May 11, 2020.
Tags: Bangkok, Phuket, Patong, Hua hin, Thailand, Travel
Thailand is taking its first tentative steps toward reviving the airline and tourism industry with the re-opening of airports around the country to passenger flights.
This is good news to business owners in tourist areas and regional cities as well. The re-opening of the airports signals Thailand’s success in curbing the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. But travellers should beware that the country will re-impose a lockdown in the event of a sudden rise in the number of infections being reported.
Only airports in major cities in Thailand can serve international flights. But with the re-opening of domestic flights to regional airports, the residents of smaller cities in Thailand can travel freely once again.
Currently, the airports only open to domestic flights and cargo flights between the hours of 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM are
Passengers and crew are required to wear masks at all times, observe social distancing guidelines enforced by the Thai government, and be screened for the coronavirus at both the airport of origin and the destination airport. Passengers who have a fever will not be allowed to travel and may be quarantined.
This is good news for the tourism industry in Thailand, for as long the infection rate continues to ease, more and more businesses will be allowed to open around the country. Tourism operators will be able to start offering their services once again as the tourism industry gears up.
But tourists should expect that social distancing guidelines will remain in place for some time even after a total elimination of new infections. Tourists should also wear face masks and carry hand sanitiser as part of the “new normal” life in Thailand for at least the next few months.
If you’re a foreign national visiting Thailand, here’s a checklist of items you should carry with you at all times when travelling by air or road:
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