Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has issued a set of guidelines to all airlines flying to Thailand, instructing them to follow the new entry procedures, which will be effective from May 1, 2022.

The announcement follows the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration's (CCSA) decision to discontinue the Test and Go, Sandbox and Optional Quarantine, plan, effective May 1.

This means that international arrivals will no longer have to undergo PCR testing on arrival or book a SHA+ hotel room to wait for their test results.

Thailand's new entry measures

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) served notice to airmen (NOTAM) on Thursday, advising airlines around the world to adhere to Thailand's new entry measures starting May 1.

1. Vaccinated travelers may enter Thailand without having to undergo a PCR test on arrival. However, if they develop symptoms during their stay, they will be advised to self-test with antigen testing.

2. Unvaccinated passengers are required to show negative PCR result within 72 hours of departure. Failure to do so means they will have to stay in an alternative quarantine facility and undergo PCR test on day 4 or 5.

3. All arrivals must have proof of COVID-19 insurance, with coverage of at least US$10,000, in order to claim treatment expenses if they test positive.

4. All passengers still need to apply for a Thailand Pass, using a copy of their vaccine certificate or negative PCR result, taken less than 72 hours before departure. When the application is approved, passengers will receive a QR code, which they will need to show to airline staff at check-in. Airlines may refuse boarding to passengers who do not have a Thailand pass QR code.

5. Airlines are responsible for checking that passengers have a Thailand Pass QR code before traveling. If a passenger is allowed to board and take off without a QR code, the airline is responsible for returning him/her back to the country of origin.

6. The airports and concerned agencies should strictly follow the government's disease prevention measures including wearing of masks and temperature checks on entry.

The aviation authority has also recommended that airlines carefully verify passenger documents as per the new rules and have all passengers ready for screening on arrival so that they can freely enter the state.


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