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Since July 1, entry into Thailand will be completely free for all foreign tourists, without Thai Pass and insurance

The country’s authorities have confirmed the removal of several restrictions for travellers and the tourism industry. And the tourism industry intends to achieve the resumption of air travel. It is reported by the Bangkok Post, citing a statement by Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha. The kingdom will now be able to fully resume tourism activities.

The announcement was released the day before – June 23. According to it, the restrictions related to the coronavirus are lifted from businesses, all can resume their activities on a pre-doc schedule. And as of July 1, tourists no longer need to fill out the Thailand Pass. Mandatory medical insurance for at least $10,000 is also cancelled.

As for the covid restrictions, now vaccinated tourists need only show a certificate, and unvaccinated or not fully immunized need to provide the result of PCR test, issued within 72 hours before the trip. Both printed and digital formats are suitable.

Tourists are warned that there will be random PCR test checks at Thailand’s international airports or land border checkpoints in 22 provinces upon arrival. Those unvaccinated and not fully vaccinated travellers who are unable to show proof of a negative test result prior to arrival during such checks will be required to undergo a professional test at the point of entry.

Recall that Russian tour operators have already begun to notify tourists that they will not need Thai Pass and extended insurance from July 1. However, the removal of these restrictions is not expected to result in a great leap in demand – until the resumption of air communication between Thailand and Russia, the situation in the destination will not change dramatically.

However, the day before in Bangkok there was a meeting of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, which discussed the resumption of direct flights. Thai tourism industry intends to fight for Russian tourists and seek permission from the authorities of the country to restart flights.

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