The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has lifted its entry ban on four groups of foreign nationals, in line with the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration’s (CCSA) easing of COVID-19 travel restrictions.
CAAT director Chula Sukmanop said the agency’s easing of travel restrictions for non-Thai nationals, which will take effect today, does not apply to ordinary tourists, but only to select groups of foreigners.
The four groups are non-Thai nationals with a certificate of permanent residency, including their spouses and children; non-Thai nationals with work permits, including their spouses and children; non-Thai nationals permitted to enter under a special arrangement, and migrant workers whose employers are allowed to bring in workers.
According to Mr Sukmanop, all incoming visitors are required to strictly observe the country’s disease-control measures.
To be allowed to enter Thailand, they must have a certificate of entry issued by a Thai embassy or consular office in their country, a health certificate showing they are free of COVID-19 and a health insurance policy. Upon arriving, they will be quarantined for 14 days at state venues or alternative locations.
Meanwhile, the CCSA yesterday reported three new imported COVID-19 cases, raising the total number of infections to 3,320.
Seventy days have elapsed since the last confirmed case of local transmission of the novel coronavirus.
All of the new cases involve recently repatriated Thais, who tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday.
Two were returnees from the United Arab Emirates, a 26-year-old woman and a 43-year-old man, who are staying a state quarantine facility in Chon Buri. The third case was a male student, 19, who arrived from India and was placed in state quarantine in Bangkok.
CCSA spokesman Taweesilp Visanuyothin said the CCSA was concerned about a possible resurgence of the virus, as new waves have wreaked havoc in Australia, Hong Kong, Israel and Croatia.
“We hope to delay any rebound as long as we can,” Dr Visanuyothin said.
“It would be even better if we have no second wave.”
Dr Visanuyothin also assured that health screening procedures would remain as strict as it was prior to the easing of travel restrictions.