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Thailand drops COVID-19 testing entry requirements

Thailand has dropped its COVID-19 testing requirements.

The country had previously required visitors to the country to disclose their COVID-19 status upon entry but is set to scrap its Test and Go requirement for vaccinated travellers from May 1.

However, visitors will still reportedly be required to register for a Thailand Pass - a QR code-based form which proves visitors have disclosed information such as flight details, hotel accommodation and vaccination status before entry - but the medical insurance policy coverage has now been slashed in half to $10,000.

It is thought that the country is keen to boost the economy via tourism in an attempt to recover losses brought on by the pandemic.

Gary Bowerman, director of Check-in Asia, said: "It would be important to secure sufficient air services and frequencies from the metro cities and second-tier Indian cities — which is something Singapore, for example, worked successfully to achieve before the pandemic. addition to India, Thailand will look to reliable regional markets like Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and Japan, and try to grow arrivals from large South East Asia outbound markets like Vietnam and Indonesia. The kingdom will also attempt to attract flights from carriers with the means to identify new opportunities, like Qantas and the Middle Eastern carriers."

In order to maximise their earning potential, the country is now also focussing on enticing those from special interest groups with high spending as they attempt to regrow the Indian market and will hold the Amazing Thailand Wedding Expo in Mumbai and New Delhi later this year.

Cholada Siddhivarn, director of Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Mumbai office told Skift: "These [groups] include weddings and honeymoons, golf, millennials, and luxury travelers.Amazing Thailand Wedding Expo will be held for the first time in Mumbai and New Delhi in May this year. Considering the number of schedule flights which airlines have announced this month, we hope to welcome 500,000 Indians in Thailand this year

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