Thailand removes further barriers for foreign tourists

Thailand is further relaxing entry rules for foreign tourists by removing a registration scheme and mandatory $10,000 health insurance requirement.

International arrivals will only need to show proof of Covid vaccination or a negative test taken within 72 hours of travel from July 1.

Tourism Authority of Thailand London director Sadudee Sangnil said: “This is the news we have been waiting to share.

“The removal of the online Thailand Pass application simplifies travel to Thailand once again and removes what was a barrier to travel for some.

“Although bookings to Thailand have considerably picked up in the last few months, the removal of pre-departure requirements makes Thailand accessible to everyone once more.”

TAT has unveiled a ‘Visit Thailand Year 2022-2023’ campaign under the concept of ‘Amazing New Chapters – A to Z, Thailand has it all’ corresponding with a smart tourism strategy aimed at elevating Thai tourism’s competitiveness through such areas as food, film, fashion and festivals.

The promotion was detailed at the first Thailand Travel Mart in Phuket after a two-year hiatus, attracting a total of 277 buyers from 42 countries and 264 sellers from across four regions of Thailand.

The show facilitated 8,000 business appointments which is expected to generate some 1.29 billion Baht for the Thai economy.

Sangnil added: “Our UK buyers said it was great to be back in Thailand again, nurturing business relationships and discovering new and exciting products.

“Together we are confident travel demand will resume in Q4 this year through to Q1 in 2023 and I am excited by the immediate potential for summer travel with the removal of the Thailand Pass.”

Thailand has set a target of 7 million-10 million international tourists and 160 million trips from the domestic market with tourism revenue generation of 1.5 trillion Baht this year.

International arrivals numbered 1.23 million in the first five months of 2022.

With the lifting of the Thailand Pass from 1st July,

TAT is expecting at least 500,000 international arrivals each month with the lifting of the Thailand Pass from July 1, doubling to 1 million a month over the winter period of October to December.

The target tourism revenue is 2.4 trillion Baht in 2023 and 3 trillion Baht in 2024.

Next year’s Thailand Travel Mart is tentatively scheduled to take place in Bangkok from May 31 to June 2, 2023.

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