Health certificates needed prior boarding as well

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Following a series of conflicting announcements last week regarding travel restrictions, The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) made an official announcement with the latest information for travellers from listed high risk countries. 

Visitors and returnees from 6 COVID-19 infected countries and territories are now required to produce a medical certificate prior boarding their flights and upon arrival at Thai immigration. The announcement was made by Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob on Monday, 9th March 2020. 

Countries include South Korea, Hong Kong, and Macau

The 6 countries and territories classified are South Korea, China, Italy, Hong Kong, and Macau.

Those who are unable to present their health certificates to authorities will not be allowed to proceed with their journey. The minister also shared that those found with fake certificates will be reported and risk facing legal action as well as a mandatory 14-day quarantine.

Mr. Chidchob says that the imposed restrictions are in line with Thailand’s Communicable Diseases Act (2015).

In compliance with CAAT’s announcement, Thai Airways International also requires passengers from China, South Korea, and Italy to have valid health certificates before they can be issued their boarding passes. This was announced on the airline’s Facebook page on Monday evening.

Efforts to curb spread of virus in Thailand

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Members of the public remain cautious, with many wearing masks when outdoors
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Thailand currently has 53 cases of COVID-19. One of them is a 41-year-old woman who got into close contact with a patient who got infected after a trip to Italy.

The 52nd and 53rd cases are a couple. The wife infected her husband after returning from Italy, and the 2 are currently receiving treatment in Nakhon Pathom.

33 patients out of the current total have since recovered and returned home, with 1 death so far.

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