Thailand Ending COVID-19 Decree On Sept 30

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has announced that Thailand’s Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has approved the ending of the nationwide COVID-19 Emergency Decree on Sept. 30, 2022, as the kingdom reclassifies COVID-19 from ‘a dangerous communicable disease’ to ‘a communicable disease under surveillance’ beginning Oct. 1, 2022.

The CCSA also announced that from October 1, 2022, international travellers to Thailand will no longer be required to show proof of vaccination or ATK test results.

The ending of the COVID-19 Emergency Decree, which has been in place since March 25, 2020, will result in the CCSA being automatically dissolved, and all the regulations, announcements, and orders issued by the Prime Minister and the Cabinet under the decree be revoked.

Santi Sawangcharoen, Director of the TAT New York Office and Acting Director of the TAT Toronto Office. “We are thrilled to announce the removal of all COVID-related travel requirements including proof of vaccination or a negative ATK test result beginning October 1, 2022, as it further simplifies the ability for all to experience the vibrant culture, cuisine and natural beauty of Amazing Thailand. We’re hopeful that easing the arrival process will encourage travellers to plan their visits, resulting in a resurgence to Thailand’s tourism.”

Sawangcharoen continued: “There is so much to experience within the Kingdom, and we’re very pleased to grant tourists a longer stay beginning October 1, 2022 through March 31, 2023. ‘The ‘Land of Smiles’ is eager and excited to welcome travellers to experience all the beloved destinations across Thailand just as easily as they used to.”

Since the pandemic, Thailand has gradually reopened to international tourism starting in July 2021 with the Phuket Sandbox, Samui Plus, and 7+7 Extension programs. This was followed by a four-phase reopening timeline from October 2021 to January 2022.

The kingdom entered the full reopening stage on July 1, 2022 with the removal of the Thailand Pass registration scheme, and updating requirements for foreign nationals to only showing proof of vaccination or a negative ATK test result within 72 hours of travel, which will now be lifted on Oct. 1, 2022.

In addition, the cabinet approved extending the period of stay to 45 days (from 30 days) for tourists from countries/territories entitled for visa exemption, and to 30 days (from 15 days) for those eligible for a Visa on Arrival (VOA). This will be in effect from Oct. 1, 2022 until March 31, 2023.

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