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FAQ regarding the COVID-19 situation in Thailand

Published Tuesday March 24 2020

Can foreigners travel to Thailand?

No, they cannot. Foreigners are banned from entering, transfering or transiting the Kingdom of Thailand, at all points with the exception of diplomats, cargo shipments, pilots, and foreigners with a work permit until further notice. Visitors or residents can still leave the country.

Is there any existing curfew in Thailand?

Yes, there is a nationwide night curfew from 22.00 to 04.00 hr from 3 April 2020 onward until further notice. Under the curfew, people are prohibited from staying outside their premises, except in case of necessity and those who must perform their duties in medical services, banking, transportation of consumer goods, agricultural products, medecines, pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, newspapers, fuel, parcels, and export and import items, the movements of people for quarantine, the travel of people on duty at night time, and the travel of people to and from the airport, with documents on the necessity of travel and on their products, as well as their measures in disease prevention.

What happens if people breach the curfew?

Violators will be subject to a jail term of up to 2 years and a fine of up to 40,000 baht, or both.

Is it possible to travel anywhere in Thailand if we are living in the kingdom?

During this period of time, people should refrain or delay non-essential cross-provincial travels, and should reside at or work from their habitual residences. If a person needs to make cross-provincial travel, they are required to undergo screening and comply with official measures for the purpose of tracking in order to receive medical check-up or be quarantined.

Several provincial governments in southern Thailand announced the closure of their borders –prohibiting entry by land and sea – effective March 30, 2020 until further notice. These provinces include: Phuket , Phang Nga , Pattani , Narathiwat , and Yala . Air travel via Phuket remains available. Please visit the Tourism Authority of Thailand ’s website for updated information. Additional information about restrictions across Thailand can be found at the Ministry of Public Health’s Department of Disease Control COVID-19 website .

Which buildings are still open?

Government offices, state enterprises, and other government agencies shall remain open during usual operating hours, unless a notification for temporary closure or suspension has previously been issued such as educational institutions.

Other places in normal operation are:

  • hospitals,
  • medical centres,
  • medical clinics,
  • pharmacies,
  • restaurants which are not part of an entertainment spot or place of entertainment,
  • take-away food stalls,
  • residential and dining parts of hotels,
  • small convenience stores, general stores,
  • department stores only in the supermarkets, pharmacies, food sections and sections selling miscellaneous items essential for daily life,
  • factories,
  • securities businesses,
  • financial institutions,
  • banks,
  • ATMs,
  • markets and flea markets selling fresh food, dried food, cooked food, animal feed, medical supplies, and miscellaneous essential items,
  • cooking gas and fuel shops,
  • petrol stations, NGV/LPG gas stations,
  • cargo and passenger terminals including goods and food online delivery service.

What are precautionary measures advised when travelling outside?

Officials, entrepreneurs, guests, participants, employees and customers shall wear surgical masks or cloth masks.

Persons shall wash their hands with soap, alcohol, gel or disinfectant.

Persons shall keep a distance of at least one metre apart while sitting or standing to prevent physical contact or the spread of the disease through saliva droplets.

Who should stay at home?

The following groups of people that are at high risk of infection from COVID-19 shall stay in their dwelling places or within the area of their residences, in order to protect themselves from infection from the outside environment:

(1) Elderly Persons over 70 years of age;

(2) Persons who have underlying health conditions, namely chronic non-communicable diseases, such as diabetes, hypertension, coronary artery and cerebrovascular diseases, respiratory system diseases, and persons who are immunocompromised caused by a natural history of disease and medication;

(3) Young children under five years of age.

 Which places are temporary closed?

(1) boxing stadiums, sport stadiums, sport arenas, playgrounds, horse racetracks in all provinces throughout the Kingdom until notified otherwise;

(2) pubs, places of entertainment, theatres, public places for performances or recreation, massage and traditional massage parlours, spa, fitness centres, entertainment spots, in accordance with the Place of Entertainment Act B.E. 2509 (1966), the Public Health Act B.E. 2535 (1992) and the Health Business Establishments Act B.E. 2559 (2016), within Bangkok and its vicinity, namely the Provinces of Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Nakhon Pathom, Samut Prakan, and Samut Sakhon, as from this date until notified otherwise;

(3) any other places such as natural tourist attractions, museums, public libraries, religious sites, terminals or stations, markets, and department stores, may be considered for closure in whole or in part, and may specify conditions and timeframe as necessary and appropriate, with the approval of the Provincial or Bangkok Communicable Disease Committees as the case may be.

What happen if we don’t follow the rules?

Any person who violates or fails to comply with this Regulation shall be liable in accordance with Section 18 of the Emergency Decree on Public Administration in Emergency Situations B.E. 2548 (2005), and may also be liable under Section 52 of the Communicable Diseases Act B.E. 2558 (2015), or Section 41 of the Price of Goods and Services Act B.E. 2542 (1999), as the case may be. In other words, they can pay fines or be quarantined.

When these rules will end?

On 30 of April 2020. However, if necessary, the Thai Prime Minister may issue Regulations to modify, increase or reduce measures, conditions or timeframes, by publishing the Regulations in the Government Gazette and disseminate to the public.

Furthermore, the Royal Thai Government’s temporary exemption of its requirement for a COVID-negative medical certificate and proof of insurance for transit passengers with less than 24 hours in the airport is set to expire on March 31, 2020. With few exemptions (individuals with work permits, airline crew, diplomats) entry into Thailand by non-Thais is currently prohibited.

What should I do if I want to return to Luxembourg?
You must check if your visa is still valid before leaving. The Ministry of interior of Thailand grants permission to foreigners of all nationalities residing in Thailand an automatic visa extension for ALL visa types including Visa on Arrival which have not expired prior to 26 March 2020. Luxembourg citizens will be able to stay in Thailand until 30 April 2020 without having to apply for an extension at the Immigration Office for this period Then, it is necessary to inquire with the airlines of the commercial flights still available. The longer you wait, the more difficult it will be to leave quickly, with the risk of seeing prices rise sharply. The Embassy cannot provide a detailed list of available flights due to the extreme difficulty in obtaining reliable and current information. It is therefore everyone's duty to find a flight to Europe, since Luxembourg Findel Airport is temporarily closed, as well as many airports around the world. You must reach the country from a European airport either by bus, train, car rental or thanks to a person who is authorized to pick you up. On this point, the person must contact to request a border crossing certificate (name, first name, date of birth, address, passport number, expiry date of passport, identity of the person to pick him/her up, return address). If you have to transit through a European country, you must have a transit certificate. To this end, you must contact the embassy in Bangkok, preferably 72 hours in advance. In addition, some evacuation flights organized by several Member States of the European Union or Schengen have taken place.