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COVID-jab rules for travellers confirmed

BANGKOK: The requirement that all international travellers show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination before boarding flights to Thailand will take effect from Sunday (Jan 8), the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) said on Saturday (Jan 7).

By Bangkok Post

Saturday 7 January 2023, 11:27PM

Travellers walk through Suvarnabhumi Airport, which is expected to get busier in the coming weeks as travel from China resumes. Photo: AFP

Travellers walk through Suvarnabhumi Airport, which is expected to get busier in the coming weeks as travel from China resumes. Photo: AFP

The aviation regulator has formally notified all parties about the change to arrival rules for international travellers aged 18 and over, reports the Bangkok Post.

They will take effect for flights landing in Thailand from 1am local time on Monday and will remain in effect at least until the end of the month.

The vaccination requirement was scrapped last October but it has been revived as travel from China is about to resume worldwide on a large scale. Many countries have responded with special measures out of concern that COVID-19 is sweeping through China since the country scrapped its zero-COVID restrictions last month.

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul has said that any rules adopted in Thailand must not discriminate against any particular country.

According to the CAAT, everyone travelling to the country from Sunday must show proof of full vaccination or a letter certifying that they have recovered from COVID-19 infections no more than six months prior. Unvaccinated travellers must have proof of why they cannot receive a vaccine.

Details of the approved vaccines and required number of doses are available on the CAAT website.

Airlines will be responsible for checking the relevant documents before passengers board and must bar those without the correct paperwork. It is not clear whether passengers will also be required to show the documents again when they land in Thailand.

As well, people who will be travelling from Thailand to a country where a negative RT-PCR test is a condition of entry must show proof of health insurance. This is to ensure that the costs of their care will be covered if they test positive before leaving Thailand.

Thai passport holders or travellers in transit are not required to submit proof of vaccination or hold a COVID-19 insurance policy.

A Xiamen Airlines flight with 200 passengers is scheduled to be the first flight from China to touch down at Suvarnabhumi Airport on Sunday.

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Kurt | 09 January 2023 - 05:58:46

Deciding on Saturday that from Sunday travelers required etc, etct.  What a hopeless handling of this out of the blue Covid-jab thing. Should have given international passengers more notice than just overnight in a weekend to fix the needed paperwork. Very much brainless governing.

Kurt | 08 January 2023 - 07:19:23

Thai passport holders and transit passengers are not required?  As or a passport or transit card in the crowded airport halls and lounges will make these passengers are not spreading Covid, if they are Covid-positive. Besides, exempting Thai is, again, discrimination. Thai love it. Entrance fees, tourist menu prices, etc. Always that distinctive thinking and doing..

BobTB | 08 January 2023 - 01:15:05

Many people will have booked tickets to Thailand on flights arriving after 8/1 who, thinking the era of Covid restrictions was behind us, will lose a lot of money if they are either unvaccinated or travel without proof of their vaccination status in ignorance of this sudden volte-face by the Thai authorities. I doubt that these people will readily forget or forgive such incompetence.

BobTB | 08 January 2023 - 01:12:40

Regardless of your views on the effectiveness or otherwise of Covid vaccines, that's completely illogical.

BobTB | 08 January 2023 - 01:09:09

Total insanity. Thailand could hardly have chosen a more effective way to kill its tourism revival stone dead. Let me get this straight. Italy sees 1 in 2 arrivals from China test Covid-positive, but Thailand daren't upset the Chinese government so requires visitors from countries where Covid is under control to prove they have been vaccinated?


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