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TUESDAY, November 28, 2023
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Disease Control Dept confirms Covid vaccination not needed to enter Thailand

Disease Control Dept confirms Covid vaccination not needed to enter Thailand
WEDNESDAY, January 11, 2023

The Department of Disease Control (DDC) has confirmed that visitors entering Thailand no longer have to show proof of vaccination against Covid-19.

The updated DDC rules for foreign travellers were flagged up by government spokesperson Traisulee Traisoranakul on Wednesday.

Disease Control Dept confirms Covid vaccination not needed to enter Thailand

The DDC’s new rules, effective immediately, are as follows:

1. Vaccination against Covid-19 is no longer required.

2. Visitors from countries that require an RT-PCR test on return must have health insurance covering at least US$10,000 of Covid-19 treatment during their stay in Thailand, plus seven days. DDC officials at immigration checkpoints will randomly check visitors for proof of insurance. Those who cannot show proof will have to purchase health insurance before being processed by Thai immigration.

Flight crew, students, and others on special business can use a letter from their host or other forms of insurance to cover the requirement.

(China and India currently require travellers to take RT-PCR tests on return from Thailand.)

3. Thai passport holders and transit/transfer passengers are exempted from the health insurance check.

4. Airlines must comply with all regulations and guidance including asking passengers to wear masks at all times except during meals or emergencies.

5. Passengers showing symptoms of Covid-19 during travel will be advised to test on arrival.

Travellers seeking more information can contact the DDC on its 1422 hotline or via https://ddc.moph.go.th/index.php.

The DDC update accords with the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT)’s latest Notice to Airmen (Notam) issued on Monday.

The previous Notam, issued on Saturday, required airlines to check passengers for proof of at least two vaccine jabs and minimum health coverage of US$10,000 before boarding. These restrictions were cancelled after Thai tourism operators complained they had forced many travellers to cancel flights and bookings.

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