Travel Advice Thailand 2020
At present, travel around the world is being curtailed by the declaration of a worldwide viral pandemic by the World Health Organisation. Travel restrictions in each country vary and here, at Travala.com, we want to ensure that our customers are provided with the latest travel advice for the key destinations favoured by our customers.
The first cases of Coronavirus19 (COVID-19) were confirmed in the city of Wuhan, China on December 31st 2019 and since then, it has proceeded to spread to over 204 countries and territories with over 1,000,000 people so far testing positive for the virus.
Thailand confirmed its first case of COVID-19 on January 13th 2020 and by April 3rd, 1.978 cases were confirmed with 19 sadly having died from the virus. On March 20th, The World Health Organization announced that Thailand would be joining a multi-country clinical study, the “Solidarity Trial”, for potential treatments for COVID-19. Read more about the latest travel advice for Thailand in 2020 below.
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a type of coronavirus, a large family of viruses which can cause illness in humans. Coronavirus infections in humans can result in coryzal symptoms as seen in a common cold and more severe respiratory symptoms such as pneumonia. In recent years, we have seen outbreaks of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
COVID-19 is the most recently discovered coronavirus and it is spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth . The method of transmission is often via cough, sneeze or exhalation. People breathing in these droplets or touching the surfaces these droplets land on and who touch their eyes, nose or mouth are at risk of developing COVID-19.
The World Health Organisation continues to assess ongoing research on the means of transmission of COVID-19 but general advice is to maintain distance from others, regularly wash hands and avoid touching your face.
Many countries have implemented temporary travel restrictions and COVID-19 has impacted on events and activities. In the Travala.com travel advice newsletter we will endeavour to provide you with the latest travel advice on key destinations.
Current Travel Advice for Thailand, as of April 3rd 2020
Is it safe to travel to Thailand in 2020? Thailand’s Civil Aviation Authority has announced, on April 3rd 2020, that all passenger flights to Thailand will be temporarily banned from landing in the country from Saturday to Monday to restrict the transmission of COVID-19.
From 26th March 26th 2020 to April 30th 2020 all access points to Thailand by aircraft, boats, cars, or other vehicles have been closed.
Thai nationals, diplomats and members of international organizations operating in Thailand and their families who need to return to Thailand from overseas will be allowed on condition that they have “fit-to-fly” health certificates.
Prior to this, Thailand first introduced travel restrictions on March 5th 2020 with instructions that visitors from the Republic of Korea, the People’s Republic of China, including the Macao and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong, the Italian Republic and Islamic Republic of Iran (Islamic Republic of Iran) should be quarantined.
From March 19th 2020, travellers visiting Thailand have to provide a health certificate and travel insurance.
On March 22nd 2020, two types of risk areas were designated by Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health . Those visiting from the aforementioned countries of the Republic of Korea, the People’s Republic of China, including the Macao and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong, the Italian Republic and Islamic Republic of Iran (Islamic Republic of Iran) would be asked to present medical certificates at immigration checkpoints while they should also be quarantined for 14 days upon their arrival.
It is now the responsibility of airlines to check the recent travel histories of passengers to ascertain if they have visited high-risk areas.
Visitors to Thailand from Bulgaria, Bhutan, Cyprus, Ethiopia, Fiji, Georgia, India, Kazakhstan, Malta, Mexico, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu and China will no longer be able to apply for a visa on arrival to Thailand while Thailand has currently suspended its visa exemption policies for travelers from Hong Kong, Italy and South Korea. Instead, visa applications must be made prior to departure from their home country
In addition, any visitors to Thailand with ongoing outbreaks need to permit the installation of a government’s tracking app on their mobile phones. Want to stay up to date on latest travel advice for Thailand? Subscribe to our newsletter today.
Flight changes to and from Thailand
From March 26th 2020 to April 30th 2020 all access points to Thailand by aircraft, boats, cars, or other vehicles have been closed.
Prior to this period and possibly afterwards, some airlines have cancelled or rescheduled services. It is advisable to maintain contact with your airline for their latest advice.
Cancelled events in Thailand
From March 26th 2020, a State or Emergency has been decreed in Thailand.
During this state of emergency, people are prohibited from entering areas and places at risk of COVID-19 infection and Thai governors have been permitted to close locations where many people gather for various activities.
This has seen the temporary closure of bars, clubs, gyms, sport venues, including Muay Thai arenas, cinemas, massage shops and entertainment venues.
The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) in Bangkok are closed until April 20th 2020.
With celebrations planned throughout the country, Thailand’s biggest festival, the Songkran Festival, arranged for April 13-15 has been postponed although small family gatherings are permitted.
Coronavirus19 (COVID-19) FAQ – Travel
Question: Should I cancel my vacation to Thailand?
Answer: With the pandemic being a constantly evolving and changing situation you should check for latest updates on travel advice for both your country of departure and your destination via respected Government websites and the Travala.com travel advice newsletter.
With refundable bookings on Travala.com you can be assured that if you do need to cancel your vacation that you will be refunded.
Question: If I decide to travel to Thailand, are there any precautions that can be taken to minimise the risk of infection?
- Avoid contact with people displaying symptoms.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with hands, especially if unwashed.
- Make sure to wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser containing at least 60% alcohol.
- While the focus is on COVID-19 please ensure that you are up to date with your routine vaccinations, such as the flu vaccine and measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine.
Question: Is there an increased risk of infection whilst travelling by air?
Answer: Due to how air is filtered and circulated on airplanes, many viruses and germs do not spread easily. Many countries now also operate immigration medical checks to identify any passengers who may pose a risk.
Question: Should travellers wear masks in Thailand?
Answer: Anyone who displays symptoms of COVID-19 is encouraged to wear a mask as it restricts the spread of the virus. For the uninfected, the wearing of masks is not deemed to significantly reduce the risk of infection, but you may wish to consider the customs of your destination.
For instance, all passengers travelling on trains in Thailand must wear a face mask while they are encouraged on all other modes of transport.
Question: What can I expect on arriving and departing at airports?
Answer: In some countries screening for all passengers entering and leaving their country is being conducted. Before being allowed to board a flight, you may be questioned about your health and your travel history and have your temperature taken.
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