Are we dreaming? Thailand Pass ends Jul 1, outdoor masks come off in the same month, and bars can stay open until 2am.
The Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has given green light: no more masks outdoors in July. Similarly, the first of the month will see the end of the Thailand Pass system and nightlife venues will be able to stay open until 2am.
Minister of Tourism Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn stated today that people in Thailand can now choose whether or not to wear a mask outside starting in July, according to the CCSA, following an announcement in the Royal Gazette.
For enclosed spaces, it's still recommended to wear protection while at any events, including concerts. Events with over 2,000 participants still require facial masks and official permission.
What's more, the CCSA will also allow us more playtime: bars and entertaining venues can now open until 2am. Nightlife venues have been forced to operate under the auspices of a restaurant and have faced midnight closures for months.
Travel-wise, travelers no longer have to undergo Thailand Pass registration or obtain travel insurance starting Jul 1, ending yearslong frustration with the complicated and ineffectual entrance procedures for Thailand.
This story is developing. Watch this space for updates.