Health surveillance systems at Thai airports for coronavirus prevention
Bangkok, 03 February, 2020 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to provide a summary of the health surveillance systems and preventive actions taken by Thai airports to screen out the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) cases.
Airports of Thailand
Since 3 January, Thailand has implemented passengers’ health screening with thermal scans at Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang, Chiang Mai, Phuket and Krabi International Airports for suspected symptoms of the 2019-nCoV disease.
These airports have also stepped up hygiene measures, including extra cleaning and disinfection as well as provided hand sanitisers.
All tourists will receive health advice (health beware cards) from the immigration officials and officers at the points of entry. The card is available in Chinese, English and Thai.
Department of Airports
The Department of Airports (DOA) has also implemented passengers’ health screening with thermal scans and handheld thermometers at all its commercial airports throughout Thailand including nine airports in the North (Lampang, Phrae, Nan, Mae Hong Son, Pai, Mae Sot, Tak, Phetchabun and Phitsanulok), nine in the Northeast (Buri Ram, Nakhon Phanom, Khon Kaen, Nakhon Ratchasima, Loei, Roi Et, Udon Thani, Sakon Nakhon, and Ubon Ratchathani), and 10 in the South (Krabi, Chumphon, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Hua Hin, Narathiwat, Surat Thani, Ranong, Trang, and Pattani).
All airports are also instructed to step up hygiene measures, including extra cleaning and disinfection as well as provide hand sanitisers.
All tourists will also receive information on everyday hygienic practices, which can help prevent the spread of several viruses, including the 2019-nCoV.
U-Tapao Rayong-Pattaya International Airport
Managed by the Royal Thai Navy, the U-Tapao Rayong-Pattaya International Airport is also implementing passengers’ health screening with thermal scans and handheld thermometers, and has a team of medical doctors on standby as part of its preventive measures.
Bangkok Airways has implemented health surveillance and hygienic measures at its Samui Airport. Hygienic measures have been stepped up at its other two airports in Sukhothai and Trat.
Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand
The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has issued updates and recommendations on the prevention of the 2019-nCoV for air operators in the country. It also offers advice for the people on how to protect themselves from the coronavirus while travelling by air.
Thai airlines – TAT has previously provided an update on Thai airlines step up preventive actions against the 2019 novel coronavirus.
TAT would like to remind all to strictly adhere to everyday hygienic habits, which can help prevent the spread of several viruses, especially when you are out and about enjoying travel experiences in Thailand.
The TAT’s offices in Thailand and around the world are ready to help and act as coordination centres for those people wanting any information updates on the 2019-nCov situation in Thailand.
- ^ Thai airlines step up preventive actions against the 2019 novel coronavirus (www.tatnews.org)