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By Linda Khoo Hui Li
BANGKOK, Oct 14 -- Thailand to replace the issuance of “Certificate of Entry” (CoE) with “Thailand Pass” to shorten the travel documentation process for visitors entering the kingdom after the reopening of the country on November 1,
In bid to support “ease of traveling” policy, Thailand's Foreign Ministry spokesman Tanee Sangrat said “Thailand Pass”, is a web-based system where travellers entering the kingdom only need to fill in their information and upload related documents before traveling.
At present, travellers entering Thailand must obtain CoE, a letter issued by the Thai Embassy or Consulate to allow a foreign visa holder to enter the kingdom.
Since April 2020, he said, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) had issued more than 400,000 CoE to Thais and foreign travellers entering the kingdom.
“However, the CoE will still be used for some group of travellers such as patients who need to stay in Alternative Hospital Quarantine which need to be approved in advance for preparations, travellers who cross land border and those who travel as a group or by yachts and cruise ships,” Tanee said at a press conference here today.
On Monday, Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan o-cha announced that Thailand would end quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated visitors traveling by air from low-risk countries including United Kingdom, Singapore, Germany, China and United States starting November 1 in bid to revive its tourism industry hit hard by COVID-19 pandemic.
However, the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) meeting chaired by Prayuth did not announce the finalised a list of the low-risk countries from where fully vaccinated travellers can enter the kingdom without undergoing quarantine.
Meanwhile, Prayuth reiterated that Thailand is ready to welcome fully vaccinated travellers in two weeks as all related ministries and agencies have been working closely to ensure the success of the nation’s reopening.
He also urged the people to cooperate in tourism restart in the country.
“There are many countries wanting to let their citizens to visit Thailand, but we must take all into considerations… We will start small and help the people make a living,” he said during a press conference after chairing the CCSA meeting at the Government House today.
Meanwhile, CCSA spokesman Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin said Thailand is to further ease COVID-19 restrictions in Bangkok and 22 provinces at maximum and strict controlled areas or "dark red zones” starting Oct 16.
The restrictions including the nightly curfew would be shortened from 10pm-4am to 11 pm to 3 am and the operating hours for shopping malls and convenience stores which can open until 3 am, he said.
“Entertainment outlets including pubs, bars and karaoke shops will remain closed,” he said.
Over the last 24 hours, Thailand recorded 11,276 new COVID-19 cases and 112 fatalities, bringing the total infections in the kingdom to 1,751,704 and 18,029 deaths to date.
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