DestinationsAs one door closes on pandemic entry rules, another door may open to post-Covid tourist fees in Thailand.

The end of Thailand Pass could be just the beginning

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The Thai government has announced plans to impose a 300 baht tourism fee on international arrivals in the second half of the year.
The Thai government has announced plans to impose a 300 baht tourism fee on international arrivals in the second half of the year. Photo Credit: Gettyimages/grapestock

Thailand has progressively pulled back on its Covid entry restrictions, with changes announced every few weeks.

The latest? The Test & Go entry scheme has been scrapped from 1 May, allowing fully vaccinated visitors to skip any Covid tests and brief hotel quarantines upon their arrival in Thailand. However, all visitors still have to apply for a Thai Pass under the current system.

The Thai government is now mulling axing the Thai Pass requirement, beginning with residents before extending the move to foreign arrivals.

Talks have rife about the scrapping of the Thailand Pass as soon as 1 June, although no firm decision has been announced.

The Thai Pass remains in place for all visitors and returnees to prove their vaccination records as well as insurance plans that would cover any Covid hospitalisation.

Meanwhile, the Thai government has announced plans to impose a tourism fee on international arrivals in the second half of the year.

The 300 baht (US$12) fee is set to be collected using the Thailand Tourism Fee (TTF) system implemented by airlines.

The fund will be used to develop tourist sites and offer tourists insurance, according to the Tourism and Sports Ministry.

But in view of the surge of international arrivals into the country after the removal of Test & Go entry rules, the Thai authorities are now mulling to push back the introduction of the tourist fee as it may put off potential holidaymakers

As anywhere else, travel rules remain in a flux, so expect more announcements — and changes — in the weeks to come.

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