Thailand reintroduced “covid barriers”: from Monday, January 9, travel restrictions will partially return. More precisely, as stated by the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT), tourists will be required to show evidence that they received at least two vaccines. The measure is still declared as temporary, until January 31.
The reason is the easing of travel restrictions by China. According to the Bangkok Post, there is a serious fear in Thailand that Chinese tourists will bring in new variations of the virus. As a result, CAAT issued an order requiring non-Thai passengers aged 18 and over to provide documentation proving that they received at least two vaccines. Alternatively, tourists may present a doctor's certificate stating that they have recovered from a Covid infection within the last 180 days or a letter from a doctor explaining their “non-vaccination”. Travelers must also take out special Covid insurance valid for the duration of their stay in Thailand.
It is the responsibility of airlines to verify and validate many of these new Covid restrictions. Airlines must check the necessary documents of their passengers. If any passenger fails to provide the required documents, the airline must refuse boarding because they are not allowed to enter Thailand. Russian carriers have already issued this warning to tourists.
“So far, these Covid restrictions are only in effect until the end of this month, likely to avoid a surge in Covid from Chinese travelers,” the publication states. That is, for the time being, tourists will need to have confirmation of “covid safety” before the end of January.
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