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The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) was expected to decide on the Ministry of Public Health’s proposal to lift the Thailand Pass for Thai citizens at its meeting led by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha on Friday.
However, no decision has been made on the issue, despite calls for its removal.
“We still have to be cautious and continue to closely monitor the situation of Omicron and other new variants that could happen in the future,” Prayut said after the meeting.
“We have to plan for them and adjust our measures accordingly and timely,” he said.
Nearly 240,000 people have registered with Thailand Pass since entry regulations were relaxed at the beginning of May, the CCSA reported on Friday.
Thailand Pass is a web-based system created for the documentation process of travelers visiting Thailand.
According to CCSA’s data, 238,083 people registered with the Thailand Pass system between April 29 and May 5. Over 120,000 visitors from that time-frame were foreign tourists, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) said.
All passengers, Thais and foreigners, are still required to register with the system to show that they have been vaccinated with at least two doses of Covid-19 vaccines, or enter the Alternative Quarantine procedure.
Visitors with no work permit or residency must also prove that they bought insurance with a minimum coverage of US$10,000 for their stay in Thailand.
The government relaxed entry regulations at the beginning of May. Since the ease, all passengers no longer have to be tested for Covid with RT-PCR on arrival anymore, unless they were unvacccinated and have to enter the quarantine procedure which has one RT-PCR test on day fourth or fifth after arrival.
However, businesses are still calling for the government to lift all entry regulations, including the Thailand Pass and the insurance, to further encourage tourists to visit the country.
Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said on Thursday that the health ministry will propose for the CCSA to lift the mandatory registration for Thai citizens first. This move was criticized by the expat community in Thailand as “being racist.”
However, TAT said earlier this week that the Thailand Pass should remain in place for tourists for now.
“Tourists still have to register with the Thailand Pass system to make sure that they have been vaccinated and that they have bought the insurance,” said TAT governor, Yuthasak Supasorn.
The TAT hopes to welcome 7-10 million visitors in 2022, and 20 million in 2023.
Thailand reported 7,705 new Covid cases on Friday. Of that, 10 were imported cases.