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A spokesman for Thailand’s State Insurance Commission says all foreign arrivals into the Kingdom will need to have insurance cover for Covid-19. Suthipol Taweechaikarn says the insurance will need to cover people for the duration of their visit and that various packages are being made available for online purchase.

Coconuts reports that travellers coming from countries considered low-risk for Covid-19 can expect to pay anything from 1,600 baht to over 43,000 baht, depending on where they live and the extent of the coverage. Packages vary from under 30 days to a year, with 16 Thai insurance companies selling coverage online. These include Pacific Cross, Muang Thai Life and Viriyah. Foreign arrivals will need coverage of up to 3.2 million baht, to cover medical treatment, in addition to potential funeral expenses or to transport their remains home, in the event of death from the illness.

Government officials have been discussing a number of options for a limited re-opening of borders but as of now, nothing has been confirmed.

One proposal is to allow the return of the “snowbirds”, the long-term visitors escaping the European winter. Phuketis being touted as a pilot destination, with arrivals having to quarantine for 14 days before being allowed to travel around the island. Should they wish to travel beyond the province of Phuket, they will need to add an extra 7 days to that quarantine period.

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    Eddie

    September 3, 2020 at 1:19 pm

    If quarantine why insurance? If insurance why quarantine? The only answer is after you quarantine you might get the virus in Thailand…

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      jm

      September 3, 2020 at 1:51 pm

      requesting an expensive covid insurance from tourist with no covid : either another way to make money from tourist, either meaning that there is a signifant risk to be infected when stayning in Thailand! Let’s stop hysteria about covid, no more dangerous than seasonal flu. Last year, flu was responsible of 650,000 deads, and life as usual.

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        Joe hoopai

        September 4, 2020 at 11:48 pm

        Stupid scammers keep it up and there won’t be any tourist going to Thailand at all ever again many are going to Vietnam why because it’s a lot easier to get visas and a lot cheaper

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    jm

    September 3, 2020 at 1:43 pm

    requesting a covid insurance from farangs proved negative for covid when they leave quarantine means that there is a serious risk to get covid when staying in Thailand…That means that Thai people are more infected than farangs and that Thailand is not the safe country authorities announce.

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    Bobby m

    September 3, 2020 at 1:48 pm

    One hoop after another. You really don’t want people to come do you. Yes of course insurance is essential. Do you think we are not intelligent enough to realise this. However, it’s purchased from huge world wide insurance companies from the country of departure, not domestic companies from the country of arrival.

    Is anybody in the driving seat of Thailand. Because it really doesn’t look like it. You have all these people weighing in with negative comments and all wanting to add hoops to jump through.

    You have so lost track of the fact that we are customers, and we have choices.

    If you want to start winning back the regularly quoted 20% GDP, which in truth is more like 40%. You best wake up and smell the coffee.

    Time to stop the tail wagging the dog and instruct ministers from the top down.

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      Mikhael

      September 3, 2020 at 2:26 pm

      Do you honestly think Thailand controls its borders and there is no influence when it comes to other countries? If Thailand takes another country’s citizens and their money, Thailand should be prepared to have their exports reduced. Bilateral agreements. China is control here when it comes to tourism.

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        Bobby M

        September 3, 2020 at 7:30 pm

        I think that’s a given Michael. They are already complaining of a drop in exports and investment and this will get worse for them not better. You could well be correct, let’s face it. Which is the most overpopulated country in the world today.

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    Toby Andrews

    September 3, 2020 at 2:09 pm

    This is an arrival tax.
    And is Thailand insisting that visitors use Thai insurance companies? It seems so.
    Where is the justification for that?
    In addition knowing that foreigners need to be insured with Thai insurance companies, the premium will be sky high.
    Plus, visitors will have to use Thai airways right? Another cost that be high because of it.
    Apart from all the restrictions this one on it’s own will deter visitors.
    Thai Airways can go out of business tomorrow. They owe millions in ticket refunds already.
    And Thai insurance is not going to pay up anyway.
    They will pay some, and make excuses not to pay it all.

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    rinky stingpiece

    September 3, 2020 at 2:11 pm

    You can imagine as a metaphor, an empty beach, with homeless eating of bins, and a big sign listing all the rules for entry, whilst the tumbleweed rolls by.

