Thailand plans to ease entry on May 1st

At the end of March, Thailand’s Minister of Tourism, Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, announced that entry would be easier on June 1st. Now it could go faster.

As Thailand’s Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) announced, fully vaccinated people should be allowed to enter the country from May 1st without a PCR test and the associated “Test & Go” program. From May onwards, holidaymakers will no longer have to book a quarantine hotel for the first night to wait for their corona test result. Instead, they are recommended to test themselves during their stay and if they have symptoms, according to a report in Farang magazine, among others.

Insurance coverage is reduced

As part of the simplifications, the amount of coverage for travel health insurance will also be reduced to $10,000. The minimum coverage is currently $20,000.

However, the application for the Thailand passport remains necessary for entry. But there should also be simplifications there: only vaccination certificates and proof of insurance have to be uploaded in the future.

Further quarantine for the unvaccinated

For unvaccinated travelers, on the other hand, nothing changes: you still have to book a certified quarantine hotel (SHA+) and take a PCR test on the fifth day of your stay.

As the Farang reports, the changes have yet to be published in the Royal Gazette, the Thai government’s official gazette, before they can come into effect.

More information about the regulations can be found on the website of the Thai Embassy.

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