As the Songkran Covid boom fails to materialize, authorities begin to loosen regulations.
Bangkok is part of 12 tourism areas that will be permitted to drink until midnight starting in nine days on May 1. Taweesilp Wissanuyothin, spokesman for the Center for the COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), made the announcement on April 22.
The twelve areas are “tourism areas” and include Kanchanaburi, Chonburi, Chiang Mai, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Phang-nga, Petchaburi, Phuket, Rayong, and Songklah.
The CCSA announced on the same day that RT-PCR testing for Covid-19 will be dropped on the same day.
"Looking back to the first three months of this year, we see the numbers of infected international tourists entering the kingdom keep falling," Taweesilp said during the announcement.
Only an ATK is required for international travelers arriving in Thailand on May 1, provided they are fully vaccinated with an approved vaccine at least two weeks prior to travel. Similarly, the health insurance requirement has been reduced from US$20,000 to US$10,000.
Children 12 to 17 traveling unaccompanied must have been vaccinated with at least 1 dose of an approved vaccine two weeks before traveling; those traveling with their parents, or under 12, are exempt.
Portions of this article were originally published on Coconuts Bangkok.