One of the popular destinations in SE Asia is Thailand. With pandemic, Thailand had closed its borders and also announced a strict lockdown which has affected the country with huge losses. Being one of the tourist-oriented places, Thailand’s main GDP was derived from Tourism and with lockdown and closing borders has affected the country leaving with a huge amount of debt.
With countries bouncing back to normalcy, Thailand has reopened its borders from July 1 however not every person can visit Thailand as it comes with specific rules and restrictions.
The governor of Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) recently said “We have to look at the country of origin [of visitors] to see if their situation has truly improved. And lastly, we have to see whether our own business operators are ready to receive tourists under the ‘new normal,”
Tourists can expect minor changes from July 1 as the country is planning to open its borders permitting certain category of tourists to visit.
Phase 1: Business travellers, investors, skilled workers, people with Thai family members, teachers, etc.
Phase 2: Medical tourists
Phase 3: General tourists.
With a ban of commercial aircraft since April 3, Thailand is returning to normalcy and has eased restrictions. Commercial flights will be allowed to operate across six international airports in the country including Don Mueang, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Hat Yai, Chiang Rai, and Suvarnabhumi, however not every tourist can visit in phase 1 of commercial flights.
The list of people who will be permitted in phase 1 include
1) Thai Nationals
2) Persons with an exemption or persons being considered, permitted or invited by the Prime Minister, or the head of responsible persons accountable for resolving the state of emergency issues to enter the Kingdom, as necessary.
3) Non-Thai nationals whose spouse, parents or children are of Thai national./
4) Non-Thai nationals with a valid certificate of residency.
5) Non-Thai nationals with a valid work permit.
6) Crew members who are required to travel to the country on a mission.
7) Non-Thai nationals who are students and are approved to visit by Thai authorities.
8) Individuals in diplomatic missions, consular affairs, international organizations, government representatives, foreign government agencies working in Thailand
9) Non-Thai nationals who are in the seek of medical care in Thailand, however, this will not include medication of Covid-19.
10) Non-Thai nationals who are permitted to the kingdom via government officials.
All travellers visiting Thailand should follow strict measures at airports and follow mandatory 14-day self-quarantine at their own cost. Cargo, repatriation, and humanitarian flights will continue to fly in and out of the country.