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Thailand allows entry to 11 groups of travellers, cuts quarantine down for those vaccinated

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Thailand’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration is allowing 11 groups of tourists to enter the Kingdom with shortened quarantine times for those who have been fully vaccinated. Those who are vaccinated are able to complete a 7 day quarantine upon entering as long as they can show proof along with registering at Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health.

The registration process or approval by the World Health Organisation must be completed no less than 14 days before travelling. For those who are unable to present a valid vaccine certificate, an original paper or a print-out of an online vaccine certificate, to the International Port Health Control at the port of arrival, will be subjected to no less than a 10 day quarantine.

For those who have not been vaccinated against Covid-19, the mandatory quarantine time will be cut from 14 days to 10 days. But, for travellers coming from countries that feature a mutated strain of Covid, none of the reduced quarantine measures apply. Countries with mutated strains include: Botswana; Cameroon; Congo; Ghana; Kenya; Mozambique; Rwanda; South Africa; Tanzania; Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Thailand’s National Communicable Disease Committee has also updated its conditions on issuing a Covid-19 vaccination electronic or paper certificate for those already residing in Thailand. In order to receive the certificate, the vaccine taken, must be approved and registered with the MoPH, or approved by the WHO to be eligible for issuance.

All international arrivals still must undergo an RT-PCR test on certain days during their quarantine periods. And, they must have all other documents and requirements in order before arriving.

Documents include:

-A valid visa or re-entry permit

-A Certificate of Entry issued by the Royal Thai Embassy or Consulate

-A Covid-19 health insurance policy with a minimum coverage of US$100,000

-A confirmation of Alternative State Quarantine hotel booking

-A medical certificate with a RT-PCR laboratory result indicating that Covid-19 is not detected and issued no more than 72 hours before departure

All arrivals are still subjected to being traced by a tracking system for a specific period of time. The 11 groups of people currently permitted to enter Thailand include:

1. Thai nationals.

2. Persons with exemption or persons being considered, permitted or invited by the Prime Minister, or the head of responsible persons accountable for resolving state of emergency issues to enter the Kingdom, pertaining to necessity. Such consideration, permission, or invitation may be subject to specific conditions and time limits.

3. Persons on diplomatic or consular missions or under International organisations, or representatives of foreign governments performing their duties in the Kingdom, or persons of other international agencies as permitted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs pertaining to necessity, including their spouse, parents, or children.

4. Carriers of necessary goods, subject to immediate return after completion.

5. Crew members who are required to travel into the Kingdom on a mission, and have a specific date and time for return.

6. Non-Thai nationals who are spouses, parents, or children of Thai nationals.

7. Non-Thai nationals who hold a Certificate of Residence, including their spouses and children.

8. Non-Thai nationals who have a work permit or have been granted permission to work in the Kingdom in accordance with the Thai laws, including their spouses and children, or foreign workers who have been granted exemption from the government to temporarily stay in the Kingdom and permitted to work through their employers or licensees who are permitted to bring in foreign workers to work in the Kingdom.

9. Non-Thai nationals who are students of educational institutions approved by Thai authorities, including their parents or guardians, excluding students of non-formal educational institutions in accordance with the law on private schools, and of other similar private educational institutions.

10. Non-Thai nationals who are in need of medical treatment in Thailand, and their accompanying persons. However, this shall not include medical treatment for Covid–19.

11. Non-Thai nationals who have been granted permission to enter into the Kingdom under special arrangements between Thai government agencies and other countries, or persons or groups of persons who have been granted permission by the Prime Minister upon the submission for consider after the examination and review by the Ad Hoc Committee for the Consideration of the Relaxation of the Enforcement of Measures to Present and Suppress the Spread of the Communicable Disease Coronavirus 2019, and shall comply with disease prevention measures determined by the Ad Hoc Committee.

SOURCE: Pattaya Mail

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    Ben

    Monday, April 5, 2021 at 11:32 am

    This is a good move, as the constant testing will prove that people are catching covid INSIDE quarantine hotels. Especially if they have been vaccinated.
    There is proof that people are catching covid in unclean quarantine hotels because of poor air conditioning and circulation from room to room. However, the government is not releasing this information.
    How people still need 100k$ insurance after vaccination is beyond all logical thinking.

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    TS

    Monday, April 5, 2021 at 5:54 pm

    requiring $100k insurance is ridiculous and a no-go for returning expat residents

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    Roger Bruce

    Monday, April 5, 2021 at 8:38 pm

    Land of smiles
    still a land of dreams

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    Cooper Pat

    Monday, April 5, 2021 at 8:56 pm

    Where are international tourists in the groupings? I do not see them listed. Which group??

