From Friday, July 1, the first tourists began to arrive in tropical Thailand under the new rules. So, the immigration service of the tropical island recorded an instant increase in arrivals to the resort island of Phuket. The jump in the tourist flow was influenced by the simplified rules for entering the kingdom, introduced from July 1, 2022. In particular, we are talking about the abolition of the covid Thai Pass.
As reported by the portal Phuketnews, the authorities noted a noticeable increase in the arrivals of foreign tourists on the first day of the new entry measures, which tourism officials expect will eventually help restore the famous resort's tourism sector. Immigration officials at the airport reported 4,824 arrivals on 1 July. Previously, for several weeks, this number fluctuated between medium to high – 3,000, a minimum of 2,000 and a maximum of 4,000 per week.
New measures for foreign travelers, including Russians entering the country, came into force on Friday , July 1. The changes are as follows:
- No need to register through the Thailand Pass system;
- no insurance of $10,000 is required to cover the possibility of coronavirus treatment.
However, Russian tourists still need proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative antigen test result (ATK) done in the laboratory , within 72 hours before departure. Airports of Thailand (AoT) staff at Phuket International Airport explained to the publication that the health authorities are also ready to conduct random checks of arrivals for “covid” documents. “If a passenger is not vaccinated or did not receive the vaccine as scheduled, (staff) will conduct an ATK test for passengers (a cheaper and faster form of coronavirus testing). If the specified passenger is found to be infected, the airline will immediately take action,” the message said.
Turprom previously wrote that “Six tour operators said they could not send 450,000 Russians to Thailand for one reason” .
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