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No More Fit to Fly Documentation for Thai Immigration?

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As the title of this video suggests, we are discussing "Fit to Fly" documentation. For those who are unaware, when all of this, the Government's response to COVID began in the form of the Emergency Decree beginning in March 2020, we saw a lot of substantial changes within the apparatus of Immigration, especially documentation. One thing that was created was what was called the Certificate of Entry but another thing that was created is the requirement for those wanting to come to Thailand, to travel to Thailand was procurement and providence of a "fit to fly" document. "Fit to fly" documentation is produced by a medical service provider, basically a physician that basically says this individual is medically fit to fly. 

In a recent article from the Bangkok Post, that is, the article is titled: Quarantine to be Eased from April 1. Quoting directly: "The Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration on Friday resolved to gradually relax COVID-19 controls for foreign arrivals beginning on April 1 shortening or lifting quarantine periods and increasing the range of activities allowed them." Quoting further: "CCSA spokesman Taweesilp Visanuyothin said that from April 1, visitors would not be required to show a "fit to fly" document." So it appears "fit to fly" documentation is being phased out. I am sure there are many that are happy. We are certainly happy. It will hopefully streamline processing of these kinds of cases.

The thing to take away from this video is we haven't seen it yet. When we are talking the CCSA, that is about high up the policy chain as we get so I think it is safe to say that this is happening; "fit to fly" documentation is being phased out. This should not be confused with COVID testing. That still appears to be required, at least for now. But "fit to fly" documentation is sort of extra documentation and honestly this thing has proved to be a real bane of existence for folks that are trying to travel to Thailand. It was kind of superfluous. The purpose of this Emergency Decree was to deal with COVID-19, and you have a COVID-19 Certificate, a test that says you don't have it, the "fit to fly" documentation seemed a little bit, it was overkill. It seemed to me.

Now that said, again April 1 is when this comes into effect so if you are flying into Thailand anytime between now and then, this doesn't necessarily apply to you and even after that, be careful presuming this is not a requirement for example air carriers because they can often times have their own requirements because they are a little further down the chain if you will in terms of getting the updates for documentation to fly into Thailand. So you may end up with an air carrier that won't let you on the plane because you don't have a "fit to fly" document even after it is no longer required. So again, like with everything, you are going to have to be very careful and meticulous in dealing with travel to Thailand at this point but for purposes of moving forward, it does appear that "fit to fly" documentation is no longer required.