Thailand once again has revised its travel guidelines and according to the latest news, incoming travellers to Thailand will no longer have to provide proof of vaccination. This was announced by Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Health, Mr Anutin Charanvirakul on Monday, January 9, 2023.
Previously, it was announced that keeping the rise in COVID-19 cases throughout the world, Thailand will also require proof of vaccination from incoming travellers from all international destinations, including India and China, from January 9, 2023.
With the global surge of COVID-19 cases, a lot of countries have put travel restrictions in place to control the further spreading of this contagious virus. Many countries like India, Malaysia, Australia and Canada have imposed travel restrictions related to COVID. There is a concern about the wave and severity of the infection of the latest COVID variant, especially due to China’s lack of information regarding it.
Thailand imposes COVID-related travel restrictions
Because of the high alert, even Thailand had imposed COVID-related limitations on incoming travellers, but that is not the case anymore. A sufficient level of immunisation in China and the rest of the world was stated as the reason for the U-turn on the regulation, confirmed a CNA news report.
🌏 CNA: Thailand has rescinded a policy announced at the weekend requiring visitors to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination, its health minister said on Monday https://t.co/G2Oi8LuPDH | #Thailand pic.twitter.com/ooj58FYmTj
— Thai News Reports (@ThaiNewsReports) January 9, 2023
According to the minister, showing proof of vaccination was inconvenient and the decision was taken to retract the rule. Moreover, passengers who are not vaccinated will also be given entry into the country without any restriction.
Travel restrictions imposed by India:
India has updated its travel rules for Thailand, China, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore and Thailand from January 1, 2023. Union Health Minister of India Mansukh Mandaviya declared that all these tests need to be submitted by transiting passengers.
The TAT offices also stated that they will closely monitor any updates to the COVID-19 procedure that would have an impact on Indian tourists visiting Thailand in order to protect their safety. The availability of testing facilities in Thailand is widespread and readily accessible. TAT also added that tourism-related and business services are fully operational. Tourism is back to normal in the country with no restrictions on travel within the country.
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