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“Sealed route” set at Bangkok airport for international transfers



Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok / Photo by Caitlin Ashworth
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Thailand is now allowing international transits and transfers at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport by using a so-called “sealed route” arranged at the airport to prevent the spread of Covid-19. The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand has now set guidelines for passengers who have a layover at the Bangkok airport.

Passengers will not be allowed to leave Concourse E. A “sealed route” for the passengers will be set up at Gate E10 and E9, allowing passengers to enter the airport at Gate E10, go through security screening and then either board the transit aircraft at Gate E9 or go on a designated shuttle bus directly to an aircraft.

Social distancing is required for all passengers in waiting areas and a face mask must be worn at all times. The CAAT says food and beverage services will be available at the airport’s “sealed route” waiting area, but there will be “active oversight” on the services. Areas will also be cleaned and disinfected regularly.

Passengers must present required documents…

  • A fit-to-fly health certificate
  • Medical certificate declaring a negative Covid-19 result issued no more than 72 hours before departure
  • Travel health insurance that covers Covid-19 treatment expenses up to $100,000 USD

If demand increases, the airport will add Gates E5, E7 and E8 to the sealed route. If Concourse E is under maintenance, then Concourse F will be used under the same plan.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand


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  1. Roscot0

    Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 8:25 pm

    Why do u have to have 100000 bht travel insurance if your in transit? Dont understand

  2. Mary Clarke

    Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 8:34 pm

    When will Thailand be open to tourist backpackers

  3. Ben

    Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 10:18 pm

    I guess in case you become ill at BKK, while in transit, and they have to rush you to the hospital and take care of you. Definitely overkill.

    This is an example of a requirement that’ll stifle any activity.

  4. Thomas Gotschalk

    Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 10:20 pm

    Good thing people aren’t hysterical about covid.:-)

  5. EdwardV

    Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 10:43 pm

    I would assume it’s in case someone gets sick while at BKK and needs to be transferred to a Thai hospital. That said, the requirement sure would put a crimp in any airlines wanting to use BKK for transit hub. It’s strange, you can see what Thailand is trying to do but at every turn they purposely shoot themselves in the foot.

  6. Ray

    Friday, March 5, 2021 at 3:25 am

    The question arises ‘in transit to where’? Most Asian countries and further afield Australia and NZ are closed.

  7. Tony

    Friday, March 5, 2021 at 8:17 am

    it is a 100000 USD not Baht just for the record

  8. Guy

    Friday, March 5, 2021 at 8:17 pm

    I hope that i can come to Thailand this year when i vaccinated and that will happen this month march and not longer then april. I had always extra insurance with me when i came the last but if the company’s will attache a clausule for covid-19, that’s new for me but no problem, i will ask them. And if not. No Thailand for me. Even if you are fully vaccinated. But Thailand must do what it has to do for the savety and health of Thai people. I hope things will change when western tourists come to Thailand fully vaccinated. That’s all

  9. Toby Andrews

    Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 2:44 pm

    The deal killer is the insurance. Has it to be Thai insurance, I would not be surprised.
    There is a way around this. Just keep the passengers on the aircraft.
    Use the person attending to the aircraft who are in sealed suits.

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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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