The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration – or CCSA – announced major changes to Thailand’s Covid-19 restrictions this afternoon, including the cancellation of the Thailand Pass.
The CCSA met with Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and the Ministry of Public Health today to make decisions about the Thailand Pass, “zones,” closing times of entertainment venues, face masks and temperature checks.
The CCSA announced the complete cancellation of the Thailand Pass, effective July 1.
Travellers of any nationality will no longer be required to obtain a Thailand Pass to gain entry into the kingdom, beginning July 1. Travellers will subsequently no longer be required to purchase Covid-19 insurance to enter Thailand.
From July 1 onward, vaccinated travellers will be required to show proof of their vaccination history to enter Thailand. Unvaccinated travellers are welcome but must provide a negative “professional” ATK test result.
The Thailand Pass will still exist but will serve an entirely different purpose from July 1. If foreign travellers get ill while travelling in Thailand, they can use the Thailand Pass website to report their symptoms.
All of Thailand’s 77 provinces will become “green” zones (or surveillance areas), allowing entertainment venues to open in all 77 provinces. The CCSA said they will make a further announcement about when this change will come into effect.
Entertainment venues will be allowed to open until 2am, and 1am in some areas, which have not yet been specified. The CCSA will make a further announcement about when this will come into effect. Entertainment venues were previously required to close at midnight.
Dr. Taweesilp Visanuyothin announced that wearing a face mask in open, outdoor spaces is optional in Thailand…
“Masks can be removed in some areas. I would like to emphasize that this is up to the personal discretion and willingness of each individual. Masks can be removed in open air spaces and athletes can remove masks during exercise.”
The CCSA recommends that high-risk groups and the elderly keep wearing masks as a precautionary measure. The CCSA recommends wearing a mask in crowded spaces where social distancing is not possible, e.g. in a crowded markets, on public transport or at any venues with large audiences or crowds.
Temperature measuring devices are no longer required at any venue in Thailand.
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