Latest travel regulation in Thailand
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After an announcement last week that required travellers from 6 high-risk countries and territories to produce health certificates before boarding and entry into Thailand, the government is now extending the requirement to all visitors coming into the country.
The news comes after Thailand saw the biggest jump in cases after 60 new COVID-19 infections were declared yesterday, 19th March 2020, bringing the total number up to 272.
Health certificates and insurance policies required
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Travellers entering Thailand are now required to have a valid health certificate issued no more than 72 hours prior travelling. This has to confirm that they have been tested negative from the virus, reported Bangkok Post.
They would also be required to have a health insurance policy for COVID-19 with a minimum coverage of not less than USD100,000.
This was previously only implemented for those coming in from Italy, Iran, China, South Korea, Hong Kong, and Macau. PM Prayut Chan-o-cha stated that the new regulation hopes to “minimise infection so we can control it.”
The new policy is to take effect from Sunday onwards, said The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT). Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul, who previously made a now-deleted announcement regarding compulsory self-quarantine measures, revealed that this restriction is to discourage travellers from entering Thailand, thus containing the spread of the virus.
Thailand currently has 229 patients still being treating, 42 recovered, and 1 COVID-19 related death.
Thai returnees to present health certificates too
Screenings conducted at Don Mueang Airport in Bangkok
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For passengers of Thai nationality, a fit-to-fly health certificate is required along a letter issued by a Thai embassy, Thai consulate-general or the Foreign Ministry acknowledging their return is required.
CAAT’s announcement states that Thais entering the country will need their respective airline operators to check the documents accordingly.
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