10 international airlines now offer flights to Thailand

With Covid-19 travel restrictions – slowly – easing up, 10 international airlines have started selling flights to Thailand, the Ministry of Transport announced.

The airlines include: Emirates, Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways, Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines, Lufthansa, Swissair, Austrian Airlines, Eva Air and KLM.

Don’t get too excited. It’s still not easy to get into Thailand. All international arrivals must go through a mandatory 14 day quarantine with Covid-19 testing as well as other requirements set by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration.

Thailand recently introduced the Special Tourist Visa which allows a 90 day stay that can be renewed twice, adding up to about 9 months. Tourists will still need to go through a 14 day quarantine period, either at a state facility or at an alternative state quarantine (ASQ) accommodation. The first group of 41 people on the visa, travelling from China, are set to arrive in Bangkok today. They will be the first international tourists to arrive since travel restrictions were imposed in late-March.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Caitlin Ashworth

Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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  • The article fails to mention that there is a ban on commercial flighs to Thailand. So this news is pretty pointless really..

    • Not quite correct. There are scheduled flights arriving every day. There are repatriation flights, commercial freight flights, mixed freight and passenger flights and charter flights. But we would HIGHLY recommend not booking any flights until you have approval through your local Thai Embassy at this time.

      • My local Thai Embassy says they do not accept applications to enter Thailand by commercial flights. So not sure how people are entering by commercial flights...

  • Yeah, it's pretty crazy. I read somewhere that virtually empty planes are flying on specific routes so they don't loose their landing rights. I know that KLM makes a stop-over in BKK on the way to Japan. Don't know what's the deal with the other airlines.

  • I think the time is soon coming when STV (Special Tourist Visa), 14 day quarantines and ASQ will soon disappear. The airlines can seethis coming and are readying themselves. All that is needed is the Thai Government to fall into line. If the Thai Government has any consideration for the people of Thailand, then it must act to engage other nations with low covid numbers to agree on conditions for testing and quarantine. THe WHO (World Health Orginisation) has just approved a rapid Covid test with results in 30 minutes. Such a test is a "game changer". If theThai Government has any interest in the Tourism Industry, they should be engaging other low risk countries, devise an appropriate testing approach and make agreements that negate the need for quarantine.

    • Everything is sold as a "game changer", but AFAIK the test has only had emergency approval for use in testing hospital staff, not general use.

      Reportedly:

      "The companies claim their tests are about 97% accurate, but that is in optimal conditions. Find puts their sensitivity between 80% and 90% in real-world conditions."

      80% - 90% accurate = 10-20% inaccurate.

      10-20% of 40 million tourists = 4-8 million.

      That hardly inspires much confidence.

    • Jason

      Most of the traditional countries with strong economies where many tourists originate from have high virus numbers so there are no potential tourists anyway who would be allowed in.

      But let's face it, China who for the last few years is where two-thirds of Thailand's tourists come from do not want to travel at the moment, only a few hundreds of the 1.3 billion Chinese people want to go as can be seen from the recent flight from there.

      • The article is poorly written. There are more than 10 airlines flying into Thailand. You did not take into account another 8 airlines from China and Japan.
        And a few from Africa.

  • Maybe some flights are flying in empty to take passengers out.
    And I would bet there are certain Thais that fly in and do not go through quarantine.
    We will not hear about them.

  • Airlines sell flight tickets ,but as long as there is a ban for commercial flights , these are always cancelled shortly before departure.

    Passengers then either get a travel voucher or a cash refund , but it can take several months to get the money back.

    Airlines are aware of the flight ban, but they still do it in order to improve their cash flow situation.

  • It’s not uncommon for airlines to sell tickets for flight that are not actually scheduled to fly. These flights get canceled a few weeks before , it’s a good way to generate income. Just saying

  • Last month I was able to schedule a Japan Airlines flight to Bangkok for January. I was surprised. But last week I canceled.

  • A couple of months ago, I managed to get out of Thailand on Qatar Airways. About 30/40 people on an Airbus A350, so plenty of room, but having to wear both a mask AND a face shield for 6 hours each leg was a bit uncomfortable. The tourists who say they cannot get out may not have looked hard enough.

  • I was under the impression that tourists are "hand picked" by the government and TAT? So why would these airlines bother flying to BKK if there wasnt a decent amount of passengers on the flights?

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