Public transportation services in Thailand have reduced their scheduled operations due to the government’s partial lockdown order in Bangkok and its vicinity to contain the spread of Covid-19 Coronavirus, starting today, July 12th.
The reschedules are applied in planes, public buses, and trains. Following strict preventive measures to reduce traveling issued last Friday, the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has limited the flight operations from 9:00 PM. to 04.00 AM. to reduce the potential contact among passengers traveling between the airport and accommodations, consistently with other public transport services. This is also to avoid curfew hours in Bangkok and nine other provinces from 9:00 P.M. to 4:00 A.M.
Additionally, Thai AirAsia announced the temporary suspension of all flights in Thailand operating in both airports, Don Mueang and Suvarnabhumi International Airport, from Saturday, July 10th, until the 31st to comply with the government’s policy of travel reduction. A few flights ran over the last weekend to assist in getting people home who had previously flown but the policy will remain in effect as of today.
The Transport Company Limited, Thailand’s main public bus service, also rescheduled its public bus transportation until July 25th, including the cancellation of all Southern routes and the reduction of Northern and Northeastern destinations to only three and 10 routes per day, respectively. They have also limited the number of people allowed to travel on their bus system, making it more difficult to get a ticket and travel.
The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) governor Nirut Maneephan today, July 12th, also announced the temporary cessation of 30 train routes nationwide and its service from 9:00 PM. to 04:00 AM. until July 25th. This is also to stop the movement of people in compliance with the government’s orders.
The suspended routes are from Bangkok to major destinations in the North, the Northeast, and the South, such as Chiang Mai, Nongkhai, Ubon Ratchathani, Nakhon Sri Thammarat, the Kantang District of Trang, and the Su-ngai Kolok District of Narathiwas.
Some provinces have also stepped up their policies and procedures to let people in, with Phuket requiring all visitors for instance domestically from high-risk provinces to not only test negative for Covid-19 but ALSO to be vaccinated against the virus OR be fully recovered from Covid-19 within 90 days.
Checkpoints will also be set up around the nation, especially in high-risk zones like Bangkok, to help deter travel from locally and inter-provincially. These will be primarily designed to ensure people are only traveling for critical and essential purposes. There is not a travel ban, however, it will be deterred.
Motorway 7 and 9, including near the Pattaya area, will be CLOSED overnight from 9:00 P.M. to 4:00 A.M. to discourage people from travel announced the Department of Rural Roads last week.
The overall message from the government is STAY PUT and STAY HOME.
Today has also marked the first day that the strictest preventive measures to reduce domestic traveling and the possible spread of the Covid-19 virus are officially implemented in ten provinces in the Dark Red Zones. More information regarding the restrictions can be found in the article below. The biggest change will be the curfew, previously mentioned, which is a mandate, not a request, in Bangkok and nine other provinces from 9:00 P.M. to 4:00 A.M. The measures are also until further notice, contrary to some reports that they are only for two weeks:
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