The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has issued a set of guidelines to all airlines flying to Thailand, instructing them to follow the new entry procedures which will take effect on Sunday, May 1, 2022.
This implies that international arrivals will no longer need to undergo PCR testing upon arrival or book a SHA+ hotel room to await their test results.
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Thailand’s New Entry Measures
According to a Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) notice to airmen (NOTAM) on Thursday, airlines worldwide have been advised to follow Thailand’s new entry measures beginning May 1.
1. Vaccinated passengers can enter Thailand without having to take a PCR test on arrival. However, they will be advised to self-test with an antigen test if they develop symptoms during their stay.
2. Unvaccinated passengers are required to show a negative PCR result taken within 72 hours of departure. Failure to do so means they must stay in an alternative quarantine facility and undergo PCR tests on day 4 or day 5.
3. All arrivals must have evidence of Covid-19 insurance, with at least US$10,000 coverage, in order to claim for treatment expenses if they test positive.
4. All passengers are still required to apply for the Thailand Pass, using a copy of their vaccine certificate or negative PCR result that has taken less than 72 hours before departure. When the application is approved, travellers will receive a QR Code, which they must show airline staff at check-in. Airlines can deny boarding to passengers who do not have the Thailand Pass QR Code.
5. Airlines are responsible for checking that passengers have the Thailand Pass QR Code before travelling. In the event of a passenger being allowed to board and fly without the QR code, the airline is responsible for returning him or her back to the country of origin.
6. Airports and related agencies must strictly adhere to the government’s disease prevention measures, including mandatory mask-wearing and temperature checks on entering.
The aviation authority has also recommended that airlines carefully verify passenger documentation in accordance with the new regulations and that all passengers have their documents ready for screening upon arrival so that they can freely enter the kingdom.