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Thailand Ready to Scrap Last of Pandemic-Era Curbs on Tourists

  • Tourism ministry to propose ending pre-travel registrations
  • Visa-on-arrival expansion planned to attract foreign visitors
Tourists lounge at Patong Beach on the Thai island of Phuket. 

Tourists lounge at Patong Beach on the Thai island of Phuket. 

Photographer: Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty Images

Thailand plans to end mandatory pre-travel registration for foreigners, rolling back the last of the pandemic-era curbs, as the tourism-reliant nation bets on global visitors to power its economic recovery.  

The country’s main Covid-19 task force is likely to consider a proposal to scrap the so-called Thailand Pass requirement at a meeting on June 17, Tourism Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn told reporters on Thursday. The move would go into effect next month and has the backing of the Health Ministry, he said.