UPDATE: APRIL 7, 2020
In order to maintain the continuity of the prevention and control measures, the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand hereby issue the
1. All international passenger flights to Thailand will be banned from 6 April 2020 at 17.00 UTC to 18 April 2020 at 17.00 UTC.
2. All flight permits granted to international passenger flights for such period will be canceled.
3. The ban on 1. does not apply to the following:
(1) State or military aircraft
(2) Emergency landing
(3) Technical landing without disembarkation
(4) Humanitarian aid, medical and relief flights
(5) Repatriation flights
(6) Cargo flights
4. The passengers on board the aircraft leaving the airport of departure before the entry into force of the Notification will subject to 14-day quarantine under the contiguous disease law and the regulation under the Emergency Decree on State of Emergency B.E. 2548.
UPDATE: March 19, 2020
In the event that persons wish to travel to Thailand during this time, the following applies:
• The US is included among countries listed as ongoing local transmission areas. France, Spain, Switzerland, Norway, Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden, Great Britain, Japan, and Germany are also included on that list.
• Effective March 20, 2020, at check-in at the airport of departure, US travelers must present the following documents to the airline:
• Health certificate certifying that the passengers pose no risk of being infected by the Coronavirus Disease (COVID–19). The health certificate must be issued no more than 72 hours prior to the date of travel.
• Insurance that shows minimum medical coverage in Thailand of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), in the amount not less than 100,000 USD.
In addition, the following applies:
Travelers arriving in Thailand must complete the health form (T.8 form) accurately and truthfully (or the AOT Airports Application).
• Travelers with a fever and at least one of the following symptoms: runny nose, sore throat, and difficulty breathing must notify disease control officers at the quarantine office immediately upon arrival in Thailand.
• All travelers will pass a fever screening through a thermal scan. Travelers who meet the criteria of surveillance will be referred to a designated hospital.
• It is recommended that all travelers self-monitor (supervision without quarantine) at their hotel or place of stay for no less than 14 days and comply with recommendations to prevent infection and community spread.
• Hotel/Place of Stay must match the information which was given on the T8 form.
• It is recommended that all travelers adhere to social distancing recommendations
• If travelers exhibit clinical symptoms, they are required to report to the disease control officers within 3 hours. Control officers will provide guidelines for leaving the place of stay when necessary.
• At this time, to prevent community spread, all bars, restaurants, entertainment venues, massage parlors, across the country, are temporarily closed.
For further information about measures and health education (excluding visa information and complaint) please contact via OICDDC hotline +66 9-6847-8209 from 08.00 A.M – 8.00 P.M. (GMT+07.00) or OICDDC Facebook messenger for 24/7 assistance. Feel free to reference the official document here.
UPDATE: MARCH 17, 2020
The Tourism Authority of Thailand would like to inform international and domestic tourists that the Royal Thai Government today announced several measures to limit the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Measures to limit people’s movement and travel
– Thai New Year, or Songkran, holidays and celebrations, from 13-15 April, 2020, to be postponed until further notice.
– 14-day closure of universities, international schools and tutorial schools, from 18 to 31 March, 2020
UPDATE: MARCH 16, 2020
WHAT IS A T8 FORM (downloadable here)
1. The Airports of Thailand (AOT) has launched an application to enable travelers arriving from the Disease Infected Zones to submit the T8 form as required by the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT).
2. All travelers from the Disease Infected Zones must complete the T8 form, via the AOT application or on paper, and submit it to the communicable disease control officials at the control post at the airport of disembarkation.
3. After downloading the AOT application, travelers are required to complete the T8 with their personal information including name, nationality, passport number, active mobile phone number and active e-mail address. The data will be stored for 14 days from the arrival date. This is to allow Thai health officials to contact the travelers in case of an emergency, e.g., passengers seated in close vicinity are tested positive for COVID-19.
4. This requirement is in line with the CAAT’s “Practical Guidelines for the Air Operators Relating to the Services to be provided in the Territories outside Thailand Defined as Disease Infected Zones of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak,” issued on 8 March, 2020. On 5 March, 2020
In addition, Thailand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has put into effect the suspension of Visa on Arrival (VoA) for nationals of 19 countries and territories which were previously eligible. These countries are Bulgaria, Bhutan, China, Cyprus, Ethiopia, Fiji, Georgia, India, Kazakhstan, Malta, Mexico, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Uzbekistan, and Vanuatu. Visa exemptions will also be canceled for nationals from South Korea, Italy and Hong Kong. This will remain in effect until September 30th, 2020.
Should you wish to speak to a TAT representative, please send call:
Los Angeles: (323) 461 9814
New York: (212) 432 0433
Toronto: (647) 329 1000
UPDATE: March 13, 2020
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to provide the latest update on measures to contain the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Travelers to Thailand are advised to avoid transiting at an airport in the Disease Infected Zones (which include China – including Hong Kong and Macau, Italy, Iran, and South Korea), as the Royal Thai Government has put in place a mandatory 14-day quarantine.
