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Destination: Thailand
30 April 2022 | Written by Chris Alexander

A Message from our Thailand office: 

Hello from Thailand, 

With borders reopened, restrictions being lifted and travellers returning in ever-greater numbers, the good news just keeps on coming! Starting from 1 May 2022, fully vaccinated travellers will no longer need to show proof of pre-arrival negative RT-PCR tests, and will also not be asked to take a test upon arrival. This is because the kingdom is finally scrapping its Test & Go scheme. So it’s now easier, quicker and cheaper than ever to go on holiday in Thailand! 

Thailand’s continued recovery gives us plenty of cause for celebration in the Land of Smiles, and we’re all really glad to see so many positive changes in recent times. Looking ahead to this month, there’s a couple of national holidays coming up in the calendar too – Labour Day is on 1 May, while Coronation Day is shortly after, on 4 May. The Thailand office will be closed for both occasions. 

Following news of Thailand’s reopening, we expect to have a major influx of clients coming to us around Q3 of 2022. To make sure we’re ready, everyone at Panorama Destination Thailand has been hard at work reviewing our products and coming up with new ideas. In particular, we’re focusing on Phuket, Khao Lak and Krabi, as the coming months are the perfect time to enjoy the many gorgeous beaches along the Andaman coast. 

Panorama Destination Thailand recently welcomed the start of the summer season, with three groups arriving from Poland in April. They are currently travelling around Thailand on a 15-day trip, starting from Bangkok and then going overland up to Chiang Mai, before finishing up with a beach holiday in Pattaya for another 5 days. In addition, we also have some honeymooners from the UK enjoying a romantic getaway in Phuket and Samui. 

One of our hottest products at the moment is Shocking Offer to Phuket. On this exclusive package, guests can stay at 5-star hotel (the Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa) and get complimentary private roundtrip airport transfers in Phuket, along with a private guided city tour, a 50-minute Thai message, lunch and dinner. If you’re interested, you can book now until 31 October 2022. Contact pdesthailand@panorama-destination.com for more details. 

Thailand continues to reopen in stages, with the government lifting more rules and entry requirements every month. We believe that, with Test & Go scrapped from May onwards, travellers will be more willing to choose Thailand as their dream destination again. Certainly, we can’t wait to welcome them back in the months ahead. 

Pat Pattaranan Sappattarabune 

General Manager, Panorama Destination Thailand.

Destination digest: Thailand news in brief 

A selection of bitesize stories and positive developments making the news in the Land of Smiles recently: 

Thailand to ‘fully re-open’ from 1 May 

Thailand’s Test & Go travel scheme for foreign arrivals, along with the RT-PCR testing upon arrival requirements, will be scrapped from 1 May onwards. Following the latest round of relaxations to entry rules, vaccinated travellers will only need to take self-antigen tests during their stay, although the Thailand Pass registration system will be kept in place for now. The change was approved at a meeting of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) on 22 April. 

(source: Bangkok Post

Thailand drops test on arrival  

On 22 April, Thailand announced the end of compulsory Covid-19 tests for vaccinated travellers, as the kingdom continues its impressive tourism recovery. Thailand’s Covid-19 taskforce confirmed that, from 1 May 2022, fully vaccinated visitors would no longer have to take a test on arrival. Authorities will now only require arrivals to show proof of vaccination and health insurance coverage of at least US$10,000. 

(source: Jakarta Post

Major influx of Malaysian tourists expected  

Thailand’s Tourism and Sports Minister, Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn is confident Malaysian visitors are set to play a leading role in the kingdom’s tourism revival. “Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s move to scrap Test & Go will encourage Malaysian travellers to enter the country, helping tourism recover,” said Phiphat in a recent statement. He added that Koh Nu and Koh Maew will be promoted as “hidden” tourist destinations in Songkhla, with attractions such as the Morakot Cave and Chomphu cliffs. 

(source: Nation Thailand

PM endorses India travel bubble  

Thailand’s Prime Minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha, has given his backing to a travel bubble arrangement between Thailand and India. Government spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana has also stated that a travel arrangement between the two countries has already been endorsed by Thailand’s public and private sectors. He added that, as international travel restrictions ease, it’s essential to revive the Indian tourism market, which contributed around 2 million visitors a year before the pandemic. 

(source: Thaiger

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