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 Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (March 15, 2020)
 
Location: Thailand 

 
Event:  There is an ongoing outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) first identified in Wuhan, China.  The global public health threat posed by COVID-19 is high, with more than 145,000 reported cases worldwide. The government of the Kingdom of Thailand has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  On March 13, 2020, the Kingdom of Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health added the United States to its list of countries with ongoing local transmission. Travelers entering the Kingdom of Thailand who have been in the United States within the prior 14 days are subject to self-monitoring and reporting requirements.  There are no mandatory quarantine requirements in effect at this time for travelers arriving from the United States who do not display signs of infection.  Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice.  Visit the website of Ministry of Public Health for additional information on these new measures.

Actions to Take: 

    -Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information. 
    -For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19 please see the CDC’s
     latest recommendations. 
    -Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information. 
   -Check with your airlines or cruise lines regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
    -Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Thailand.
    -Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the U.S. 

Assistance:

U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand
Telephone: +66 2 205 4049

+66 2 205 4000 (after hours)

Email: acsbkk@state.gov

American Citizens Services 
 

  U.S. Consulate General Chiang Mai, Thailand (serving U.S. citizens in Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Kamphaengphet, Lampang, Lamphun, Mae Hong Son, Nan, Petchabun, Phayao, Phichit, Phitsanulok, Phrae, Sukhothai, Tak, and Uttaradit provinces)

Telephone: +66 053 107 700

+66 2 205 4000 (after hours)

Email: acschn@state.gov


State Department - Consular Affairs

888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (March 20, 2020
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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (March 20, 2020)

Location:  Thailand

Event:


The Royal Thai Government (RTG) has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice.  U.S. citizens who are considering returning to the United States are urged to work with their airlines to make travel arrangements while flights are still available. On March 13, 2020, the RTG’s Ministry of Public Health added the United States to its list of countries with ongoing local transmission. Travelers entering the Kingdom of Thailand who have been in the United States within the prior 14 days are subject to self-monitoring and reporting requirements upon arrival.

 
Effective as of 12:01 am, Sunday March 22, The Thai government now also requires such travelers to have a health certificate issued within 72 hours before arrival in Thailand certifying that they are “free of coronavirus,” as well as proof of medical insurance with at least $100,000 of overseas coverage.  The health certificate must certify the traveler has displayed no evidence of acute respiratory infection in the 48 hours prior to departure from the U.S.  The self-monitoring and reporting requirements upon arrival in Thailand remain, even with the health certificate and health insurance.  All U.S. Citizens must prepare themselves to produce these two documents if they wish to be allowed to arrive in Thailand after 12:01 am, Sunday March 22.  U.S. Embassies and Consulates will not be in a position to assist with regard to these documents.

All travelers arriving in Thailand will also be required to download the AOT Airports Application.  Once the app is downloaded, travelers must fill in the required information in the COVID-19 Inbound Passenger Control Section and present this to immigration officials at all international airports. The language of the RTG Ministry of Health requirements is available on its website.  Visit the Ministry of Public Health website for additional information on these new measures.


Many travelers worldwide have reported unexpected flight cancellations and limited flight availability.  If your travel has been disrupted, please contact your airline.  Please check with your airline or tour operator regarding any additional requirements to board, as individual companies may have their own requirements. 

The Department of State has issues a Global Level 4 Health Advisory – Do Not Travel.  U.S. citizens normally resident in the U.S. but currently outside the U.S,, i.e. tourists and other short-term travelers, should return while there are still transportation options available.  U.S. citizens normally resident overseas should avoid international travel.  The Travel Advisory does not constitute a “recall” of all U.S. citizens to the United States.

On March 14, the Department of State authorized the departure from any diplomatic or consular post in the world of US personnel and family members who have been medically determined to be at higher risk of a poor outcome if exposed to COVID-19.

The U.S. Embassy in Bangkok has recommended that all U.S. government employees in Thailand avoid mass transportation (including the BTS and MRT rail systems in Bangkok, buses, and domestic airline flights) and entertainment venues, and use personal vehicles for transportation domestically.   U.S. government employees are also encouraged to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people, and to practice social distancing.

 

Actions to Take:

·         Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.

·         For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19 please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.

    Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.
    Check with your airlines or cruise lines regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.

·         Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Thailand.

·         Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the U.S.

