Thailand allows entry for several groups of foreigners from 1 July

Thailand allows entry for several groups of foreigners from 1 July

CAAT announces that several groups of foreigners are allowed to enter into the kingdom, including foreign travelers via air access under special arrangements between Thailand and foreign governments.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand(CAAT’s) “Notification on Conditions for International Flight Permit to Thailand” dated 29 June 2020, is a reference to its previous notifications which were issued since 3 April 2020, imposing a temporary ban on all international flights entering Thailand for the prevention and control of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
According to CAAT, as the present situation of COVID-19 in many foreign countries remains severe, it is necessary to take measures to restrict the travel to Thailand in order to control and prevent the pandemic.

CAAT hereby issues the notification on the conditions for permitting aircraft to fly over, fly into or out of, and take off or land in the Kingdom from 1 July 2020, onwards which are as follows:

1. The following aircraft will be allowed to fly over, fly into or out of, and take off from or land at an international airport in the Kingdom when air access is granted by CAAT:
  • State or military aircraft
  • Emergency landing flights
  • Technical landing flights without disembarkation
  • Humanitarian aid, medical and relief flights
  • Repatriation flights
  • Cargo flights
2. Permission for passenger aircraft would be given by the CAAT for air access in the Kingdom only if the passengers or persons on board are one of the following categories:
  • Thai nationals
  • Persons with an exemption or persons being considered, permitted or invited by the Prime Minister, or the head of responsible persons accountable for resolving the state of emergency issues to enter the Kingdom, as necessary. Such consideration, permission, or invitation may be subject to specified conditions and time limits.
  • Non-Thai nationals who are a spouse, parents, or children of a Thai national
  • Non-Thai nationals who hold a valid certificate of residence, or permission to take up residence in the Kingdom
  • Non-Thai nationals who hold a valid work permit or are allowed to work in the Kingdom, including their spouse or children
  • Carriers of necessary goods subject to immediate return after completion
  • Crew members who are required to travel into the Kingdom on a mission, and have a specified date and time for return
  • Non-Thai nationals who are students of educational institutions approved by Thai authorities, including the parents or guardians of the students
  • Non-Thai nationals who are in need of medical treatment in Thailand, and their attendants. However, this shall not include medical treatment for COVID-19
  • Individuals in diplomatic missions, consular affairs, international organizations, government representatives, foreign government agencies working in Thailand, or individual in other international agencies as permitted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including their spouse, parents, or children
  • Non-Thai nationals who are permitted to enter the Kingdom under a special arrangement with a foreign country
3. Aircraft and passengers or persons entering the Kingdom under Item No. 2 must comply with the conditions, time limits and rules of the authorized persons under the Thai immigration law, communicable disease law, air navigation law, and the Emergency Decree on Public Administration in Emergency Situation in force, for prevention of the disease and the number of people entering Thailand.

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