Thai officials announce self-quarantine measures for visitors from several countries beginning March 6. Further screenings implemented.

Severity: Warning Alert

This alert began 05 Mar 2020 21:59 GMT and is scheduled to expire 19 Mar 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Event: Enhanced health screenings
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite as of March 6
  • Impact: Longer immigration wait times; possible quarantine measures

Summary
Thai officials have announced that, effective March 6, travelers from mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Italy, Iran, and South Korea will be subject to compulsory self-quarantine measures for 14 days upon arrival in Thailand. Passengers from the specified locations will be required to remain isolated their homes or in hotels for the required period, with authorities periodically conducting examinations and ensuring compliance with the measure. Thai authorities have announced fines of 20,000 baht (633 USD) for quarantine violators. Authorities first announced similar quarantine measures March 3 before rescinding them March 4. Further adjustments to Thailand's international travel controls are possible in the coming days and weeks.

Health screenings have been implemented at international airports. Travelers who display known symptoms of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) will be immediately transferred to designated hospitals. 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. Authorities could expand their response in the coming weeks, particularly if COVID-19 activity increases in-country.

Advice
Follow all official instructions, particularly if traveling from specified locations. 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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