    There’s only one way out: no quarantine, just test and trace and insurance for Phuket.

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    Brett Corinn

    September 3, 2020 at 2:27 pm

    Thailand’s panic over covid-19, we tourists should let them feel for real and not buy all the strange attempts to get money into the country, they do not need dirty tourists just rich such, disgusting Thai mentality. No, better boycott the shit and visit in neighboring countries when possible, then they can see how the economy works with tourism. They are simply horny for money so they shoot themselves in the foot. Insurance??

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    Katrina Davidson

    September 3, 2020 at 2:36 pm

    And a spokesman for the Gold comission said it would be nice if all tourists had to purchase 3 buckets of gold, while the Bar Licensing Industry says that they would like all visitors to pay a lump sum of 30,000 in advance to cover drinks for the duration of their stay.

    I think the problem is every idea floated or considered in parliament (whether approved or thrown out immediately) gets an airing in the press here. I’m sure plenty of stupid ideas are floated in the UK Houses of Parliament, but we just don’t hear about them.

    This is the reason it seems like things “flip-flop.” Whoever wants to push their agenda reports to the press and the press duly publish it for genuine public interest.

    Hence the travel bubbles becoming safe and sealed then morphing into quarantine in Phuket. Every idea considered is reported on as if it is gospel. And nothing official has been released on any of it yet.

    Then there was the Immigration spokesman who said in June that Amnesty extension “wasn’t even being discussed, so 100% not happening.”

    For all things I will now wait for the “official voice” before I believe everything I read. But thank you to the press for keeping us informed and updated in these difficult times.

    Would be nice if the government actually made PR rules of conduct for ministers and spokespeople from industries so they can’t just disseminate whatever information that fits their personal agendas though.

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      Peter

      September 3, 2020 at 7:40 pm

      At last a voice of reason, just goes to show ‘common sense’ isn’t that common, in fact it’s quite rare especially in the posts above.

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    TS

    September 3, 2020 at 5:47 pm

    The message is: were making it harder and harder for falang to come here. Go elsewhere or just stay home. Up to you.

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    Perceville Smithers

    September 3, 2020 at 6:29 pm

    At first, it was just travel insurance covering covid and now, the article suggests the insurance might have to be Thai insurance. This covid is being used to drive away certain tourists to make room for another.

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    james

    September 3, 2020 at 9:50 pm

    The article states we need insurance, it then mentions a number of Thai companies who provide the cover but the article does not say we have to use those companies.

    I spent 7 months in Thailand this year, I had $7,500,000 of medical cover, (yes dollars of cover), it cost me £130 fro the whole 7 months, I ended up claiming £2,500 in medical fees. I bought the insurance from a UK company.

    So insurance cover is not expensive and is necessary under all conditions while abroad.

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      J.C

      September 4, 2020 at 12:55 pm

      “I spent 7 months in Thailand this year”
      “it cost me £130 fro the whole 7 months”

      Absolute Barry Bull5hitter detected.

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    Zilfo

    September 3, 2020 at 11:12 pm

    This is so dumb and typical overkill from amatures who will ruin Thailand’s economy! If the VoA is only 30 days and they expect you to be in quarantine for 14 days in a tourist trap (Phuket), then what’s the point of visiting???

    If they require insurance coverage, then why the quarantine?

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      Tony T

      September 5, 2020 at 6:38 am

      I would love to know the answer to that question myself. I am starting to look at the Philippines after several years visiting Thailand realising I am now classed as “Dirty” by the Thai government. I cannot be the only one..

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    Robert K Choate

    September 4, 2020 at 1:14 am

    Health Insurance in North America is not sold with dollar amounts set, sold as if you are sick they will pay the costs. Up till now if you were really ill say a heart attack they would pay for your hospital stay in Thailand and if you need an operation they would wait till safe to travel and pay for the flight back to your country with a doctor accompanying you right up till your in a hospital in your own country that could do the operation and you were healthy. But with Corvid-19 you can NOT travel so they would pay for your hospital and all costs right up till your healthy with unlimited amount so asking for a total amount will not work it is just not right.

