Simplified Thailand Pass registration and entry rules take effect June 1, allowing for a faster but still cumbersome process for tourists and returning expats.
Foreign nationals are still required to apply for a Thailand Pass but will only need to provide passport details, proof of vaccination and US$10,000 in health insurance. The system will then automatically issue a Thailand Pass QR code for the applicants.
Thais, however, no longer will be required to apply for a Thailand Pass.
Unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated travelers who are able to upload proof of a negative RT-PCR or professional antigen test within 72 hours of travel will also be allowed entry and are free to go anywhere in the kingdom.
The CCSA also lifted the quarantine requirement for the high-risk contacts.
As humans are not even checking vaccination records or insurance proof anymore, the point of even maintaining the Thailand Pass system is hard to fathom. Business leaders remain angry that it continues to exist, saying it only puts up an artificial barrier to tourism and, now, one that seems to provide no actual benefit.
For the first four months of this year, international arrivals tested positive for Covid-19 less than 0.1% of the time. Yet, despite the fact, the country’s despised Public Health minister continues to point the finger at tourists as a threat to a new surge in coronavirus cases.
Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said Friday that “more solid information” about infected cases among international arrivals is needed before the ministry will end Thailand Pass. He estimated another month of study is needed.
How, exactly, the ministry plans to gather that data is a mystery, as all pre-flight and on-arrival testing has been ended and even unvaccinated tourists now are not being quarantined. So where is Anutin going to get his information?
To critics, it’s just one more example of how out of his depth Anutin is and has been throughout the pandemic.