On October 1st Thailand will no longer require tourists to show proof of vaccination or a negative test to enter the country. The government has made this change after declaring that COVID-19 is no longer a “dangerous communicable disease.”

Covid-19 Regulations Lifted

The termination of the COVID-19 regulations “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 tof Thailand’s tourism,” according to Santi Sawangcharoen, director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand in New York and Toronto. “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.”

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Visa Extension October 1st

Not only will Thailand remove its pandemic restrictions, they are also extending tourist visas from 30 to 45 days. US travelers are not required to have a visa to enter Thailand. The rules for the visas will also go into effect on October 1st through March 31, 2023.

Thailand first opened its doors to tourists in July 2021, welcoming vaccinated travelers from all over the world. However, as the new variant Omicron began to take a rise in infections, Thailand reinforced border restrictions. Earlier in the year, Thailand offered visitors a “Test & Go Thailand Pass” which let vaccinated international travelers come and go from Thailand without having to quarantine.

Before the new rules take place, travelers will still have to show proof of vaccination or proof of a negative test to enter Thailand.

Thailand isn’t the only country to fully lift its restrictions this year. Australia lifted its restrictions in July and New Zealand lifted theirs in early September. In October Japan and Hong Kong will also lift their restrictions and begin to allow international travelers into their countries.