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    KN

    September 4, 2020 at 2:57 am

    The issue is that if a person tests positive for covid-19 while in quarantine and is taken to the hospital, who pays for it? In the past there were visitors to Thailand that required hospitalization that would skip out on their medical bills. Unfortunately this happened more often than you would think and the hospitals have to absorb the costs, this makes it harder for the hospitals to ensure good care to everyone else. When traveling anywhere the visitor should realize that they should take responsibility if in case medical attention needs to be given to them absolutely nothing wrong with that.

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    Bubba

    September 5, 2020 at 6:29 am

    In the United States the elderly have their primary insurance coverage under Medicare. Medicare exists because no individual insurance company dares to take on the risk of insuring the elderly. I am living in Thailand and wish to travel other countries, but am unable to find a policy that will insure me if I wish to return to Thailand due to my age. If Thailand want tourists and expats to visit and live in Thailand it must underwrite the risk on a national basis or Thailand will never recover from the pandemic.

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    topfarang

    September 7, 2020 at 9:41 am

    Loving all these comments from dumbass Americans and Brits. You guys fucked up and Thailand didn’t. No country in Asia is taking tourists right now, so I welcome this Thai initiative. Europe took tourists again and now their cases are up. You retards can stay in your cold countries without masks and get covid.

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Phuket governor calls for help in restoring island’s economy

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Shuttered businesses along Bangla Road in Patong yesterday

The governor of Phuket has likened the southern province to a patient in a coma, as he pleads for help to restore its devastated economy. According to a report in the Bangkok Post today, Governor Narong Woonciew was addressing a Public Health Association forum, where he highlighted the economic crisis caused by a ban on international tourists. The latest figures show that Phuket has lost over 400 billion baht since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Narong predicts the province will face similar hardship next year, and is calling on the government to organise conferences and other events that will attract more visitors to the province. It’s understood the PHA seminar has brought around 10,000 people to Phuket, with the province hoping to launch further packages to attract more visitors.

“So far, the province has invited 15,000 village health volunteers in the south to travel and spend time in the province while today’s seminar is bringing in 10,000 attendees and followers and will relieve some of the hardship.”

Meanwhile, PHA president Prapat Thamwongsa, says the forum gives those attending the opportunity to share knowledge and advice on tackling the spread of disease, with presentations and competitions addressing all public health activities.

Phuket usually receives around 14 million visitors every year, with around 10 million being from outside Thailand. The airport usually welcomes around 300 international flights a day and is now only receiving around 80 flights a day since the ban on foreign tourists. Narong says around 40,000 of the island’s workers are now unemployed, while those still employed have taken hefty pay cuts of anything from 20% to a hefty 90%. Only 30% of the province’s hotels are currently open.

“Phuket is like a patient in a coma in ICU. So, it is necessary for all stakeholders to help restore Phuket as quickly as possible.”

The Cabinet recently approved a long-stay visa for tourists who wish to visit the Kingdom, although critics say the strict requirements, coupled with the high cost of mandatory 14-day quarantine, make it unworkable.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Latest update – September 22. The Thaiger updates information about travelling to and re-entering Thailand. Depending on where you’re coming from, your purpose for visiting Thailand and your country’s own Covid-19 travel restrictions, the situation is changing daily. If you are overseas and wish to come to Thailand your FIRST port of call must be the Royal Thai Embassy in your country before you make any bookings.

What happens on September 26?

Tourists have until September 26 to renew their visa or they could get arrested and deported. The warning has come directly from the immigration bureau. Immigration officials have also stated there won’t be another visa amnesty.

“Those who overstay will face arrest and be deported back to their home countries.”

Immigration officials estimate there are more than 150,000 foreign nationals who need to have their tourist visas renewed as they would have lapsed since the borders were closed and international flights largely grounded in April.

“Those who don’t renew their visas by this Saturday will face a daily fine.”

Some foreigners who arrived on tourist visas earlier in the year have been in Thailand since late March when the Thai borders closed and many international flights were cancelled due to the world coronavirus pandemic. Other people had resident or business visas that have lapsed and not been renewed. They will need to renew them before September 2. The visa amnesty was renewed twice since many people were unable to their home countries, but now the amnesty is coming to an end.

