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Travel to Thailand requires $ 50,000 insurance

Biman Bangladesh Airlines is expected to resume flights on the Dhaka-Bangkok route from December 2.

However, passengers traveling to Bangkok will need to have health insurance coverage of $ 50,000.

The national airline will operate Dhaka-Bangkok flights on Thursdays and Sundays. The flights will depart Dhaka at 11:30 a.m. and arrive in Bangkok at 3:00 p.m. local time, Biman said in a statement on Monday.

The return flight from Bangkok to Dhaka will depart at 4.15pm and land in Dhaka at 4.15pm local time.

What should passengers do?

A passenger who wishes to travel to Bangkok must have a Covid-19 vaccination certificate showing they have been fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival.

Accepted vaccines include Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca), AZD1222 (SK Bioscience Co Ltd), Covishield (SII), Janssen, Spikevax (Moderna), Comirnaty (Pfizer-BioNTech), Sinopharm, Sinovac and Sputnik V.

Passengers to Thailand must also collect a “Thai Pass” after registering on the website

Passengers entering Thailand must have a negative Covid-19 rt-PCR test issued no later than 72 hours before departure.

Upon arrival in Thailand, passengers will be required to undergo a Covid test again and, if the test result is negative, they will be able to visit designated tourist destinations.

However, they must stay in the Sandbox area (designated tourist centers) for seven days as part of the Sandbox program prescribed by the Thai authorities.

Passengers will need to make a seven or eight day reservation at a SHA Plus hotel recognized by the Thailand Tourism Authority (TTA) in the Sandbox area.

The TTA also recently stated that passengers entering or transiting Thailand must have insurance covering medical expenses in Thailand up to at least $ 50,000.

The national carrier suspended flights on the Dhaka-Bangkok route in March 2020 following the global Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdowns that followed.

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