COVID-19: PASSENGERS TRAVELLING FROM HIGH-RISK COUNTRIES TO THAILAND MUST HAVE HEALTH CERTS

LINDA KHOO HUI LI

By: Linda Khoo Hui Li

 

BANGKOK, March 9 (Bernama) -- The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) said passengers from COVID-19 Disease Infected Zones comprising China, Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea, Iran and Italy, need to present health certificates to establish that they are free from the virus.

In a notice on practical guidelines for air operators, the CAAT said passengers who are unable to provide documentation at the point of embarkation will be prevented from boarding flights to Thailand.

“Air operators shall be responsible for the expenses and treatment costs if flying in passengers infected with COVID-19,” it said.

On March 5, Thailand announced that four countries – China, South Korea, Italy and Iran – and the territories of Macau and Hong Kong, were defined as COVID-19 Disease Infected Zones.

“After being satisfied with the health certificates, and boarding passes are issued to passengers, the air operators shall furnish the passengers with Form T 8 issued under the Communicable Diseases Act 2015 and require the passengers to fill out the forms and submit them to the communicable disease control officials at the control post at the airport of disembarkation,” the CAAT said.

Since the outbreak in January, Thailand reported 50 confirmed COVID-19 cases with one fatality. To date, 33 patients have been discharged while 16 remain under treatment.

-- BERNAMA 

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