Dramatic scenes unfolded at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport last night, Friday, April 3rd, as hundreds of Thai citizens returning to the country refused to go into quarantine.
Two flights, landing from the United States and Japan, arrived at the airport carrying Thai nationals who were unaware of the new curfew rules which had recently taken effect.
Having been asked to quarantine themselves for 14 days due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the arriving passengers caused a scene by refusing to obey the officers’ request.
Hundreds rushed past the guards and left the airport without submitting themselves for the compulsory government health checks. Furthermore, three of the Thais who escaped allegedly showed flu-like symptoms.
The chaotic scenes sparked a quick and strict reaction from the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) which has issued a notice declaring all passenger flights are banned from arriving in Thailand effective immediately.
The ban will initially last until Monday, April 6th, but could be extended. Any flights that have already taken off will be allowed to land, but passengers must undergo a compulsory 14-day quarantine.