Thailand plans to lift its remaining Covid-19 restrictions, bringing the country’s emergency declaration to a conclusion on October 1st. The country’s Centre of COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) declared that the nationwide COVID-19 Emergency Decree would expire on 30 September 2022, as the kingdom reclassifies COVID-19 from a “dangerous communicable disease” to a “communicable disease under surveillance.”
The CCSA also stated that overseas tourists entering Thailand would no longer be required to confirm vaccination or ATK test results starting 1 October 2022.
Until now, travelers entering Thailand had to present proof of vaccination against COVID-19, either in the form of a certificate proving they were vaccinated at least 14 days before departure or by providing the results of a negative COVID-19 antigen (ART) or PCR test, issued no more than 72 hours before departure.
This policy change marks the end of one of the more demanding phases of Thailand’s border restrictions that had a significant impact on tourism and required some travelers to fill out lengthy online applications and bring a variety of additional papers with them on their trip.
Also, as of October 1st, COVID-19-positive individuals in Thailand who show no symptoms or have minor symptoms will no longer be required to self-isolate. Instead, they will be urged only to wear a mask and exercise social distancing.
This will alleviate many travelers’ anxiety about testing positive after arriving in the country and being forced to isolate themselves in their hotels.
Additionally, the CCSA of Thailand approved a request to extend visa exemptions for travelers beginning on 1 October to increase tourism this next winter season.
Thanks to this new policy, travelers visiting Thailand holding one of the 64 nationalities that enjoy visa-free entry will now be permitted to remain for 45 days instead of the previous 30 days.
This will surely entice some people to “work from Thailand” or remain for an extended time during the country’s best season.