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CCSA clarifies requirements for entering Thailand

Jack Burton

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With the Covid-19 crisis in Thailand under control and as the nation begins gradually reopening its borders, the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration yesterday clarified the following guidelines on entering Thailand for travellers and non-Thai residents:

Before departure: Travellers must contact the Royal Thai Embassy or consulate to obtain an entry visa and a certificate of entry, which will be considered on a case-by-case basis, taking into account the urgency, need and reasons provided on the application form. Applications must include travel details, proof of health insurance with coverage of at least US$100,000, booking at an alternative state quarantine site and any other documents the CCSA may require. The approval process will take approximately 7 working days, and the applicant will be contacted when approved.

Day of travel: Travellers must carry a certificate of entry, health insurance, certificate of a Covid-19 test taken within a 72-hour period with a negative result and a fit-to-fly certificate.

Upon arrival: Travellers will undergo testing at the airport and be transferred to an alternative state quarantine site that has been booked in advance.

Required documents for:

  • Non-Thai Nationals, spouses, parents or children of Thai nationals: Certificate or evidence of family ties with the Thai national.
  • Non-Thais who have been permitted to reside in Thailand: Proof of residency in Thailand
  • Non-Thais who hold a work permit or have been granted permission to work in Thailand, along with their spouse and children: Work permit or letter of employment; Evidence of family ties (in the case of spouse and children)
  • Non-Thais who are students at educational establishments in Thailand that have been approved by Thai authorities, including their parents or guardians: Proof of student status or letter of acceptance from the educational institution; Proof of relationship with parents or guardians
  • Non-Thais in need of medical treatment in Thailand, except for treatment of Covid-19, including people accompanying them (not exceeding three persons). These tourists are only allowed to arrive by air…
  1. Evidence showing financial ability to bear medical expenses or equivalent documents
  2. Health insurance or other forms of insurance
  3. Letter from referring hospital in the country of origin stating reasons for medical treatment in Thailand
  4. Letter from the receiving hospital in Thailand accepting the applicant for treatment and confirmation of quarantine arrangements for the applicant and accompanying persons

For more information:

  • Covid-19 Information Centre hotline 1111
  • Department of Consular Affairs, Foreign Ministry TEL: (+662) 572 8442
  • Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand TEL: (+66) 2568 8800.
  • Department of Disease Control, Public Health Ministry at 1422, (+669) 6847 8209, (+669) 2726 0474
  • Immigration Bureau hotline 1178 or (+662) 287 3101

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

 

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    Bobby M

    Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 1:34 pm

    This equates to opening a border, but not opening a border.

    I sincerely hope that when you would like tourists to return and help to rebuild your, yes your economy. That you do not complicate it such as this, nor make it unnecessarily attract additional cost to those who wish to come. I fear that if you do, they will simply choose a different country to visit, slowing the recovery of your tourism economy to a walking pace.

    Just give some thought to the costs of what you are asking people to do. I love Thailand and The Thai people, I have visited multiple times a year for many years now. It’s time to support your visitors and reward their loyalty. Not reject them by creating hurdles and cost to people that have added to your economy and supported your economy for years.

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    Max

    Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 3:12 pm

    “Non-Thais who hold a work permit or have been granted permission to work in Thailand, along with their spouse and children: Work permit or letter of employment” I am not sure this is entirely correct. People holding a SmartVisa can be board of directors or owners of a company but not necessarily employed

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    Rinky Stingpiece

    Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 9:04 pm

    What the London Embassy has said is that it takes 2-3 weeks to send the application for a “certificate of entry” to the MFA in Bangkok… not 7 days… the 7 working days might be the MFA’s processing time, with the remaining days either side being the physical flying of documents on one of the few flights between the two places.
    They also seem to want people to “register with the embassy” to even be able to buy a flight in the first place, and if you buy a flight without that, for example, via a well-known middle eastern airline, you have to cancel it. I find this confusing, because the Declaration Form has the flight number on it, so surely they already know what the flight number is?

    So before you even get to submit your documents for a “certificate of entry”, you apparently have to register, which seems very similar to the declaration form, just to book a flight. It seems strange for an Embassy to be like a travel agent, but it also seems strange for airlines to be trying to sell tickets that people can’t use.

    It doesn’t add up to me. I wish there was a simple consistent message, because it feels like a moving target at the moment.

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    Larpin

    Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 10:08 pm

    Needless to say that no sane person will st foot in Thailand.
    Sadly tourism there is dead.
    De profundis.
    Fortunately we have numerous alternatives.

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    PJ Kelly

    Sunday, July 26, 2020 at 1:44 am

    The first Asian country that allows no strings attached entry will win the tourism sweepstakes…sadly it will not be Thailand.

