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Thailand Was Already Open, But Now It’s Totally Open Open. Here’s What to Know

“The ‘Land of Smiles’ is eager and excited to welcome travelers to experience all the beloved destinations across Thailand just as easily as they used to.”

Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok Street. Photo by SrdjanPav/Getty Images Signature/Canva

By Alison Fox

Oct 1, 2022

NO MORE VACCINE or testing questions — Thailand has dropped the last of its remaining pandemic-related travel rules as of October 1 as the country ended its nationwide Covid-19 Emergency Decree. Plus, bonus for visa-exempt travelers to Thailand: they can stay in the country for longer than ever before.

Visitors are no longer require to show proof of vaccination or proof of a negative test to enter, the Tourism Authority of Thailand confirmed to Travel + Leisure. The decision came after Thailand reclassified Covid-19 from “a dangerous communicable disease” to “a communicable disease under surveillance.” 

Erawan Waterfall in Kanchanaburi, Thailand
Erawan Waterfall in Kanchanaburi Province. Photo by yotrak/Getty Images Pro/Canva

The new move to be truly open to the world “further simplifies the ability for all to experience the vibrant culture, cuisine and natural beauty of Amazing Thailand. We’re hopeful that easing the arrival process will encourage travelers to plan their visits, resulting in a resurgence to Thailand’s tourism,” Santi Sawangcharoen, the director of the TAT New York office and acting director of the TAT Toronto office, said in a statement. “The ‘Land of Smiles’ is eager and excited to welcome travelers to experience all the beloved destinations across Thailand just as easily as they used to.”

Thailand has also extended the time visa-exempt travelers can stay in the country from 30 days to 45 days.

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The new visa rules are in effect from October 1 through March 31, 2023, according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand.

Thailand first started welcoming international tourists in July 2021 as part of a Phuket Sandbox program before eventually expanding travel and then once again tightening border restrictions amid the emergence of the omicron variant. Earlier this year, the country briefly brought back a “Test & Go Thailand Pass” program, allowing vaccinated international visitors to travel to any part of the country and skip quarantine. But Thailand has been essentially open since May.

Phuket, Thailand
Patong Beach, Phuket. Photo by John_Walker/Getty Images/Canva

Thailand is the latest country to lift all restrictions: in July, Australia lifted all remaining pandemic-era rules, followed by nearby New Zealand.

In October, Japan also plans to begin welcoming independent travelers again, while Hong Kong just relaxed travel rules, eliminating its mandatory three-day hotel quarantine.

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