Assistance:

·         U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand

Telephone: +66 2 205 4049
+66 2 205 4000 (after hours)
Email: acsbkk@state.gov

American Citizens Services

·         U.S. Consulate General Chiang Mai, Thailand (serving U.S. citizens in Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Kamphaengphet, Lampang, Lamphun, Mae Hong Son, Nan, Petchabun, Phayao, Phichit, Phitsanulok, Phrae, Sukhothai, Tak, and Uttaradit provinces)

Telephone: +66 053 107 700
+66 2 205 4000 (after hours)
Email: acschn@state.gov

·         State Department - Consular Affairs

888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444


·         Thailand Country Information
·         Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts.
·         Follow us on Facebook and Twitter

April 08, 2020, 06:11:42 PM
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Re: Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 8, 2020)
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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 8, 2020)

 
Location: Thailand


Event:  Automatic Extension of Tourist Visas; Transportation Out of Thailand; Flight Options from Phuket; Suspension of All Passport Services, Except Emergency Passports


Tourist Visas Expiring on/after March 26 Extended 


The Ministry of Interior announced today that tourists (including U.S. citizens) who hold visas expiring on or after March 26 will benefit from an automatic 30-day extension.  There is no need to apply for the extension at a local immigration office.


Transportation Out of Thailand


We strongly advise temporary visitors in Thailand to arrange for immediate return to the United States while there is still an opportunity.


U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate arranging repatriation flights from Thailand at this time.  Such flights are a last resort, only considered after all commercial flight options are exhausted.  U.S. citizens are charged the fair market value for the transportation (normally at least the cost of a full-fare economy ticket.)

 

The following airlines are currently offering outbound flights from Thailand with  connections to the United States: Korean Air, Qatar Airways, Japan Airlines, and Lufthansa.
 

If you are having difficulty booking a flight back to the United States for any reason, including financial, please contact U.S. Embassy Bangkok immediately atacsbkk@state.govOR U.S. Consulate General Chiang Mai at acschn@state.gov.

 
All flight routes are subject to cancellation without notice, and many flights are heavily booked.  Hub countries with connections to the United States are also imposing increasingly strict requirements.    For verified information about the COVID-19 situation in other countries, please visit: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/COVID-19-Country-Specific-Information.html.

 
There are currently no government restrictions or requirements for U.S. citizens departing Thailand or entering the United States.  


U.S. citizens who are considering returning to the United States are urged to work with airlines to make travel arrangements while flights are still available.  U.S. citizens should consider booking flights to major points of entry into the United States and then arrange for further domestic travel upon arrival.


There are no longer international flights departing from Chiang Mai International Airport.  Due to additional airlines canceling domestic flight operations, this week there is an average of two flights per day from Chiang Mai International Airport to Bangkok

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has country-specific airport information available here.

 

Thai Domestic Travel Restrictions


Travelers should be prepared for domestic travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice that may make travel to the airport in Thailand difficult. Some provinces have established checkpoints where authorities many conduct health inspections or require travelers to have a valid reason to enter or pass through the province.  Chiang Mai province requires all foreign travelers entering the province to submit to a mandatory 14-day quarantine at their residence or other accommodation chosen by the provincial government. Local authorities are implementing new restrictions with little or no advance notice.  Today, U.S. citizens reported difficulty leaving Phuket province by road.


Options for forms of domestic travel (including airplanes, buses, public vans, and trains) are also decreasing throughout Thailand.  In Chiang Mai, all inter-provincial bus and train services are cancelled until April 30.  Some private car services are still offering transportation between provinces of from Chiang Mai to Bangkok.


Phuket International Airport Closure


The Provincial Government of Phuket confirmed the closure of the Phuket International Airport from 12:01 a.m. on April 10 to 11:59 p.m. on April 30, 2020.  There are two domestic flights per day and one international flight from Phuket.


International: The only remaining option is Qatar Airways today, Wednesday, April 8.  Book directly with them at https://www.qatarairways.com/en-us/homepage.html.


Domestic (to Bangkok only): Travelers should contact NokAir (+66 02 088 8955) or Thai VietJet Air (+66 02 089 1909) directly for information on ticket availability or visit the respective ticket counters at the Phuket International Airport.  They can also contact the Phuket Airport Information Desk at +66 76 351 122.


Any U.S. citizens in Phuket with an emergency request for assistance please email the American Citizens Services  unit at acsbkk@state.gov.


