The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has issued a set of seven rules which will apply to all non-Thai arrivals between January 9th and 31st.

The situation has sent waves of chaos throughout the foreign tourism industry with travel agents in France, Germany, Scandinavia and Russia warning that confidence in Thailand as a tourist destination has been damaged as thousands of passengers stand to lose money with thousands of holiday night bookings already withdrawn in Phuket alone.

This was the situation when Anutin Charnvirakul early January stated that foreign tourists will be denied entry to the country if not vaccinated against COVID. The statements led to a set of rules being set in place with next to no warning time. However, during a press conference early monday morning during a press conference, the testing and vaccine demands where pulled due to inconvenience. It is unknow how much this has influenced the coming tourist influx, as Thailand relies heavily on the income from foreign visitors.

Thailand’s Civil Aviation Authority or CAAT sent an urgent notice to airlines just hours before major changes to vaccine requirements to Thailand, clarifying that unvaccinated travelers or those without their documentation can fly but must take a test on arrival.

– Sources:

Asean now

Bangkok Post

Thai Embassy

Thai PBS World