Press Release: Interprovincial travel services in Thailand adjusted from this upcoming Wednesday, some airlines suspend most domestic flights

The following is a press release from the Tourism Authority of Thailand. Their statements and opinions are their own.

Bangkok, 19 July 2021 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to provide an update on interprovincial air, bus, and boat travel within Thailand following the newest round of COVID-19 restrictions for the Maximum and Strict Controlled Areas or ‘dark-red zone’ provinces effective for 14 days from Wednesday, 21 July 2021. These zones include Bangkok and Chonburi, home of Pattaya.

Some transportation services have been affected, either by rescheduling or suspension, as per the following:

Air Travel

Bangkok Airways

Bangkok Airways has confirmed the operation of domestic flights until 20 July 2021. Following this, there will be the postponement until further notice of some domestic routes, which were scheduled to resume on 1 August 2021. These include Bangkok-Chiang Mai (v.v.), Bangkok-Phuket (v.v.), Bangkok-Sukhothai (v.v.), Bangkok-Lampang (v.v.), and Bangkok-Trat (v.v.). Regular Bangkok-Samui flights will be temporarily suspended from 21 July 2021, onwards.

The following flights will continue to operate as normal:

  • Bangkok-Samui: Three daily sealed route flights serving transit/transfer international passengers visiting Samui under the ‘Samui Plus’ program.
  • Samui-Phuket: Four weekly flights on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday supporting the ‘Phuket Sandbox’ project.

Passengers affected by temporary flight suspensions can have fees waived for rebooking, or alternatively, they can request a refund in the form of a travel voucher to be used for future ticketing. Any necessary changes can be made up to 24 hours prior to departure. More information is available at

Passengers wanting to amend their travel with no new specified travel date (open ticket) can submit their request via within 24 hours prior to the proposed departure date.

Bangkok Airways can be contacted via the following channel: Call Centre Tel. 1771 and +66 (0) 2270-6699 (08.00-20.00 Hrs.), PG Live Chat and email

Passengers are also advised to regularly check announcements from authorities; such as, the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), Airports of Thailand, and the Department of Airports.

Nok Air

Nok Air has announced it will continue to operate flights on 19-20 July 2021, while for flights from 21 July 2021, onwards passengers are advised to check flight schedules, book flights, and manage bookings from the QR code below.

For passengers scheduled to travel during 21-31 July 2021, Nok Air is keeping an automatic credit card limit on the ticket. The following Terms and Conditions apply:

  • Can be used for all types of tickets.
  • The credit card limit in the ticket can be kept until 31 March 2022.
  • In the case the new ticket fare is higher than the original fare, the passenger must pay the difference. The new travel date must be by 31 March 2022.
  • In the case the passenger wants to use the credit shell, tickets can be booked via the Nok Air Call Centre 1318 and Nok Air Sales Booth.

Passengers can change and book their travel dates at

Thai Lion Air

Thai Lion Air has announced it will continue to operate domestic flights until 20 July 2021.

Thai Smile Airways

THAI Smile Airways has announced the temporary suspension of service on all domestic flights effective from 21 July – 3 August 2021 (14 days). In addition, all flights to Phuket and Hat Yai will be operated until 20 July 2021.

Passengers holding tickets for traveling from 21 July to 3 August 2021, can choose from one of the following options:

  • Flight date change or route change: a flight change must be requested 4 hours prior to your original departure time without change fees.
  • Refund request: a full refund in the form of credit EMD can be requested in which passengers may retain the value of their fare in a credit account for their future travel (expire in 365 days after EMD is approved).

The request must be submitted 24 hours prior to your original departure via and select “COVID-19”.

For more information and flight modification, contact: Smile Service Centre at Airports, Smile Call Centre: 1181 or 02-118-8888, Email:, Live chat service on

For passengers who reserved their tickets through travel agencies are advised to directly contact them for further arrangements.

Thai Vietjet Air

Thai Vietjet Air has confirmed the temporary suspension of its domestic services from 21 July-1 August 2021.

