Heading to Thailand is bound to be on the plans of millions of prospective travelers this year, with many having previously been denied the opportunity to visit the Land of Smiles as a result of the pandemic. Fortunately for them, doing so during the pandemic is set to become easier than ever. That’s because Thailand has not only committed to launching vaccine passports, but it has also created a new website geared towards guiding travelers through the process of entering the country at present. Here’s everything you need to know about these developments, and a look at the Covid-19 situation in the country.
Thailand Launches “Entry Thailand” Website – What Travelers Should Know
Perhaps expecting a flurry of travelers in the coming months, Thailand’s tourism authority has launched a website designed to make it easier for travelers to get their documents ready in order to enter. The website guides travelers through six stages of requirements, helping them to fulfil the requirements for each stage. The stages are:
- Certificate of Entry registration
- Booking a flight
- Organizing mandatory quarantine
- Securing the correct Covid-19 insurance
- Checking Certificate of Entry status
- Entry To Thailand
The website also provides information for vaccinated travelers who are heading the country, along with a list of the vaccines that Thailand currently accepts. The vaccines are:
- Johnson & Johnson
Thailand Launches Vaccine Passport
Vaccine passports have been viewed by many in the industry as a way to ensure that travel resumes in a way that guarantees the safety of travelers and locals alike. The EU’s own version of a vaccine passport, their Digital Green Certificates, are expected to be in use in the summer, whilst the IATA’s travel pass is also expected to be ready soon. A country that relies heavily on tourism, Thailand has ensured that it won’t be left out of any travel plans this summer by launching its own version.
On Tuesday, Thailand’s Royal Gazette – a public journal that details laws before they come into power – published a copy of what the vaccine passport will look like, whilst the government confirmed that it will be used by those vaccinated against Covid-19 who intend to travel to other countries.
The vaccine passport displays “Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health, Thailand” on the front, followed by an emblem of Garuda – a Buddhist figure that serves as the emblem of Thailand – and has text that reads “Covid-19 Certificate of Vaccination” below it. The name of the vaccine certificate holder is printed, as well as a passport number or national identification number. The certificate will be for an individual only, not for groups.
The vaccine passport will be issued alongside the vaccines that are registered in Thailand or certified by the WHO, and it must be signed by an authorized disease control official.
Thailand’s Covid-19 Spike – Trouble In Paradise?
Thailand is currently having a tough time of it at the moment, beating its daily case record several times in the past two weeks. Whilst the figures are still low compared to many countries, it has caused consternation in the country. Thailand’s planned wider reopening, such as quarantine-free travel to Phuket, may be put on hold if the situation continues to worsen.
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