2021 was not a good year for me & I am sure for almost everyone else. Each country went into some form of lockdown one or more times. The city I live in, Melbourne, was named as the most lock downed city in the world at one point, which I don’t think is a good accolade.
These lockdowns affected everyone & brought a halt to both international & domestic travel to try to stem the spread. In November 2021 Australia allowed international travel of its citizens to go overseas & return if they were fully vaccinated (only some states at that time but that’s another story), without quarantining upon arrival (in select countries) & upon returning to Australia.
My love & passion is for scuba diving & sharing that passion where I can. Upon hearing this I was already thinking about where I could go on my next trip. I would have loved to have gone to PNG but at that time the opening of the border was in the distant future due to the low vaccination rate of its citizens. Singapore had a travel corridor, but it was Thailand & its efforts to get Tourists back again that swayed my decision.
I must point out that I decided to travel in November as no quarantine was necessary into Thailand but at the start of December, this was halted & has only re-started on the 1st of February 2022, due to the Omicron variant outbreak.
Also, I planned to arrive on the 5th of March, so I had to follow slightly more rules as the Thai Government changed the testing requirements from the 1st March.
The Thailand Pass is a free-of-charge web-based system designed to make the documentation process of travellers entering Thailand more efficient than what was the Certificate of Entry application.
It collects data for the entry forms as well as travel & health information like vaccine certificates. The goal of the Thailand Pass is to help support the country’s “Ease of Travel” system after it reopens and to speed up filling out information and uploading travel documents.