The National Communicable Disease Committee has approved a draft plan on the monitoring system to prevent and control COVID 19 infection among travellers entering Thailand, under the Communicable Disease Act B.E. 2558 (2015).
Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul on 24th June 2020 chaired a meeting of the National Communicable Disease Committee to discuss the plan, which also includes the relaxation of travel restrictions to allow certain groups of foreigners to enter Thailand.
The Ministry of Public Health is preparing related information before the plan is submitted to the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), chaired by Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha, for consideration on 29th June 2020.
Apart from Thai nationals, travellers to be allowed to enter Thailand include members of diplomatic corps and international organizations and foreigners who intend to visit Thailand for economic and social reasons.
The relaxation of travel restrictions for foreigners who visit Thailand for economic and social reasons will be divided into three phases.
The first phase involves short- and long-term arrivals, such as guests of the Thai government, businessmen, investors, skilled workers, experts, people with Thai families, teachers, and students.
The second phase involves patients seeking Thai health services, and the third phase involves tourists and migrant workers.
In the plan on the monitoring system to prevent and control COVID 19 infection, the foreigners have to follow the regulations and measures of the Department of Diseases Control, such as the presentation of a fit-to-fly health certificate and insurance that covers COVID 19 medical examination and treatment. They will also be required to accept 14-day quarantine, if necessary, while in Thailand.