Wednesday 25 March 2020: Thailand have blocked almost 100 travellers from entering Thailand, with 73 of them being deported for not having enough special documents to meet special immigration measures to combat the COVID-19 disease.
If you are thinking of going to Thailand read on: To enter Thailand, both Thai and foreigner travellers need to show, or it’s better to have as many of the below documents as you can:
1. Health certificates and related health insurance coverage.
2. Documents to guarantee their whereabouts within Thailand to ensure they are “fit-to-fly”.
3. Foreigners must show medical certificates with lab results stating they have tested negative for COVID-19 while Thais must have received approval from doctors to be healthy to travel. If you have NOT had the test we suggest you do NOT fly to Thailand!
4. The documents MUST be issued within 72 hours before flights depart, either to or from Thailand.
5. Other documents include certification from Thai embassies (for Thai nationals) and details of where they will stay under the 14-day self-isolation requirement upon their return to Thailand.
The above are suggestions according to Dr Kajornsak Kaewcharat, deputy director-general of the Department of Disease Control within Thailand..
UPDATE (24/03/202): Thailand confirms 122 new coronavirus cases (Total at 721) and 3 more deaths. Phuket today reported 9 new cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus on the southern resort island of Phuket, bringing the total to 26, up from 17 yesterday.
Thialand has now enforce shop closures, but supermarkets will stay open. Five provinces neighbouring the Thai capital are now following suit and ordering the temporary closure of some shops and stores from today up to April 12. The five provinces are Samut Prakarn, Samut Sakhon, Nakhon Pathom, Nonthaburi and Pathumthani. The efforts are designed to slow the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus in and around Greater Bangkok.