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International travellers will now be allowed to transit Thailand from Monday after the Civil Aviation Authority relaxed Covid‐19 measures. The lifting of stringent travel regulations comes after Thailand reports a drop in Covid infections to double digits since February 20.

CAAT also says regulations are being relaxed on domestic travel as well. The authority says operators of domestic flights can resume serving in-flight meals and drinks starting from Thursday.

Transport Minister, Sasksayam Chidchob, says the move is part of a resolution by the Centre for Covid‐19 Situation Administration to relax measures. Flight attendants and passengers, however, are still mandated to follow Covid control measures that include wearing face masks during the length of the flight except when eating or drinking.

In-flight meals and drinks were banned on December 30 under the government’s 4th announcement, but was cancelled when CAAT director general made a fifth announcement nullifying the regulation.

International passengers have been under strict regulations for a while, including being unable to transit at Thai airports or to transfer to other flights through Thai airports.

Samut Sakhon province, the epicentre of the second wave of Covid in Thailand, has reportedly been successful at disease control in high‐risk areas, including the Central Shrimp Market, which has been closed for over two months.

But that may change as rumour has it that the market may reopen from Monday, but an official announcement has yet to be made by the CCSA. Deputy governor Teerapat Kutchamath visited the market, assuring that it was, indeed, ready to open by Monday, while plans are already being set to make merit, in light of its expected reopening.

Meanwhile, The CCSA reports 72 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the Kingdom today. 63 of those cases were domestically‐transmitted while 9 were imported.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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    Andy W

    Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 9:24 pm

    Am I correct thinking that BKK/DMK are used as a “Hub” only by Thai Airways, so it’s only beneficial to them ?

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    Sid

    Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 3:19 am

    Well, those airports don’t have to be ‘hubs’ for countless airlines in order for other airlines to benefit. For example, a Middle Eastern or African airline can fly people to BKK, and then these passengers can get on another airline and continue their journey. There are definitely scenarios that exist.

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    Mr cynic

    Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 3:29 am

    Few people such as eva and emirates used to use bangkok as a transit hub on a few flights but not at this time .essentially you are correct that it will mainly benefit the “in bankruptcy protection” national carrier.if you are prepared to hand over money to that outfit at present you need your head examining.

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    James Pate

    Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 5:05 am

    I can’t imagine many transit passengers, but this probably is a good way to softly reopen the airport to test health and security measures with a low volume of people before any real reopening. Better than being overwhelmed with unforeseen problems on Day 1 of a real reopening.

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    Toby Andrews

    Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 10:27 am

    They might be losing money from transits.

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    Not Moby

    Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 12:25 pm

    It would be helpful if CAAT also explains what restrictions will remain on transit passengers. For example, can they mix-and-match airlines and is there a maximum time allowed between flights? Transit through Bangkok might be an attractive route for some of the people traveling to/from neighbouring countries where current options are even more limited.

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    Ryan

    Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 5:57 pm

    More then likely you won’t be able to change airline carriers, unless they have partnerships. Usually when you change carriers you have to leave security and check in for your new flight. So most likely this will be for international flights bringing passengers to thailand, and passengers leaving thailand on that carrier, but have a few transit passengers going to the next destination ie. LHR -> BKK -> HND (I don’t know if this is an actual flight route, but just for a reference) someone traveling from london to Tokyo but the flight stops in bangkok, and there are passengers flying bangkok to tokyo. the London passengers won’t have to leave security and their checked luggage will be directed to HND without issues

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    James A Burke

    Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 10:26 pm

    Does that mean they lifted 2 week QUARANTINE

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    James Burke

    Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 10:27 pm

    2 week QUARANTINE lifted or not

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    Latecomer

    Monday, March 1, 2021 at 2:29 am

    What “international travellers”? The three Thai-Chinese guys?

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