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TAT update: Thailand suspends incoming passenger flights to curb the spread of COVID-19

Effective from 00.01 Hrs. of 04 April, 2020, until 23.59 Hrs. of 06 April, 2020.

Bangkok, 04 April, 2020, at 09.00 Hrs. – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to provide the latest update regarding the temporary ban on all incoming passenger flights into the country in an intensified attempt to curb the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has issued an announcement on late Friday, 03 April, 2020, which temporarily bans 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 or effective as of last night. Any existing permission given to any passenger airlines that fall during the ban period is null and void.

The CAAT allows 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 are subject under the Emergency Decree to be quarantined for 14 days upon arrival in Thailand.

Meanwhile, also issued on late Friday, 03 April, 2020, the CAAT ordered a closure of Phuket International Airport from 00.01 of 10 April, 2020, until 23.59 Hrs. of 30 April, 2020, or until otherwise announced. The order allows exceptions for state or military aircraft; emergency landing; technical landing without passenger disembarkation; humanitarian aid, medical and relief flights; repatriation flights; and cargo aircraft.

TAT is constantly providing updates on the tourism-related COVID-19 situation in Thailand at the TAT Newsroom (https://www.tatnews.org/). For additional information and assistance relating to Thailand’s tourism, contact the TAT Contact Centre 1672 or Tourist Police 1155.

For constant updates of Thailand’s COVID-19 control measures for travellers, please visit https://ddc.moph.go.th/viralpneumonia/eng/index.php. This press release is published on 04 April, 2020, at 09.00 Hrs. All information is accurate at the current time but can be changed depending on the situation. The TAT Newsroom will not be updating this press release but will issue new updates as soon as further information becomes available.

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