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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 Vaccine Passport And Website For Inbound Travelers

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:

  1. Certificate of Entry registration
  2. Booking a flight
  3. Organizing mandatory quarantine
  4. Securing the correct Covid-19 insurance
  5. Checking Certificate of Entry status
  6. 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:

  • Sinovac
  • AstraZeneca
  • Pfizer-BIONTECH
  • COVISHIELD
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Moderna
  • Sinopharm

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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TravelingMan20

Thursday 29th of April 2021

Important update, international visitors to Thailand must now undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine whether they are vaccinated or not (reversing the previous shortened quarantine periods of 7 days for vaccinated tourists and 10 days for non-vaccinated tourists). The cutoff period is that those who receive approval for their COE application on or after May 01, 2021, must now undergo the full 14-day quarantine. Those who have COE previously approved before May 01, can still do the 7 day/10 day quarantine period, if they travel to Thailand before May 06.

TravelingMan20

Saturday 24th of April 2021

I'm totally confused by Thailand's version of vaccine passport. Is this passport for Thai citizens or those living in Thailand? Or is it going to be issued to anyone interested in visiting Thailand? From what I understand the current CDC COVID-19 vaccination cards are accepted as proof of being fully vaccinated for the purposes of a shorter quarantine in Thailand.

Randy

Saturday 24th of April 2021

In recent news, a new Covid -19 surge infections and a slow-moving vaccine rollout could again postpone plans to resume Thailand’s Tourism sector. Folks working in the travel industry are struggling to make ends meet.

What is Thailand’s thinking? They can create websites, new ways to attract International tourists but the country itself may not be ready at all. Each day is a new development around the world. International travelers are not amused anymore with false hope.

WHO is against International travelers being required to have proof of vaccination, partly on the grounds such a measure would deepen inequities. Vaccinated or not you are still required to wear a mask and social distancing. A proof of a Covid-19 test is one way to determine your ability to travel to a foreign country. Another test may be required upon arrival or voluntary self isolation for 5, 7, 10 or 14 days depending on the country’s destination and mandates.

For example, Indonesia has the highest inoculation rollout (10.6 million) than any other Southeast Asian nations. However they may hit a snag in the rollout ages under 60 years old due to some distribution problems (Sinovac, Sinopharm and Astra Zeneca). Nonetheless, it is heading in the right direction but it may not be enough to meet herd immunity with the rollout slowdown.

Hjb

Friday 23rd of April 2021

The country can create as many websites as they want. There will not be many tourists as long as there is quarantine, Covid insurance, other paperwork for vaccinated people. Previously, you arrived and stayed for 30 days.

Regarding vaccine passports: that will depend on other countries accepting them

Leonardo Dorsoduro

Wednesday 21st of April 2021

Introducing ever increasing requirements - silly loops to jump through - conducted by a military dictatorship funded by a corrupt king managed by bunch of military flunkies is not good news. There are horror stories of people being whisked away by uniformed personnel at Thai airports after mickey mouse swab tests and being held against their will at expensive quarantine hotels with no access to their embassy and barely fed.