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This is in lieu of the new COVID-19 variant, Omicron. All permissions previously granted to travellers from these countries - Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe will immediately expire on 1 December. 

Starting Wednesday (1 December 2021), Thailand will bar the entry of travellers from eight African countries, as part of its measures to prevent the spread of the new COVID-19 variant (Omicron).

These eight countries are: Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. Although travelers from these countries were previously granted permission to enter Thailand through the Thailand Pass system, all permissions will expire from 1 December 2021, the Public Relations Department (PRD) said on Monday (29 November).

According to the PRD, the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) had on 27 November notified all airlines worldwide about the entry ban and other travel restrictions imposed by the Thai government.

Per the notification, if travellers from the eight countries had arrived in Thailand from 28 November, 00.01 hours to 30 November, 23.59 hours, they will have to undergo a 14-day quarantine regardless of the type of travel permission they have received.

Apart from the above, the PRD shared that travellers from other African countries, who have already received entry permits, may enter Thailand until 14 December 2021. From 15 December onwards, they will be required to stay in quarantine for 14 days, regardless of the type of permits granted to them.

The CAAT has also asked all airlines flying to Thailand to screen their passengers, especially those travelling from the eight African countries, and to inform them of the travel restrictions imposed by Thailand.

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