From Jul 1, all travellers will no longer be required to apply for Thailand Pass or purchase travel insurance to enter Thailand, the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) announced on Friday (Jun 17).
With the country approaching the endemic stage of COVID-19, CCSA said it has decided to scrap more restrictions that were previously put in place.
Masks will still be recommended for the general public but will not be compulsory outdoors unless the area is crowded or not well ventilated, it said.
For indoor environments, masks will continue to be required. However, according to CCSA, people can remove their masks while carrying out certain activities such as eating, exercising, receiving care or service involving facial areas as well as performing arts.
It has not been confirmed when the move to relax mask-wearing measures will be introduced. A date for the change in mask policy, along with other recommended changes to regulations, is likely to be announced in the Royal Gazette, which could be published shortly after the Cabinet meeting next week.
Night entertainment venues will be allowed to operate as normal, based on pre-pandemic regulations. According to CCSA, this means certain venues will be able to extend their operations until 2am while others will continue to close at midnight.
Temperature screening in buildings will no longer be required unless the area is at high risk of COVID-19 transmission.
For social gatherings, CCSA spokesperson Taweesin Visanuyothin said rapid antigen tests will only be required for individuals suspected of having COVID-19.
“The antigen test will be only carried out with suspicious cases showing respiratory symptoms. In case of gatherings with more than 2,000 people, please notify the infectious disease committee in the provinces or in Bangkok in order to monitor and prevent transmission,” he said.