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Health first ahead of Thailand-Malaysia border re-opening

SONGKHLA, THAILAND (BERNAMA) – The re-opening of two Thailand-Malaysia land border gates on April 1 will comply with standard operating procedures (SOPs) to ensure that the safety and health of tourists and locals are always protected.

Deputy Governor of Songkhla province, Amphon Pongsuwan, said the two border gates of Sadao (Songkhla province)-Bukit Kayu Hitam (Kedah) and Wang Prachan (Satun)-Wang Kelian (Perlis) will be re-opened to tourists who are fully vaccinated with COVID-19 vaccine, starting April 1.

He said tourists coming through the land border gate under the ‘Test and Go’ programme will have to apply online for the ‘Thailand Pass’ at least seven days before travel.

Under the programme, travellers also need to book a designated hotel in advance, as well as perform an RT-PCR test on the first day of arrival and a self-antigen test on the fifth day. He added that they will have to purchase medical insurance with a minimum coverage of USD20,000.

“Tourists who enter Thailand through the Sadao entrance can bring private vehicles
from Malaysia.

“These conditions are important because public health is our priority,” he said when contacted by Bernama.

Beginning April 1, Amphon said international travellers who are fully vaccinated do not need to include the COVID-19 test, 72 hours before travelling to Thailand.

Apart from that, the land border gate of Hatyai International Airport is also scheduled to receive international tourists starting April 1.

The customs inspection area of the Bukit Kayu Hitam ICQS Complex. PHOTO: BERNAMA
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