Yes, I have some amazing news for people considering taking a break from performing here, and venturing overseas…for a well-deserved vacation.
In fact, last Friday (the 22nd), I received a call from a lady, who runs a well-known clothing store, saying that she and her friend are very keen to visit ‘The Land of Smiles’, in may.
I guess the information I have for her, and for anyone planning to visit Amazing Thailand, would certainly bring great joy to many.
According to the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT NEWS), the Thailand Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) on Friday (22) approved the lifting of the RT-PCR test requirement for international arrivals, effective May 1, 2022, and introduces two new entry programs, specifically tailored to vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers.
New entry rules for vaccinated travellers:
International travellers, who are fully immunized, will no longer be required to present proof of a negative RT-PCR test prior to arrival, nor be tested upon arrival.
However, they still need to register for a Thailand Pass (via https://tp.consular.go.th/) with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate and an insurance policy, with coverage of at least 10 000 USD (reduced from 20,000 USD).
Once they arrive in Thailand, they will be allowed entry and will be free to go anywhere in the kingdom.
And that’s good news, indeed, because Sri Lankans love to visit Thailand… for shopping, sightseeing, eating, entertainment, and more.
New entry rules for unvaccinated travellers:
International travellers, who are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated, will also no longer be required to show proof of a negative RT-PCR test prior to arrival, or be tested upon arrival.
They will, however, need to sign up for a Thailand Pass, along with a five-day hotel reservation and an insurance policy, with coverage of at least US$10,000 (instead of US$20,000).
Once they arrive in Thailand, they must undergo quarantine, for five days, as well as an RT-PCR test on day 05.
An exception is made for unvaccinated travelers who can upload proof of a negative RT-PCR test within 72 hours of travel, through the Thailand Pass system. They – like those who are fully vaccinated – will be allowed entry and will be free to travel anywhere in the kingdom.
While in Thailand, vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers are advised to strictly adhere to health and safety standards. Travelers with COVID-like symptoms should get tested. If the test is positive, they should receive appropriate medical treatment.
Yes, the Amazing Thailand scene looks encouraging for vacationers, but keep in mind that this information is for reference only. It is especially important to check www.tatnews.org regularly to stay informed about what remains a very fluid and rapidly changing situation.
Changes could happen overnight.
You will also need to contact the Royal Thai Embassy in Sri Lanka for the requirements for obtaining a Thai visa.
TAT Newsroom says they will provide updates, in detail, via www.tatnews.org, once the official guidelines are announced in the Royal Thai Government Gazette.
And I will also keep you updated…and also point out the interesting places you should visit during your stay in Amazing Thailand.