Passengers holding tickets for domestic travel to/from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport between 21 July-31 August 2021, regardless of the booking period, can choose from one of the following options:

  • Free change of the flight date for one time (new travel date must be by 31 December 2021) subject to flight availability and no rerouting permitted. Blackout dates of 12-15 August, 13 and 23-25 October, 18-21 November, 4-6, 10-12, and 25-31 December 2021, apply.
  • Keep the value of the ticket as a credit shell, which is valid for 90 days from the original travel date.

Passengers can contact the airline for support (at least 72 hours prior to departure), via an E-Form at, through Line at @Thaivietjet and social media live chat, and by email at Passengers who booked their tickets via can self-change their flight through the website’s ‘Manage Booking’ feature.

Boat Travel

Raja Ferry Port

Raja Ferry Port announces the following routes are operating as normal:

  • Donsak-Samui and Samui-Donsak from 05.00-18.00 Hrs. every day; for Samui-Phangan, the last boat is at 19.00 Hrs.
  • Donsak-Phangan and Phangan-Donsak can transit (VIA) at Samui to Rajaferryport

Updated information is available at FB:rajaferryport or via Line at @rajaferryport

Bus Travel

The Transport Co., Ltd. has announced operations from 13-20 July 2021, as follows:

  • Ten Northeastern and Eastern routes have been decreased to 5 routes (round trip) per day. These being: Bangkok-Nakhon Phanom, Bangkok-Loei-Chiang Khan, Bangkok-Surin, Bangkok- Sangkha- Khukhan-Kantharalak-Det Udom-Ubon Ratchathani, and Bangkok-Rattanaburi.
  • Three bus routes from Bangkok to Northern Thailand are operating 1 round trip service per day. These being: Bangkok-Khlong Lan, Bangkok-Lom Kao, and Bangkok-Uttaradit.
  • Service on all Southern routes has stopped.

Passengers who book tickets in advance can request a postponement of their trip or return the ticket at full price without deduction of fees at the Bus Station ticket office at least 3 hours before departure. Refund is not available for passengers using a social security card (welfare stage).

More information is available at the Call Centre 1490, or by calling the Bus Station 24 hours a day or contacting the Bus Station ticket office nationwide.

The Transport Co., Ltd. will announce operations from 21 July 2021, soon.

Train Travel

The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) has announced the adjustment of its train services, during 11-25 July 2021, as follows:

  • Suspension of 10 round trip, long-distance commercial train services: Bangkok-Chiang Mai, Bangkok-Kantang, Bangkok-Nakhon Si Thammarat, Bangkok-Nong Khai (from 12 July), and Bangkok-Ubon Ratchathani.
  • Suspension of 20 city and local train services.
  • Adjustment of schedules and destinations for 8 train services: Northern Line: Bangkok-Chiang Mai and Chiang Mai-Bangkok; Southern Line: Bangkok-Su-ngai Kolok changed to Bangkok-Thung Song and Su-ngai Kolok-Bangkok changed to Thung Song-Bangkok; Northeastern Line: Bangkok-Nong Khai, Nong Khai-Bangkok, Bangkok-Ubon Ratchathani, and Ubon Ratchathani-Bangkok.

Taking into account the suitability of providing services to the public while adhering to the government’s newest round of COVID-19 restrictions, the SRT is still operating 97 train services consisting of 22 Northern Lines, 20 Southern Lines, 18 Northeastern Lines, 17 Eastern Lines, 16 Mahachai Lines, and 4 Mae Klong Lines.

Passengers who wish to request a refund of the fare can do so at any SRT station nationwide. Those who book tickets through the D-Ticket system can submit a return through the system, or ask for more information at the SRT Call Centre 1690.

For regular updates on the tourism-related COVID-19 situation in Thailand, visit the TAT Newsroom via; Facebook (; and Twitter (Tatnews_Org).

For additional information and assistance relating to Thailand’s tourism, contact the TAT Contact Centre 1672 or Tourist Police 1155.

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