The Thai government is considering cancelling the Thailand Pass for Thai nationals who want to return home, Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul told the assembled press.
The ministry will ask the administrative centre for Covid19 containment, the CCSA, to allow Thai citizens to enter the country freely, as those who later test positive will receive treatment under the universal emergency treatment schedule of UCEP Plus.
“As for foreigners, we will consider lifting the Thailand Pass system in the next phase,” Anutin said, speaking after a monthly meeting with senior public health officials.
Anutin said last week that vaccine passports are likely to replace the Thailand Pass as a means of screening foreign arrivals. The minimum requirement for vaccine passports would be three doses because two shots do not provide long-lasting immunity, he added.
Thailand has seen a surge in foreign arrivals since Test & Go was scrapped on May 1, ending the requirement for fully vaccinated travellers to book a test and one night in a hotel on arrival.
Yesterday, Anutin noted that the Covid-19 situation in Thailand is improving, with new infections and deaths decreasing in line with the ministry’s forecast.
“Currently, 20 per cent of ICU beds are occupied,” he said, adding that the Ministry of Health maintains its “3 sufficiency” policy of adequate drugs and medical supplies, adequate health workers and adequate hospital beds for Covid-19 patients.
Thailand today registered 7,705 new Covid-19 infections and 62 deaths, while 11,252 patients recovered and were allowed to leave hospitals. Ten of the new cases were imported.
Since January 1, the country has registered just over 2 million (2,084,884) cases of Covid-19.
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