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CAAT’s recommendations for 11 exempt types of travellers planning a trip to Thailand
11 types of Thai and non-Thai nationals, currently allowed to enter the country, must comply with the conditions, time limits and rules of the authorised persons under the Thai law.

 

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Bangkok – The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has issued recommendations for the 11 exempt types of travellers planning a trip to Thailand during the current time as the nation continues its unprecedented effort to maintain zero new local cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) infection in the country.

 

The eligible travellers as listed below must seek in advance a ‘Certificate of Entry’ from their local Thai embassies or consulates abroad as required under the order of the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

Here are the CAAT’s recommendations:

Predeparture

  • Check whether they are individuals as described in the 11 exempt types issued by the CAAT.
  • Prepare the necessary relevant documents as required for the different types of individuals.
  • Contact the nearest Thai embassy or consulate to submit the documents and follow the terms and conditions for the flight bookings to obtain the ‘Certificate of Entry’

Departure date

Show the following documents and items to the airline at the check-in counter:

  • Passport.
  • Certificate of Entry.
  • Health certificate clarifying no risk of COVID-19, using a RT-PCR laboratory technique, issued no more than 72 hours before travelling (required from passengers in Types 2, 3, and 6-11).
  • Health insurance policy showing a minimum coverage for COVID-19 of not less than US$100,000 (required from passengers in Types 5-11).
  • Surgical masks and alcohol-based hand sanitiser (per the approved amount).

Onboard the aircraft

  • Wear a surgical mask during the flight.
  • Follow the airline’s infection control guidance and restrictions.

Upon arrival

1. For visitors staying no more than 14 days.

  • Undergo the COVID-19 testing using a RT-PCR laboratory technique at the airport.
  • Download the tracking mobile phone app for COVID-19 incidents.

2. For visitors staying longer than 14 days.

  • Undergo the COVID-19 screening (checking symptoms and body temperature).
  • Download the tracking mobile phone app for COVID-19 incidents.
  • Enter a 14-day local or state quarantine.

List of the 11 exempt types of travellers:

  1. Thai nationals.
  2. Persons with exemption or persons being considered, permitted, or invited by the Prime Minister, or the head of responsible persons accountable for resolving state of emergency issues to enter the Kingdom, pertaining to necessity. Such consideration, permission or invitation may be subject to specific conditions and time limits.
  3. Persons on diplomatic or consular missions or under international organisations, or representatives of foreign governments performing their duties in the Kingdom, or persons of other international agencies as permitted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs pertaining to necessity, including their spouse, parents, or children.
  4. Carriers of necessary goods, subject to immediate return after completion.
  5. Crew members who are required to travel into the Kingdom on a mission and have a specified date and time for return.
  6. Non-Thai nationals who are a spouse, parents, or children of a Thai national.
  7.  Non-Thai nationals who hold a valid certificate of permanent residency in the Kingdom, or permission to take up residence in the Kingdom.
  8. Non-Thai nationals who have a work permit or have been granted permission from government agencies to work in the Kingdom, including their spouse or children.
  9. Non-Thai nationals who are students of educational institutions approved by Thai authorities, including the parents or guardians of the students, except for students of non-formal educational institutions under the law on private schools and of other similar private educational institutions.
  10. Non-Thai nationals who are in need of medical treatment in Thailand, and their attendants. However, this shall not include medical treatment for COVID-19.
  11. Non-Thai nationals who are permitted to enter the Kingdom under a special arrangement with a foreign country.

For more information:

  • Royal Thai Government’s COVID-19 Information Centre, Hotline 1111.
  • Department of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tel: +66 (0) 572-8442.
  • Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health, Hotline 1422.
  • Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand, Tel: +66 (0) 568-8800.
  • Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Contact Centre, Hotline 1672 (for tourism-related matters only).

 

Soure: https://www.tatnews.org/2020/07/caats-recommendations-for-11-exempt-types-of-travellers-planning-a-trip-to-thailand/

 

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Note these 11 exempted types down folks as these new requirements has the lifespan of a fruit fly and sure enough they will be changed or edited soon enough...

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I think, pretty much, the above list and categories is more or less a recap of the things/groups that have already been on the table...

 

The one newish thing they seem to have codified here are the differences in requirements for those staying two weeks or less vs. those staying longer than two weeks.

 

Short term visitors would get a COVID test at the airport but no quarantine. Long term visitors would get the quarantine....

 

But I don't know what the OP article means when it talks about CAAT "recommendations."  Recommendations to who?  So are these actual government rules and policies now, or just CAAT recommending these to some other part of Thai govt???

 

 

 

 

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*For Tourists  

who is heck is going to come as a tourist for 3 weeks when 2 weeks has to be in quarantine ..lol

well,  it certainly going to stop further transmission and infections.

 

I expect this may become the norm everywhere from now on ......

 

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15 minutes ago, Mr Meeseeks said:

elite visa holders or property owners.

 

:violin:

 

Ya paid your money... Ya take your chances...  This is Thailand after all... Guarantees are few and far between.