Immigration officials say they will enforce the end of the amnesty. Immigration police also say they also plan to track down the tourists by using the addresses kept in the database. They will be arrested and face legal action and probably deportation and could be blacklisted from re-entering Thailand in the future. Officially, those who overstay their visa by 90 days are barred from entering Thailand for 1 year. Those who overstay more than 10 years are banned for life.

The website for the Thai Immigration Bureau is HERE. Good luck, it’s not the easiest website to navigate.

Also, if you have a current visa, you must do your 90 day reporting now. The deadline for updating your 90 day reporting was August 31, so you may have to pay a fine if you are not up to date.

Tell us about the new long stay ‘special tourist visa’, the STV.

The Thai cabinet has approved a plan to allow foreign tourists to visit Thailand but they’ll have to agree to mandatory 14 day quarantine and stay for at least 90 days. The new 90 day special tourist visa would be able to be extended twice, for 90 days each time. So, a total of 270 days (around 9 months). It was also announced that travellers would have to arrive on charter flights only, further pushing up the price of potential travel back to Thailand.

“Visitors can arrive for tourism or health services, and they can stay at alternative state quarantine facilities, specific areas or at hospitals that function as quarantine facilities. Our public health system is amongst the best in the world and people can have confidence in it.”

The new ‘STV’ (Special Tourist Visa) which will cost 2,000 baht and will last for 90 days each. The new visa regulation will be in effect until September 30, 2021 and may be extended beyond that time.

The government noted that it doesn’t have the ability to fully re-open to tourism at the moment as they have to be able to process incoming visitors and find approved locations for them to serve their 14 day quarantine.”The target is to welcome 100-300 visitors a week, or up to 1,200 people a month, and generate income of about 1 billion baht a month.”

Thai officials have also said they will only accept tourists from “low risk” countries, without specifying what those countries are.

On Friday, September 18, a director at the Department of Disease Control, said that foreign tourists will have to present proof of a negative Covid-19 test no more than 72 hours prior to travel. Additionally… “they must also have quarantined in their country of origin, have health insurance for international travel and a specified minimum amount of money in their bank account”. He said they will also need a record of “not visiting crowded places prior to their departure”.

The Thaiger will update the details of the new long stay tourist visa as soon as the become available.

Here are the basic published provisions approved by the cabinet…

1. A foreigner who wishes to travel to stay for a long period (Long-stay travel) in Thailand.

2. A foreigner who has acknowledged they are willing to comply with Thailand’s public health measures in Thailand, and agree to conduct a state quarantine at an Alternative Local State Quarantine (ALSQ) for 14 days.

3. A foreigner who provides evidence of long-term residency in Thailand, including evidence of payment for the hotel accommodation or hospital accommodation that provides Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) service in Thailand and at least one piece of the following evidence…

  • Proof of payment for hotel accommodation or hospital accommodation after the state quarantine
  • A copy of ownership of an apartment or condominium belonging to foreigners or family members of foreigners
  • A copy of a rental license or deposit payment of the purchase of apartment, condominium, or house by foreigners in Thailand

How is Thailand doing compared to the rest of the world with it’s re-opening to tourists?

The UN World Tourism Organisation has published its latest update on the state of the world’s re-openings in the Covid-era. 53% of the world’s tourist destinations have now started easing travel restrictions government’s imposed in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The UNWTO reports acknowledges that many destinations “remain cautious” and some are even re-closing borders and tightening up restrictions again.

It’s the 7th edition of the “Covid-19 Related Travel Restrictions: A Global Review for Tourism”and identifies an ongoing global trend to gradually restart the world’s tourism machine. The report analyses restrictions by governments up to September 1. The research covers a total of 115 destinations (53% of all destinations worldwide) have now eased their travel restrictions – that’s an increase of 28 since 19 July. Of these, two have lifted all restrictions, while the remaining 113 continue to have certain restrictive measures in place.

• Another stand-out stat was that in advanced economies, 79% of tourism destinations had already started easing restrictions. In emerging economies, less than half, just 47% of destinations, have started the process.

