The Thai government’s Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has announced that some foreigners may enter Thailand again, starting from Wednesday, July 1st.
In a move that had been widely anticipated, the CCSA said that several categories of foreigners could enter Thailand. However, tourists remain off the list for now.
Regarding tourism, the proposed “travel bubbles” idea – a bilateral agreement with individual nations to allow the travel of tourists without quarantine – did not get the full approval from board members of the CCSA, chaired by Prime Minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha.
According to the Health Minister, Anutin Charnvirakul, health and safety measures still need ironing out with other nations for both Thai tourists going abroad and foreign tourists coming to Thailand.
Despite this, foreigners with Thai families or those who have homes within Thailand may return to the kingdom from Wednesday.
Investors and skilled workers from several countries, including Singapore, China, Japan, South Korea, and Hong Kong may also gain entry to Thailand from July.
Arrivals from the five nations must enter a voluntary self-sponsored quarantine at a designated alternative state quarantine facility for 14 days after landing in Thailand.
Short-term business people will not need to undergo the quarantine procedure. However, final details about exactly how this will work have not been finalized.
Foreigners who want to come to Thailand for medical treatment have also been listed as allowed into the kingdom from July 1st. However, a partner must accompany them, and they must undergo quarantine at the hospital they choose.
Referencing medical tourists, Dr. Taweesilp Visanuyothin, the spokesperson for the CCSA, said:
“Only some medical tourism programs, not all of them, will be permitted.”
Foreigners with work permits should contact their local Thai Embassy or consulate and request a permit for travel to Thailand with the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) organizing seats on repatriation flights for eligible arrivals.
Initially, 200 foreigners per day may enter Thailand with that figure increasing as more alternative quarantine facilities become available.
Further details are due to be released tomorrow.
Source: Bangkok Post