PR: Thailand ends COVID-19 Emergency Decree on 30 September 2022

Bangkok, 23 September 2022 – Thailand’s Centre of COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) announced the ending of the nationwide COVID-19 Emergency Decree on 30 September 2022, as the kingdom reclassifies COVID-19 from ‘a dangerous communicable disease’ to ‘a communicable disease under surveillance’ from 1 October, 2022.

The CCSA also stated that from 1 October 2022, international travelers to Thailand will no longer be required to show proof of vaccination or ATK test results.

The ending of the COVID-19 Emergency Decree, which has been in place 19 times since 25 March, 2020, will result in the CCSA being automatically dissolved, and all the regulations, announcements, and orders issued by the Prime Minister and the Cabinet under the decree be revoked.

Since the pandemic, Thailand has gradually reopened to international tourism starting in July 2021 with the Phuket Sandbox, Samui Plus, and 7+7 Extension programs. This was followed by a four-phase reopening timeline from October 2021 to January 2022.

The kingdom entered the stage of fully reopening from 1 July 2022, with the removal of the Thailand Pass registration scheme, and foreign nationals only being required to show proof of vaccination or a negative ATK test result within 72 hours of travel, this will be lifted from 1 October 2022, onwards.

In addition, the cabinet approved extending the period of stay to 45 days (from 30 days) for tourists from countries/territories entitled to visa exemption, and to 30 days (from 15 days) for those eligible for a Visa on Arrival (VOA). This will be in effect from 1 October 2022, until 31 March 2023.

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