• 64% of those destinations which have eased have a “high or medium dependence” on airlines to deliver international tourists to their location. Island destinations are particularly at risk at this time as the air lift is critical to their tourist success.

• 43% of all worldwide destinations continue to have their borders completely closed to all tourism, of which 27 destinations have had their borders “completely closed” for at least 7 months.

• Half of all destinations in the survey, with borders completely closed to tourism, are listed as being among the “World’s Most Vulnerable Countries”. They include 10 Small Island Developing States, one Least Developed Country and three Land-Locked Developing Countries.

Should I use a visa agent to extend my visa?

There are plenty of ads being posted at this time offering magic extensions to visas and opportunities to stay in Thailand after September 26. Please be aware that some of these alleged visa agents are scams. There are also plenty of good visa agents who will be able to provide you with advice and solutions, at a cost, allowing you to remain in the country.

If you do wish to contact a visa agent at this time make sure you get a referral from a friend, visit their office in person or ask plenty of questions and check their bonafides. Do not start sending money to accounts until you have seen some paperwork or evidence that they are able to provide you with a legal and professional service. Caveat emptor!

I had a retirement visa and have lived in Thailand for many years. When can I return?

Soon, it seems. The next batch of returnee categories is now being considered by the CCSA. This time, foreigners with permanent residences who have been stranded overseas for the past 6 months, and long-term foreign residents (retirement visa), will receive priority when the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration announces the next date for the next phase of lifting the shutters on Thailand’s borders.

The chairman of the CCSA’s panel, who oversea the easing of Covid-19 restrictions, announced that the panel will recommend these two groups of foreigners back into Thailand “as they have high purchasing power”.

Both groups would still have to undergo the mandatory state-controlled 14 day quarantine. It’s under the quarantine that so many Thai repatriates have been found to have Covid-19 during the series of tests they undergo.

As of today there has been no official date announced for the commencement of this program.

If you believe you fall into either of these categories, contact your local Thai Embassy or consulate to discuss your circumstances BEFORE you purchase a ticket or make any other arrangements.

Is it safe in Thailand at the moment?

Yes. No less safe than usual and certainly there has been no civil unrest that would make you ponder your personal safety beyond the usual precautions you would take anywhere in the world. The current student protests are fairly limited and are publicised ahead of time so you can avoid those situations. Whilst there has been some outbursts against foreigners from a Thai politician and a few stressed-out locals, the situation for foreigners remains safe and secure at this time.

What happened to the Phuket Model?

It was a non-starter after the government encountered resistance from some in Phuket. It was also not well received by travellers and many in the local hospitality industry.

At this stage, a model to allow limited tourists to re-enter the country, on extended tourist visas, with some restrictions, is being hammered out by the CCSa in conjunction with the Public Health Department, TAT and Ministry of Sports and Tourism. Nothing has been decided at this stage.

Are there any Facebook pages where I can share my story about wanting to come back to Thailand?

The ‘Love Is Not Tourism Thailand’ Facebook page, which includes families torn apart by the pandemic, is calling on the Thai government to help reunite their families.

“We’re asking the government to issue visas or allow entry for family members and lovers to reunite with each other for humanitarian reasons. Evidence such as a passport with an entry stamp into Thailand, photos, and text messages should be able to verify their unions.”

I have been stranded in Thailand since April. Now I have run out of money and don’t know what to do.

This is a really difficult situation and you’d be well advised to contact your friends and family, and advise them of your predicament. Also, you MUST contact your country’s embassy or consulate to alert them of the situation. They will at least have information about repatriating you to your home country or perhaps other options that may be available.

Just hoping your situation is going to improve won’t work. Get as much information as you can about your options. And hopefully your family or friends can send you some funds to tide you over during this crazy time. Chock dee krub!

The airlines are selling tickets to fly to Thailand now. Should I buy one?

No. Don’t buy a ticket for a flight to Thailand until you have ALL the paperwork required, have discussed your trip with your local embassy and you have been approved for travel. Why the airlines keep selling tickets, for flights that will be cancelled, is a mystery.

There are currently no plans to open Thailand’s borders for international tourism beyond proposals for a limited opening for tourism into Phuket called the Phuket Model. It was proposed to start in October but no decisions have been made.

