After the Test & Go, Sandbox, and Alternative Quarantine, scheme scheduled to be scrapped on May 1, Thailand is now all set to end the requirement of the Thailand Pass for international tourists arriving in the country starting June 01.
Thailand Pass may end on June 01
According to a report in Bangkok Post, Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, 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.
He further added that the cancellation of the Thailand Pass will lead to a more seamless travel experience and encourage more tourists to explore and visit the country.
The Minister of Tourism and Sports further stated that Anutin Charnvirakul, the Minister of Public Health, had already agreed to discontinue the Thailand Pass scheme.
With the elimination of the Thailand Pass, Thai embassies and consulates will be helpful to reduce their workload, as they worked to help approve the requisite paperwork.
CCSA Approval to end Thailand Pass
The requirement for ‘Thailand Pass’ will be nullified if the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) approves this idea at its meeting which is scheduled for the next month.
According to Mr Phiphat, international travellers travelling in Thailand may be required to complete their vaccination records on the TM6 immigration form upon arrival, with immigration agents verifying the form or vaccine passport.
However, because vaccine coverage varies by country, the Thai government has not decided to increase screening measures by mandating booster doses.
Decision On 300-baht Tourism Fee
Meanwhile, a plan to collect a 300-baht tourism fee from international visitors will be submitted to the cabinet in the next two weeks, with implementation expected to take about three months.
Mr Phiphat stated that if health insurance is no longer required in the future, the tourism tax can provide insurance to tourists, covering medical expenditures for green-level Covid patients.