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First post-Covid flight from China lands in Bangkok

Jack Burton

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PHOTO: Shine

The first charter flight from China to Thailand has landed in Bangkok, after Thailand partially lifted its 3 month ban on foreign arrivals on July 1. Yesterday, a Spring Airlines flight flew 31 Thai nationals and 21 members of a Chinese company in Thailand from Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport to Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International airport.

All foreigners, except those with work permits, had been barred from entering Thailand since March. After more than 5 weeks with no locally transmitted cases of Covid-19, Thailand is again allowing entry to limited groups of foreigners.

Business travellers, diplomats, and government officials staying for less than 14 days are considered “fast-track travellers” who will be swab tested for Covid-19 when they arrive to ensure they are infection-free before entering. The so-called “medical tourists” are expected to be allowed in later this month.

Business Traveller reports that the following categories of travellers are now, or will soon be allowed into the country…

  • Thai nationals
  • Individuals who were invited by the PM or authorities responsible for the emergency
  • The spouses, parents, or children of a Thai national
  • Foreigners with residency rights in Thailand
  • Foreign spouses and children of work permit holders
  • Individuals carrying necessary goods, who must leave the country immediately after their work is done
  • Drivers and staff of vehicles that have to carry out necessary or important missions in Thailand and have a clear schedule for leaving
  • International students and their guardians
  • Foreigners and their caregivers seeking non-Covid-19 medical treatment in Thailand
  • The staff of embassies, consulates, international organisations or representatives of foreign governments who have to carry out their mission in Thailand as allowed by the Foreign Affairs Ministry, as well as their spouses, parents, and children
  • Foreigners who are allowed to enter Thailand as per special arrangements

According to the Bangkok Post, Suvarnabhumi airport has unveiled rapid coronavirus tests that are offered for overseas arrivals and being evaluated as another solution to limiting another outbreak in the Kingdom.

SOURCES: Shine | Business Traveler | Bangkok Post

 

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    Ro

    Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at 11:18 pm

    Get ready for covid phase 2 then… Plague and swine flu

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    Hennie

    Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at 11:48 pm

    So the Chinese are let back in – without face masks – somebody is not very clever

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    Jeab

    Thursday, July 9, 2020 at 6:47 am

    Nice picture , good to see them all so happy and stood so close together all with nice smiles that can be seen , due to lack of any face masks

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    Luis

    Friday, July 10, 2020 at 4:11 pm

    Very good news. Thailand and China should keep strong relations as both countries have fought hard against the pandemic.
    Fly to China is safe and also fly to Thailand is safe.?

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      Russ

      Saturday, July 11, 2020 at 5:42 pm

      can you please explain to me how people are supposed to fly to either country when all airlines are grounded or bankrupt. NOT VERY GOOD NEWS….. The entire planet is on it’s knees almost Bankrupt, and you make stupid statements like that…..REALLY

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        Bean

        Sunday, July 26, 2020 at 3:23 pm

        They charter a plane, stupid.

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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