Which leads us to the next question….

When will Thailand open its borders for international tourism?

Both the Civil Aviation Authority and a Deputy Governor from the TAT have stated that it is unlikely that the borders will be reopened for general tourism until 2021. But there is now the new Special Tourist Visa which allows tourists to visit for 90 days at a time (extendable twice for a total of 270 days), at a cost of 2,000 baht per application or extension. There are still quite draconian restrictions on the new visa, including the 14 day mandatory quarantine and lots of paperwork. Your starting point would be to contact your Royal Thai Embassy in your country.

Would a Thailand Elite Visa solve my problems?

Yes and no. The Elite Visa program is an excellent and convenient means of staying in Thailand with few problems, allowing you to avoid visits to Immigration and most of the paperwork. But it’s an expensive up-front costs and, for now, there is a 3-4 month waiting period to process new applications.

At this time, there is also a limit on the number of people, on various visas, they are allowing to re-enter Thailand each day. But if you have the cash, it’s definitely an option as people on the Thailand Elite Visa are currently allowed to re-enter the Kingdom.

Our flight has a transit stop in Thailand. Can we get off the plane and spend a day in Bangkok?

No. At this time all transits require passengers to remain on the plane. There may be some situations where they deplane passengers but you will be restricted to a section of the airport.

Can I get a job, get a new visa and stay in Thailand?

Maybe, possibly. Jobs for foreigners are thin on the ground at the moment. Outside of teaching English (there will always be jobs for English teachers in Thailand), most companies are cutting staff right now, rather than employing. You would need to secure a letter of offer from your new employer and visit you local immigration office to discuss the matter urgently, before September 26.

Can I fly back to my country and get a new Non B visa, and then return to Thailand?

In theory, yes. But it will take some good planning and a dose of luck for the plan to be successful. Theo did it… HERE’s the link to his story. You will certainly need to do a 14 day quarantine upon your return and the capricious nature of various embassy and immigration officials could make the many steps to get all the paperwork a nightmare.

What about other tropical holiday spots?

Island economies, dependent on tourism – from Bali in Indonesia, to Hawaii in the US – grapple with the pandemic, which has brought global travel to a virtual halt. World aviation has dropped by 97% (last month compared year-on-year). Re-opening to tourists has led to the resurgence of infection in some places like the Caribbean island of Aruba, and governments are fearful of striking the wrong balance between public health and economic reality. Even The Maldives, which confidently re-opened for tourism, has had a recent surge of new cases and forcing the government to rethink its plans.

Ibiza and the other popular Spanish party islands, are also devastated by the current Covid situation.

Can I travel to Thailand for medical Tourism?

Yes. Even though Thailand’s borders are still closed to most travel, including tourism, there are some select groups being allowed back into the Kingdom. Medical tourists are one of those groups but, for most countries, ONLY for urgent or emergency medical matters. Foreign medical tourists are now permitted to apply to come to Thailand for medical treatment with strict disease control measures being put in place.

BUT, and there’s always a ‘but’ at the moment, some countries will not permit its citizens to travel outside of their home countries, even for medical emergencies. In all cases, you would need to consult your local Royal Thai Embassy to find out if you are eligible, before you book a flight or sing a contract with a medical provider in Thailand.

Under the CCSA regulations, foreign medical and wellness tourists have to arrive by air to ensure effective disease control, not via land border checkpoints at this stage.

“Those seeking cosmetic surgery and infertility treatments will be allowed to enter the country. Those seeking Covid-19 treatment are barred.”

If you’d like to investigate coming to Thailand at this time, go to MyMediTravel to browse procedures and check out your options.

Spokesperson Dr. Taweesilp Visanuyothin says the visitors must have an appointment letter from a doctor in Thailand and entry certificates issued by Thai embassies across the globe. People wanting to visit Thailand for medical procedures at this time will need to contact the Thai Embassy in their country to organise the visa and paperwork. Thailand’s major hospitals will provide potential candidates with an appointment letter.

They will also need to produce proof that they tested negative for Covid-19 before their arrival. Once in Thailand they will be tested again and will required to stay at the medical facility for at least 14 days, during which they will be able to start their chosen treatments.

