CAAT tells airlines of new arrival rules

CAAT tells airlines of new arrival rules

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has informed airlines worldwide of new arrival rules to be imposed this Sunday, including an end to compulsory Covid-19 tests upon arrival.

The CAAT announced yesterday that from May 1 inbound passengers with full Covid-19 vaccinations can enter the country without an additional Covid-19 test. However, they will be advised to take antigen tests if they develop any suspicious symptoms.

Those unvaccinated or inadequately vaccinated can undergo RT-PCR tests within 72 hours before travelling. If they do not have a prior RT-PCR test result, they must be quarantined for five days and undergo an RT-PCR test on the fourth or fifth day of quarantine.

All air arrivals must have Covid-19 insurance with coverage worth at least US$10,000 (about 343,000 baht) during their stay in Thailand.

All visitors by air must provide evidence of their vaccination status or RT-PCR test results and their Covid-19 insurance to the Thailand Pass system before travelling. When their documents are verified, they will receive a QR code for the Thailand Pass system. Airline staff can deny boarding to any passengers without a QR code.

The airlines concerned must take responsibility for returning passengers without a QR code to the countries of origin, the CAAT said.

Meanwhile, government spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana said Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered related agencies to prepare for more arrivals after the Test & Go requirement is lifted on May 1.

The spokesman said the easing of Covid-19 restrictions led to a busy Songkran festival in many parts of the country. The Tourism Authority of Thailand moreover disclosed hotel bookings were up substantially during the holiday period in major tourist destinations, with about 70% of visitors domestic travellers and the rest international tourists.

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