Airlines worldwide ordered to follow new entry measures for Thailand from May 1

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The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand has instructed all airlines to follow the new entry measures applicable from Sunday, according to a Nation Thailand report. The notification follows the decision by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration to drop the Test & Go entry scheme. This means overseas arrivals no longer need to undergo PCR testing on arrival or book a SHA+ hotel room in which to wait for their test results.

According to the Nation Thailand report, the CAAT has issued the following notice to airlines flying to Thailand.

1. Vaccinated passengers can enter Thailand without having to take a PCR test on arrival. However, they will be advised to self-test with an antigen test if they develop symptoms during their stay.

2. Unvaccinated passengers are required to show a negative PCR result taken within 72 hours of departure. Failure to do so means they must stay in an alternative quarantine facility and undergo PCR tests on day 4 or day 5.

3. All arrivals must have evidence of Covid-19 insurance, with at least US$10,000 coverage, in order to claim for treatment expenses if they test positive.

4. All passengers are still required to apply for the Thailand Pass, using a copy of their vaccine certificate or negative PCR result taken less than 72 hours before departure. When the application is approved, travellers will receive a QR Code, which they must show airline staff on check-in. Airlines can deny boarding to passengers who do not have the Thailand Pass QR Code.

5. Airlines are responsible for checking that passengers have the Thailand Pass QR Code before travelling. In the event of a passenger being allowed to board and fly without the QR code, the airline is responsible for returning him or her back to the country of origin.

6. Airports and related agencies must strictly adhere to the government’s disease prevention measures, including mandatory mask-wearing and temperature checks on entering.

The CAAT has requested that airlines thoroughly check passenger documentation in line with the new measures and advise all passengers to have their documents prepared for screening on arrival, so they can enter the kingdom freely.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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