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THAILAND AMID THE PANDEMIC!

International & Domestic Travel Ban

Thailand suspends incoming & domestic passenger flights and inter-provincial national bus services to curb the spread of COVID-19

THAILAND SUSPENDS INCOMING AND DOMESTIC PASSANGER FLIGHTS

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT)  issued an announcement on 3 April, 2020, which temporarily banned all incoming passenger flights from landing in the country from 00.01 Hrs. of 04 April, 2020, until 23.59 Hrs. of 06 April, 2020.

Any existing permission given to any passenger airlines that fell during the ban period were null and void.

The CAAT allowed exceptions for landings of the following aircraft: state or military aircraft; emergency landing; technical landing without passenger disembarkation; humanitarian aid, medical and relief flights; repatriation flights; and cargo aircraft.

Passengers on flights that took off from destinations of origin before the CAAT’s announcement took effect were subject under the Emergency Decree to be quarantined for 14 days upon arrival in Thailand.

Those who since have been allowed to fly in had to show authorities health certificates, issued no more than 72 hours before travelling, confirming that they had been tested and were free of coronavirus. They also had to provide proof of insurance showing a mininimum of not less than $100,000 USD that included coronavirus coverage..

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What was meant to be just a temporary International suspension on incoming passanger flights has been extended several times and currently runs until 30 June, 2020 with no indication as to weather this ban will be extended again.
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Bangkok, 31 March, 2020, at 17.00 Hrs. – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) informed foreign and Thai travellers that all domestic passanger flights during 7-30 April, 2020, would be suspended.

Thai AirAsia suspended all domestic flights throughout April 2020.

Most domestic airlines resumed in May, but with a lower volume of flights.

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Phuket Airport had planned to resume operations on the 16 May, but the CAAT cited the advice from the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) that Phuket remained at risk for the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) despite effective surveillance, prevention, and control measures.

The CAAT continues to allow exceptions for landings of the following aircraft: state or military aircraft; emergency landing; technical landing without passenger disembarkation; humanitarian aid, medical and relief flights; repatriation flights, and cargo aircraft. 

Phuket International Airport remains closed until further notice.

UPDATE: Phuket Airport re-opened on 13/06/2020

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NO INTER-PROVINCIAL PUBLIC BUS SERVICE

Long-haul inter-provincial bus services  remained  suspended under the extended state of emergency, but more commuter trains were running again.

Transport Co, the state enterprise in charge of interprovincial bus lines, announced  that services on routes longer than 300 kilometres would remain halted nationwide until further notice. 

Services on routes under 300km operated by minibuses were still allowed, from 5am-4pm, and parcel services can operate from 5am-8.30pm, the announcement said. 

The decision was in line with the decision of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration to maintain the night curfew, from 10pm-4am, and discourage travel between provinces to restrict the spread of the virus that causes Covid-19 disease. 

Long-haul bus services were suspended since the curfew was introduced on April 3. and was further extended to May 31.

Upon announcement of the cufew being imposed, Mo Chit Bus station became overwhelmed with commuters and tickets ran out fast, which left many people, now out of work stranded and unable to get back to their home provinces if in excess of 300km.

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In a move that thrilled many Thais stranded away from their home provinces by the Covid-19 crisis and the Emergency Decree, The CEO of interprovincial buses annonunced the service would resume from Monday June 1. The company’s CEO added that social distancing measures will be strictly enforced in the seating of passengers, all of whom who will also be required to wear masks or face shields. She also said passengers will have to register on the ThaiChana mobile contact tracing application before boarding the buses.

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The following day, the state sponsored Transport Company announced it was maintaining its ban on services to the southern provinces and journeys of more than 300 km

The state sponsored company did not say when services would resume.

The Cabinet decided to extend state of emergency in line with measures to control the spread of Covid-19.

Transport Company announced in April, when the national curfew came into force, that services on routes longer than 300 km would remain halted nationwide until further notice.

The company was expected to resume services from Bangkok to Koh Samui, Phuket and Trang from 1 June 2020.

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