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Tourism Council Tells Gov’t to Scrap Thailand Pass

Arriving passengers wait to have their Thailand Pass QR code scanned at Suvarnabhumi International Airport. (Photo: Bangkok Herald)
Arriving passengers wait to have their Thailand Pass QR code scanned at Suvarnabhumi International Airport. (Photo: Bangkok Herald)

The Tourism Council of Thailand urged the government to scrap the Thailand Pass system once and for all.

TCT Vice President Vichit Prakobgosol said Monday that the organization agreed with the administration’s move to cancel the “Test & Go” entry scheme and the RT-PCR test requirement upon entering the kingdom, along with the reduction of mandatory health insurance coverage to US$10,000.

But Vichit said Thailand Pass continues to limit the ability of tourism operators to bring in tour groups. He cited the extensive documentation agencies must file individually even as other restrictions are scheduled to be lifted by May 1.

The TCT vice president added that if the Thailand Pass is junked by June, the nation will almost certainly see arrivals surge by 10 million this year.

Tourist numbers could potentially exceed 12 million in the best-case scenario, in which the Chinese market resumes outward travel by the end of the year.

Vichit acknowledged that this projection would be contingent on the actions of the Chinese government, particularly concerning its “Zero COVID” policy stance.

However, he warned that if the Thailand Pass program remains in place through June, the number of inbound tourists could be as low as 8 million. He also said tour groups could accommodate the additional 2 million tourists.