Travellers to Thailand here is a piece of good news, you will no longer be required to show proof of vaccination or ATK test results when arriving in the Southeast Asian country beginning October 1, 2022.
The decision comes after Thailand’s CCSA has announced that the nationwide Covid-19 Emergency Decree will be lifted on September 30, 2022, as the kingdom reclassifies Covid from “a dangerous communicable disease” to “a communicable disease under surveillance” on October 1, 2022.
When the COVID-19 Emergency Decree expires, which has been in effect since March 25, 2020, the CCSA will be automatically dissolved, and all regulations, announcements, and orders issued by the Prime Minister and Cabinet under the decree will be revoked.
Since the pandemic, Thailand has gradually reopened to international tourism starting in July 2021 with the Phuket Sandbox, Samui Plus, and 7+7 Extension programmes.
This was followed by a four-phase reopening timeline from October 2021 to January 2022.
With the removal of the Thailand Pass registration scheme, the country has fully reopened on July 1 and foreign nationals will only be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative ATK test result within 72 hours of travel;
This very last Covid-19-related requirement will also be removed on October 1, 2022.
Longer Stay Period For Tourists
Furthermore, the cabinet approved extending the period of stay for tourists from visa-exempt countries/territories to 45 days (from 30 days) and to 30 days (from 15 days) for those eligible for a Visa on Arrival (VOA). This will be in effect from October 1, 2022, to March 31, 2023.
This means that foreign tourists from 18 countries can now stay in Thailand for up to 15 days under the visa-on-arrival scheme. Visa-free visitors from more than 50 countries can stay for up to 30 days.
Previously, the entry stamp was extended by 15 days to compensate for the two weeks of quarantine or “Sandbox” time required before guests could travel freely throughout the kingdom.