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COVID vaccination entry requirements scrapped

COVID vaccination entry requirements scrapped

BANGKOK: The government confirmed today (Jan 9) that it has rescinded its policy relating to proof of COVID-19 vaccination for all visitors to the country.

By The Phuket News

Monday 9 January 2023, 03:29PM

Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul welcomes travellers from a Xiamen Airlines flight as they arrive at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok today (Jan 9), after China removed COVID-19 travel restrictions. Photo: AFP

Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul welcomes travellers from a Xiamen Airlines flight as they arrive at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok today (Jan 9), after China removed COVID-19 travel restrictions. Photo: AFP

In an abrupt u-turn which nulifies the policy announced at the weekend, health Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Anutin Charnvirakul told reports today that all visitors would now be allowed entry into the country, whether they had received the vaccine or not.

He further explained that, following a meeting with experts earlier today, it was agreed that proof of vaccination was considered a general inconvenience, adding that there was sufficient immunisation globally to allow the policy shift.

Anutin’s u-turn announcement came after the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) issued a list confirming which vaccines were to be recognised by the Royal Thai Government under the reinstituted COVID-19 measures on Saturday, which came into effect yesterday.

This was in response to China opening its borders and removing travel restrictions for incoming and outgoing travel.

Thailand anticipaties 300,000 visitors from China in the first quarter, despite China experiencing its worst outbreak of the virus since it was first detected in Wuhan in late 2019 and a widespread acknowledgement of the ineffectivness of China produced and administered vaccines.

This was followed yesterday by key tourism figures for Phuket, Phang Nga and Krabi and Koh Samui uniting in their call for the government to revise its decision to enforce a “vaccinated only” policy for all international arrivals entering the country.

A Xiamen Airlines flight landed at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok this morning and its passengers were greeted by Anutin in person. It was the first flight carrying Chinese visitors since early 2020 when the pandemic began. It is expected that a further 3,465 passengers are expected to arrive today.

Anutin said Thailand is expecting to welcome between 7-10 million Chinese visitors this year, way above the original earlier projection of 5mn.

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harald | 16 January 2023 - 04:50:08

Kamala you are one of the "experts" without knowledge. real experts know that only very special tests developed for the respective virus can detect this virus. the others only nucleic acid, which suggests a virus. to masks only that. even through ffp3 masks, mite covid19 flies loosely with somersault hitting

christysweet | 10 January 2023 - 15:11:59

Are some people really unaware  that information in  Lie-land  is strictly controlled ? Vaccines reduced the need for hospitals and  fatality rates.  Period. 

Kamala Pete | 10 January 2023 - 11:42:27

Harald, if you'd had any education at all you would know that ALL proteins are made up of nucleic acids. The PCR test multiplies and detects unique sequences which can positively identify specific viruses - ie Cov19. Stop pretending to be an expert, its very tiresome.

Pascale | 10 January 2023 - 10:45:35

@Kurt    If those superior vaccines given to people in Europe or America were so effective, why did so many people fall ill or died over there ? Never heard about a high death rate in Thailand !

solar_serfer | 10 January 2023 - 09:22:03

2Harald: "2. more people died suddenly and unexpectedly from vaccination than from the flu virus. " that is false and a lie sir

Kurt | 10 January 2023 - 08:22:44

! ..."And a widespread acknowledgement of the ineffectiveness of China produced and administered vaccines"...Yes-yes.  Anutin knows that , after his first 2 sinovac jabs he took swiftly 4 western vaccinations. He knows what kind of treatening wave is going to roll out all over Thailand.

harald | 10 January 2023 - 07:06:47

christysweet by the way. the "extinction" of humans can be seen best in the increase in the world population during the time of the corona plandemic :-D 

harald | 10 January 2023 - 06:59:04

again: 1. in the time of plandemic the world population even increased. 2. more people died suddenly and unexpectedly from vaccination than from the flu virus. 3. the usual masks don't even hold back street dust well, and 4. a positive test does not mean someone has contracted the flu virus, because the pcr test only shows nucleic acid that can also come from other viruses.

Fascinated | 09 January 2023 - 23:44:31

Get on the bus, get off the bus - the man's an idiot. I see he's not wearing a mask greeting all the Covid Carriers arriving at Swampy. Bring on the next wave!

cheez | 09 January 2023 - 19:01:13

@ Paddy... You are probably right about how this will end, sadly.  Why couldn't a middle-ground solution have been found?  It's not too late to reconsider that compromise.

christysweet | 09 January 2023 - 18:39:47

Human greed  will  have  humanity wiped  off the globe, the Earth will be a far better place for it,  too. Unfortunately we're taking most of the other mammals with us.

Nasa12 | 09 January 2023 - 16:11:49

Flip-flop flip-flop Flip-flop. 

Paddy | 09 January 2023 - 15:47:08

A move in the right direction , glad smart people told these clowns they were wrong again . But the Chinese need to have several tests. If the CCP demand it when they return home , it is not discrimination. 600 million Chinese infected at the moment. It's not going to end well for us here.


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