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TAT update: Thailand Public Health Ministry updates list of ongoing local transmission areas

Author: Theodore Koumelis / Date: Wed, 03/25/2020 - 04:15
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The list now covers 29 countries, up from 11 countries previously, while the Ministry of Public Health also updated its recommendations for travellers.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to provide the latest update that the Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health has updated its list of ongoing local transmission areas regarding the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), including affected areas reported by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The updated list, as of 22 March, 2020, at 21.00 Hrs., now covers 29 countries, up from 11 countries previously.

Essential travel documents

The Ministry of Public Health also expanded its advice to cover the essential travel documents for travellers, including:

1. Before checking-in at the airport of origin, the traveller must show the following documents to the airlines:

1.1 Non-Thai citizens

  • Health certification describing “No laboratory evidence of COVID-19 infection in the previous 72 hours and no signs of illness in the 14 days prior to the departure date”.
  • Health insurance (in an amount of at least US$ 100,000) that should cover all expenditure of medical treatment while traveling to/in Thailand. The travellers need to purchase health insurance before travelling.

1.2 Thai citizens

  • Health certificate confirming that the passengers are fit to fly.
  • Letter issued by the Royal Thai Embassy, Thai Consular Office, or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs certifying that the passengers are Thai nationals returning to Thailand.

2. Examples of the Proof-of-Address for quarantine or control for the observation document in Thailand for at least 14 days include:

Reservation confirmation, or a copy of the person’s address from the Ministry of Interior that has to be provided to the disease control officers at the quarantine for control of communicable diseases office.

The Ministry of Public Health will continue to screen travellers arriving in Thailand in different groups per their flight’s origins, which include:

Requirements for travellers from the Disease Infected Zones

The People’s Republic of China (including Special Administrative Regions Macau and Hong Kong), Republic of Korea, Republic of Italy, and the Islamic Republic of Iran are defined as the Disease Infected Zones as of 5 March, 2020.

1. Before checking-in at the airport of origin, the traveller must show the aforementioned essential travel documents to the airlines.

2. People arriving in Thailand must fill in the health form (T.8 form) accurately and truthfully.

3. Passengers have to download the “AOT Airport of Thailand” mobile application (by scanning the QR Code) to record their information and monitor their health signs and symptoms until completing the duration of quarantine.

4. Travellers with fever and at least one of the following symptoms: cough, runny nose, sore throat, and difficulty breathing, must notify the disease control officers at the quarantine for control of communicable diseases office immediately upon arrival in Thailand.

5. All travellers will pass a fever screening through a thermal scan. Travellers who meet the criteria of surveillance will be referred to a designated hospital.

6. All travellers who pass the initial fever screening must implement mandatory self-quarantine for 14 days at their registered hotels/accommodation and comply with the recommendations: How to monitor your symptoms during quarantine and under self-observation at home; and How to live and sterilise the home environment with those who are quarantined or self-monitored.

  • In the case of foreigners, they must implement self-quarantine at the registered hotels, condominium, or dormitories, in which a Proof-of-Address document in Thailand for at least 14 days can be provided to the disease control officers at the quarantine for control of communicable diseases office.
  • In the case of Thai citizens, they must implement self-quarantine at their residence or designated areas (as determined by the Thai government), in which a Proof-of-Address document in Thailand can be provided to the officers.
  • All of these people are not allowed to leave the quarantine areas until completing the duration of 14 days or until the lapse of the infectious period.
  • The aforementioned people must record their presence with the disease control officers in the required channel of communication.
  • If those travellers exhibit clinical symptoms, they have to report to the disease control officers within three hours.
Travellers from ongoing local transmission areas or affected areas reported by the WHO

Ongoing local transmission areas: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Czechia, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Japan (specific cities), Luxembourg, Malaysia, Netherlands, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States of America, and affected areas reported by the WHO. 

1. Before checking-in at the airport of origin, the traveller must show the aforementioned essential travel documents to the airlines.

2. People arriving in Thailand must fill in the health form (T.8 form) accurately and truthfully.

3. Passengers have to download the “AOT Airport of Thailand” mobile application (by scanning the QR Code) to record their information and monitor their health signs and symptoms until completing the duration of monitoring.

4. Travellers with fever and at least one of the following symptoms: cough, runny nose, sore throat, and difficulty breathing, must notify the disease control officers at the quarantine for control of communicable diseases office immediately upon arrival in Thailand.

5. All travellers will pass a fever screening through a thermal scan. Travellers who meet the criteria of surveillance will be referred to a designated hospital.

6. All travellers who pass the initial fever screening are requested to implement control for observation (or self-monitoring) for 14 days at their registered residences and comply with the recommendations: How to monitor your symptoms during quarantine and under self-observation at home; and How to live and sterilise the home environment with those who are quarantined or self-monitored.

  • In the case of foreigners, they are requested to implement self-monitoring at the registered hotels, condominium, or dormitories, in which a Proof-of-Address document in Thailand for at least 14 days can be provided to the disease control officers at the quarantine for control of communicable diseases office.
  • In the case of Thai people, they are requested to implement self-monitoring at their residence or designated areas (as determined by the Thai government), in which a Proof-of-Address document in Thailand can be provided to the officers.
  • The aforementioned people must record their presence with the disease control officers in the required channel of communication.
  • If those travellers exhibit clinical symptoms, they have to report to the disease control officers within three hours.
  • They are requested to notify the disease control officers to ask permission to leave their hotels/residences, and permission will be granted when deemed necessary in the required channel of communication.

Please be advised that the announcement by the Ministry of Public Health may change at any time in accordance with the developing situation. Travellers are to keep up-to-date with the COVID-19 situation in Thailand at https://ddc.moph.go.th/viralpneumonia/eng/index.php.

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