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Civil Aviation Authority announces health and safety regulations amidst 3rd wave

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The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand says airlines must continue to follow health and safety regulations as the country has seen a 3rd wave of the Covid-19 virus. The authority says new guidelines to take effect today include:

-Maintaining social distancing practises on passenger services at all levels of operations, from check-in and boarding and disembarking.

-Passengers are required to wear masks at all times during the flight, while using hand sanitiser and washing hands.

-Food and drinks cannot be served or consumed on board. Crews may offer drinking water to passengers in predetermined social distancing areas in the aircraft.

-Newspapers, magazines, or brochures provided on board are prohibited except for safety cards or pamphlets.

-Pilots are required to wear masks, while all cabin crew must wear both masks and gloves at all times when on duty.

-Flights longer than 90 minutes must set aside seats in the last 2 rows in case someone falls sick on board.

Today, Thailand has reported 965 people as infected with Covid-19 in the past 24 hours. The daily total is the first drop in daily numbers for 13 days. 28,288 people have fully recovered. The total deaths remains at 97 people since the start of the pandemic in Thailand. 6,190 people remain under hospital care or are being monitored. 654 of today’s cases are local community infections.

The country recently has seen a 3rd wave of the virus, with Bangkok entertainment venues being considered the epicentre. Thong Lor district in Bangkok has also seen the UK variant B117 in many of its infections. Now, it is the most prominent strain of Covid-19 in the UK. Studies showed that the B117 strain is more deadly, with 1 study showing deaths from UK variant infections were 30 to 100% higher than earlier variants. The strain also has at least 23 mutations identified so far. However, a new study by The Lancet indicates that even though the strain has a higher reproductive and transmission rate, it is not more severe.

To see additional information on the Tourism Authority’s website, visit: www.tatnews.org To visit the site on Facebook: tatnews.org; and Twitter Tatnews_Org. Or call the TAT Contact Centre at 1672 or the Tourist Police at 1155.

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Thailand looks at proposal to make it easier for expats and long-termers

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Thailand is looking to make it easier for expats and long-term visa holders to stay in the country. The Immigration Bureau is hoping to boost investments and the economy once the pandemic is over. The proposed changes could do away with 90 day reporting requirements which have been well-received by expats.

Recently, the online website to report 90 day check-ins has been down, citing maintenance issues. Hotel staff have also been dealing with the TM-30 reporting system being down. Chayotid Kridakorn, a former head of JP Morgan Securities Thailand, told the Bangkok Post that immigration hoops are a key pain point for foreigners working in Thailand.

“We want to make it easier for foreigners to live and work in Thailand.”

Meanwhile, plans to help Thailand recover economically have been detailed in a framework to be proposed to the government’s economic panel in the next month. Improvements to immigration regulations, work permits for foreign experts, and visa applications are on the framework list. Relaxing location reporting requirements for foreign workers which is done through the 90 day reporting, is also slated to be amended.

The framework also will include inducements for foreign investors such as corporate income-tax cuts, relaxed property-holding rules and incentives for retirees and start-up companies. An adviser to Thailand’s Deputy PM, says he aims to bring in 1 million retirees or pensioners over the next few years. He says expats could contribute as much as 1.2 trillion baht to the economy each year. But Thailand’s gross domestic product growth won’t return to pre-Covid levels until the 3rd quarter of 2022, according to the Bank of Thailand.

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Covid UPDATE: Daily infection number drops slightly on Tuesday

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965 people have been detected as infected with Covid-19 in the past 24 hours. The daily total is the first drop in daily numbers for 13 days. 28,288 people have fully recovered. The total deaths remains at 97 people since the start of the pandemic in Thailand. 6,190 people remain under hospital care or are being monitored.

654 of today’s cases are local community infections.

Out of today’s infections, the CCSA announced that most were in the northern city of Chiang Mai (251) which has been hit particularly hard, followed by Bangkok (194), Chonburi (97), Prachuap Khiri Khan (73), Nakhon Ratchasima (67), Samut Prakan (49), Samut Sakhon (34), Rayong (25) and Pathum Thani (21). 8 new infections were officially reported in Phuket by the CCSA.

Regarding vaccinations, 578,532 people have now been vaccinated. Yesterday, 6,424 people received their first injection, 2,056 received their second Covid vaccine.

There’s now a total of 34,575 people who have now been infected with the coronavirus in Thailand.

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