Thailand extends ban on all incoming flights to April 30

BANGKOK (XINHUA) – The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) announced yesterday to extend the ban on all incoming flights from April 19 to April 30 with certain exceptions.

“The ban was initially imposed on April 3 to stem the spread of the COVID-19 from overseas travellers and Thai returnees,” said CAAT Director Chula Sukmanop. “However, we have made careful assessment and decided that it is safer to extend the ban on incoming flights to the end of April.”

Chula said that under the ban, no flights are allowed to land in Thailand except for military aircraft on diplomatic missions, emergency landings, technical landings without disembarkation, those on humanitarian missions, those for medical, relief or repatriation purposes and cargo aircraft.

Any passengers who are allowed to disembark will be subject to a mandatory 14-day state quarantine.

Thailand yesterday reported 30 new COVID-19 cases, raising the total number to 2,643, with total deaths standing at 43.

Of the new cases, 19 patients were linked to previous cases, and three had no links to old cases, said Taweesin Wisanuyothin, a spokesman for the government’s Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration.

One of those infected was in state quarantine, and the cases of seven people who tested positive were being investigated.

Since the outbreak escalated in January, Thailand has reported a total of 2,643 cases and 43 fatalities, while 1,497 patients have recovered and gone home.

Travellers check their flight at the Suvarnabhumi Airport, Thailand. PHOTO: AFP