We might be enjoying the best weather of the year so far in London, but you can’t help but feel that pang of pessimistic realistic doubt that it probably won’t last too long.
That isn’t the worst thing in the world – it only makes us savour these moments more – but for many, this time of year is also about scrolling through deals for holidays where we can pretty much guarantee a big dose of sunshine.
If Thailand is on your travel bucket lists, then you’re in luck. They’ve just decided to scrap their pre-departure test for travellers, meaning a trip there is set to be more hassle-free than before. From April 1, this rule will lift for vaccinated travellers.
Since February, tourists have been able to enter Thailand with a pre-departure test. While this rule has now been dropped, travellers must note that a PCR test upon arrival is still required, as well as a rapid antigen test four days later.
Those visiting Thailand will also need to pay for one night at a government-approved hotel beforehand, and also have $20,000 (£15,175) worth of travel insurance. While rules for entering may still be on the stricter side, there’s no doubt it’ll all be worth it after arriving, and the fact a pre-departure test is no longer needed makes it that bit easier.
Travellers from the UK can currently stay in Thailand for 30 days without a visa, as they fall under the visa exemption list. If you are not from a country on this list, you can apply for a “special tourist” visa, which lasts for 60 days and can be extended twice.
Tourists can travel through the entirety of Thailand — previously, a “sandbox scheme” restricted victors to specific islands and hotels. There are, however, some Covid restrictions (such as a curfew in Bangkok) in place, so it’s worth checking these before you book a stay.