June

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The Thailand Pass may be a thing of the past from 1 June, removing one of the most annoying requirements for entry to Thailand.

While Thailand will be simplifying its entry procedures from 1 May 2022 by scrapping on-arrival testing and mandatory hotel isolation for fully vaccinated travellers, the highly-unpopular Thailand Pass survived the cut.

But perhaps not for long. According to a report in the Bangkok Post, Thailand has decided to scrap the Thailand Pass requirement altogether from 1 June 2022, pending approval by the CCSA.

Current Thailand Pass requirements

Thailand Pass

All travellers to Thailand are currently required to apply for a Thailand Pass, which for the moment is only processing applications for arrival dates up till 30 April 2022.

Registration on Thailand Pass for travelers entering Thailand from 1 May 2022 under new entry measures will be opened from 29 April 2022 onwards (00.01 hrs Thailand time).

-Thailand Pass portal

Applications for arrivals from 1 May 2022 onwards will reopen from 29 April 2022, at 12.01 a.m Thailand time (1.01 a.m Singapore time), and the new simplified form will require:

  • Registration of trip details (flight number, port of arrival, date of arrival, estimated date of departure, purpose of trip)
  • Passport copy
  • Certificate of vaccination
  • Proof of insurance (with min. US$10,000 coverage for COVID-19 medical expenses)

While Thailand Pass applications previously required up to 7 days for approval, the simplified version now promises a 2 day turnaround time.

From 29 April 2022, Thailand Pass consideration will take no more than 48 hours (2 days) 

-Thailand Pass portal

Thailand Pass entry approval validity was recently extended to +/- 7 days from the original entry date. For example, if your approved entry date is 15 May 2022, you may enter from 8 to 22 May 2022.

Despite these improvements, the fact remains that filling up a Thailand Pass application is a headache and a half. The portal doesn’t have a “come back and finish” option, refuses to accept PDF files, and the travel insurance requirement is finicky to say the least (good luck if your underwriter doesn’t give you a clear, unambiguous one pager stating the amount of COVID coverage). 

Thailand Pass to be scrapped?

Well, hopefully by June all this will be at thing of the past. As per The Bangkok Post:

The cancellation of Thailand Pass registration is expected to take place on June 1, with tourists using their TM6 immigration form for vaccine declaration, says the Tourism and Sports Ministry.

After the Test and Go scheme is scrapped from May 1, the removal of Thailand Pass will create a more seamless travel experience and stimulate more travel to the country, said Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn.

He said Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul already agreed to terminate the Thailand Pass scheme.

That sounds pretty unambiguous to me, though nothing’s set in stone until the CCSA meets in May, and the Royal Gazette is updated. 

Should the Thailand Pass be scrapped, tourists may be required to show proof of vaccination on the standard TM6 immigration form upon arrival (I’m not sure how this would work, since there’s barely any space on the form as it is). 

Thailand TM6 immigration card

I’m actually fine if the travel insurance requirement remains, since I think no traveller should be without it. However, I’d prefer if the checks were done randomly, or at least at check-in where it’s easier to point out the clause in your policy wording that covers COVID.

THB 300 tourism tax incoming?

Beautiful beaches, now THB 300 more expensive

In less positive news, Thailand’s plan to collect a THB 300 (S$12) “tourism fee” from international travellers will be submitted for approval within the next two weeks, with a possible introduction by the second half of this year. 

This has been mulled since 2019, with THB 34 of the fee going towards providing some basic form of insurance coverage (THB 500,000 for medical expenses is what’s been quoted). Implementation was delayed several times due to COVID, and while the Thai Hotels Association is lobbying to have the fee delayed until at least 2023, it seems like it’ll happen sooner rather than later.

The current taxes on a one-way award redemption from Singapore to Bangkok cost ~S$54, so this fee, if approved, represents a 22% hike in the cash component.

Ignore the YR, because this is not imposed on KrisFlyer award tickets

However, airlines will need to bake this fee into their total price when selling cash tickets, so some sharing of the burden might happen. 

Recap: Travel to Thailand

Here’s a reminder of how the travel process to Thailand will change from 1 May 2022, under the simplified entry scheme. 

