BANGKOK – Thailand’s Department of Disease Control (DDC) plans to introduce compulsory measures on Thursday (12 March) for all incoming visitors, including gathering contact information as part of measures to control the Covid-19 outbreak.
Visitors will be asked to provide personal information and contact details such as mobile numbers and email addresses, which will be kept in the system for 14 days from their arrival to the country, Bangkok Post reported.
The information can be provided through immigration form TM8 or an application developed by the National Science and Technology Development Agency, which will be available for download on Thursday.
The move was announced after an urgent meeting that convened the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission secretary-general, the digital economy and society (DES) minister and representatives from the Immigration Police and the DDC.
DES Minister Buddhipongse Punnakanta said the government seeks the cooperation from all inbound tourists to provide personal data and contact details.
Immigration officers will check the completion of the personal data provided on the forms or mobile application before visitors are allowed to pass through immigration.
Thailand receives an average of 70,000 visitors each day, of which 50,000 are foreigners. Inbound tourists who refuse to fill in the personal information will be prohibited from passing through immigration points, according to Section 12(7) of the immigration law.