Since the ease of travel restrictions, the streets of Thailand are filled with elephant pants and tuk tuks, which means only one thing: international travellers.
Here is the latest news regarding travel restrictions for Thailand. Effective April 1, 2022, the government’s COVID-19 task force removed pre-arrival RT-PCR testing as a travel requirement. So, for now, international travelers can enter the land of smiles simply by applying for the “Thailand Pass” QR code through the official site. However, the protocol after landing still stands. Upon arrival, travelers fully vaccinated under the Test & Go program must take an RT-PCR test and spend their first night in the country at one of the SHA+ hotels. Here they are waiting for the test result while remaining positive that it is negative.
Now let’s move on to economic and beneficial news. Since the recent easing of travel restrictions, Thailand has seen an influx of tourists. On the afternoon of Sunday, April 3, 2022, Suvarnabhumi International Airport was packed with international travellers, almost reaching pre-pandemic levels. Many new inbound flights are heading to Thailand and the country is ready to welcome more tourists. The rules have been relaxed just in time for the Songkran celebrations which take place from April 13-15, 2022.
It’s heartening to see the streets of Thailand once again crowded with tourists. It’s been a while since we’ve seen farangs wearing elephant pants and riding tuk tuks, you know, the usual “Thailand tourist starter pack” things.
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