The most common question asked when discussing travel and Thailand is,
“When will Thailand end their Covid restrictions and scrap Thailand Pass?”
This question is asked in our Facebook group, Instagram, and other Social Media platforms daily because people are eager to holiday in Thailand again.
Thailand has eased its travel restrictions by steps. At the start of 2022, they introduced Thailand Pass and reduced the mandatory quarantine periods. From May 1, they canceled the Test and Go, Sandbox, and 10-day Quarantine schemes.
Thailand Pass applications are approved quicker than ever for vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers now that the only requirements are a valid Covid Insurance policy, proof of vaccination or RT-PCR test, and flight details.
People are now receiving their Thailand Pass QR codes within hours (some in minutes).
So what is the next step?
For months there has been discussion of Thailand Pass registration being removed by June 1. Is it finally happening?
With the reduction of Covid cases following the Songkran Festival, Thailand will reignite its tourism industry and align with the rest of the world’s travel policies. The Ministry for Tourism and Sports has proposed that from June 1, Thailand Pass registration will be removed.
The Minister for Tourism and Sports, Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn has stated that removing Thailand Pass is the natural step in creating a seamless travel experience for holiday seekers.
Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul has already agreed to the proposal and it will be presented for final approval to Thailand’s Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration during their meeting on May 20, 2022.
There is a strong likelihood that the proposal will be approved and implemented in June. The new entry requirement is planned to apply to Thai citizens first and then rolled out to foreign visitors later. Foreign travelers will still be required to apply for the Thailand pass until the change is announced.
Once all proposals are in place, foreign travelers will no longer need to apply for a Thailand Pass but may have to note their vaccination details on the TM6 entry card. Thai Immigration officers will then confirm vaccination details on arrival at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok or Phuket International Airport.
The removal of the mandatory application process and issuance of Thailand Pass QR codes will ease the worry of eager travelers and reduce the workload of Thai Embassies who have been helping to assess and approve applications over the past few months.
With travel requirements updated and removed, Thailand will once again become one of the world’s most popular holiday destinations just in time for Summer.
For information about the current steps for the Thailand Pass please refer to the following: