Thailand eases Covid travel restrictions

Diplomatic Correspondent

13 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The Royal Thai Embassy in Dhaka has brought relaxation of regulations regarding entry into Thailand and procedures of the quarantine with effective from April 1.

Travelers from Bangladesh without vaccine certificates must undergo no less than 10-day quarantine. Travelers who have completed the full course of vaccination at least 14 days prior to their departure may be eligible for no less than 7-day quarantine.

Bangladeshis, who received two doses of the Covishield vaccine, manufactured by the Serum Institute of India, will be eligible for entry into Thailand.

Other approved vaccines of two doses are: CoronaVac of Sinovac Life Science, AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine of AstraZeneca, AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine of SK Bioscience (Korea), Pfizer-Biontech, Moderna, Sonopharm Covid-19 vaccine of Beijing Institute of Biological. Janssen Covid-19 vaccine, which is single dose, has also been approved.

Upon arrival in Thailand, travelers must present vaccine certificate in English, issued by the competent Bangladesh authorities to the Health Control officers at the port of arrival, which provide details, including number of doses, batch number of the vaccine.

The non-Thai nations will no longer required Fit-to-Fly certificate. However, Covid-19 Negative certificate based on a RT-PCR test are mandatory and it must be done within 72-hour before departure from their port of origin.

It may be mentioned that Thailand, one of the few countries known for successfully managing the Covid-19 pandemic, cautiously reopened its borders in October 2020 and is further relaxing restrictions starting in April 2021.