Thailand’s government has decided to suspend visa-on-arrival for the citizens of 18 countries, due to the coronavirus outbreak, Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of Thailand has announced.
Countries included in Thailand’s entry ban are Bulgaria, Bhutan, China, Cyprus, Ethiopia, Fiji, Georgia, India, Kazakhstan, Malta, Mexico, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan, Republic of Vanuatu, and Taiwan, Visa Guide.World reports.
The visitors who wish to travel to Thailand should first contact the embassies in their countries.
The cancellation of visa-on-arrival comes as a preventative measure from the spread of coronavirus.
Up to this point, in Thailand have been identified 75 cases of people infected with coronavirus, while one person has died.
As a significant number of countries, Thailand as well has previously canceled the visa-on-arrival for countries that are highly risked from the COVID-19, such as Italy and South Korea.
So far, there are 138,193 people infected with coronavirus, while the number of deaths reached 5,080.
From the total number of people infected with coronavirus, 70,716 have already recovered.
China, which is also known as the epicenter of the virus, so far has up to 80,000 cases of COVID-19.
Other countries that are profoundly affected by the deadly virus are Italy(15,113), Iran(11,364), South Korea(7,979), Spain(3,921), Germany(3,116), France(2,876) and USA(1,832).
Last week, Thailand’s Public Health Ministry announced its latest decisions in the fight against coronavirus.
According to the Ministry, the citizens returning from the countries where the virus is highly spread will have to stay isolated for 14 days, even if they are not infected.
Foreigners who can’t produce evidence of a formal lodging, such as hotels or hostels, during their visit in Thailand, will be sent back home to be subject of 14-day self-quarantine, by authorized immigration officials.