Phuket International Airport to re-open from 16th of May-but limited domestic flights only


The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has officially approved the reopening of Phuket International Airport for domestic flights from 12:01 AM on the 16th of May, 2020.

The CAAT cited the request by the Phuket Governor backed by the approval from the local communicable disease control committee as well as Phuket’s effectiveness on surveillance, prevention and control of the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) as reasons for approving the reopening of Phuket International Airport.

The CAAT noted that the Airport must follow the operating hours already stipulated for other airports that resumed domestic flights from 1 May.

Meanwhile, passengers entering Phuket are required to complete a form and download an application to allow officials to keep track of them for medical checks.

The Pattaya News notes that this is only for limited domestic flights and as different provinces have different rules regarding quarantines and travel we suggest to inquire with your individual province officials before any travel.

Inbound International flights remain prohibited until at least the end of May and is likely to be extended, as Thailand has stated they do not plan on letting in tourists or foreigners until the situation has improved worldwide and all Thai Nationals who wish to return are repatriated.


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