UPDATE: March 12, 2020
Dear Friends of Thailand,
Since the beginning of 2020, COVID-19 has brought panic throughout the world. Especially with the recent developments over the last few days, it’s important during times like these to share good feelings for each other! The People of Thailand are ready to help spread cheer and offer support in fighting the discouragement that Coronavirus has recently spread. We are ready to keep fighting side-by-side with the world and get through this together.
As thousands of visitors have booked travel to Thailand over the next few months, the Tourism Authority of Thailand would like to thank them for their continued support and reassure them of their safety and security from the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).
Currently, all of TAT’s local offices are constantly monitoring the 2019-nCoV situation in the country and are working closely with their respective local public and private sector partners to prevent the spread of the virus. Actions taken by authorities include workshops on the understanding of the virus and disease control, and preventive efforts including visitors’ health screening and extra hygiene at tourist attractions, hotels, restaurants, and public transport.
Until further notice, Thailand’s annual events and festivals that are scheduled between now to March 2020 are still taking place as usual, which includes sports activities, conferences, and exhibitions. In addition, all shops, department stores, restaurants, museums, and tourist spots are open as normal.
If you are planning to travel to Thailand in the next few months, you probably have some questions and concerns about the 2019-nCoV in the country. We’re here to answer some questions you might have about traveling to Thailand during this time and some tips on how to stay alert while traveling.
What Preventive Measures are in Place to Prevent the Spread of the Coronavirus in the Country?
Since January 3rd, Thailand has implemented passengers’ health screening with thermal scans at the country’s four international airports in Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang, Chiang Mai, Phuket and Krabi International Airports for suspected symptoms of the coronavirus disease. These airports have also stepped up hygiene measures, including extra cleaning and disinfection, as well as providing hand sanitizers. If any suspected cases are identified, they will be quarantined and administered further tests.
Thanks to extensive experience in dealing with medical conditions such as SARS and MERS, Thailand has an effective surveillance and screening system for disease control. The efficient screening system detected two 2019-nCoV cases in Chinese nationals, traveling from Wuhan, China. Both have been completely cured and have been returned home, according to the Department of Disease Control.
Hotels, tour operators, airlines and all other providers of products and services to visitors are also taking 100% action to ensure cleanliness and hygiene. With this is in mind, the Ministry of Public Health has launched the “Big Cleaning Week” to build health literacy among the general public by adjusting personal hygiene behavior for the cleaning of houses, workplaces, and public places to prevent the spread of the coronavirus infection.
Meanwhile, the Ministry’s Department of Health has stressed the importance of strict hygiene measures at government places, restaurants, food stalls, hotels, and petrol stations. The measures also cover public transport, including city buses and commuter vans, rapid transit (sky train and subway) and ferries, as well as intercity buses, coaches and trains.
The Ministry also dispatched health and medical personnel to observe visitors’ health screening and prevention efforts at attractions popular with tourists including Asiatique The Riverfront and Siam Niramit.
Are Any Local Events Going to be Canceled Due to the Virus?
All of Thailand’s annual events and festivals that are scheduled between now to March 2020 are taking place as usual, which includes sports activities, conferences, and exhibitions. In addition, all shops, department stores, restaurants, museums, and tourist spots are open as normal.
For more information and the calendar of events and festivals in Thailand, visit http://thailandfestival.org/en
Tips on How You Can Reduce the Risk of Coronavirus While Traveling
TAT would like to remind everyone to strictly adhere to everyday hygienic habits, which can help prevent the spread of several viruses, especially when you are out and about enjoying travel experiences in Thailand. Some of these habits include:
• Cleaning your hands with soaps and water or alcohol-based hand rub.
• Covering the nose and mouth when coughing and/or sneezing with a tissue or flexed elbow.
• Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
• Bring a mask when you are out and about, especially if you are coughing, sneezing, have a sore throat and/or a runny nose.
• Cook meat and eggs thoroughly.
• Avoid unprotected contact with live wild or farm animals.
If you are a Thai or international tourist who are traveling from Wuhan, China, seek immediate medical advice and treatment if you are experiencing these emergency warning signs within 14 days: fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose and shortness of breath. You can also contact the Department of Disease Control hotline 1422.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand is Ready to Help
TAT would like to emphasize that the Thai tourism industry will do everything possible to strictly implement preventive measures and heighten active surveillance for all tourists in Thailand to be protected from being exposed to the virus. This is consistent with the policy of the Thai tourism industry to provide and maintain quality services.
The TAT’s offices in Thailand and around the world are ready to help and act as coordination centers for those people wanting any information updates on the coronavirus situation in Thailand. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please call the Department of Disease Control Hotline 1422 or the Tourist Police Hotline 1155.
Continue to follow us on social media for updates on the traveling situations around Thailand. You can also visit https://www.tatnews.org/category/thailand-tourism-updates/ for the most current news updates.