Visitors from around the world will soon have access to Covid-19 tests and vaccinations when arriving in Thailand. The Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul announced on Thursday that the government will be offering free Covid-19 tests to ill visitors and will provide vaccines to foreign tourists who request the service at “reasonable prices”.
Dr Tares Krassanairawiwong, director-general of the Department of Disease Control (DDC), reported that the Covid-19 tests for ill visitors would be free. Health insurance is also required for travellers from China and India, with coverage of at least US$10,000 to cover their possible treatment if they test positive while in Thailand. Mr Anutin also said that Covid-19 vaccines for foreign tourists will be available on a voluntary basis at reasonable prices at specified locations.
Initially, the vaccinations will be offered at Institute of Dermatology Thailand, Nopparat Rajathanee Hospital, Lerdsin Hospital, Rajavithi Hospital, Bangrak Medical Center, Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute, Chiangmai Neurological Hospital, Pattayarak Health Unit, as well as a service centre of the Phuket public health office. Mr Anutin assured that offering vaccines to foreign tourists would not affect Covid-19 vaccine availability for Thai people.
Dr Tares also revealed that more than 20 million doses are currently available for Thai people and visitors who want the shots, adding that most foreign tourists have already been vaccinated. He added that the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) found that some foreign tourists wanted the vaccinations.
The Thai government has put in place comprehensive measures to make sure visitors are safe. Detailed information on all rules for foreign travellers entering Thailand can be found at the TAT Newsroom site. With these measures in place, the nation can start to welcome visitors from around the world with the knowledge that they are being looked after.