Dr Kiattiphum Wongrajit of the Public Health Ministry said the ministry will propose the easing of certain pre-travel requirements to a meeting of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) on Friday.
"Under the proposed entry rules, travellers under the Test & Go scheme would no longer be required to show negative RT-PCR test results up to 72 hours before departure to the kingdom," he said on Wednesday.
They will only need an RT-PCR test upon arrival and an antigen self-test on Day 5, while health insurance coverage for foreign visitors will be reduced from at least US$50,000 to $10,000, Dr Kiattiphum said.
He will also present to the CCSA a plan detailing steps to downgrade the Covid-19 pandemic to the status of an endemic.
Dr Kiattiphum said the National Communicable Disease Committee has approved a Covid-19 management plan which is divided into four phases:
- The 1st phase is called "combatting" between March 12 and early April. During this phase, tourists under the Test & Go scheme are still required to take an RT-PCR test upon arrival and an antigen test on Day 5. Unvaccinated tourists will be quarantined for 10 days. These requirements will remain in force if infections are detected in more than 3% of foreign arrivals.
- In the 2nd phase, known as "plateau", between April-May, tourists who are fully vaccinated can enter the country without the need to show negative RT-PCR test results but still must take an RT-PCR upon arrival and an antigen test on Day 5. Unvaccinated tourists are subject to five days of quarantine. These rules will be enforced with infections detected in 1-3% of tourists.
- In the 3rd phase, called "declining", between late May and June 30, tourists who are fully vaccinated can enter the country without any requirements. Unvaccinated tourists need to take an antigen test upon arrival. The Test & Go scheme will be scrapped but Thailand Pass remains. These rules will be enforced should infections be detected in less than 1% of tourist arrivals.
- The 4th phase, called "post-pandemic," from July 1, will see the Covid-19 pandemic downgraded to endemic status. Tourists can enter the country regardless of whether they are vaccinated.