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.
BREAKING: Thailand Pass will no longer be required for foreigners entering #Thailand from July 1, the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Admistration resolved Fri. Mask wearing ourdoor will no longer be mandatory excepts in crowded places effectively when published in Royal Gazette. pic.twitter.com/myDpyyyoro
— Khaosod English (@KhaosodEnglish) June 17, 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.
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Thailand scraps Thailand Pass 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:
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).
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Thailand Pass still required for entry before 1 July
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.
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Thailand Passes will be approved within 2 hours of submission.
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.