The testimony of a traveler who was able to test the new rules of entry into Thailand was introduced on May 1, 2022.
Marvin Scholz’s journey:
Now that Thailand is in its most “open” state of travel for the past two years, more tourists are starting to return to the beautiful country with smiles.
However, it is not the same process as in 2019 and most tourists still have questions or doubts about what it is like to enter Thailand at this time.
I traveled to Thailand two days after the government eased their entry requirements on May 3 and I have a recent perspective on what it is like to enter Thailand right now.
For the formalities, see: New entry rules for traveling to Thailand in 2022
How was the trip to Thailand?
To be honest, traveling to Thailand was effortless.
I was originally from the US but made a short stop in Bali before Thailand as it is another great place I could not miss.
I flew to Bangkok from Denpasar and when I checked in at the airline counter I was simply asked for a copy of my Thailand Pass and hotel itinerary.
That’s all I was asked, surprisingly enough.
The whole process took less than 5 minutes.
At no other time during my trip to Thailand have I been asked for one of these documents again.
My flight to Bangkok was not very busy either.
The process went smoothly and when I arrived in Bangkok, I quickly underwent health checks and immigration.
Thai officials asked me for my passport and boarding pass, which was the limit of “sanitary control”.
I was one of the first to get off the plane, so it did not take long to go through immigration.
Within 10 minutes I was standing in front of the luggage carousel waiting for my luggage.
After picking up your luggage, you can leave the airport and continue your journey without any restriction.
I then flew to Phuket and again the plane was not very busy as the plane was 60% empty.
What do the streets in Thailand look like now?
There is definitely an influx of travelers on the streets of Thailand.
We can say that tourism is booming.
The shops are open, the companies operate with 100% capacity, and tourists flock to beaches and temples.
Hotels and tour operators are overwhelmed by the number of travelers they receive, but most of them appear to be domestic travelers from other parts of Thailand and a few Europeans.
Are Thais eager to welcome foreigners?
I was certainly greeted graciously and with open arms, but one can still sense that some locals cautiously welcome the easing of Covid-19 restrictions and the accompanying strangers.
Needless to say, everyone was kind and friendly when they saw strange faces again.
What about masks in Thailand?
Masks are mandatory in many places in Thailand and you will find that most Thais wear them religiously, but it is encouraged more than necessary to wear a mask.
Thailand is open to pretty much everyone with a valid passport, and entering the country is almost as easy as it was before Covid.
With a little planning and organization, you are back in this amazing country in no time.
It really is the perfect time to visit the Kingdom of Thailand.
Source: Run off the path