Reopening Thai skies to depend on COVID-19 situation worldwide: Thai aviation authorities

Source: Xinhua| 2020-08-12 23:06:27|Editor: huaxia

BANGKOK, Aug. 12 (Xinhua) -- The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) on Wednesday told the media that it has no definite schedule of when to allow international commercial flights to enter Thailand.

"We are monitoring the COVID-19 situation in many countries," said CAAT director-general Chula Sukmanop, "Although Thailand is entering into 80 days free from local COVID-19 transmission, it does not mean we will be opening up tourism to other countries that quickly."

Chula said many countries have experienced the second waves of infection, hence Thailand needs to be cautious about reopening its skies and borders.

The CAAT will need to consult with the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) before deciding whether to open Thai skies to international traffic, Chula said.

CAAT has given the green light for certain groups of foreigners to enter Thailand from Aug. 4.

They include non-Thai nationals with a certificate of permanent residency, including their spouses and children; non-Thai nationals with work permits, including their spouses and children; non-Thai nationals permitted to enter under a special arrangement; and migrant workers whose employers are allowed to bring in workers.

All arrivals will be tested for COVID-19 and must follow CCSA and Department of Disease Control rules, including mandatory two-week quarantine. Enditem