The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) reversed course on previous COVID-related restrictions on incoming international travelers. The fully-reopen-to-tourism policy does not require incoming travelers to show a negative coronavirus test result or proof of vaccination prior to entry.
As part of their reopening policy, TAT stated that starting on March 31 international visitors can further their stay in the country. Those entitled to visa exemption can stay for up to 45 days and those eligible for a Visa on Arrival can stay for 30 days.
Another new policy is that starting in June, foreign tourists arriving in the country will be required to pay a $12 fee. According to the Straits Times, this fee will support visitors involved in accidents and develop tourist destinations.
However these fees, “won’t be collected from foreigners with work permits and border passes,” said Tourism Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn
In a statement TAT Director Santi Sawangcharoen said that we, “welcome all visitors to Thailand without proof of vaccination or a negative ATK or RT-PCR test result…With the simplified entry process, the Kingdom’s vibrant culture, cuisine and natural beauty are able to remain the focus of travel to Amazing Thailand.”
Previous rules made it more difficult for international travelers to visit Thailand but with the relaxing of restrictions the TAT hopes more tourists will flock to the country.
Just recently for example, the government said all incoming airline passengers would have to show proof of full vaccination. Anyone 18 years and older would have to show this proof or recovery from COVID-19 within the previous 180 days.
Another rule that was in effect was that travelers had to present a travel health insurance policy upon arrival. The coverage would have to cover at least $10,000 of coronavirus treatment.
When leaving the country and returning to countries like India and China, travelers will be required to present a negative test before returning home.