DestinationsThe Land of Smiles has more to smile about as marijuana is decriminalised while the complex Thailand Pass will end from 1 July.

Thailand gets high on relaxed rules

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Thailand became the first country in Asia to decriminalise marijuana for medical purposes on 9 June.
Thailand became the first country in Asia to decriminalise marijuana for medical purposes on 9 June. Photo Credit: GettyImages/tonefotografia

The Land of Smiles has more to smile about as the country undergoes a rapid liberalisation of rules in recent weeks.

The Thailand Pass registration scheme will soon be lifted from 1 July 2022, doing away with the need for international travellers to pre-register their visit to the country or show proof of a US$10,000 health insurance requirement. Both requirements were already removed for Thai nationals since 1 June 2022.

At the point of entry into Thailand, international travellers will only need to show proof of either a certificate of vaccination or a negative RT-PCR or professional ATK test result within 72 hours of travel.

The outdoor mask mandate will also be lifted from 1 July, while events with over 2,000 participants still require facial masks and official permission.

The Thai authorities have also approved the designation of Bangkok and 76 provinces as the green zone, allowing resumption of new normal businesses and activities nationwide. Nightlife venues will be able to stay open until 2am.

Meanwhile, another liberal rule has gotten the whole country abuzz.

Thailand became the first country in Asia to decriminalise marijuana for medical purposes on 9 June, and many businesses including restaurants and cafes have since jumped onto the cannabis bandwagon by offering dishes and beverages made with cannabis and hemp leaves.

Although it is no longer illegal for Thais to cultivate cannabis and hemp for home and medicinal use, the health authorities in Thailand have urged the public to smoke on private property or risk facing heavy penalties.

Tourists, too, are reminded that they may smoke marijuana for medical or health promotion purposes, but smoking weed for fun or any other use could land them in prison.

Using marijuana may cause brain and other disorders, according to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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