Official: Thailand will not impose entry restrictions for tourists

Thai authorities inform airlines about the lifting of restrictions on entry into the country: vaccination certificates or PCR tests – not required

Official: Thailand will not impose entry restrictions for tourists

Thailand canceled a policy announced over the weekend requiring visitors to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination, Thailand's health minister said on Monday, according to local media.

On Monday, January 9, Thai media referring to the Minister of Health of Thailand, Anutin Charnvirakul, it was reported that Thailand would not impose restrictions previously announced for the entry of tourists (vaccination certificates).

“Proof of vaccination is not required as there is sufficient immunization around the world. The unvaccinated will be allowed to enter without restrictions,” the Thai health minister was quoted as saying.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) released an official statement confirming that the rules for entering Thailand remain the same. Russian tourists will only need a passport to enter. No vaccination certificates or PCR tests required.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is pleased to announce that Thailand continues to welcome all foreign tourists under the entry conditions effective October 1st. That is, without restrictions. This was reported on the official website of the TAT.

“The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Health of Thailand, Mr. Anutin Charnvirakul, said that international travelers arriving in Thailand are not required to show proof of vaccination. In addition, foreign tourists are not required to present ATK or RT-PCR test results,” the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) said.

TAT recalled that as part of the full tourism, Thailand is offering its longer visa-free stay period of up to 45 days (up from 30 days) for tourists from countries/territories eligible for a visa exemption and up to 30 days (up from 15 days) for those eligible for visa on arrival.

This rule was originally introduced before March 31, 2023. It was decided to extend it.

Obviously, the considerations of not losing significant money from a sharp drop in tourist traffic (most vaccination certificates ended not only among Russians, but also among citizens of other countries) outweighed the irrational fear of the omicron.

Moreover, as it has been repeatedly proven during the pandemic itself, the presence of vaccinations, testing and quarantines does not affect the spread of respiratory viruses, which include covid.

TAT expects Thailand to welcome 25 million foreign tourists in 2023, more than double its 2022 figure.

Thailand tourism totals for 2022 will be released soon time. We already have data for the first week of 2023. According to fresh Thai statistics, which were provided by the Moscow office of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), in the first six days of January, the kingdom received 39,406 & nbsp; tourists from Russia.

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