These are extraordinary occasions. Not simply in Thailand, however internationally. The scenario stays fluid and recommendation regarding coronavirus is altering rapidly. On this web page I’ve pooled collectively some assets and hyperlinks which I hope you will see that useful. I’ll attempt to add updates right here as and once they develop into accessible. In the meantime, in case you are in Thailand now or planning a go to quickly, please be in contact along with your airline or journey agent. You also needs to learn the newest recommendation and be aware of any journey advisories issued by the federal government in your house nation. Whether you agree with the recommendation or not, it might have an effect on whether or not your journey insurance coverage nonetheless covers you.
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Latest coronavirus (Covid-19) information from Thailand
Update: March 20
The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) state that from March 22, all non-Thai passengers flying to Thailand will must be in possession of a not too long ago issued well being certificates declaring the passenger is free from Covid-19. The passenger can also be required to point out medical health insurance that covers Covid-19. Without these paperwork your airline shouldn’t permit you to board.
Advice out of your authorities
As talked about above, it is best to learn the newest recommendation and be aware of any journey advisories issued by the federal government in your house nation.
Visa extensions for travellers in Thailand
Update: March 24
Thai immigration places of work stay open, however are prone to be busy in plenty of areas together with Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Pattaya and Phuket. As irritating because the scenario could also be, it’s not the fault of the immigration officers on the frontline. Please be affected person and well mannered.
If you have got been travelling and your visa has expired or is because of expire, please confer with the recommendation issued by your authorities and your nation’s embassy or consulate in Thailand. For instance, the British Embassy in Bangkok has issued this recommendation:
Covid-19 visa extension letter
You could discover that the social media pages of your Embassy are up to date faster than their official web sites. Here are three examples of recommendation and help being given:
Australia Embassy (Facebook web page)
British Embassy Bangkok (Facebook web page)
US Embassy Bangkok (Facebook web page)
Advice from airways
Some airways have cancelled or rescheduled companies. If you have got any upcoming journey deliberate, hold involved along with your airline or journey agent for his or her newest recommendation.
Advice from Thai authorities
If you might be in Thailand now or are nonetheless planning to journey, please confer with the newest updates from Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health right here:
Tourism Authority of Thailand newsroom updates right here:
It’s additionally advisable to verify the newest updates from the Royal Thai Embassy or Royal Thai Consulate in your house nation. Here are three examples of the recommendation being given, however please verify with your individual Thai embassy or consulate in case the recommendation differs.
Australia: Advice from Royal Thai Embassy, Canberra
UK: Advice from Royal Thai Embassy, London
USA: Advice from Royal Thai Embassy, Washington
Arriving in Thailand
Depending in your nationality and the place you might be travelling from, you could be requested to finish a well being declaration type. Some travellers are additionally being requested to finish a TM8 type both on an app or a tough copy. Your mileage could fluctuate relying on the place you arrive, the place you might be travelling from and the discretion of the immigration officer who offers with you. More data right here:
Thailand Ministry of Public Health
Airports of Thailand (AOT) details about TM8 type
Latest coronavirus (Covid-19) information from Thailand
There have been some important updates which is able to impression folks at present in Thailand.
Update: March 17
On March 17, it was introduced that Muay Thai stadiums, sports activities stadiums, horse race tracks, cinemas, pubs/bars and leisure venues in Bangkok and the neighborhood can be closed for a minimum of two weeks (March 18-31) or till the scenario improves. There is not any ban on alcohol gross sales. Supermarkets, comfort shops and eating places stay open and might nonetheless promote clients alcohol (throughout licensing hours).
Schools and universities round Thailand are closed from March 18 till March 31. Events and actions which are a magnet for giant crowds comparable to, live shows, exhibitions, non secular festivals, cultural occasions, and sport occasions can nonetheless go forward. But it’s as much as the discretion of every provincial governor and the native communicable illness management workplace.
Update: March 18
Quite a few areas together with Chiang Mai, Pattaya and Phuket, have now taken the identical actions as Bangkok and briefly closed bars, golf equipment, gyms, sport venues, cinemas, therapeutic massage retailers and leisure venues. These venues can be closed from March 18-31. Chiang Mai has additionally briefly suspended the weekend strolling road markets. The scenario can be reviewed on the finish of March.
Update: March 21
Shopping malls in Bangkok can be closed from March 22-April 12. Supermarkets, comfort shops, and eating places (for supply and takeaway, no dine-in) will stay open. Pharmacies and banks at malls also needs to be open. The Bangkok Governor mentioned, “areas that sell food and goods that are used in daily life, will be open.”
Quite a few provinces close to Bangkok have taken the identical steps because the Thai capital to shut buying malls. The provinces are: Nakhon Pathom, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Samut Prakan and Samut Sakhon. As with Bangkok, buying malls can be closed from March 22-April 12. Supermarkets, comfort shops, and eating places (for supply and takeaway, no dine-in) will stay open. Pharmacies and banks at malls also needs to be open.
Update: March 22
The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) in Bangkok can be closed from March 22 till April 15.
From March 23 (6pm) till April 13 (midnight) Chiang Mai will impose comparable measures to Bangkok and buying malls can be closed. Supermarkets, comfort shops, and eating places (for supply and takeaway, no dine-in) will stay open. Pharmacies and banks at malls also needs to be open.
Update: March 23
All National Parks closed till additional discover.
Update: March 24
From March 25, all passengers travelling on trains in Thailand (together with BTS Skytrain and MRT Metro in Bangkok) should put on a face masks. Although there can be shares of masks in the stores at some stations, strive to make sure you have one with you simply in case. Wearing of face masks can also be being inspired on all different types of public transport all through Thailand.
Update: March 24
The Prime Minister of Thailand made a stay televised handle to the nation and introduced the Cabinet has accepted an emergency decree to return into impact on March 26. More particulars can be confirmed by the federal government on March 26.
Shops, eating places and markets
The Thai authorities has requested for stricter surveillance measures for venues comparable to buying malls and markets that want to stay open. Shops and eating places are additionally being requested to implement stricter screening and cleanliness.
Transport nonetheless working
Airports, bus stations and railways stations all stay open. Passengers could also be topic to further checks and temperature scanning utilizing hand-held thermometers. Please permit further time for check-in and safety/immigration clearance at airports.
From March 25, all passengers travelling on trains in Thailand should put on a face masks. For different types of transport, most Thai folks can be carrying masks and even when it isn’t obligatory, it might be prudent to put on a masks even should you agree with the World Health Organization (WHO) recommendation to not put on one.
Events & festivals
Quite a few occasions and festivals scheduled for March and April have been postponed.
The public vacation for Songkran, the normal Thai New Year, which was scheduled for April 13-15 has been postponed till additional discover. Most Songkran events and festivities in cities comparable to Bangkok and Chiang Mai and vacationer resorts, together with Pattaya and Phuket, have been placed on maintain. Thai households will nonetheless have the ability to rejoice Songkran within the conventional manner by visiting temples and pouring water gently over pals and different relations. In upcountry areas it’s doable that festivities will proceed as standard regardless of the federal government bulletins.
Different nations within the area have adopted totally different insurance policies. If you might be transiting through every other nation or intending to depart Thailand after which re-enter at a later date, verify the newest authorities recommendation from the nations you’ll be visiting.