Safe Travels to Thailand Amid Coronavirus
Undeterred by the coronavirus outbreak among Asian countries, Thailand ensures its safety for prospective tourists and visitors with heighten preventive measures
Planning to travel to Thailand this time of the year? It might not be the most ideal period since the current Coronavirus (2019 n-CoV or COVID-19) outbreak which made many people feeling a little bit anxious with their travel plans. It is true that as a tourist, we must be smart in choosing safe tourist destinations while equipping ourselves with adequate knowledge and protective gear. The Thai government has been quick in taking steps to prevent more spread of the virus, handling tourists properly on arrival and educate the public to protect their health and safety. Thus, there’s no need to fear to come to Thailand to enjoy the natural beauty and culture of the country.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has carried out surveillance and preventive measures taken by the airport to monitor the Coronavirus case. Since 3 January 2020, Thailand has conducted health surveillance for all passengers with a thermal scanner at the international airports of Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang, Chiang Mai, Phuket and Krabi. Health surveillance systems are also available at every 28 other airports throughout the country, including U-Tapao Rayong-Pattaya, Samui, Sukhothai and Trat airports. Handling is done by improving the hygiene, cleanliness and providing hand sanitizers.
A number of airlines have announced policies to eliminate the cost of changing dates and flight cancellations, as well as refunding tickets already booked for flights with high-risk destinations. Tourists will receive health beware cards from immigration officers or other airport officials upon arrival. The card is available in three languages: English, Mandarin and Thai.
In addition to that, The Department of Disease Control (DDC) Ministry of Public Health has also published recommendations to the public about the prevention of Coronavirus. Visitors can access the complete information by clicking https://ddc.moph.go.th/viralpneumonia/eng/introduction.php. While a massive preventive campaign is underway nationwide to block the spread of the Coronavirus, at present, all shopping areas, malls, attractions, restaurants, museums and tourist attractions are operating as usual. All events, sports activities, conferences and exhibitions also run normally.
The Thai Ministry of Health emphasizes strict hygiene standards in government areas, restaurants, hotels and gas stations, as well as public transportation including city buses, intercity buses, commuter trains, rapid transit (Sky Train and Subway) and ferries. That being said, there’s no need to be afraid to travel in and around Thailand. The Tourist Assistance Center (TAC) and the Tourist Police Command have coordinated with the Department of Disease Control (DDC) and immigration authorities to help tourists who need help in reporting cases related to Coronavirus.
There is a 24-hour service for reporting suspected cases of the COVID-19 virus through the Tourist Police at the 1155 hotline. All provinces, under the instructions of each regional head, have been instructed to run an Emergency Operation Center (EOC) to deal with all emergency cases quickly, responsively, and efficient. TAC will provide a daily report to the Ministry of Tourism and Sports. Some important telephone numbers that can be contacted are: 1422 (Department of Disease Control Call Center), 1672 (TAT Contact Center) and 1155 (Tourist Police).
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) acknowledges and thanks visitors and tourists who have visited and booked travel to the kingdom during this period for their continued support, and to reassure that the country has implemented stringent steps to block the spread of the Covid-19.
Follow the Department of Disease Control’s daily recommendations to protect yourself: frequently wash your hands with soap and water or alcohol gel as well as avoid eating uncooked food, use serving spoons and wear surgical masks. For more information and updates, please visit www.wisatathailand.id and www.tatnews.org.