We are all very happy that the Covid travel restrictions are finally over and most countries are now welcoming foreign tourists once more. If Thailand is your intended destination, reading this article should answer a few questions and help you to prepare for your 2022 holiday.
The Thailand Pass system is designed to facilitate quick processing for foreigners wishing to visit Thailand and this web-based application produces a QR code that every foreigner needs when entering the country. Whether you are staying in one of the best luxury resorts in Pattaya (called รีสอร์ทหรูที่ดีที่สุด พัทยา
In Thai) or renting a pool villa in Samui, the Thailand Pass is a fast way to process the documentation that you will need.
There seems to be some confusion about mask wearing; some say it is not a legal requirement, yet we have heard reports of foreigners being fined for not wearing a mask in a public place. We advise you to always carry a mask and if the locals are masked, you should probably follow suit.
Changes Coming on June 1st
According to the media, the Thailand Pass will undergo changes on June 1st; to be honest, there could be changes at any time and you are advised to keep abreast on any changes by checking the Thai Embassy website.
Choosing a Destination
Once you enter Thailand, you are, of course, free to travel to any part of the country and Thailand has something for everyone. You might prefer the gorgeous beaches in southern Thailand, with Phuket, Krabi and the islands of Samui and Ko Pan Ngan; then there is the mountainous northern part of the country. Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai are popular destinations in the north of the country and if you are looking for a coastal resort near Bangkok, Pattaya is the ideal destination.
If there are social distancing measures in place, any establishment should have clear signage explaining these guidelines. There are some entertainment venues that have to close at 11pm, indeed, many small business owners have complained to the government regarding the existing laws about consuming alcohol.
If you are unvaccinated, you have two options;
- Book a 5-day stay at a SHA approved hotel
- Take a PCR test within 72 hours of travel
Vaccinated travelers must submit proof of vaccination (1st and 2nd dose) and partly vaccinated travelers might have to go through the mandatory quarantine at an approved hotel.