Thai officials announced compulsory self-quarantine measures for visitors from several places as of March 4. Additional measures also apply.

Severity: Warning Alert

This alert began 04 Mar 2020 08:15 GMT and is scheduled to expire 16 Mar 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Enhanced health screenings
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite as of March 4
  • Impact: Longer immigration wait times, quarantine measures

Summary
Thai officials have introduced measures to prevent and control the spread of novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Authorities announced compulsory self-quarantine measures for all travelers who have visited mainland China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Iran, Italy, Japan, Macau, Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan in the past 14 days. Officials will send arriving passengers displaying physical symptoms to state hospitals for further health testing. Additionally, visitors from these locations will also need to file a report on their health daily and inform authorities within three hours if they become unwell.

Authorities could expand their response in the coming weeks, particularly if COVID-19 activity increases in-country. The measures are unlikely to impact most travelers but may lead to immigration delays, especially for passengers from mainland China and the other affected countries and territories.

Advice
Follow all official instructions, particularly if traveling from mainland China and the other affected places. Allow additional time for immigration and health screenings at all ports of entry. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays.

Exercise basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

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