What does change for Tourists Coming to Thailand following Government’s Announcement

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Terminal 21 shopping mall in Bangkok on February 25, 2020...

Thailand declares COVID-19 a dangerous contagious disease: what it means to tourists. TAT is providing some explanation for travellers who will come to the Kingdom. 

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to provide clarification regarding the latest move by the National Communicable Disease Committee (NCDC) to declare the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) a dangerous contagious disease.

The declaration is a proactive measure aimed at safeguarding public health, thus further reaffirming Thailand’s strong capacities and its very strict system of monitoring and containment of the disease. This does not mean that Thailand has entered the third phase of the outbreak.

The NCDC has made such decision to allow health authorities to effectively prevent and control the disease. In the event of an urgent necessity, it has the authority to close various locations and order patients or suspected patients to temporarily cease working.

All the public places are now equipped with sanitizing gels for hands while public transport around Bangkok such as MRT, BTS and Airport Express trains strengthened prevention measures. The Airport Rail Link has set up a screening point at the entrance of all its eight stations. In addition to the normal safety procedures, security personal will also screen all passengers’ body temperature using handheld thermometers. A similar measure is systematically implemented for all passengers arriving at any Thai airport.

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) (https://ddc.moph.go.th/viralpneumonia/eng/index.php)

If any tourists become sick while travelling, do seek medical care early, or contact the Department of Disease Control Hotline 1422. For information and assistance relating to Thailand’s tourism, contact the TAT Contact Centre 1672 or the Tourist Police 1155.

Meanwhile, situation in Bangkok and other towns is fully normal as people continues to have normal activities. Restaurants are full, people take the skytrain, supermarkets bustle with normal activities. The only difference with a couple of weeks ago is the increased number of people wearing masks!