Thailand Makes It Easier for Tourists to Visit the Country
Thailand’s main COVID-19 task force decided this Friday to end its pre-registration process for foreign visitors. Also the country no longer requires face masks to be worn in public, as COVID-19 cases decline.
The “Thailand Pass” system required foreign tourists to seek prior approval from Thai authorities. That process will end on July 1, Tourism Minister Pipat Ratchakitprakan told reporters. That was the country’s last remaining travel restriction.
Thailand is a very popular travel destination, especially for Americans. Five cities in Thailand are among the top 100 most popular destinations worldwide. In 2019 Bangkok reached the 2nd place with 25.85 million tourists. Thailand was visited by nearly 40 million people in 2019, but saw a decline of more than 99% last year, despite easing its quarantine requirements. It still had strict entry requirement.
The coronavirus task force on Friday also made the use of face masks voluntary starting on July 1st, Reuters reports. It still advised people to wear them when in crowded settings or if suffering from health conditions.
Thai health officials said Friday 1,967 new cases and 19 deaths related to COVID-19 were confirmed in the previous 24 hours. Thailand so far counts around 4.4 million cases and 30,422 fatalities since the beginning of the pandemic. The country has a vaccination rate of more than 80%.