Efficient early today Monday January 9 Thai time, airline companies round the world are advised to make sure that their travelers to Thailand have documents to show a minimum of 2 anti-covid jabs, no matter how old. The exceptions are kids under 18, pregnant moms, Thai nationals and immigrants holding Department of Employment work or labor licenses. Unvaccinated travelers need to reveal a physician’s letter why they are jabless, probably for factors of pre-existing health conditions. Nevertheless, some unofficial reports state unvaccinated travelers are being enabled to board by some airline companies with the proviso they will be postponed for screening by Thai health authorities on landing.
The current policies do not, instantly, consist of land border crossings. Subsequently, the hi-speed rail path from the Chinese border to Vientiane, capital of Laos, is scheduled strong since of its distance to the significant crossing point at Nong Khai through the Relationship Bridge. Other reports show that travelers from Europe are attempting to exchange their air tickets to Bangkok for Cambodia’s Phnom Penh or Siem Reap airport. From Cambodia, entry by land to Thailand is relatively uncomplicated through a number of migration check points.
Incoming air travelers to Thailand do not need any travel insurance coverage, or medical facility cover for covid, unless their next air location after Thailand is a nation which demands covid look at entry. Examples consist of China and India which both need RT-PCR tests prior to boarding flights there. The needed Thai insurance coverage is a minimum of US$ 10,000 and needs to cover possible hospitalization whilst in Thailand. Whether the Thai health system can offer sufficient RT-PCR tests, within 2 days of the flight to China for instance leaving, is uncertain. Pattaya healthcare facilities informed Pattaya Mail they do not have the stocks. Unofficial reports state self-administered antigen tests might change hospital-stamped certificates to manage that problem.
The worldwide press and social networks are puzzled by the unexpected imposition of brand-new health requirements simply as Thailand recuperates from the covid-induced traveler hunger. They argue that the procedures are a messed up effort to handle high covid infection rates in China without appearing to single out China for unique treatment. The Thai tourist minister and the Tourist Authority of Thailand are both pressurizing the Cabinet to reverse the limitations on the premises of “non-feasibility”.
In Thai style, any modifications will be revealed without previous caution. In the meantime, travelers with concerns ought to consult their airline company as the primary thrust of monitoring has actually been tossed on check-in personnel. Additional checks at Thai migration on landing are not likely other than on a random basis in order to prevent more turmoil. Unless you are coughing or sweating naturally.
As Thailand’s travel guidelines remain in a state of flux, look for most current updates on this site.