According to Phiphat Ratchakitprakan, the Tourism Minister of Thailand the requirement of the Thailand Pass could be completed scrapped starting July 01, 2022.
The future of ‘Thailand Pass’ will be decided at the next meeting of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) which is scheduled for next Friday, June 17.
Thailand Pass Scrapped For Citizens
It is worth mentioning here that the requirement for Thailand Pass has already phased out for Thai nationals on June 1, but international visitors still need to apply for it.
However, inbound foreign visitors are still required to register on the Thailand Pass website and upload their passport information, evidence of Covid-19 insurance covering US$10,000, and vaccination history to acquire a QR code that they may use while passing through immigration.
Unvaccinated travellers to Thailand must instead upload proof of a negative PCR test result or a professional ATK test kit taken by officials when they arrive at the airport.
Barrier To Tourism Growth!
The Thailand Pass is seen as one of the most significant obstacles to Thailand’s tourist industry’s revival, and the tourism minister is confident that if the programme is discontinued, Thailand would achieve 30,000 incoming travellers each day.
Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of Thailand’s Tourism Authority (TAT), said the TAT will meet with the people of the travel and tourism sector to discuss thoughts on the requirement of the ‘Thailand Pass’, which will subsequently be submitted to the CCSA the next Friday.
Ms Thapanee Kiatpaiboon, Deputy Director of Domestic Market TAT, stated that if the Thailand Pass is discontinued, the number of border tourists from nearby nations will undoubtedly increase.
Undoubtedly, without the complication and paperwork associated with the Thailand Pass, potential international visitors will be more encouraged to pack their bags and jet off to Thailand.
If no new red tape is enforced by the CCSA in place of the Thailand Pass, international travellers will be able to enter Thailand with only their passports, as they do in the past.
(Source and translated from Prachachat)