Discontinuation of Mail-In Passport Renewal

 
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Passport centers have suspended processing and shipping overseas photo-digitized full validity tourist passports to all U.S. Embassies and Consulates.  As a result, adult passport renewal by mail service has been suspended until further notice.   Please be aware we will not be able to process any mail-in passport applications.  We do still have the ability to produce an emergency photo digitized passport which is valid for one year.  If you have previously applied for a passport or citizenship service, you should expect significant delays receiving your passport and your citizenship evidence documents. If you have an emergency request, please e-mail acsbkk@state.gov (Bangkok) OR acschn@state.gov (Chiang Mai).


Nation-wide Curfew


A nation-wide curfew is currently in effect from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m..  Except for emergency medical care and travel to and from the airport, U.S. citizens should remain in their residences and hotel rooms during those hours.


Hotels Suspend Operations

 
Many hotels in Thailand have announced that they are suspending operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Many major hotels in Chiang Mai are closed.  Hotels that suspend operations may ask guests to leave immediately or guests will be transferred to government-sponsored accommodation at their own expense.  Travelers should be prepared for further hotel closures throughout Thailand with little or no advance notice.


Royal Thai Government COVID Information

Please visit the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s website for updated information.  Additional information about restrictions across Thailand can be found at the Ministry of Public Health’s Department of Disease Control COVID-19 website.


Key Points on COVID-19:


    Widespread ongoing transmission of a respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is occurring globally.

    -The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential international travel.
 
    -Older adults and people of any age with serious chronic medical conditions are at increased risk for severe disease.

    -There may be limited access to adequate medical care in affected areas of Thailand.

    -In the future, U.S. residents may have difficulty returning to the United States.

    -Travelers should avoid contact with sick people and wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

   -If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

    -Thai regulations now require the wearing of face masks in public.

   -All international travelers should stay home for 14 days after returning from travel, monitor their health, and practice social distancing.

 
For more the most up-to-date information visit the CDC page on Novel Coronavirus and the CDC Travelers Health Page for travelers to Thailand.  Information is also available through the World Health Organization.

 
Actions to Take: 

 

    -Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information. 

    -For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, please see the CDC’s
latest recommendations. 

Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information. 
   

   - Check with your airlines, cruise lines, or travel operators regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.

    -Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Thailand.

    -Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States. 

    -Visit the Kingdom of Thailand’s Ministry of Public’s Health English-language COVID-19 page for updates on the situation in Thailand.


Assistance:

 

    U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand

        Telephone: +66 2 205 4049
        +66 2 205 4000 (after hours)
        Email: acsbkk@state.gov
        American Citizens Services 
         

    U.S. Consulate General Chiang Mai, Thailand (serving U.S. citizens in Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Kamphaengphet, Lampang, Lamphun, Mae Hong Son, Nan, Petchabun, Phayao, Phichit, Phitsanulok, Phrae, Sukhothai, Tak, and Uttaradit provinces)

        Telephone: +66 053 107 700
        +66 2 205 4000 (after hours)
        Email: acschn@state.gov


    State Department - Consular Affairs

        888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
         

    Thailand Country Information
    Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts.
    Follow us on Facebook and Twitter

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 15, 2020
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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 15, 2020

Location:  Thailand

Event:  Ban on Incoming International Flights Extended Until April 30; Transportation Out of Thailand

 

 

CAAT Extends Ban on Incoming International Flights Until April 30

Today, the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) announced the extension until 30 April 2020 of the ban on incoming international flights.  The extension will likely mean a further reduction in outgoing international flights in the days ahead.

 

We strongly urge U.S. citizens to depart Thailand now while there are still outbound flights available.   

 

The following airlines are currently offering outbound flights from Bangkok with  connections to the United States: Korean Air, Qatar Airways, Japan Airlines, Air Asiana, KLM, and Lufthansa.    Japan Airlines announced further reductions in service from Bangkok to Tokyo effective immediately.  Korean Air is expected to reduce its service to Seoul in the near future.  All Nippon Airways (ANA) offers flights from Bangkok to Tokyo, but connecting flights to the U.S. require you to change airports in Japan, which is not allowed under Japan’s current travel restrictions.  There are no longer international flights departing from Chiang Mai International Airport or Phuket International Airport.  U.S. citizens should consider booking flights to major points of entry into the United States and then arrange for further domestic travel upon arrival.  U.S. citizens should also take into account the need to travel from their current location in Thailand to Bangkok in order to catch an international flight (please see “Thai Domestic Travel Restrictions” below).

