Dr Apisamai Srirangsan, assistant spokesperson for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) on Thursday, May 12 denied rumours that the ‘Thailand Pass’ would be revoked. She said that all travellers arriving in the Southeast Asian country will continue require to register with the Thailand Pass system.
This comes after, several media reports about ending the requirement of the Thailand Pass for international tourists arriving in the country starting June 01.
Last month, Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn the Tourism and Sports Minister of Thailand said that the Thailand Pass registration is expected to be cancelled on June 1, with travellers using their TM6 immigration form to declare their vaccination details.
Thailand Eases Travel Rules
It must be noted that beginning May 1, fully vaccinated visitors entering the kingdom will be exempt from RT-PCR testing, while those who are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated will still require hotel quarantine.
Despite the reduction of entry requirements, Apisamai stated on Thursday that the Thailand Pass was still required.
“Travellers who are not fully vaccinated still need to get approval in 48 hours while the examination is underway for details about their quarantine and hotel reservation,” she added.
Vaccinated travellers must attach their passport, vaccination certificate, and proof of US$10,000 insurance when registering with Thailand Pass.
Those who have not been fully vaccinated or who have not been fully vaccinated must additionally produce those documents, as well as a negative RT-PCR test result issued within 72 hours of their trip to Thailand if they do not desire to quarantine.
Next CCSA Meeting On May 20
According to the spokeswoman, any further adjustments to the entry requirements will be reviewed by the CCSA at its next board meeting on May 20.
She stated that flight travel to Thailand had “apparently surged” since May 1, with more than 15,000 arrivals per day. According to the spokeswoman, the majority of persons entering the country come from Singapore, India, Malaysia, the United Kingdom, Australia, the United States, the United Arab Emirates, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Germany.
Thailand Pass For Citizens
The Thai government is expected to consider removing the requirement for citizens returning from abroad to register for a Thailand Pass.
According to a report in Thailand Post, Anutin Charnvirakul, Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister said that the government will request that the need for Thailand Pass for returning citizens be reviewed by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).
According to Mr Anutin, as of now the requirement of a Thailand Pass has been in place for all international arrivals, but the CCSA will be asked to remove it in the future.