Tourists have reacted positively to Thailand’s decision to scrap the Test & Go program and simplify entry rules.
See: New entry rules for traveling to Thailand in 2022
The Bangkok Post newspaper surveyed some international arrivals on Sunday, May 1, the day the new rules came into effect, and found that the move helped them make the decision to visit Thailand.
Kyle Sutherland, a 30-year-old Canadian tourist visiting the kingdom with his friends for the first time, said the removal of the RT-PCR test requirement for hotel bookings has also helped them save money. ‘money.
“I like Thai food and boxing, so I decided to come despite the complicated regulations.
But not having them makes my life easier.
Besides, all countries in the world will ease regulations for convenience as the Covid-19 outbreak wanes,” he said.
Justin Chines, a 28-year-old American tourist, said he visited Thailand once in January and found his visit easier this time because there were fewer documents to prepare.
It took him a few days to complete the Thailand Pass process, compared to three weeks at the start of his last visit.
“I would say it’s very easy this time around.
I don’t need to show my RT-PCR result and ask for hotel quarantine.
It’s very useful.
But I think it would be good if there was no longer a requirement to take out health insurance, because it increased the cost of travel,” he said.
Sorm David, a 27-year-old Cambodian tourist who is on a five-day trip to Thailand with her friends, said she was happy the Thailand Pass is now more convenient.
Canceling the RT-PCR test requirement for fully vaccinated visitors has also helped her save money.
Thailand’s airports ready to welcome more travelers
Meanwhile, Chayatham Phromsorn, permanent secretary in the transport ministry, checked the readiness of Suvarnabhumi airport, near Bangkok, on Sunday May 1.
He said international airports were ready to welcome more tourists as the country reopened.
It expects tourist numbers to increase by 2024 to reach 2019 levels of about 100,000 passenger arrivals per day at Suvarnabhumi Airport or 36.5 million passengers per year.
“All state agencies are now working together to facilitate arrivals and departures and eliminate queues at Pass Thailand and immigration checkpoints,” he said.
Mr Chayatham said he observed a flight from Singapore with 330 passengers at the Thailand Pass checkpoint in Suvarnabhumi, and found that public health officers operating 15 check system booths took about 20 minutes to complete. pass all passengers.
He added that queues were not long at immigration checkpoints either, with immigration officers taking around 15 minutes to clear the 330 passengers.
Unvaccinated passengers or those who are not fully vaccinated and whose RT-PCR test taken 72 hours before travel is not negative will be quarantined for five days.
The airport has prepared a designated channel to take them to quarantine hotels, he said, adding that there were only 11 such cases as of Sunday.
Suvarnabhumi Airport was expecting 96 inbound flights with 16,868 passengers on Sunday.
Elsewhere in Phuket, a total of 4,482 passengers were expected on Sunday, airport manager Monchai Tanode said.
In May, a daily average of 27 flights is expected, confirmed by 21 airlines, he added.
End of the Test & Go and Sandbox programs
The Test & Go and Sandbox programs also ended on Sunday, replaced by the “vaccinated” and “non-vaccinated” programs, both of which can be done without quarantine.
RT-PCR test no longer required and Covid-19 insurance reduced from $20,000 to $10,000.
Unvaccinated people are now welcome if they show proof of a negative RT-PCR test no later than 72 hours before travel; but if not, they must be quarantined for five days, with another RT-PCR test on the fourth or fifth day.
Travelers are also advised to self-administer antigen tests during their stay.
Source: Bangkok Post