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Thailand is backtracking on its decision to add new entry requirements for visitors



Thailand Reverses Its Decision On Adding New Entry Requirements For Visitors

The Tourist Authority of Thailand (TAT) reversed course on previous COVID-related restrictions for incoming international travelers. The full reopening policy for tourism does not require incoming travelers to show a negative coronavirus test result or proof of vaccination before entry.

As part of their reopening policy, TAT stated that international visitors can continue their stay in the country from March 31. Those entitled to a visa waiver can stay for a maximum of 45 days and those eligible for a Visa on Arrival can stay for 30 days.

Another new policy is that foreign tourists arriving in the country will have to pay a $12 fee from June. According to the Straits Times, this compensation will support visitors involved in accidents and develop tourism destinations.

However, these fees “will not be collected from foreigners with a work permit and border pass,” Tourism Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn said.

In a statement, TAT director Santi Sawangcharoen said we “welcome all visitors to Thailand without proof of vaccination or a negative ATK or RT-PCR test result… With the simplified entry process, the kingdom’s vibrant culture, cuisine and natural beauty are in stands to remain the focus of travel to Amazing Thailand.”

Previous rules made it harder for international travelers to visit Thailand, but with the easing of restrictions, the TAT hopes more tourists will flock to the country.

For example, recently the government said all incoming airline passengers would be required to show proof of full vaccination. Anyone 18 years and older would need to show this proof of recovery from COVID-19 within the previous 180 days.

Another rule in effect was that travelers were required to present travel health insurance upon arrival. The coverage should cover at least $10,000 of coronavirus treatment.

When leaving the country and returning to countries such as India and China, travelers must present a negative test before returning home.