PHUKET: All international passengers arriving in Phuket must now complete a public health form before being allowed to disembark the plane.
The notice issued by Phuket officials last night (December 24). Image: PR Phuket
The new rule came into effect after the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) issued a Notice to Pilots (NOTAM) yesterday (December 24).
The notice, in Thai, was posted by CAAT after 4pm yesterday and shared by the PR department’s Phuket office at 10pm last night.
“Today (December 24, 2021), the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) issued a pilot announcement (NOTAM) informing airlines around the world that it is mandatory to hand out documents to enter the country from the plane and to advise passengers to have the completed entry documents ready before leaving the plane,” the notice read.
The reasons given for introducing the requirement were “to reduce congestion at airports to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19)”.
“Because there are still international passengers who have been allowed to travel to Thailand, so to ease congestion in the airport and to comply with disease control measures… CAAT has issued a pilot notice (NOTAM) asking airlines around the world to distribute public information health forms and the form for entering the country from the plane, such as the consent form for the second COVID-19 test by the RT method- PCR, which passengers must complete,” the notice continues.
Passengers should “have all their documents ready before leaving the plane to reduce the problem of passenger terminal congestion causing delay in travel to Thailand,” the notice added.
The notice devoted particular attention to the consent form for the second RT-PCR test now required since the central government suspended all Test & Go arrivals on Tuesday (December 21).
“The second COVID-19 test by RT-PCR method is based on the Center for the Administration of the Situation of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Order 25/2564 of December 22, 2021…only in the case of ‘a traveler entering the Kingdom of type (1), they must be tested for COVID-19 by the second method RT-PCR of a hospital or government and private agency as prescribed by the government during the 5 -6 of the period of stay in the Kingdom or when there are symptoms of respiratory illness,” the notice explained.
“The government is responsible for spending [of the second test] in accordance with any rules or guidelines set by the government,” the notice concludes.
All Test & Go visitors already authorized to enter the country will still be authorized to travel to Thailand.
The mandatory health form also affects all travelers still coming to Phuket under the Phuket Sandbox program. Phuket currently remains the only port of entry into Thailand under a Sandbox program.
It should be noted that travelers can still enter the country under the alternative 14-day quarantine option.