 

If you are having difficulty booking a flight back to the United States for any reason, including financial, please contact U.S. Embassy Bangkok immediately at acsbkk@state.gov OR U.S. Consulate General Chiang Mai at acschn@state.gov .  Government loans are available for the purchase of airline tickets to the United States if needed.

 

Transportation Out of Thailand

U.S. citizens should prepare for the strong possibility that in the near future there will no longer be commercial flights departing Thailand with connections to the United States.  At present, there are no such flights on Mondays and Tuesdays. On other days, only between 1- 5 flights leave daily, a number expected to soon decrease even further.  We strongly advise temporary visitors in Thailand to make commercial arrangements for immediate return to the United States while there is still an opportunity.   

 

When booking a flight out of Thailand we urge you to do so at the earliest opportunity, ideally within the next several days.  If you have booked a flight after this time period, you should consider rebooking for an earlier date or make plans to stay in Thailand indefinitely.

 

The U.S. government does not anticipate arranging repatriation flights from Thailand at this time.  Such flights are a last resort, arranged in situations where U.S. citizens did not have an opportunity to depart via commercial options.   In addition, U.S. citizens are charged the fair market value for seats (normally at least the cost of a full-fare economy ticket.)

 

The following major airports are closed: Phuket International Airport (April 10-30), Koh Samui Airport (April 7-30).

 

There are available routes from southern Thailand to Bangkok.  For those in Phuket, the airport is closed until April 30, and the land and maritime borders are also closed.  The Governor of Phuket has authorized individual passengers or small groups to depart the province to Krabi Airport to catch a connecting flight to Bangkok.  The U.S. Embassy must provide the provincial government your information at least one week before your flight in order to receive clearance.


For those in Krabi, the airport is open and Thai VietJet Air has one flight every other day to Suvarnabhumi International Airport (Bangkok).  Travel to the airport is allowed for those on the mainland or Koh Lanta as long as you can present a boarding pass or proof of booking.  Travel to the airport from the smaller islands may not be possible at this time.


For those in Surat Thani, the airport is open and there is a daily Nok Air flight to Don Mueang International Airport (Bangkok).  There are speedboat transfers between Koh Phangan, Koh Tao, and Koh Samu to Surat Thani.  Please check at the pier directly to determine which lines are running and when.  We understand the Lomprayah company has regular transfers.  There is bus service from the Donsak Pier in Surat Thani to the Surat Thani Airport.

 

If you are having difficulty booking a flight back to the United States for any reason, including financial, please contact U.S. Embassy Bangkok immediately at acsbkk@state.gov OR U.S. Consulate General Chiang Mai at acschn@state.gov .  Government loans are available for the purchase of airline tickets to the United States if needed.

 

The few remaining flight routes are subject to cancellation without notice, and many flights are heavily booked.   For verified information about the COVID-19 situation in other countries, please visit: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/COVID-19-Country-Specific-Information.html.

 

There are currently no government restrictions or requirements for U.S. citizens departing Thailand or entering the United States.??

 

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has country-specific airport information available here.

 

National State of Emergency and Nation-wide Curfew

On March 25th, the Royal Thai Government declared a national state of emergency, effective March 26th, in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Thailand.  Most restaurants, stores, and entertainment venues are closed except for food delivery, supermarkets, restaurants’ delivery service providers and food markets, drug stores, convenience stores, banks, and other stores selling necessary items.  Alcohol sales are banned nation-wide. Several provinces have closed their borders, requested most hotels to close, and have instituted additional restrictions on movement within the province.  Thai law controlling emergency situations gives the Prime Minister’s Office broad authorities, and more emergency measures further restricting movements and activities in Thailand may be announced at any time. Under the state of emergency, provincial governments are also empowered to institute any legal measure they determine necessary to combat the spread of the virus.

 

A nation-wide curfew is currently in effect from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m..  Except for emergency medical care and travel to and from the airport, U.S. citizens should remain in their residences and hotel rooms during those hours.  U.S. citizens who must travel during curfew hours for emergency medical care or to and from the airport may be stopped by the police and should be prepared to show identification and demonstrate their reason for travel.

 

Any U.S. citizens with an emergency request for assistance please email the

American Citizens Services unit acsbkk@state.gov (Bangkok)  OR acschn@state.gov (Chiang Mai).

