The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) is planning to continue the ban for incoming flights to Thailand for a further 15 days to prevent an increase in coronavirus cases.
The ban extension is due to be announced later this week and will see all inbound flights to Thailand banned until midnight on May 15th. Currently, the ban expires on April 30th.
This will be the fourth extension of a ban that began at the beginning of April following chaos at Suvarnabhumi Airport when a group of Thai citizens refused to be quarantined after arrival.
The situation is generally assessed every 15 days and CAAT Chief, Chula Sukmanop said on Monday that “we may need to further disallow passenger aircraft from entering Thailand, but a final say will be given by the Public Health Ministry.”
The extension of the ban will occur as more than 1,000 Thai citizens return home from six countries as repatriation flights and efforts to get Thai people home continues.
However, the Thai military is ramping up measures to ensure that everyone is properly screened and quarantined to avoid a spike in new coronavirus cases.
The returnees will come from India, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Japan, and the Netherlands with everyone required to quarantine in a state facility for 14 days.
Source: Bangkok Post