Under the move, tourists would no longer face the expense of a PCR test and mandatory first night’s stay in an SHA+ hotel.
“We expect the move to be approved and implemented from May 1 onward, provided that there is no surge in new infections and Covid-19 deaths during and after Songkran,”
Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn said.
He added that the “acceptable” limit is 60,000 daily infections – including those who test positive via ATKs – and 100 fatalities.
The ministry last week unveiled a plan to scrap the Thailand Pass requirement for incoming travellers from June 1 in a bid to boost tourist arrivals.
Phiphat said the move would restore normal travel to Thailand “just like in 2019” before Covid-19 triggered global travel bans.
If the government accepts the proposal, tourists will no longer be required to register for the Thailand Pass required under the Test & Go, Sandbox and quarantine schemes.
The Tourism Ministry estimates Thailand will welcome at least 7 million foreign travellers this year, lower than the previous forecast of 10 million. Tourism revenue in 2022 is forecast to rise to 1 trillion baht, or 30 per cent of the 3 trillion baht earned in 2019. The ministry is optimistic that revenue in 2023 will jump 50 per cent to 1.5 trillion baht before returning to pre-Covid levels in 2024.
Published : March 29, 2022
By : THE NATION