Thai officials withdraw mandatory self-quarantine measures for visitors from several countries as of March 4. Other controls continue.

Severity: Warning Alert

This alert began 04 Mar 2020 17:29 GMT and is scheduled to expire 16 Mar 2020 23:59 GMT.

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

Summary
Thai officials have withdrawn mandatory quarantines to be imposed on individuals with recent travel to several foreign countries shortly after the measures were first announced. On March 3, the Public Health Minister 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. However, the statement was retracted on March 4, with officials saying they must review a list of potential risk countries before implementing any measures. Thai authorities may announce official quarantine measures on international travelers in the coming days.

Health screenings have been implemented at international airports, and passengers displaying common symptoms of novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be subject to mandatory quarantines, either in medical facilities or at their homes. 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 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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