Vive La Thailand: France’s Ligue 1 to Hold Trophée des Champions in Bangkok
France will bring French football to Thailand, as the Trophée des Champions makes its way to Bangkok. The Rajamangala Stadium will host the match on Aug. 5.
by: The Beat Asia
January 09, 2023
The Thai government has reintroduced a requirement for a full COVID-19 vaccination for foreigners visiting the country. The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) said on Jan. 7 that people over 18 must have at least two vaccinations from accredited companies or a medical report that proves recovery from the virus if they were infected from July 2022 onwards.
Meanwhile, uninoculated individuals need to present a medical justification for not getting the COVID-19 vaccine. The CAAT added that visitors must accomplish said requirements before boarding a flight to the Southeast Asian country.
The new rules will take effect on Jan. 9 at 1 AM local time until Jan. 31. It has been three months since Thailand scrapped the vaccination requirement to lure foreign tourists to the country, a famous backpacking destination in Asia before the pandemic.
China’s reopening played a major factor in reviving the vaccine requirement, as there are fears that a wave of infections could follow the influx of mainland visitors. Thailand’s Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul emphasised that the blanket application of the COVID-19 vaccine requirement is to ensure there is no discrimination among travellers.
“The principle is there will not be any discrimination against a particular country because COVID-19 is spreading in all countries and the strains are similar. So, COVID-19 should not be an issue of discriminating against any country,” he was quoted as saying in a report by the Bangkok Post.
Nonetheless, China’s lifting on travel restrictions will mean a boost to the tourism industry that has been struggling since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition to the vaccine requirement, visitors who are traveling to a country that requires a negative RT-PCR test must have a COVID-19 health insurance upon entering Thailand. Local passport holders and passengers, as well as those in transit to another country, are not required to submit a proof of vaccination.
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