Thailand: Tourism minister wants end to Thailand Pass

  • Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakan said he plans to ask Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to propose at the next meeting of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) an end to the Thailand Pass registration scheme, believing that once it is lifted the number of foreign tourists will rise to 30,000 per day.
  • Mr Phiphat said this while in Phuket to make preparations for Gen Prayut’s visit to the island resort province on 6 Jun 22 to inspect implementation of education and tourism policies.
  • He said an increase in tourist arrivals would help economic recovery.
  • With support from the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry, tourist attractions have been rehabilitated and maintained to draw more tourists.
  • “Once Thailand Pass is lifted, I am confident the number of daily tourist arrivals will go up to about 30,000. The number may go up to 40,000-50,000 later in 2022. In the past, the highest number of daily arrivals was 100,000. We have to fight to retake this target,” Mr Phiphat said.
  • Mr Phiphat said when Gen Prayut is in Phuket on 6 Jun 22 he would ask the prime minister to propose at the next meeting of the CCSA for the Thailand Pass requirement to be lifted
  • At present foreign nationals must still apply for Thailand Pass registration. They need to provide passport and vaccination details and a USD10,000 health insurance policy. The system will then automatically issue a Thailand Pass QR code for the applicant.
  • Thai nationals are no longer required to apply for registration.

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