Thai gov to remove mask mandates for outdoors, scrap Thailand Pass in July

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According to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) on Friday, Thailand Pass will be cancelled, face masks will be “recommended” for closed and crowded areas, and entertainment venues will be able to operate normally starting on July 1.

Entry rules

Foreigners will no longer be required to register with the Thailand Pass (TP) system or acquire a Certificate of Entry (CoE) before entering Thailand.

The minimum health insurance coverage of 10,000 USD for foreigners will also be lifted.

However, visitors will still have to provide proof of Covid vaccinations or test results if asked via random inspection on arrival or exit.

If they cannot provide proof of vaccination or test results, they will be tested with an antigen test kit. This regulation will stay in place until the emergency decree is lifted.

Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakan said the move would allow the government to reach its target of welcoming 7.5 to 10 million visitors in 2022.

Entertainment venues

New zonings will come into effect on July 1 where all 77 provinces will become “monitored” provinces in the “Green Zone” where Covid restrictions are minimal to none.

There will be no more “Blue Zone” or other colored designated tourism areas.

In all provinces, entertainment venues will be able to operate normally, with different closing times based on the type of venue between midnight and 2 am.

Face Masks

Face masks will be “recommended” for closed and crowded areas only, said Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, the spokesman of the CCSA.

Temperature checkpoints for buildings or stores will no longer be mandatory. Social distancing will only be a recommendation.

The gathering of more than 2,000 people will be permitted without the need to ask for permission, but organisers will be asked to inform local authorities in order for them to monitor for a possible outbreak.  

Thailand reported 1,967 new Covid cases and 19 related deaths in the past 24 hours.

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