Despite the increasing trend of coronavirus cases, Thailand has announced the resumption of visa-free travel for citizens from 56 countries.
In an attempt to revive its tourism industry, the latest scheme aims to attract more visitors due to the low applications for the two types of tourist visa – TR and STV – to the kingdom.
Travellers from the following nations may travel to Thailand without the need to apply for a visa:
Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bahrain, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Latvia, Principality of Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Monaco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, San Marino, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Republic of Slovenia, Spain, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Peru, Hong Kong, and Vietnam
According to Taweesilp Visanuyothin, spokesman for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), although selected travellers can visit Thailand without a visa, they are still required to provide negative test result 72 hours before their flight and undergo the mandatory quarantine in an Alternative State Quarantine.
Moreover, all travellers must undergo three Covid-19 tests while in quarantine, up from two required previously. He added that more testing could potentially lead to shorter quarantine periods in the future.
Meanwhile, ASQ hotels rejoiced the recent move in tourism as this could help increase the flow of international tourists in the country that will increase bookings of ASQs. The ASQ Club Thailand has 119 members, with an inventory of rooms from club members of 15,000 units.