The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT), in its strict measures against COVID-19, has announced operational guidance for airport service providers and airlines on domestic routes.


The announcement came after the Phuket COVID-19 Information Center had stated that passengers on seven flights from three airlines traveling to Phuket from 15 April 2021 must get COVID-19 tests and stay in quarantine.


Under the guidance, issued on 1 May 2021, CAAT is seeking cooperation from airlines to consider restricting their services between 23.00 hr and 04.00 hr. The restriction aims to reduce possible impacts on passengers traveling between airports and their accommodations. It is also meant to be in line with other types of public transport.


In case of flight changes, flight cancelations, and flight consolidation, airlines should inform passengers and take care of them appropriately, in accordance with the announcement made by the Ministry of Transport.


Airports must strictly screen passengers, who are required to wear face masks. Body temperature must be measured with the use of an infrared thermometer, as it does not come into contact with the body of the person being checked. Any person who does not wear a mask, or has a temperature higher than 37.3 degrees Celsius, will be prohibited from entering the airport area.


Airline officials will check the body temperature of passengers before boarding the aircraft, with the use of an infrared thermometer. Passengers will undergo a temperature check again before leaving the airport. If a passenger has a temperature higher than 37.3 degrees Celsius or has respiratory symptoms, such as cough, sore throat, runny nose, or shortness of breath, airport officials must immediately inform local health officials.


Airlines should arrange seats in the aircraft appropriately in line with the number of passengers on each flight, taking into consideration measures on social distancing to avoid congestion and prevent spreading the disease.


Airports and airline authorities should warn passengers of possible risks. Confirmed patients or high-risk persons must refrain from travelling. Violators may be subjected to punishments under the Communicable Diseases Act B.E. 2558 (2015).


The operational guidance will remain in place until the COVID-19 situation improves, or until further notice.


Source: The Government Public Relations Department