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Thailand removed from safe European travel list amid rising Covid cases


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Thailand removed from safe European travel list amid rising Covid cases

The Council of the European Union has removed Thailand from its safe travel list, also known as the EU white list, amid the Covid-19 situation, Foreign Ministry spokesman Thani Saengrat said this weekend.

“As a result, travellers from Thailand will now face restrictions when entering EU countries, including possible quarantine,” he added.

The Hong Kong and Macau Special Administrative Regions in China are also on the safe list.

“The EU white list was drawn up on June 30 and is intended as a guideline for members of the European Union to take appropriate screening measures for foreign travellers who want to enter EU countries during the Covid-19 situation,” Thani said.

“To be eligible for the list, a country must have an infection rate of fewer than 75 people per 100,000 inhabitants in the past 14 days. The EU Council also takes into account the trend of new infections, disease control measures and vaccination coverage in each country. The list is regularly reviewed and updated.

“Since its inception, Thailand has been whitelisted by the EU until the latest update on Thursday,” said Mr Thani.

“The EU White List is a recommendation for member states to implement screening measures for foreign visitors. It is still up to individual EU countries to decide whether to lift the travel restrictions,” Thani added.

For more information, please contact the embassy of the EU country or visit https://reopen.europa.eu.

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