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    Jimmer

    Sunday, July 26, 2020 at 1:46 am

    Thailand is not even allowing the return of retiree’s who have long stay Visa’s and Residency permits.But they do allow medical tourism and those who are ‘Elite Card’ holders.If there’s money in it for them they’ll let you back.Talk about a double standard and hanging people out to dry. It’s going to come back and bite them in the long run.

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    Amy Sukwan

    Sunday, July 26, 2020 at 10:42 am

    This procedure is ridiculously complex. To wit: I am trying to return (from the USA) to my Thai husband flying with my Thai 7 year old daughter. My visa unfortunately expired in April after I left Thailand on March 18. I applied for a new visa on July 1, read through all the paperwork. I knew I could not go before August 1. My daughter got approved right away to leave, but my visa was not approved to send until the 19 of July, with an approved list of flights only good through July 31. All were booked anyways there is no updated list of “good” repatriation flights yet. So of course I asked about “valid” flights in August, did not hear back, booked a complete BS flight for August 7 just to prove that I had a flight booking in order to get the visa which is the first step of the process! But now I’m back to square one that flight got cancelled they changed the rules again now I need to send my stuff to Washington DC instead of LA AFTER I book the flight, but the wait to get my visa stamped passport is possibly over 15 days so I might miss my flight waiting for my visa to arrive in the mail. Then I wonder about the test itself: I hear about a bunch of false positives here in the US. Can I ever come to Thailand to see my husband if I test positive? What if I’m in state quarantine and have a positive test, do they take me to the hospital automatically? Who takes care of my daughter if they do? It’s a mess out there…I wouldn’t consider going through this degree of insanity if I wasn’t worried about my husband. There’s no jobs in Phuket he’s hoping to get up to Isaan after we get there and build a house on the land we own up north. It’s a great idea to ride out the current insanity…but best laid plans of mice and men…

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    Perceville Smithers

    Sunday, July 26, 2020 at 1:22 pm

    i think this process is a way to discourage western tourists. many feel over the years, thailand is catering to another group of tourists and wants less of the europeans and amwericans.

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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For travellers to Phuket, testing is out, quarantine is in

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PHOTO: Phuket Vice Governor Piyapong Choowong (via Facebook)

The on-again-off-again plans for testing people for Covid-19 as they arrive in Phuket will be replaced by quarantine after May 15, according to Vice Governor Piyapong Choowong’s latest announcement. In an online video broadcast last night, the vice governor confirmed the new scheme after Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew first mentioned it in an executive meeting at Phuket Provincial Hall yesterday.

There are now 25 provinces on the Phuket red zone list that they instated on April 22, with anyone arriving from those places required to have proof that they are either fully vaccinated or tested negative for Covid-19 within the last 72 hours. Without proof, people have to take a rapid antigen test to confirm they did not have Covid-19 before they would be allowed on the island. The test was first set to be 300 baht for everyone, and later controversially made free for Thai people and 500 baht for foreigners.

There had been some back and forth with budget concerns of being able to provide the mass testing and who would pay how much for continued testing. Perhaps requiring people to quarantine in Phuket is cheaper than testing them when they arrive. The original scheme was set to expire May 15, and announcements were made about extending the plan and stopping testing right away. For now, this debate seems to have settled on replacing the testing with a mandatory quarantine upon entering Phuket.

The vice-governor explained that the rapid antigen test will continue through May 14, and then starting May 15, anyone who arrives without a vaccine or a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of arriving in Phuket will be required to quarantine for 14 days. They set a goal of zero new infections by the end of the next two weeks. And he stated they are committed to doing whatever it takes as “Phuket cannot continue with this risk”.

Speaking to The Phuket News… “We want to send a sign to the country that we are cleaning up our province. The 3 vice governors [in Phuket] have been ordered to take care of each district by cooperating with local administration officers as well as community leaders to do proactive screening,”

After announcing the quarantine plan for Phuket, the vice governor spoke confidently that in the near future the island will have enough jabs to vaccinate every person on the island. Religious leaders from any faith are currently being vaccinated because of their general proximity to people during religious ceremonies and practices.

Vice Governor Piyapong pled with people with the people of Phuket who were on the fence about Covid-19 vaccinations, anti-vaxxers, or those otherwise resisting getting the jabs needed to reach herd immunity.

