Foreigners in transit given grace period on documents

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Covid-19 preventive measures have been relaxed for the next few days for foreign travellers transiting via Thailand to a third country within 24 hours. The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) announced on Wednesday (March 25) that transiting foreigners no longer need to produce a medical certificate proving they are free from infection and an insurance policy to cover medical treatment.

They do, however, need to show a “Fit to Fly’’ health certificate and must remain in a designated transit area and strictly comply with applicable disease-control measures. The exemption takes immediate effect and will be withdrawn on March 31.

The CAAT declared on March 19 that, starting on March 22, every foreign airline passenger arriving in Thailand required a medical certificate of non-infection issued not more than 72 hours before their prior departure.

They also needed proof of at least US$100,000 worth of insurance coverage against becoming infected in Thailand. The authority said airline staff could decline to issue a boarding pass to anyone without the certificate or insurance.

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