Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Thailand begins requesting vaccination against COVID-19 for all travelers

Thailand Request for COVID-19 vaccination certificate begins from this Monday for all travelers entering the countryThe unpredictability of the measurements and the lack of information have been criticized by sanctioned restrictions and tourism associations after China reopened.

Starting today and at least until January 31, Visitors must demonstrate at the point of departure that they have been vaccinated against the coronavirus with a complete schedule of dosesWhereas those who have not been vaccinated will have to show a medical certificate of exemption or a document certifying that they have recovered from the virus since July.

The policy against the health crisis, announced last Thursday and detailed in drops, coincides with China’s reopening and Fear of new outbreak of Covid-19.

On Sunday, Thailand’s Civil Aviation Department indicated it had modified one point of the measures at the last minute. Passengers who cannot prove their vaccination with documents will have to undergo testing To detect the virus upon arrival.

In addition, visitors whose countries request PCR testing upon returning to their territory, such as China and India, They must also have special insurance for at least $10,000 in coverage for COVID-19. If they test positive before taking their return flights.

Phuket Tourism Association, on the eponymous Thai resort island in the west of the country, In a statement criticized the lack of foresight of the Thai authorities and confusion when communicating measurements.

According to the letter from the group of tour operators, which they say came to know about the policy change through the media, Many tourists were already traveling to Thailand when the measure was announced.

Ministry of Health and Foreign Affairs They do not report requirements on their internet portalAnd only Civil Aviation publishes a document in Thai, while Thai airline Thai Airways details the requirements on its website.

Thai authorities have insisted that the measure They don’t want to discriminate against travelers coming from China, It has been facing a surge in infections after ending strict Covid-zero policies and reopened its borders this Sunday.

The latter is expected to lead to a significant increase in Chinese travel abroad, which has led some countries such as Spain, Germany, the United States, France, South Korea and Japan have started requiring PCR tests for travelers from China.

Thailand, which received 11 million Chinese tourists in 2019, The Asian giant is expected to carry 5 million passengers Due to the easing of restrictions there this year.

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