 

Thai Domestic Travel Restrictions

Options for forms of domestic travel (including airplanes, buses, public vans, and trains) are also decreasing throughout Thailand.  This week there is an average of two flights per day from Chiang Mai International Airport to Bangkok.  In Chiang Mai, all inter-provincial bus and train services are cancelled until April 30.  Some private car services are still offering transportation between provinces of including from Chiang Mai to Bangkok.

 

Travelers should be prepared for domestic travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice that may make travel to the airport in Thailand difficult. Some provinces have established checkpoints where authorities many conduct health inspections or require travelers to have a valid reason to enter or pass through the province.  Phuket province is currently in “lock down.”  You should be prepared to remain in Phuket until transportation restrictions are lifted.  Limitations on movement between Phuket’s 17 districts (Tambun) are in effect until April 27th.

 

Chiang Mai province requires all foreign travelers entering the province to quarantine for 14 days.  Lamphun, Nan, Phitsanulok, and Phrae provinces require all Thai and foreign national travelers to quarantine for 14 days.  Mae Hong Son province has barred all foreigners from entering the province. 

 

Authorities may implement additional provincial travel restrictions which may vary from province to province.  Therefore, U.S. citizens planning to cross provincial lines in order to obtain emergency medical care, to visit the Embassy or Consulate for emergency services, or to travel to an airport should check the latest restrictions first.  If you must travel across provincial lines be prepared to show identification and demonstrate your reason for travel if stopped by the authorities, including providing proof of travel arrangements or medical or consular appointment.     

 

Options for forms of domestic travel (including airplanes, buses, public vans, and trains) are also decreasing throughout Thailand.  In Chiang Mai, all inter-provincial bus and train services are cancelled until April 30.  Some private car services are still offering transportation between provinces including from Chiang Mai to Bangkok. 

 

Royal Thai Government COVID Information

Please visit the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s website for updated information.  Additional information about restrictions across Thailand can be found at the Ministry of Public Health’s Department of Disease Control COVID-19 website.

 

Key Points on COVID-19:

 

    Widespread ongoing transmission of a?respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is occurring globally.
    The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential international travel.
    Older adults and people of any age?with serious chronic medical conditions are at increased risk for severe disease.
    There may be limited access to adequate medical care in affected areas of Thailand.
    In the future, U.S. residents may have difficulty returning to the United States.
    Travelers should avoid contact with sick people and wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use?an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains?at least 60% alcohol.
    Thai regulations now require the wearing of face masks in public.
    All international travelers should stay home for 14 days after returning from travel, monitor their health, and practice social distancing.

 

For more the most up-to-date information visit the CDC page on Novel Coronavirus and the CDC Travelers Health Page for travelers to Thailand.  Information is also available through the World Health Organization.

 
Actions to Take: 

 

    Consult the?CDC website for the most up-to-date information. 
    For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, please see the CDC’s latest recommendations. 
    Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information. 
    Check with your airlines, cruise lines, or travel operators regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
    Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Thailand.
    Visit the?Department of Homeland Security’s website?on the latest travel restrictions to the United States.?
    Visit the Kingdom of Thailand’s Ministry of Public’s Health English-language COVID-19 page for updates on the situation in Thailand.

 

Assistance:

 

    U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand

        Telephone: +66 2 205 4049
        +66 2 205 4000 (after hours)
        Email: acsbkk@state.gov
        American Citizens Services 
         

    U.S. Consulate General Chiang Mai, Thailand (serving U.S. citizens in Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Kamphaengphet, Lampang, Lamphun, Mae Hong Son, Nan, Petchabun, Phayao, Phichit, Phitsanulok, Phrae, Sukhothai, Tak, and Uttaradit provinces)

        Telephone: +66 053 107 700
        +66 2 205 4000 (after hours)
        Email: acschn@state.gov


    State Department - Consular Affairs

        888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
         

 

    Thailand Country Information
    Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts.
    Follow us on Facebook and Twitter

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (May 15, 20200

Location:  Thailand

Event:  Ban on Incoming International Flights Extended Until April 30; Transportation Out of Thailand

 

 

CAAT Extends Ban on Incoming International Flights Until April 30

Today, the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) announced the extension until 30 April 2020 of the ban on incoming international flights.  The extension will likely mean a further reduction in outgoing international flights in the days ahead.

 

We strongly urge U.S. citizens to depart Thailand now while there are still outbound flights available.   

