Thailand maintains health screening for travelers from mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Singapore as of Feb. 23

Severity: Informational Alert

This alert began 23 Feb 2020 10:30 GMT and is scheduled to expire 02 Mar 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Enhanced health screening
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Date: Indefinite as of Feb. 23
  • Impact: Flight disruptions; possible quarantine

Summary
As of Feb. 23, authorities in Thailand are maintaining enhanced screening measures at points of entry for air passengers arriving from several countries and territories due to the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. Officials are carrying out thermal body scans on passengers arriving from mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, and South Korea. Any passengers displaying possible COVID-19 symptoms will need to transfer to a medical facility for further testing and possible quarantine. Officials have further stated that while they are not currently doing so, they may implement increased screening for travelers from Italy in light of a recent increase in COVID-19 cases there.

In addition, Thailand's flagship carrier, Thai Airways, announced Feb. 23 that it will either reduce or suspend flights to Bangladesh, mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, the Philippines, and the United Arabs Emirates as a precautionary measure and due to reduced demand as a result of COVID-19.

Advice
Follow all official instructions. Plan for flight disruptions. Allow additional time for immigration and health screenings, especially if traveling from mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, and South Korea. Consider delaying travel if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays. Confirm reservations and business appointments.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). 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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