Airlines can face penalties for failure to check passengers’ Certificate of Entry – CAAT

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Airlines with routes to Thailand are told to check passengers’ Certificate of Entry, a required document to travel to Thailand, prior to departure. Airlines will face penalties if they allow passengers who don’t have the required documentation to land in Thailand, the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand warns.

If passengers do not have their COE prior to boarding the aircraft, then the airlines must handle the situation. If the passengers have stopped for a layover, then the airlines must send them back to their country of origin, according to the CAAT.

“The authority will punish airlines that allow passengers who do not have a COE to enter the country under measures for permission to fly into the country.”

The statement from the CAAT comes after Thailand’s Foreign Ministry banned foreign arrivals from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal to prevent the emergence of the mutated Covid-19 variant that was first detected in India. Thai Embassies in those countries have temporarily suspended the issuing of COE. Thais and those with diplomatic passports travelling from countries from the country where the Indian variant has been reported can still enter Thailand.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Tanutam Thawan

Local Thai journalist speaking fluent Thai and English. Tanutam studied in Khon Kaen before attending Bangkok’s Chulalongkhorn University.


  1. Airline’s have always been liable for fines,costs incurred and repatriation if they deposit somebody in a country that they do not have all the correct in date legal paper work to be in.nothing new here.

  2. Aside from the mere fact that a CoE for transiting through BKK is totally useless and nonsense, I wonder how can airlines coming to BKK fail in checking CoE certificates. Last time I entered, we were a number of travelers so low (about 40 on a A333) that we were just summoned one by one at the gate counter to check the documents. Very smooth process. It looked like we all were traveling first class 5555

  3. And poor people escaping the pandemic in India? The indications are that many cross over the border, by day and by night.

    Really, the vaccination program is very important; and looking to the future, what is the plan for protecting current tourism assets and for reopening this important sector of the economy?

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