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Thailand’s flight ban to continue indefinitely, some restrictions eased

by Vanessa Lane
Thailand's flight ban to continue indefinitely, some restrictions eased
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The ban on incoming international flights to Thailand is set to continue for an indefinite period following an announcement issued by the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT).

Issued on Monday, June 29th, the notice provides an update on Thailand’s flight ban that has been in effect since April 3rd.

The flight ban was due to expire at midnight on June 30th. However, it is now set to continue for an indefinite amount of time with some easing of restrictions.

According to the notice, the global covid-19 situation remains severe. Therefore, it is necessary to continue the restriction of travel to Thailand from international destinations.

Therefore, the CAAT has issued updated regulations and conditions regarding which aircraft are permitted to fly through Thai airspace and land in Thailand.

There are two categories of flights that may enter Thailand as follows:

1. Special Flights

The following aircraft may land at international airports in Thailand when the CAAT grants permission:

  • State or military aircraft
  • Emergency landing flights
  • Technical landing flights without disembarkation
  • Humanitarian aid, medical, and relief flights
  • Repatriation flights
  • Cargo flights

2. Passenger Flights

In addition to the list above, some passenger flights may land in Thailand. However, the passengers or persons on board must fit into one of the following categories:

  • Thai nationals
  • Persons with an exemption or persons being considered, permitted or invited by the Prime Minister
  • Non-Thai citizens who are the spouse, parents, or children of a Thai national
  • Non-Thai citizens who hold a valid certificate of residence, or have permission to take up residence in Thailand
  • Non-Thai citizens who hold a valid work permit or are allowed to work in Thailand, including their spouse and children
  • Carriers of necessary goods, but must leave immediately after completing delivery
  • Crew members who are required to travel to Thailand on a mission and have a specified return date
  • Non-Thai nationals who are students in educational institutions approved by Thai authorities, including their parents
  • Non-Thai citizens who are visiting Thailand to receive medical treatment
  • Individuals on diplomatic missions, or visiting for consular affairs, international organizations, government representatives, foreign government agencies, or international agencies
  • Non-Thai nationals permitted to enter Thailand under special arrangement with a foreign country

Anyone visiting Thailand under the second category must comply with conditions, time limits, and rules set out under the Thai immigration law, emergency decree, and air navigation law.

Read the notice in full below:

CAAT notice
CAAT notice 1
CAAT notice 2

Source: CAAT