 

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You'd hope that at some point all arrivals could opt for the test, rather than do 14 days quarantine. But of course, 14 days quarantine in a Government-approved facility is a better money earner!

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I remember when someone was boasting their money and show in other's people face they have the magnificent Elite visa... It's not so magnificent after all, I guess.

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8 minutes ago, JCP108 said:

So if I stay less than 14 days, I don't have to do quarantine...but, if longer, I do?

Yep, makes as much sense as requiring one to have the Long term insurance as an O-A visa holder but not those on O visas.

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1 hour ago, JCP108 said:

So if I stay less than 14 days, I don't have to do quarantine...but, if longer, I do?

I’m curious if this translates into;

if I have a return ticket within two weeks I don’t need insurance in quarantine.

 

Can you bypass insurance and quarantine requirement if you have a fully refundable ticket for returning to your own country within two weeks.

 

If you’re on this category, will they just give you permission to stay for two weeks, or will it be a standard 60 day permission to stay and you can extend it later.

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Totally insane,very clear that they not want the dirty farangs to travel or travel back home to Thailand. 

These puppets dont realize what damage they do to the Thais and their economy 

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There is such confusion and regulated new flying rules right now... I know I wouldn't want to fly right now unless I had no choice! So you think there will be tourist coming to Thailand...it will be much fewer than what TAT thinks! I've booked a holiday to Koh Lipe and I'm not flying from Pattaya... I will drive...for me it's less hassle!

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15 minutes ago, brucegoniners said:

Tourism for this year is dead and buried and maybe well into 2021. This country's economy is going to hit an all time low. I may just sell my Thai Baht now!

Get it into Bitcoin, gold or other appreciating assets and out of fiat and out of the hands of the banks.

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Absolute lunacy. Thailand is not just killing of tourism in the short run, but when reading this people thinking of booking Thai holidays next year or future years are just not going to bother for fear of either the hoops still being there or the T.A.T. adding a caveat of to prevent spread of Covid foreigners must agree to only hop on one foot and agree to be issued with throw away sporks. 

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35 minutes ago, brianp0803 said:

I’m curious if this translates into;

if I have a return ticket within two weeks I don’t need insurance in quarantine.

 

Can you bypass insurance and quarantine requirement if you have a fully refundable ticket for returning to your own country within two weeks.

 

If you’re on this category, will they just give you permission to stay for two weeks, or will it be a standard 60 day permission to stay and you can extend it later.

Yes, there's a lot of questions to be answered.

However Its only CAATs recommendations, not from the CCSA so I dont think anything can be assumed.

Its all as clear as mud.

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3 hours ago, TallGuyJohninBKK said:

But I don't know what the OP article means when it talks about CAAT "recommendations."  Recommendations to who?  So are these actual government rules and policies now, or just CAAT recommending these to some other part of Thai govt???

With no indication of any land border reopening, it can safely be assumed that 100% of the people in these 11 exempted types will be arriving by air. Therefore, it makes sense that CAAT would be making these recommendations to the government as CAAT is the Thai state entity that will advise all airlines, both domestic and foreign, of these rules.

 

Note that in all the previous announcements from initial flight bans to easing of restrictions to the subsequent Thai repatriation flight effort, CAAT has always led with the initial announcements before they were formally endorsed via a CCSA statement and officially promulgated in the Royal Gazette.

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While at least some of these requirements make sense, I sincerely doubt anyone will bother with all the effort. Couple that with many countries encouraging domestic tourism themselves, and you've got a Kingdom completely devoid of foreign tourists. We're only just beginning to see the impact this will have on the economy.

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So I guess it's not advisable to leave Thailand for a two-day trip and come back...

Those requirements look pretty expensive.

 

 

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For the average English teacher @35k a month, they would have to pay 60k+ to meet all requirements and also complete the visa paperwork before they even get to thailand. I cant wait to see how this plays out... 

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58 minutes ago, NanLaew said:

With no indication of any land border reopening, it can safely be assumed that 100% of the people in these 11 exempted types will be arriving by air. Therefore, it makes sense that CAAT would be making these recommendations to the government as CAAT is the Thai state entity that will advise all airlines, both domestic and foreign, of these rules.

 

Note that in all the previous announcements from initial flight bans to easing of restrictions to the subsequent Thai repatriation flight effort, CAAT has always led with the initial announcements before they were formally endorsed via a CCSA statement and officially promulgated in the Royal Gazette.

If the FAA in the US started holding press conferences and issuing announcements stating who could enter the country and what health requirements those people would have to meet, the first question that reporters would ask would be, "excuse me, but why is the aviation regulator making decisions about immigration and health, rather than the departments in charge of those matters?"

 

I can sort of understand if the government has chosen CAAT as the entity that will be responsible for passing entry requirements on to the airlines - even though that's rather unusual - but CAAT's statements always make it sound as though they came up with the rules by themselves.

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So when sex tourists arrive, and subsequently go into 14-day quarantine in a government-approved hotel, will they find bargirls working in the lounge?

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