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Thailand lifts travel ban partially; rapid Covid tests for arrivals

After a three-month ban, Thailand reopened its borders on July 1 for select categories of residents and international travellers.

Thailand is implementing its screening and quarantine measures for international arrivals into the country.

According to the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand, restrictions on who can enter into the kingdom remains in place.

The following categories of travellers are allowed into the country:

  • Thai nationals
  • Individuals who were invited by the prime minister or authorities responsible for the emergency
  • The spouse, parents, or children of a Thai national
  • Foreigners with residency rights in Thailand
  • Foreign spouses and children of work permit holders
  • Individuals carrying necessary goods, who must leave the country immediately after their work is done
  • Drivers and staff of vehicles that have to carry out necessary or important missions in Thailand and have a clear schedule for leaving
  • International students and their guardians
  • Foreigners and their carers seeking non-Covid-19 medical treatment in Thailand
  • The staff of embassies, consulates, international organisations or representatives of foreign governments who have to carry out their mission in Thailand as allowed by the Foreign Affairs Ministry, as well as their spouses, parents and children
  • Foreigners who are allowed to enter Thailand as per special arrangements
  • As per a news report by Bangkok Post, Suvarnabhumi airport has unveiled rapid coronavirus tests that will be offered for overseas arrivals.

The airport’s 90-minute test will cost around 3,000 baht/₹7,000 and will facilitate fast-track entry without spending 14 days in quarantine.

Other isolation and quarantine approaches include:

  • Local quarantine for interprovincial travellers, state quarantine for international arrivals, and alternative quarantine for international arrivals at their own expense
  • Self-monitoring at home
  • Organisational quarantine
  • Hospital quarantine for close observation

The Royal Thai Government is also considering local tours for medical and wellness tourists from overseas from next month and is planning to restart inbound tourism under a “travel bubbles” concept in September.

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