Facing an urgent need to revive tourism, Thailand will end measures that have prevented many potential travelers from visiting the country, effective July 1, 2022.
On June 17, the Center for Covid-19 Situation Management (CCSA) announced that face masks will not be mandatory in ventilated outdoor spaces in Thailand.
The CCSA also announced other important changes, such as the abolition of the Thailand Pass (Thailand Pass) and compulsory insurance as well as allowing bars to close at a later time.
All of these changes will take effect on July 1.
This is the biggest step forward since the country reopened, recent barriers removed, and Thailand will once again be able to attract tourists from all over the world.
A timely change for people who haven’t made up their minds yet about summer vacation.
drop the masks
The CCSA agreed on Friday to relax the requirement to wear a face mask, making it purely voluntary outdoors or in places with low traffic.
Dr Taweesilp Visanuyothin said the public should decide for themselves when it is appropriate to wear a face mask…
Masks can be removed in certain areas.
I want to emphasize that it depends on the discretion and will of each one.
Masks can be removed outdoors and athletes can remove masks during exercise.”
The CCSA recommends wearing a mask in crowded places and in situations where social distancing is not possible, for example on public transport, in concert halls with large crowds, in crowded markets, etc.
Wearing a mask remains mandatory in indoor public places, but can be removed in some cases.
According to the CCSA, masks can be removed indoors if you are alone, eating or exercising.
Masks can also be removed in well-ventilated indoor spaces where social distancing is possible.
The CCSA recommends the 608 high-risk group continue to wear face masks, both indoors and outdoors.
The “608” group includes unvaccinated people, people with underlying health conditions, the elderly, and people with Covid-19.
Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha thanked the public for their cooperation in wearing face masks and said the measure had been effective in controlling the spread of Covid-19.
The Thai Ministry of Health said it was preparing “detailed guidelines” on the wearing of masks.
The end of Thailand Pass and Covid-19
The Pass Thailand registration system will be discontinued from July 1, 2022.
At the point of entry into Thailand, vaccinated travelers will only need to show proof of vaccination certificate and unvaccinated travelers only need to submit a negative RT-PCR test result or a professionally performed ATK test within 72 hours prior to the flight.
It can be a printed or digital document.
The CCSA has agreed to remove the Thailand Card and health insurance requirement of US$10,000 coverage for foreign visitors, effective July 1, 2022.
These two conditions were originally waived for Thai nationals on June 1, 2022.
Random checks will be conducted upon arrival at international airports or land border checkpoints in Thailand (in 22 provinces).
Unvaccinated or fully vaccinated travelers who are randomly screened and cannot provide evidence of a negative test prior to arrival will be required to take a professional ATK test at the point of entry.
Bars are allowed to stay open for longer
The CCSA has also decided to allow pubs, bars, karaoke and nightclubs to operate after midnight during normal business hours, following a call from night venue operators to allow them to open until 2am.
More details await, but it appears from the data that they will be able to stay open all night (in their normal business hours).
Resumption of normal activities across Thailand
The CCSA also agreed to designate Bangkok and 76 provinces as a control zone or green zone, allowing normal activities to resume across the country.
While maintaining safety and health measures as part of an overall prevention, the Royal Thai government is set to announce a new set of guidelines as the nation enters the post-pandemic phase.
An atmosphere of freedom will float over Thailand from July 1st.
Source: The Thaiger, Tourism Authority of Thailand: TAT News