Thailand reintroduces rules requiring proof of Covid vaccination for travelers entering the country.
The move comes on the heels of news that China will ease travel restrictions from January 8, meaning travelers will no longer need to be quarantined.
As shared by Col post office in BangkokPublic Health Minister Anutin Charnviraku said: “New measures are needed as Thailand is a prime destination for travelers from many countries, including China, but the measures must be non-discriminatory.”
“The principle is that there will be no discrimination against a specific country because Covid-19 is spreading in all countries and the burdens are similar,” he added.
The decision to reinstate the requirement was taken on Thursday, January 5, after a meeting of officials including representatives from the ministries of public health, transport, foreign affairs and tourism and sport.
It has not been announced when these rules are expected to go into effect, although reports suggest this change will be implemented before Chinese travelers arrive in Thailand. The post office in Bangkok it said the first scheduled flight out of China was scheduled for January 12.
As reported by Clearance in ChinaChina will “resume issuing passports for mainland Chinese residents, ordinary visas and residence permits for foreign nationals, and tourist visa waivers for short-term travellers.”
This will be the first reopening of China’s borders since 2020.
The Foreign Office Advice has not yet been updated with further information for those traveling from the UK.
The requirement to provide proof of Covid vaccination upon arrival in Thailand was lifted by the authorities in October 2022.
Other countries, including the UK, Italy, US and Japan, have announced precautionary measures amid rising Covid-19 cases in China and easing measures before borders.
The British Foreign Office (FCDO) informs that a number of temporary restrictions will be introduced due to the reopening of China’s borders. These included a requirement for people traveling from mainland China to England on direct flights to undergo a Covid test before departing.
The FCDO states: “The government is working with international partners to define the scope and will announce further details in due course.”
Officials in Thailand are urging people with respiratory illnesses to avoid traveling until they recover to reduce potential disease transmission.
Health authorities are required to keep a close eye on Covid cases in Thailand and additional measures may be put in place if necessary.
Charnviraku said: “Authorities in tourist provinces should prepare their hospitals and hospitals, and workers in tourism and transport services should receive at least four injections of the Covid-19 vaccine.”