🇹🇭 Thailand Quarantine-Free Entry Requirements
(from 1 May 2022)
  • Fully vaccinated with approved vaccine (age 17 and below exempt)
  • Purchase travel insurance with min. US$10K COVID-19 medical coverage (foreigners only)
  • Apply for Thailand Pass
  • Download MorChana app (Android | iOS) and use for venue check-in
  • No isolation or testing required on arrival

No testing is required for fully vaccinated travellers, which coupled with Singapore’s scrapping of pre-departure testing, makes round-trip travel to Thailand entirely test free. 

For those having difficulty keeping up with all the changes, here’s how the process has evolved since the start of this year. 

🇹🇭 Changelog: Travel to Thailand
DateChange
1 Feb 2022
1 Mar 2022
  • Travel insurance requirement reduced from US$50K to US$20K
  • Day 5 PCR test replaced with ATK
1 Apr 2022
1 May 2022
  • On-arrival and Day 5 test scrapped
  • Travel insurance requirement reduced from US$20K to US$10K
  • Mandatory hotel booking scrapped

Conclusion

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Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas

Thailand looks likely to scrap its Thailand Pass requirement from 1 June 2022, though we’ll only get official confirmation later in May when the CCSA meets.

If you’re planning to travel to Thailand in June, there’s no harm applying still if you’re kiasu, but given the shorter turnaround time of 48 hours, it might be worth waiting for further updates. 

Fingers crossed!

Aaron Wong
Aaron Wong
Aaron founded The Milelion to help people travel better for less and impress chiobu. He was 50% successful.

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Steve

So how does this proposed THB300 tax work in practice?

My wife is Thai. So when we book a ticket online with SQ, let’s say, will we need to supply a picture of our passports to prove my wife is exempt the THB300 fee (as it is for tourists only and not Thai’s)?

It is going to add a lot of Admin work given that it is a fee that will apply to some and not others. And what about non-Thai’s on work, spouse, or retirement visa’s for example. Presumably they are exempt, as they are not tourists?

Ding Ding

Everyone pays.

Steve

OK. So a “tourism tax” paid by Thai citizens returning to their own home in their own country. Suppose if you are a Thai Official that makes perfect sense. Logic – Thai style.

Abc

Same logic as charging airport development levy for those who aren’t using the new development, and then pausing the development whilst continuing to charge the development levy? Logic – SG style.

Harry

Totally unrelated and nonsense argument.

Steve

Based on the below article, published today, it looks like what I said above is more-or-less correct. During the booking process there will be another screen where a foreigner (only a foreigner, not a Thai) will be required to pay the THB300. It will certainly be adding overhead to the airlines as they will be having to make changes to their systems to have this extra screen for the THB300 payment as well as capturing the detail as to whether or not you have a Thai passport and therefore whether or not you are required to pay the fee during… Read more »

chk

Fingers crossed for my June 3-5 BKK trip

Bob

The portal does accept pdf’s now on the very last page in a separate upload field. It’s a terrible implementation but for completeness you can do it.

Liam

I did my Thailand Pass submission yesterday. Slightly annoying but no big deal. The site was crashing at first but it eventually worked. Scanning my passport and cropping it to only show the one page was slightly annoying but fine. As for the rest of the documents I had them in PDF so I used a PDF to JPG converter online. If it gives you error messages when uploading documents I found the best thing was to keep trying again – eventually each document was uploaded. I got my insurance from MSIG since it seemed to be the best value… Read more »

adrian

Do I have to register for a T-Pass for my 15 yr old (who is vaxxed?). The exemption of vaccination is for the ages 17 and below but is my child exempted from registering for T-Pass?

Azmi

Hi I obtained a Thai pass for travel under the test and go scheme and was approved for travel in late May. Do I need to re apply for the Thai Pass again even though there is no no change to my flight dates and I am cleared for entry into Thailand on those dates? The only difference is that I have cancelled the Test and Go hotel which was overpriced.

PARVEZ

While coming from Thailand to India today 15th may 2022. As per Thail Airline as per India embassy child below 17 years also need RTPCR Test before boarding.. We have missed our flght and also huge expenses bcs of getting RTPCR Test no instance or Rapid test facility available with Thailand.. So rebook the flight+ hotels+ food+ transportation.. Etc etc..

Renie Low

If I’m traveling on 30th May’22, do I still need to buy medical insurance?

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