Covid to be excluded from banned diseases for visitors

Covid to be excluded from banned diseases for visitors

Travellers arrive at Suvarnabhumi airport in Samut Prakan province in June 2022. (Photo: Varuth Hirunyatheb)
Travellers arrive at Suvarnabhumi airport in Samut Prakan province in June 2022. (Photo: Varuth Hirunyatheb)

The cabinet on Tuesday approved a ministerial regulation to exclude Covid-19 from the list of illnesses that prevent entry to Thailand, deputy government spokeswoman Rachada Dhnadirek said.

The regulation will become effective after it is published in the Royal Gazette, and its publication is expected soon, Ms Rachada said. 

Covid-19 would no longer be on the list of diseases forbidden when entering or taking up residence in the country, she said.

Prohibited conditions and diseases that will remain on the list include leprosy, tuberculosis in its dangerous stage, elephantiasis, drug addiction, chronic alcoholism and stage 3 syphilis, she added.

There were 15 more Covid-19 fatalities and 774 new patients admitted to hospitals on Monday, the Public Health Ministry reported on Tuesday.

As of Tuesday, the daily averages over a 14-day period were - 958 new patients, down from 1,665 as of Sept 7 figures; 618 seriously ill patients, down from 694; 313 dependent on ventilators, down from 362; and 15 coronavirus-related deaths, down from 25.


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