26 March, 2020

State of emergency in place in Thailand will make travelling very difficult

In accordance with the decree of the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand, a state of emergency is imposed on the territory of the state from 00:00 on March 26. 

Thus, the government of Thailand declares that entry to Thailand by air, sea, road or other means of transport is prohibited, except for the people listed below:
 1. Employees of embassies, employees of international organizations, representatives of the government, who have duties in Thailand, including their family members, issuing a letter guaranteeing entry to the Kingdom of Thailand at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
2. Foreign citizens, who have work permits in the Kingdom of Thailand.
3. Thai citizens are subject to receiving a letter of guarantee and a certificate of health when returning to Thailand.

This decree does not apply to foreign citizens travelling in transit until March 31, 2020. Persons aged 4 to 6 years must have a certificate of sufficient health to fly issued no later than 72 hours before departure.

So far over 350 police checkpoints have been established around the country and restrictions will be enforced.  “People can still travel, but there will be measures imposed on travellers which will make travel more difficult and eventually discouraging them from doing so,”  Wissanu Krea-ngam Thailands Deputy Prime Minister said. “Police and soldiers will set up checkpoints at provincial borders to see whether the measures are followed.”

Many airlines are reducing and cancelling services into and around Thailand,  Thai Lion Air has already announced it will temporarily suspend flights on both domestic and international routes between today and 30 April 2020 due to the pandemic situation, however, Thai Lion Air plans to return the normal on all routes from 1 May 2020 onwards.

Air Asia Thailand has already cut its international flights and is operating a reduced domestic schedule at the moment but is expected to reduce this still further in the coming days. 

Nok Air will continue with domestic services for the moment,  whilst international operations have been withdrawn.

Thai Airways has also recently announced a wide range of temporarily suspended operations:

1. Starting on 25 March 2020: Hong Kong, Taipei, Tokyo (Narita and Haneda), Osaka, Nagoya, Seoul, Phnom Penh, Vientiane, Ho Chi Minh, Hanoi, Yangon, Singapore, Jakarta, Denpasar, Kunming, Xiamen, Chengdu, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Karachi, Kathmandu, Lahore, Dhaka, Islamabad, and Colombo. For domestic flights to Chiang Mai, Phuket, and Krabi will be transferred and operated by THAI Smile.
2.  Starting on 27 March 2020: Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, and Perth
3. Starting on 1 April 2020: THAI will cancel most of its flights to Europe which are London, Frankfurt, Paris, Brussels, Copenhagen, Oslo, Moscow and Stockholm

THAI previously suspended flights to Sendai, Sapporo, Fukuoka, Busan, Manila, Kuala Lumpur, Rome, Milan, Vienna, New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Muscat, Dubai, and Auckland.

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