Thailand lifts most Covid travel restrictions

Say “sawadee (hello) Thailand!” – From July 1, 2022, you will need either proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test to travel to the Land of Smiles. Wearing a mask outdoors is also no longer required.

Cancellation of Thai Pass registration and health insurance requirements

Announced on June 17, 2022 and effective July 1, Thailand is lifting nearly all of its Covid border measures.

This includes the previous requirement for foreign visitors to have US$10,000 health insurance and registration for a Thai Pass card. Thailand passport requires uploading vaccine and test certificates, as well as proof of insurance to receive a QR code.

Thailand is closely monitoring the Covid situation and changing travel requirements accordingly. For example, as of May 1, 2022, Thailand has eliminated pre- and post-arrival PCR testing requirements for vaccinated travelers.

Covid requirements to visit Thailand from July 1, 2022

From July 1, 2022, foreign visitors to Thailand can either show proof of being fully vaccinated or a negative Covid test certificate. This Covid test must be taken within 72 hours prior to travel and can be either an RT-PCR test or a healthcare professional certified rapid antigen test. Certification can be digital or paper.

Most airlines will request this certification when checking in for a flight. Upon arrival in Thailand (both at airports and land borders), random checks will be carried out. A Covid test will be required at the point of entry if the traveler is unable to provide the required certificate.

Cancellation of the rules for wearing masks and restrictions on working hours

Due to the decline in Covid cases, Thailand’s Covid-19 Situation Management Center (CCSA) has classified all 77 provinces as “green” and lowered the national Covid alert level from level three to level two. It comes after the number of Covid cases in Thailand fell from nearly 30,000 daily cases in April to around 2,000 despite the reopening of entertainment venues.

On June 17, 2022, Thailand also announced that it will lift the requirement to wear masks in outdoor public places from July 1. Masks – especially the more effective N95 and KN95 respirators – are still recommended, especially in crowded areas.

Thailand will also increase opening hours for karaoke rooms, bars and pubs, on top of the current rule that closes at midnight.


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