As China reopens its borders, Thailand reintroduces entrance requirements for international visitors

Posted by Team on: Jan 11, 2023

According to the most recent development, Thailand is getting ready to reintroduce new entrance requirements for foreign visitors as China reopens its borders to travellers. International travellers will now need to provide documentation proving they have received all necessary COVID vaccinations before travelling to Thailand, according to the nation's aviation regulatory body.

Further, as of early Monday, all international arrivals must demonstrate that they are immunised or present a letter confirming that they have recovered from COVID within six months, according to a statement from the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) that was released on Saturday. Those who have not obtained the vaccine will need to present a medical certificate explaining their lack of vaccination. 

More information regarding the procedure was provided by CAAT, who said that the airlines will be in charge of verifying documents before passengers board the aircraft and who published a list of the number of doses needed for various COVID-19 vaccine kinds on their website. According to sources, the new policy will be in effect at least through the end of January.

As was previously reported, Thailand eliminated the vaccination requirement last October, but it has since been reinstated as a result of China reopening its border after relaxing its zero-COVID policy.

Foreigners entering Thailand from a nation where a positive reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test result is a requirement for entrance would need to provide proof of health insurance that covers COVID-19 therapy, the Health Ministry further stated.

Please be aware that Thai citizens and travellers passing through Thailand on their way somewhere else will not be subject to the new entry procedures.