Thailand Requires Travelers from Covid-19 Infected Countries to Show Medical Certificates

These passengers will be required to show their health certificate along with a filled-out T8 form to disease control officials for verification.

Photo: Suvarnabhumi Airport

Travelers from Covid-19 infected countries will now be required to produce medical certificates prior to boarding their flights in Thailand. In a new move to curb the spread of the coronavirus, The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT)  has issued an official announcement saying that travelers from South Korea, China, Italy, Iran, Macau, and Hong Kong who fail to show their health certificates to authorities before boarding their flights to Thailand will not be allowed to continue their journey.

When arriving at Thailand’s airports, these passengers will be required to show their health certificate along with a filled-out T8 form to disease control officials for verification. Anyone found to be producing false certificates will face legal action and mandatory quarantine. The country’s main international gateway Suvarnabhumi airport has also put in place strict screening measures.

Meanwhile, similar regulations apply to boat passengers and crews from Covid-19 affected countries and territories. boat captains have to submit necessary documents to disease control authorities a full 24 hours prior to docking.

In addition, the country said it would suspend its visa exemption policy for travelers from Hong Kong, South Korea, and Italy, as well as halt visa-on-arrival applications from 18 countries including mainland China and India.

Update on March 16: Thailand has announced plans to close schools, bars, movie theaters, cockfighting arenas, and other entertainment centers from March 18 to 31 to help curb the spread of coronavirus. In addition, it will postpone the traditional Songkran New Year holiday, which falls on April 13-15.

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