Thailand has introduced new entry rules as China reopens the border


BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand will require international travelers to prove they are fully vaccinated against COVID before flying to Thailand, according to the country’s aviation regulator, as it prepares to welcome more tourists after China reopened its border on Sunday.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) said in a statement on Saturday that all foreign arrivals beginning early Monday must prove they have been vaccinated or provide a letter certifying that they have recovered from COVID within six months.

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Unvaccinated travelers must present a medical certificate explaining why they have not received the vaccine.

CAAT said airlines would be responsible for checking documents before boarding passengers and released a list on its website of how many doses are needed for different types of COVID-19 vaccines.

The new measure will remain in force at least until the end of January, according to CAAT.

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The vaccination requirement was abolished by Thailand last October but has been revived as China reopens its border after easing its zero-COVID policy.

The first commercial flight from China to Thailand, Xiamen Airlines flight MF833, will arrive in Bangkok from Xiamen on Monday with 286 passengers, government spokeswoman Traisuree Taisaranakul said on Sunday.

Foreigners traveling to Thailand from a country where a negative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test result is a prerequisite for entry must provide proof of health insurance that covers COVID-19 treatment, the government said. Ministry of Health.

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The new entry requirements do not apply to Thai passport holders or passengers traveling through Thailand.

(Reporting by Panu Wongcha-um, Panarat Thepgumpanat and Chayut Setboonsarng. Editing by Gerry Doyle)