Thailand’s Covid numbers are falling but restrictions remain in place
Thailand recorded 5,238 new Covid infections and 40 new Covid-related deaths in the past 24 hours, another day of falling numbers since the Omicron variant peaked on April 1 with 28,379 infections in 24 hours.
Yesterday there were 6,094 new infections and 51 deaths.
But the number of deaths from Covid-19 has been stubbornly constant over the past 11 days, fluctuating between 50 and 60 each day.
3,445 positive ATK tests from the last 24 hours must also be added, a number that also falls proportionally to the confirmed PCR test numbers.
10,822 patients remain in Thai field hospitals or hospital facilities and 30,722 in home or community isolation. Of the hospitalized patients, 1,271 remain critically ill and 613 are on ventilators.
The 40 people who died on the last day were between 38 and 100 years old.
Despite the rapidly declining trend in Covid cases in Thailand, the country is still under an emergency regulation which will last at least until the end of this month and could be extended again for another 2 months as it has been since April 2020. The state of emergency The decree bypasses all Covid-related matters and the Thai Parliament’s budget with the CCSA, chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, meeting every two weeks and updating all restrictions and laws.
The CCSA will meet this Friday to decide on further easing of restrictions across the country and any changes to the Thailand passport.
Thailand still has an official ban on bars reopening, although many former bars and nightlife destinations have been “converted” into faux restaurants, allowing them to serve alcohol until midnight, the current legal closing time in Thailand.
There also remains an enforcement of the wearing of face masks in public areas, a situation that will be nicknamed “endemic sandbox‘.
Individuals traveling to Thailand are also required to apply for an online travel registration gateway called Thailand Pass, which is administered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Thailand Pass is valid for Thais and all foreign travelers.
Travelers must upload their vaccination records, passport details and proof of $10,000 Covid insurance coverage. Thais or foreigners working in Thailand with a current work permit are exempt from insurance coverage (as they are covered by Thailand’s universal health care system).
Here is the latest information on the Thailand Passport which came into effect on May 1st.
Fully vaccinated travelers only need the following documents…
- vaccination certificate
- Proof of Insurance (US$10,000)
Unvaccinated or under-vaccinated travelers will need the following documents…
- vaccination certificate
- proof of insurance ($10,000)
- Negative PCR test (within 72 hours before departure to Thailand)
If the unvaccinated traveler cannot provide a negative PCR test, they must do so 5 days AQ (alternative quarantine). You will find the 5 days AQ Packages HERE.
If you have an already approved Thailand passport, you can travel with the QR code issued and do not need to register for a new Thailand passport.
Despite the declining number of Covid infections, Thailand was number 9 in the world (yesterday’s numbers as “Monday” didn’t arrive in some countries) for new cases, according to worldometers.info.