Thailand Pass to be scrapped from 1 July

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Thailand's frustrating Thailand Pass requirement will end on 1 July, allowing fully vaccinated travellers to visit just like pre-COVID days.

At long last, the much-hated Thailand Pass will be brought to an end, with the Thai authorities approving a proposal to ditch the scheme from 1 July 2022. 

This also means the end of the mandatory US$10,000 travel insurance requirement.

As a reminder, Thailand has already scrapped all testing requirements for fully vaccinated visitors, which means that July will be the month travel well and truly returns to normal.

🇹🇭 Thailand Entry Requirements
(from 1 July 22)
  • No quarantine for fully vaccinated travellers with approved vaccine 
    • Booster jab not required
    • Age 17 and below exempt, if travelling with vaccinated parents
  • Unvaccinated travellers may enter without quarantine, provided they present a negative ART or PCR test result taken within 72 hours of departure
  • No isolation or testing required on arrival

Thailand scraps Thailand Pass from 1 July

No more Thailand Pass required from 1 July

From 1 July 2022, all visitors to Thailand will no longer need to apply for a Thailand Pass. Instead, they will simply need to present the following: 

  • Fully vaccinated travellers: Proof of vaccination
  • Unvaccinated travellers: Proof of a negative COVID-19 ART or PCR test result, taken within 72 hours of departure

Thailand recognises the following vaccinations:

  • CoronaVac (Sinovac) – 2 doses needed / 2nd dose after 2-4 weeks;
  • AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria, Covishield) – 2 doses needed / 2nd dose after 4-12 weeks;
  • Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty, Tozinameran (INN)) – 2 doses needed / 2nd dose after 3 week;
  • Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) – 1 dose needed;
  • Moderna (Spikevax) – 2 doses needed / 2nd dose after 4 weeks);
  • COVILO (Sinopharm, Hayat-Vax) – 2 doses needed / 2nd dose after 3-4 weeks);
  • Sputnik V – 2 doses needed / 2nd dose after 3 weeks);
  • Covaxin – 2 doses needed / 2nd dose after 4 weeks;
  • Novavax (Nuvaxovid) / Covovax – 2 doses needed / 2nd dose after 3 weeks);
  • Medigen – 2 doses needed / 2nd dose after 4 weeks;
  • TURKOVAC / ERUCOV-VAC– 2 doses needed / 2nd dose after 4 weeks;
  • Sputnik Light – 1 dose needed.

A booster dose is currently not required. Travellers who have recently recovered from a COVID-19 infection can find the applicable guidelines here.

The scrapping of the Thailand Pass marks the final relaxation of Thailand’s COVID-19 travel measures, which have been progressively loosened since the start of 2022 (albeit with occasional backpaddling- see the recent tightening of Thailand Pass validity to 3 days again).

🇹🇭 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 testing and Day 5 test scrapped
  • Travel insurance requirement reduced from US$20K to US$10K
  • Mandatory hotel booking scrapped
1 Jun 2022
  • Thailand Pass requirement scrapped for Thai nationals
  • Thailand Pass approval within 1-2 hours
1 Jul 2022
  • Thailand Pass requirement scrapped for all foreign visitors
  • Travel insurance requirement removed

Thailand Pass still required for entry before 1 July

Thailand Pass

If you’re planning to enter Thailand up till 30 June 2022, you will still require a Thailand Pass. 

Applications are free of charge (beware of lookalike websites that charge a fee!), and can be made up to 60 days in advance of travel. Approvals are valid for 3 days from the stated date of entry, and each Thailand Pass is valid for a single entry. 

The following documentation is required.

 Unvax.Vax.
Documents Required
  • Passport details
  • Proof of US$10,000 travel insurance policy
  • Negative ART/PCR test within 72h of departure
  • Passport details
  • Proof of vaccination
  • Proof of US$10,000 travel insurance policy
ApprovalWithin 2 hours

Thailand Passes will be approved within 2 hours of submission. 

Conclusion

Thailand will finally scrap its frustrating Thailand Pass requirement from July, which means that fully vaccinated travellers will be able to hop on a plane and head over on the spur of the moment, just like the pre-COVID days. 

It’s also been announced that mask rules will be loosened, with outdoor masking becoming “recommended” rather than mandatory. This, coupled with other relaxations on the operation of nightlife and entertainment venues, can only be a good thing for travellers missing the “old Thailand”.

Farewell Thailand Pass, you won’t be missed. 

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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James Quek

Any chance that mask free in outdoor be allowed next week?

James Quek

I’m going to BKK next Thursday. Aaron, you mentioned you are going too, working trip?

Jack

I go Phuket last week. Did not wear mask at all.
No one care. By the way, I do not know I Need to wear mask

Curious Al

I am in Bangkok right now. The Thais still mask up outdoors. Some Caucasians walk around Sukhumvit Road without masks but no enforcement at all. Temperature checks also lax: went to a museum after walking in the sun and was above 37 degree. The guard simply sprayed some water on my hand and retake.

Nick

had you just been in the sun? unless the water was refrigerated it would very quickly normalize with your skin temperature and be unlikely to manipulate the reading much.

Curious Al

Yes, walking around the Grand Palace at around 2pm and weather was around 35 degrees. Later, when I entered Central Embassy, the temperature screener detected that I had a fever but the guard didn’t say anything. Cooled down shortly afterwards. I think heatstroke more of a danger than COVID now in Bangkok.

Mark

FABULOUS news. At last. The only down-side is the SUPER-cheap accommodation prices will probably be near the end…..

Lim

Meanwhile, Japan……Children need boaster at least, best thing, here children 5-11 no schedule for boaster yet…
Must travel in group no easy and free.

Prakash

It’s great news for Thailand travellers.

Mark

Surely Japan will open properly in the coming few months. I am seriously considering a speculative booking for March next year for Cherry Blossoms. 9 more months. SURELY they will be open by then?

Bern

Is there need for pre departure covid test?

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