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18 May 2020 | 04:30 PM UTC

Thailand: Aviation authorities extend ban on international flights to June 30 /update 35

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Thailand’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAAT) extends ban on all international commercial flights into Thailand until June 30; confirm travel itineraries

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/18/2020, 4:00 AM until 6/30/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Bangkok). COUNTRY/REGION Thailand

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On Saturday, May 16, the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CCAT) announced that an extension to the temporary ban on all international commercial flights into the country had been issued until June 30, in efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.  

The temporary ban was initially imposed on Monday, April 27. According to the CAAT's latest aviation notification, the ban on international flights to Thailand has been extended from 17:00 UTC on June 1 to 17:00 UTC on June 30. All flights which have previous permits granted during this period will be canceled. Special-status flights are still exempt from the ban; this includes state and military aircraft, emergency landing and technical landing without disembarkation, humanitarian and relief flights, repatriation flights of Thai nationals, and cargo flights.

On Sunday, May 3, the CAAT announced that certain international airports will be permitted to operate the special-status flights, including Krabi (KBV), Chiang Mai (CNX), Chiang Rai (CEI), Samui (USM), Surat Thani (URT), Hat Yai (HDY), and Hua Hin (HHQ). Phuket International Airport (HKT) has been operating repatriation flights and Bangkok's Don Mueang International Airport (DMK) opened for additional flights starting Friday, May 1, as Thai AirAsia and Thai Lion Air resume some domestic flights. Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) reopened for domestic flights starting May 1, though international flights will remain restricted. Passengers arriving will be required to undergo a 14-day quarantine period, will be required to wear face masks while aboard aircraft, and no drinks or food will be served during flights.

As of Monday, May 18, health authorities have confirmed 3031 cases of COVID-19 in Thailand and 56 associated fatalities. Further international spread of the virus is to be expected in the near term.


The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and trouble breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.


Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.


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