Thailand’s airport launches COVID-19 rapid test

BANGKOK (XINHUA) – Thailand’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport and the Ministry of Public Health yesterday launched a lab at the airport that is equipped to conduct polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests, which provides up to 95 per cent accurate result within 90 minutes, according to General Manager of Suvarnabhumi Airport Suthirawat Suwanawat.

Suvarnabhumi is ready to receive foreign travellers and has put in place facilities under the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand’s guidelines and the government’s regulations to contain the spread of COVID-19, Suthirawat said.

The PCR test however, will be paid by the inbound traveller, at THB3,000 (USD96) per person and won’t need to go through the 14-day mandatory quarantine.

“However, these travellers, despite passing the PCR test, will be banned from entering public transport and places,” said Suthirawat.

The Thai government has given the greenlight from July 1 onwards, to allow business travellers and foreigners with spouses, work permits or residency into the country.