Monday, March 23, 2020

Health Certificate and Insurance Obligations for Aircraft Passenger to Thailand

Health Certificate and Insurance Obligations for Aircraft Passenger to Thailand

The effects of the coronavirus spread are increasing and there are no signs of abating causing a significant impact on various sectors, one of which is aircraft companies.

Observing the danger of coronavirus, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia in its website announced that starting March 22, 2020, every passenger flying from Indonesia to Thailand, including for transit in Thailand, must have 2 (two) documents : (1) COVID-19 free health certificate issued 72 hours before departure, and (2) health insurance which covers protection against COVID-19 risk with a minimum coverage value of USD 100,000. There is no further explanation regarding the specific insurance requirements that must be purchased by aircraft passengers. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs only explains that the minimum insurance coverage is USD 100,000 per person.

This seems to be in response to the policies implemented by the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) to airlines companies operated in Thailand. The rule applied to people of all nationalities and airlines staff could decline to issue boarding passes to those who failed to do so.

Both of these conditions must be shown at check-in at the Indonesian airport as the country of origin in order to obtain a boarding pass to Thailand.

Although there is no prohibition on travelling to Thailand, the Indonesian government has urged Indonesian citizens to limit travel abroad except for very urgent and cannot be postponed interests. However, for those of you who plan to go to Thailand in the near future, we urge you to follow that policy. And related to the insurance obligation, certainly, the readiness of insurance companies operating in Indonesia is needed to be able to issue insurance products that can meet the requirements.

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