Tourism Authority of Thailand is fully committed to putting people and their well-being first. Amid the concerns on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), TAT would like to assure all tourists that Thailand has robust health surveillance systems and measures for disease control. Feel free to pass this advice to your relevant teams and networks.
• The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) is continuing to implement strict surveillance at all points of entry including ground, sea and air. The Ministry is constantly following the situation and is adjusting the criteria for surveillance regularly to ensure maximum effectiveness in disease control.
• Since the beginning of this year, Thailand has implemented travellers’ health screening with thermal scans at Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang, Chiang Mai, Phuket and Krabi International Airports. Health surveillance systems are also in place at the Department of Airports’ 28 other airports nationwide including the above-mentioned Krabi Airport, and the U-Tapao Rayong-Pattaya International, Samui, Sukhothai and Trat Airports. All have stepped up hygiene measures, including extra cleaning and disinfection as well as provided hand sanitisers.
• The Department of Health, Ministry of Public 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 Airport Rail Link has set up a screening point at the entrance of all its eight stations. In addition to normal safety procedures, security personal screens all passengers’ body temperature using handheld thermometers. Alcohol hand gel are also provided in common areas.
• MRT subway has also set up a passenger’s fever screening point starting with 19 pilot stations, those that serve high traffic: Silom, Sukhumvit, Phetchaburi, Rama 9, Thailand Cultural Centre, Wat Mangkon, Tha Phra, Lak Song, Tao Poon, Nonthaburi Civic Centre, Ministry of Public Health, Bang Yai and Khlong Bang Phai.
• Thai airlines have implemented preventive measures, including passengers’ health screening and intensifying hygiene measures. Several airlines have also announced fee waiver policies for flight changes and cancellations, credit accounts and refunds on reserved tickets for flights to high-risk destinations.
Tourists can keep up to date with the COVID-19 situation in Thailand at the TAT Newsroom (www.tatnews.org) and the Department of Disease Control (DDC) ( ddc.moph.go.th