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'Fit-to-Fly' imposes high cost on returnees, exposes them to Covid-19 risk: TDRI

By The Nation

 

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The Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI) has advised the government to suspend the issuance of letters by Royal Thai Embassies and consulates and the use of fit-to-fly medical certificates for people to enter the country to reduce the risk of Covid-19 infections.

 

To prevent Covid-19 people from entering the country, the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) had announced that Thais overseas who wish to return home must obtain a fit-to-fly medical certificate issued within 72 hours of departure and a letter issued by the Royal Thai Embassy or consulate.

 

This measure forced airlines to deny boarding passes to people who did not have all documents. Many overseas Thais complained about the complications of this regulation, while some of them filed a complaint with the Central Administrative Court and started an online campaign #bringthaihome.

 

Dr Salintorn Thongmeensuk, Research Fellow at TDRI on Saturday (April 4), explained that the incubation period of Covid-19 virus is different for each person.

 

“The estimate of the incubation period is between 2 to 14 days. However, according to a local government report in China's Hubei province on February 22, some patients have an incubation period of 27 days, so a medical certificate issued within a short period cannot help screen Covid-19 patients,” she said.

 

“Besides, some countries do not have online registration for issuing letters, so people have to queue up at embassies or consulates for letters, while they have to go to hospitals for medical certificates, raising their risk of infection.”

 

She further explained that requesting for medical certification overseas is not easy as the Covid-19 situation tends to be more severe.

 

“In Britain, foreigners from risky countries may be prohibited from visiting hospitals, as a result Thais in London are unable to request a medical certificate,” she said.

 

“In Japan, a medical certificate is expensive -- 4,841 yen (Bt1,844) per person, but some hospitals may even charge up to 10,000 to 20,000 yen (Bt3,000 to Bt6,000).

 

“In addition, some hospitals may take more than seven days to issue a medical certificate because the inspection process is quite complicated.”

 

She said that this measure burdened embassies because the CAAT did not consult with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

 

“The sudden fit-to-fly measure also affects airlines unable to adapt their flight plan. In some cases, airlines have to refund tickets to passengers,” she said.

 

“For example, one day after the fit-to-fly measure came into effect, there were only three passengers on board an Aeroflot Russian Airlines SU6275 flight departing from Moscow to Bangkok because other people could not obtain letters and or medical certificate before boarding the plane.”

 

She said that many governments used somewhat similar measures to bring their citizens back to the home country.

 

“In Britain, Germany, and Japan the government used their budget to bring citizens back from risky areas by charter flights,” she explained.

 

“In Australia, the Department of Foreign Affairs is planning to evacuate their citizens, including people with dual nationality from risky countries.

“In Cambodia, passengers from France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Spain or the US will be prohibited from entering the country, while the government has not issued any conditions for Cambodian returnees.”

 

She advised the government to allow Thais to return to the country without any conditions.

 

“Related airlines must undergo the Covid-19 preventive measures issued by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to reduce the chance of getting infected,” she added. “When the returnees arrive, they must undergo quarantine measures to contain the spread of disease.”

 

Source: http://www.nationthailand.com/news/30385421?utm_source=homepage&utm_medium=internal_referral

 

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3 hours ago, webfact said:

The Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI) has advised the government to suspend the issuance of letters by Royal Thai Embassies and consulates and the use of fit-to-fly medical certificates for people to enter the country to reduce the risk of Covid-19 infections.

I think that it is ok if people in times of a pandemic need to prove that they are not infected before boarding a flight .

That greatly increases the security for all other people on the plane .

Letting just everybody board a plane without any precaution would end in a disaster ...

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Fit to Fly certificate usually does not include a covid-19 test. It is nowhere mentioned that they need to test for covid.

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Thai government does not want to spend money, still waiting donations from other countries and fellow rich Thai citizens.

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1 hour ago, kevin612 said:

Thai government does not want to spend money, still waiting donations from other countries and fellow rich Thai citizens.

Oh they're spending big in Germany at the moment and with 30 billion euro in the wallet everything is possible.

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6 hours ago, webfact said:

but some hospitals may even charge up to 10,000 to 20,000 yen (Bt3,000 to Bt6,000).

still a lot cheaper than what some thai hospitals are charging just to be tested for covid 19. Has to be mandatory so that other passengers are not sitting with people that are definitely infected, they could afford to fly overseas and didnt return when they could have without any hassles so its their problem, this idiot is one of the reasons it is spreading telling others that people shouldnt be tested before flying, how stupid can these people get

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Why isn't this woman running the country....Ahhh she is too sensible.

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TDRI is right on. It is difficult to find any flights to Thailand and trying to get a fit to fly can be time consuming and expensive, B1500 B3600, and then getting the "ok" from the Thai Embassy all within 72 hours-nearly a joke.  We were able to do this for our Thai exchange student but others took two weeks and the last we heard, many remain stranded.  Any citizen should be allowed to return home.  

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15 hours ago, Geoffggi said:

Now maybe you understand what we Farangs are complaining about with the stupid rules and regulations in Thailand.......!!

Well us farang should ban Thai from driving in our homecountries since they are a huge risk. Thailand has more daily deadly accidents than any farang country has from the wu-flu.

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