“If you are still deciding whether or not to get vaccinated, please come to get vaccinated”

SOURCE: The Phuket News

 

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Saturday Covid UPDATE: 2,419 new infections and 19 deaths, provincial totals

Tanutam Thawan

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The tally for Covid-related infections and deaths reported over the past 24 hours reports 19 new deaths and 2,419 cases. There have been 52,411 confirmed Covid-19 infections in the recent outbreak with more than 16,000 cases in Bangkok, the epicentre of infections. Since the start of the pandemic last year, the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration has reported a total of 81,274 Covid-19 infections and 382 coronavirus-related deaths.

Thailand now has 29,473 active Covid-19 cases. Most patients with Covid-19 are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms. More than 1,000 Covid-19 patients are in critical condition including 380 people on ventilators.

Out of the 2,419 new cases, more than 1,000 cases were detected in Bangkok. Most cases were local transmissions or detected through active case finding.

Of the 19 new coronavirus-related deaths, most were in Bangkok and surrounding provinces. The majority of deaths were the elderly and many of them contracted the virus from infected family members or friends.

Over the past week, new clusters of Covid-19 infections have been detected in crowded Bangkok neighbourhoods, including the Klong Toey slum, Ban Khing and Bang Kae districts. Poor communities in Bangkok have been seen as vulnerable to coronavirus outbreaks as people live in close proximity to each other and many cannot afford to stop working to abide by stay-at-home orders. CCSA spokesperson Natapanu Nopakun says active case finding in Bangkok clusters have been “beefed up.”

With cases in Bangkok still on the rise, the current disease control measures imposed in the capital will be extended until May 17. Schools and entertainment venues must remain closed.

Provincial totals, thanks to the NBT…

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District New cases
Khlong Toey 37
Ratchathewi 26
Pathumwan 24
Bang Kapi 13
Chatuchak 11
Don Mueang 9
Lat Phrao 9
Dusit 8
Yan Nawa 7
Wang Thonglang 7

Saturday Covid UPDATE: 2,419 new infections and 19 deaths, provincial totals | News by Thaiger

 

Saturday Covid UPDATE: 2,419 new infections and 19 deaths, provincial totals | News by Thaiger

Active Covid-19 cases in Thailand as of 7 May 2021, according to Worldometers.

 

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Like Songkran, Sri Lanka New Year’s brings Covid-19 wave

Neill Fronde

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PHOTO: Sri Lanka is now being hard hit by Covid-19. (via Wikimedia)

Sri Lanka has seen a huge wave of new Covid-19 infections in part due to large New Year’s celebrations in mid-April at the same time as Thailand’s Songkran Festival. From the beginning of April until now, the island nation has experienced a fivefold increase in daily cases, with 1,895 infections reported yesterday. February had previously been the worst month in Sri Lanka’s Covid-19 history, but figures are much worse now.

On April 13 and 14, large gatherings crowded the street to celebrate Sri Lanka’s New Year’s holiday. The day before, Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa address the nation with hope, saying that after cancelling festivities the previous year, everyone working together to reduce Covid-19 had allowed New Year’s activities to take place this year. Authorities felt that Covid-19 was contained in Sri Lanka and, while they did stress health and safety guidelines, the president encouraged the celebration of the holiday.

“It is my hope and expectation that all citizens without any discrimination will join the Sinhala and Tamil New Year celebrations with fresh hopes, determination, and righteous thoughts.”

But the celebration was too soon, and by April 27, Sri Lanka was recording 1,000 Covid-19 infections per day, the first time this milestone had been reached since the Covid-19 first appeared. Lockdowns in more than 100 areas began, with private functions banned and school shuttered, but it was too little too late. 13 of the 25 administrative regions of Sri Lanka are now in lockdown, as the nation fights to rein in this Covid-19 wave.

As of now, the deadly Indian variant has not been found just across the water in Sri Lanka, but the B.1.1.7 variant has been prevalent in the recent quick spread of infections. Now Sri Lanka looks towards mass Covid-19 vaccination as the only solution, but jabs are in short supply. An order of 600,000 AstraZeneca vaccines from India’s Serum Institute did not arrive and only 1 million out of 21 million Sri Lankans have been fully vaccinated. 5 jabs have been given per 100 people, less than half that of India, which has inoculated 12 out of every 100 people.

Sri Lanka has now isolated itself from neighbouring India, sealing its border. The Navy is patrolling the waters to keep Indian fishing boats away from their shores. All flights from India have been cancelled and banned as well. Sri Lanka has followed in the footsteps of Nepal and Bangladesh before them in closing itself off from their Covid-19 infested neighbour in hopes of limiting the spread and not reaching the levels of catastrophe that India has.

Read about the current Covid-19 situation in countries around South and Southeast Asia: Cambodia, India, Indonesia, The Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

SOURCE: CNN

 

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