Ministry prepares to bring back Thais from eight African countries starting tomorrow

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With Thai authorities issuing a travel ban on those from 8 African countries reporting the new Omicron variant, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is preparing to bring Thai citizens in the high risk countries back to Thailand. Citizens living in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe can apply for a COE (certificate of entry) to return to Thailand from tomorrow, according to a post the Ministry made on Twitter. Returnees must register online and must be quarantined for 14 days upon the arrival.

Following the new travel restrictions issued by the Public Health Ministry on Saturday, visitors from eight African countries will be prohibited from entering the country in order to prevent the spread of a new Omicron which has since been discovered in Botswana, Belgium, Hong Kong, and Israel, among other places.

The Ministry also stated that it will send a chartered Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET608 from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, departing at 12:10am and arriving in Bangkok at 1.10pm on the same day. Throughout December, the flight will be operated every Wednesday (December 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29).

Contact the Royal Thai Embassy in Pretoria at +27 (0) 829236179 or the Royal Thai Embassy in Maputo at +258 87 788 9902 for further information.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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