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Thai Tourism Faces Tough Rebuild as All Covid Travel Curbs End

  • Thailand drops requirement to register online before arrival
  • Nation has seen sharp drop in visitor numbers during pandemic
Foreign tourists at Bangkok’s popular Khaosan Road.
Foreign tourists at Bangkok’s popular Khaosan Road.Photographer: Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP/Getty Images

Thailand removed the last of its pandemic-related travel restrictions Friday, but the nation’s once-vibrant tourism industry still faces plenty of challenges on its long road to recovery, not least the continued absence of big-spending Chinese visitors.  

Anyone can now travel to the Southeast Asian country without having to register for a so-called Thailand Pass before arriving, the last entry requirement after Thailand had ditched all other Covid entry rules.