Thailand Removes COVID-19 Restrictions For Foreign Arrivals
THAILAND – People entering Thailand were no longer required to show negative Covid-19 test results or proof of vaccination as of October 1.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, travel, and tourism had grown to be one of the most significant economic sectors in the world, contributing 10% to the global GDP and supporting more than 320 million jobs.
The pandemic has put 100 million jobs at risk, many of them in micro, small, and medium-sized businesses. The crisis has a significant effect on nations that rely heavily on tourism.
Based on a report from Inquirer, people entering Thailand were no longer required to show negative Covid-19 test results or documentation of immunization as of October 1. These loosened entry requirements are in line with the lifting of the emergency order that had been in place when Covid-19 arrived in Thailand in March 2020.
The Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration decided to lift the emergency decree at the end of September after extending it many times. Additionally, the center was also dissolved last week.
According to the report, Covid-19 has been reclassified by the Public Health Ministry from a “severe communicable disease” to a “communicable disease under surveillance.”
Beginning on October 1, travelers to Thailand will no longer need to show proof of vaccination or a negative result from an ATK or RT-PCR test. However, travelers who exhibit Covid-like symptoms will need to get tested.
Those who test positive but have minimal or no symptoms won’t need to be isolated, but they are encouraged to wear a mask and keep their distance from others while they are out in public.
Additionally, foreigners will be permitted to stay in the country for an additional 15 days. For instance, people traveling under the visa exemption regulations would receive a 45-day stamp on their passports instead of a 30-days, while those using the visa-on-arrival option can stay 30 days instead of 15 instead. The deadline for this regulation is March 31, 2023.
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