The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has confirmed a range of new regulations and precautions, to be put in place as a safeguard against the global coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the latest information, travellers to Thailand will be required to prove their health before they can enter the country, and will also need to be covered with medical insurance during their stay.
The CAAT missive states that travellers must present a health certificate upon check-in, to confirm that they have been tested and do not carry the COVID-19 virus. This must be issued by a certified health professional no more than 72 hours prior to the date of travel.
Secondly, travellers will need to have a health insurance policy that covers them for a minimum of USD 100,000 throughout the duration of their stay in Thailand. This policy must also cover them for COVID-19 infection.
In addition, all travellers will be required to fill in an ‘AOT Airport of Thailand’ application form (also known as a T8 Form), which informs officials of their contact address while staying in Thailand. If the passenger is not able to present all of the above documents, they will be denied a boarding pass at the point of departure.
The new regulations will come into effect from 00:00 local time on 22nd March 2020, or at the time of check-in at the airport of departure.
To safeguard passengers, airlines are being instructed to arrange seating to ensure the largest possible distance between all those on board. Services in the cabin will also be limited, to avoid the spread of any germs, while all flight attendants will be required to wear masks. Passengers are also being reminded that they may be subject to isolation, quarantine or observation, depending on the measures deemed necessary for the prevention and control of communicable diseases upon their arrival.
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