TAT update: Thailand remains on guard despite a continuous drop in new COVID-19 cases

Bangkok, 14 April, 2020, at 13.00 Hrs. – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to inform international and domestic tourists that Thailand remains on guard in its unprecedented effort to prevent and mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) despite a continuous drop in the daily rate of new Covid-19 cases.

Over the last few days, Thailand saw under 50 new COVID-19 cases daily. However, according to the Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health, the number of patients and new deaths in the country are still being reported, so intensive measures are being implemented in all areas.

Following a raft of measures introduced as of 26 March, 2020, the day Thailand entered a state of emergency, which is set to last until 30 April, 2020, the nation has seen unprecedented measures being introduced both on a national and provincial level.

A raft of directives includes restrictions for access to risk areas; closure of risk areas; closure of entry/access points (land, sea and air) to the country; restrictions on the hoarding of consumer items, and ensuring of price controls on items; restrictions on large gatherings; restrictions on the deliberate dispensing of distorted information, and avoid commuting between provinces. Those who travel to another province will be required to undergo health checks and provide their personal details for tracking or quarantine.

Additional measures include the 22.00-04.00 Hrs. nationwide curfew from 3 April, 2020, until further notice; the entry and exist bans by several provinces; closure of an extended list of venues and services, restrictions on the opening hours of shops and services; travel and activity restrictions in line with the directives under the state of emergency; postponement of the reopening of all schools for the new semester to 1 July, 2020; and extension of the ban on inbound passenger flights until 18 April, 2020.

Cancellation of the Songkran holiday and activities as well as banning alcohol sales nationwide are also among the tireless measures introduced by the Royal Thai Government to restrict group gatherings.

Once again, TAT would like to remind all of you to stay safe through this difficult time, prepare for the time when travel and tourism returns, and we can all enjoy the amazing Thai travel experiences with our beloved family and friends.

In the meantime, please adhere to the recommendations to prevent the COVID-19 infection by the Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health:

  • If anyone makes contact with other people or visits risk areas, when they return home, it is recommended to clean their body, take a bath or shower, wash their hair, and change clothes before meeting with elder relatives (avoid close contact with the elderly).
  • Eat well-cooked food, use separate bowls, dishes and personal spoons and forks, and keep a distance between seats of at least 1 metre.
  • Refrain from joining groups for drinking any kinds of alcoholic beverages.
  • Regularly clean the house including appliances and furniture.
  • Avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight during the summer. Be careful not to dehydrate. Keep healthy and get enough sleep.

The Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health, also gave suggestions for the elderly group and those with underlying diseases; such as, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, chronic renal failure, etc., that they should stay inside the house. Do not let unknown people come near you. Refuse to participate in social activities or traditional activities with groups of people. Stay at home with hobbies to relax; such as, watering plants, cleaning the house and exercising to maintain good health.

TAT is constantly providing updates on the tourism-related COVID-19 situation in Thailand at the TAT Newsroom (https://www.tatnews.org/). For additional information and assistance relating to Thailand’s tourism, contact the TAT Contact Centre 1672 or Tourist Police 1155.

For constant updates of Thailand’s COVID-19 control measures for travellers, please visit https://ddc.moph.go.th/viralpneumonia/eng/index.php.

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