Thailand eases mask rule to boost pandemic tourism

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Thailand has dropped mask requirements as Covid-19 cases diminish & the tourism-dependent nation aims to attract global visitors. 

FACE MASKS WERE REQUIRED IN PUBLIC AFTER A DELTA-DRIVEN OUTBREAK IN MID-2021. TO BOOST ITS SLUGGISH ECONOMY, THE KINGDOM IS REDUCING COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS, INCLUDING ENTRY CRITERIA. 

PRIME MINISTER PRAYUT CHAN-O-CHA SAID WEARING A SURGICAL OR COTTON MASK IS VOLUNTARY. THE HEALTH MINISTRY ENCOURAGES FACE MASKS IN CROWDED OR POORLY VENTILATED SETTINGS.

BUT NOT PUBLIC TRANSIT. BANGKOK'S PRIVATELY-OWNED METRO LATER STATED IT WOULD STILL REQUIRE MASKS.

SINGAPORE & CAMBODIA HAVE SIMILARLY ELIMINATED MASK RULES.

IT ALSO PRECEDES THE CLOSURE OF THE "THAILAND PASS" SYSTEM, WHICH REQUIRED TRAVELLERS TO REGISTER AND PRODUCE IMMUNISATION PROOF.

Tourists will only need immunisation certificates or a Covid-19 test after July 1. Rising living prices & Covid-19 have hurt Thailand's economy in the last two years.

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