Health certificates, $100k insurance required to all travelers starting March 22


Effective March 22, both Thais and foreigners traveling to Thailand must present their health certificates before boarding, regardless of their flight origins, said Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Thursday.

Aside from health certificates that should be issued no more than 72 hours before travelling, confirming that they have been tested and are free from the virus., travelers to Thailand should also show an insurance policy showing minimum coverage for coronavirus of not less than US$100,000.

“We are preventing the virus from entering into the country. That’s why we require everyone entering into Thailand to present their health certificates and insurance policies,” Prayut said. “This measure had been applied to travelers from four countries and two territories, but we now extended it to every country.”

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) announced at about 10.30pm on Thursday that the new measure will take effect at 12am on Sunday Thailand time.

“The measure aims to minimise the number of arrivals as much as possible,” said government spokeswoman Narumon Pinyosinwat.

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul also said the measure should discourage foreigners from travelling to Thailand. “We are enforcing strict measures so that it will be very difficult for them to come here.”

The Interior Ministry will also close all borders, he added, without elaborating.

The introduction of the new measures comes as dozens of civil society organisations in Thailand demand the government close the border and restrict people’s movement to limit infection.

Thailand has recorded one death since the outbreak, with 42 patients having recovered and gone home and 229 still being treated in hospital.

Sources: Khaosod English | Bangkok Post

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