Thailand fully reopens ahead of high season


Thailand has ditched the last of its Covid entry requirements for international visitors who are no longer required to show proof of vaccination or test results as the country heads into its high season which runs from October to March.

The period of stay in Thailand will be extended to 45 days (from 30 days) for tourists from countries entitled for visa exemption, and to 30 days (from 15 days) for those eligible for a Visa on Arrival.

With Thailand fully reopened, international visitor arrivals are on the rise, international events and local festivals are being held and major international and regional airlines are resuming flights from countries around the world.

Thai Airways International recently announced its 2022-2023 winter schedule, operating flights on 34 European, Australian, and Asian routes with increased frequencies on selected routes.

This includes daily flights between Bangkok and Sydney, Melbourne, London, Paris, Zurich, Frankfurt, Copenhagen, Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka, Manila, Seoul, Taipei, Hong Kong, Singapore, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, New Delhi, Mumbai, Dhaka, and Karachi.

As the host of APEC 2022, a number of APEC meetings are taking place in Thailand, most recently the SME Ministerial Meeting in Phuket, while the APEC Finance Ministers’ Meeting is scheduled from October 19-21, and the APEC Economic Leaders’ Week from November 14-19.

The Bangkok Art Biennale will also be held from October 22 to February 23, at various locations across Bangkok featuring works by 73 local and international artists.

Tourism Authority of Thailand Governor Yuthasak Supasorn said the country has fully reopened to the world’s tourists.

“We invite tourists to come and experience the existing and new tourism offerings in Thailand which, together with the kingdom’s increasing move towards sustainable and responsible tourism, will make for a truly memorable holiday,” Supasorn said.