From the beginning of this month, Thailand is allowing in fully vaccinated tourists and medical tourists without quarantine. Compared to 40 million tourists in 2019, Thailand expects only 700,000 in 2021 and that includes medical tourists.
According to the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Thailand is now allowing fully vaccinated foreign visitors, including returning Thais and foreign residents, from 63 approved countries/territories to enter by air with no quarantine requirements.
Medical tourism actual and targeted sources notably absent from the list include Bangladesh and Russia.
A Medical Certificate with an RT-PCR lab result indicating that COVID-19 is not detected issued no more than 72 hours before travelling is also required.
An insurance policy, with no less than US$50,000, which should cover the cost of the treatment and other medical expenses associated with being infected with COVID-19, including in-patient hospitalisation for the whole duration in Thailand is needed except for Thai citizens who are entitled to the national health insurance system. The limit has been reduced from US$100,000.
Fully vaccinated travellers need a Certificate of Vaccination with a vaccine approved by Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health or the World Health Organisation (WHO) no less than 14 days before their travel date. Travellers must download and install the MorChana alert app, and have a test in arrival.
TAT has launched a new “Visit Thailand Year 2022” marketing campaign to showcase new tourism products and services, as well as refresh Thailand’s current attractions.
Visit Thailand Year 2022 will reinforce the positive image of the kingdom as a top tourist destination, with health and safety measures in place as the world exits the COVID-19 era. Although not a key strategy or marketing topic, a sub topic will promote health and wellness tourism. No further details are known as yet. Whether or not TAT will promote medical tourism is also unknown.