Thai Civil Aviation Authority and major airlines discuss flight ban and hygiene rules, still no definitive answer on lifting of flight ban

BANGKOK (NNT) – To prepare for the reopening of international flights, today The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand or CAAT invited all airlines with international flight services, to reach a mutual understanding about observing the new public health measures issued by The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

Representatives of 14 airlines that have international routes attended the meeting, and were informed by the CAAT committee of guideline to cope with the COVID-19 risk in the airline business. Many in-flight services have to be practiced with hygiene concerns. For example, social distancing, food and beverage services during the flight, body temperature taking, passengers having to wear masks, and flight attendants having to wear gloves and a mask when providing services. These practices will also be implemented on domestic flights.

In addition, the committee and airline representatives also discussed the rescheduling of international flights. The first group of passengers to travel internationally is expected to be business persons and investors. Because, if there is a quarantine requirement in the destination country, these passengers will be able to cover the expense themselves.

As for if the end of this June will be the end of Thailand’s international flights ban or not The CCSA is responsible for a decision in this matter. They continue to debate behind closed doors and a decision will be forthcoming in the future they have stated.

Regardless of the decision, requirement for reentry will be strict and case by case Thai officials have cautioned. Those interested in returning to the country, such as foreign Nationals married to a Thai national, have been asked to contact their local embassies to express interest in returning. Officials are also discussing limited travel bubbles in bilateral travel agreements with some countries who have also handled the Covid19 situation well.

Work permit holders in certain fields have also been given permission to return on a limited basis. They still must follow quarantine measures, the same as all repatriated Thai citizens.

Source: Thai National News Bureau with additional material from the Pattaya news

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