 

The following airlines are currently offering outbound flights from Bangkok with  connections to the United States: Korean Air, Qatar Airways, Japan Airlines, Air Asiana, KLM, and Lufthansa.    Japan Airlines announced further reductions in service from Bangkok to Tokyo effective immediately.  Korean Air is expected to reduce its service to Seoul in the near future.  All Nippon Airways (ANA) offers flights from Bangkok to Tokyo, but connecting flights to the U.S. require you to change airports in Japan, which is not allowed under Japan’s current travel restrictions.  There are no longer international flights departing from Chiang Mai International Airport or Phuket International Airport.  U.S. citizens should consider booking flights to major points of entry into the United States and then arrange for further domestic travel upon arrival.  U.S. citizens should also take into account the need to travel from their current location in Thailand to Bangkok in order to catch an international flight (please see “Thai Domestic Travel Restrictions” below).

 

If you are having difficulty booking a flight back to the United States for any reason, including financial, please contact U.S. Embassy Bangkok immediately at acsbkk@state.gov OR U.S. Consulate General Chiang Mai at acschn@state.gov .  Government loans are available for the purchase of airline tickets to the United States if needed.

 

Transportation Out of Thailand

U.S. citizens should prepare for the strong possibility that in the near future there will no longer be commercial flights departing Thailand with connections to the United States.  At present, there are no such flights on Mondays and Tuesdays. On other days, only between 1- 5 flights leave daily, a number expected to soon decrease even further.  We strongly advise temporary visitors in Thailand to make commercial arrangements for immediate return to the United States while there is still an opportunity.   

 

When booking a flight out of Thailand we urge you to do so at the earliest opportunity, ideally within the next several days.  If you have booked a flight after this time period, you should consider rebooking for an earlier date or make plans to stay in Thailand indefinitely.

 

The U.S. government does not anticipate arranging repatriation flights from Thailand at this time.  Such flights are a last resort, arranged in situations where U.S. citizens did not have an opportunity to depart via commercial options.   In addition, U.S. citizens are charged the fair market value for seats (normally at least the cost of a full-fare economy ticket.)

 

The following major airports are closed: Phuket International Airport (April 10-30), Koh Samui Airport (April 7-30).

 

There are available routes from southern Thailand to Bangkok.  For those in Phuket, the airport is closed until April 30, and the land and maritime borders are also closed.  The Governor of Phuket has authorized individual passengers or small groups to depart the province to Krabi Airport to catch a connecting flight to Bangkok.  The U.S. Embassy must provide the provincial government your information at least one week before your flight in order to receive clearance.


For those in Krabi, the airport is open and Thai VietJet Air has one flight every other day to Suvarnabhumi International Airport (Bangkok).  Travel to the airport is allowed for those on the mainland or Koh Lanta as long as you can present a boarding pass or proof of booking.  Travel to the airport from the smaller islands may not be possible at this time.


For those in Surat Thani, the airport is open and there is a daily Nok Air flight to Don Mueang International Airport (Bangkok).  There are speedboat transfers between Koh Phangan, Koh Tao, and Koh Samu to Surat Thani.  Please check at the pier directly to determine which lines are running and when.  We understand the Lomprayah company has regular transfers.  There is bus service from the Donsak Pier in Surat Thani to the Surat Thani Airport.

 

If you are having difficulty booking a flight back to the United States for any reason, including financial, please contact U.S. Embassy Bangkok immediately at acsbkk@state.gov OR U.S. Consulate General Chiang Mai at acschn@state.gov .  Government loans are available for the purchase of airline tickets to the United States if needed.

 

The few remaining flight routes are subject to cancellation without notice, and many flights are heavily booked.   For verified information about the COVID-19 situation in other countries, please visit: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/COVID-19-Country-Specific-Information.html.

 

There are currently no government restrictions or requirements for U.S. citizens departing Thailand or entering the United States.  

 

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has country-specific airport information available here.

 

National State of Emergency and Nation-wide Curfew

On March 25th, the Royal Thai Government declared a national state of emergency, effective March 26th, in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Thailand.  Most restaurants, stores, and entertainment venues are closed except for food delivery, supermarkets, restaurants’ delivery service providers and food markets, drug stores, convenience stores, banks, and other stores selling necessary items.  Alcohol sales are banned nation-wide. Several provinces have closed their borders, requested most hotels to close, and have instituted additional restrictions on movement within the province.  Thai law controlling emergency situations gives the Prime Minister’s Office broad authorities, and more emergency measures further restricting movements and activities in Thailand may be announced at any time. Under the state of emergency, provincial governments are also empowered to institute any legal measure they determine necessary to combat the spread of the virus.

