Thailand is making several changes to entry requirements to the Kingdom that are in effect as of March 12, 2020.
All foreign passengers and Thai nationals entering from high-risk destinations are required to have an app on their phones. Visa-on-arrival is canceled from many citizens, and passengers arriving from certain countries need to self-quarantine.
Visa-on-arrival is canceled from number of countries:
- China (includes Taiwan)
- Papua New Guinea
- Saudi Arabia
- Republic of Vanuatu
Visa-free entry is suspended for:
- South Korea
- Hong Kong
Thailand also has requirements for passengers who are departing from the following countries per Cathay Pacific (access their page for coronavirus here):
Effective 11 March 2020, passengers departing from People’s Republic of China (including Hong Kong SAR & Macao SAR), Korea, Italy and Iran are required to have the following at check-in:
- Health insurance document that provides at least USD100,000 coverage in Thailand (not applicable to Thai nationals)
- Health certificate issued within 48hours of flight depature certifying that they are free of COVID-19 (applicable to all nationalities)
Further, passengers from the above zones will be subject to a 14-day self-quarantine upon entering Thailand or the length of their visit (if less than 14-days).
Exemption: Passengers transiting through above countries are exempted from the above requirements
Here’s more information about the required app from the National (access their piece here):
Starting from tomorrow (March 12 ), all foreign tourists arriving at all international airports in Thailand will be required to download an AOT Airports application onto their mobile phones as a measure to contain the spread Covid-19 in the country.
The requirement also applies to Thai returnees from high risk countries.
Once the app is downloaded, they will have to fill in the required information – name, surname, passport ID , mobile phone number, e-mail address and present them to the immigration officials on duty . The information will be stored for 14 days after arrival.
It is soon the second time these coronavirus restrictions are affecting my travels. I had to leave for Japan two days earlier than planned from Hong Kong or otherwise quarantined four 14 days. I had expected to arrive in Thailand from Hong Kong, originally transit that was turned to a stopover due to schedule changes, that now appears to be not possible.
Thailand is heavily dependent on the incoming tourists. Making arrivals more difficult won’t help the country’s hospitality sector.