The CCSA says that medical procedures will only be allowed for foreigners at hospitals that have been registered to provide the treatments and have proven their ability to contain any potential outbreak. Potential patients will only be allowed to bring a total of 3 family members or caretakers during their visit to Thailand. Caretakers will have to go through the same screening procedures as the patient.

Embassies and participating hospitals will be able to provide more information about procedures, facilities, paperwork requirements and arrival options.

Again, MAKE SURE you consult the Royal Thai Embassy in your home country before proceeding with any medical tourism pans.

Are there any plans to extend the range of foreigners who can come into Thailand at this stage?

Two more categories are being currently considered for re-entry into Thailand – foreigners with permanent residences who have been stranded overseas for the past 6 months, and long-term foreign residents (retirement visa), will receive priority when the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration announces the date for the next phase of re-opening.

Since Thailand’s experience with Covid-19, it has closed its borders to tourists and visitors, stranding both Thais and foreigners who want to return to the Kingdom. It also stranded up to 500,000 foreign visitors who are unable to leave Thailand due to the border closures or simply decided to wait out the peak of the pandemic here. Many of those have already flown back home on either specially organised repatriation flights or the handful of scheduled flights still leaving Bangkok.

Although restrictions are slowly being lifted, the new measures prioritise professionals, businesspeople and wellness travellers, rather than couples who aren’t legally married, including gay couples, and other types of non-immigrant visas.

People currently allowed back into Thailand include people holding a certificate of permanent residency, a current and valid work permit, those who have special arrangements with, or have been invited by the Thai government, and migrant workers. Holders of a Thailand Elite visa are also permitted under the current situation, although there is a cap on entry numbers under that program.

Travel advice from the UK government

From 4 July, Thailand is exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel. This is based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

However, the requirement to self-isolate on return to the UK from Thailand remains in place. See guidance on entering or returning to the UK.

The following advice within Thailand remains in place. The FCO advise against all but essential travel to areas within the provinces on the Thailand-Malaysia border, including…

  • Pattani
  • Yala
  • Narathiwat
  • Southern Songkhla province. This does not include areas north of and including the A43 road between Hat Yai and Sakom, and areas north-west of and including the train line which runs between Hat Yai and Pedang Besar.

Travel to Thailand is subject to entry restrictions.

  • At present only certain categories of foreign nationals are permitted to enter or transit Thailand.
  • If you’re eligible to enter, you will be subject to a 14-day state quarantine at a Thai government-designated facility at your own expense. If suspected of carrying Covid-19, you may be denied entry into the country
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The 2 year old Burmese child, who tested positive for Covid-19 after leaving Thailand, may have contracted the virus while travelling from Thailand to Myanmar, according to a report from Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health Disease Control Department.

The department says they suspect the child was exposed to the virus while crossing the border from the Mae Sot border district in Tak to Myanmar’s Myawaddy town. The child’s parents worked in Ayutthaya and quit their jobs last month. The department says the toddler probably contracted the virus around September 4 to September 10 while the family was travelling.

The family crossed natural, unofficial passageways into Myanmar. The news website Xinhua says it was an “apparent intent to evade anti-pandemic measures at the Mae Sot border checkpoint.”

Those in Thailand who came in close contact with the family tested negative for the virus. 146 people who worked with the family at Ayutthaya migrant worker camps all tested negative for Covid-19. Those in close contact with the family in the Nakhon Ratchasima province, where the parents worked prior to Ayutthaya, tested negative as well. 2,635 people in Mae Sot tested negative for Covid-19.

Health officials are still investigating 2 apparent local transmissions of Covid-19. Earlier this month, a Bangkok DJ tested positive for Covid-19, breaking Thailand’s 100 day streak without a local transmission. The DJ tested positive for G strain of the virus, a more infectious strain that is typically found in imported cases detected during state quarantine rather than local transmissions. Health officials do not know where the DJ contracted the virus.

A Uzbek football player for the Buriram United team recently tested positive for Covid-19. He was asymptomatic and tested negative for the virus multiple times during quarantine after he arrived to Thailand. Although it seems like a local transmission, some health officials speculate the virus has a longer incubation period than 14 days.

SOURCE:Xinhua

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