 

A nation-wide curfew is currently in effect from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m..  Except for emergency medical care and travel to and from the airport, U.S. citizens should remain in their residences and hotel rooms during those hours.  U.S. citizens who must travel during curfew hours for emergency medical care or to and from the airport may be stopped by the police and should be prepared to show identification and demonstrate their reason for travel.

 

Any U.S. citizens with an emergency request for assistance please email the

American Citizens Services unit acsbkk@state.gov (Bangkok)  OR acschn@state.gov (Chiang Mai).

 

Thai Domestic Travel Restrictions

Options for forms of domestic travel (including airplanes, buses, public vans, and trains) are also decreasing throughout Thailand.  This week there is an average of two flights per day from Chiang Mai International Airport to Bangkok.  In Chiang Mai, all inter-provincial bus and train services are cancelled until April 30.  Some private car services are still offering transportation between provinces of including from Chiang Mai to Bangkok.

 

Travelers should be prepared for domestic travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice that may make travel to the airport in Thailand difficult. Some provinces have established checkpoints where authorities many conduct health inspections or require travelers to have a valid reason to enter or pass through the province.  Phuket province is currently in “lock down.”  You should be prepared to remain in Phuket until transportation restrictions are lifted.  Limitations on movement between Phuket’s 17 districts (Tambun) are in effect until April 27th.

 

Chiang Mai province requires all foreign travelers entering the province to quarantine for 14 days.  Lamphun, Nan, Phitsanulok, and Phrae provinces require all Thai and foreign national travelers to quarantine for 14 days.  Mae Hong Son province has barred all foreigners from entering the province.

 

Authorities may implement additional provincial travel restrictions which may vary from province to province.  Therefore, U.S. citizens planning to cross provincial lines in order to obtain emergency medical care, to visit the Embassy or Consulate for emergency services, or to travel to an airport should check the latest restrictions first.  If you must travel across provincial lines be prepared to show identification and demonstrate your reason for travel if stopped by the authorities, including providing proof of travel arrangements or medical or consular appointment.     

 

Options for forms of domestic travel (including airplanes, buses, public vans, and trains) are also decreasing throughout Thailand.  In Chiang Mai, all inter-provincial bus and train services are cancelled until April 30.  Some private car services are still offering transportation between provinces including from Chiang Mai to Bangkok.

 

Royal Thai Government COVID Information

Please visit the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s website for updated information.  Additional information about restrictions across Thailand can be found at the Ministry of Public Health’s Department of Disease Control COVID-19 website.

 

Key Points on COVID-19:

 

    Widespread ongoing transmission of a respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is occurring globally.
    The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential international travel.
    Older adults and people of any age with serious chronic medical conditions are at increased risk for severe disease.
    There may be limited access to adequate medical care in affected areas of Thailand.
    In the future, U.S. residents may have difficulty returning to the United States.
    Travelers should avoid contact with sick people and wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
    Thai regulations now require the wearing of face masks in public.
    All international travelers should stay home for 14 days after returning from travel, monitor their health, and practice social distancing.

 

For more the most up-to-date information visit the CDC page on Novel Coronavirus and the CDC Travelers Health Page for travelers to Thailand.  Information is also available through the World Health Organization.

 
Actions to Take:

 

    Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.
    For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.
    Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.
    Check with your airlines, cruise lines, or travel operators regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
    Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Thailand.
    Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States. 
    Visit the Kingdom of Thailand’s Ministry of Public’s Health English-language COVID-19 page for updates on the situation in Thailand.

 

Assistance:

 

    U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand

        Telephone: +66 2 205 4049
        +66 2 205 4000 (after hours)
        Email: acsbkk@state.gov
        American Citizens Services
         

    U.S. Consulate General Chiang Mai, Thailand (serving U.S. citizens in Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Kamphaengphet, Lampang, Lamphun, Mae Hong Son, Nan, Petchabun, Phayao, Phichit, Phitsanulok, Phrae, Sukhothai, Tak, and Uttaradit provinces)

        Telephone: +66 053 107 700
        +66 2 205 4000 (after hours)
        Email: acschn@state.gov


    State Department - Consular Affairs

        888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
         
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