From this weekend, you’ll only require proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test…

Pack your bags for beautiful beaches, incredible nature and ancient ruins, because from this weekend it’ll be even easier to visit Thailand. After more than a year of island-by-island restrictions and quarantine regulations, the popular tourism hotspot is scrapping almost all Covid restrictions.

From Friday July 1, you won’t need to obtain the ‘Thailand pass’ or pricey Covid travel insurance. Instead, to travel to Thailand vaccinated travellers will only need to show proof of vaccination, while those who aren’t vaccinated are required to undergo a PCR test within 72 hours of arrival. Upon arrival in Thailand, there will be random checks, and those that can’t provide either of the above will be required to undergo an on-the-spot Covid test.

Once in Thailand, the majority of restrictions have been lifted, with mask wearing made voluntary on June 23. In crowded places, such as on public transport, markets and concert venues, mask wearing is still advised.

It comes just in time for those looking to escape the balmy UAE summer heat for a stress-free getaway.

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Whether it’s bustling Bangkok or a drop-and-flop beach break on one of the dreamy islands, Thailand has something for everyone. Travelling from the UAE, there are regular flights from the UAE to Thailand, with Emirates and Etihad both offering flights to Bangkok and Phuket.