Dear Valued Business Partners,
We hope you are doing well and stay safe.
We would like to keep in touch with you and provide you an update regrading the COVID-19 situation in Thailand.
The COVID-19 situation in Thailand has eased up again after the outbreak in the central part of Thailand in the end of 2020, which increased the number of confirmed cases up to a few thousand cases per day. Now there are less than 100 confirmed cases daily yet still remained in the central part.
The first 100,000 doses of Sinovac vaccines had just arrived in Bangkok and planned to distribute to medical professionals who are working as the frontline in the RED setting (high risk area). The government expects to receive the remaining vaccines for all people by this June.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has announced on Feb 25th, 2021 that the permission for international flight entering into Thailand with transit/transfer passenger shall be granted effected on Mar 1st, 2021. However, it only applies to Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) and the transit/transfer passenger must follow the below conditions:
1. No transit no longer than 12 hours in BKK airport
2. Must prepare below documents and show them when checking in flight at the departure airport:
- COVID-19 test with negative result, issued no more than 72 hours before traveling
- Fitness to Fly Certificate, issued no more than 72 hours before traveling
- Medical Insurance which the coverage is not less than 100,000 USD and covers COVID-19 disease
3. The measurements when arriving at BKK airport:
- The airport will arrange the separated walk path and waiting are with social-distancing control between passengers.
- Shopping or going out from the designed waiting area/airport is not allowed.
While continuing the restriction which is all passengers traveling to Thailand must be secured for 14-day quarantine upon arrival in Thailand in quarantine hotels with charges applied. The passenger is not allowed to go out of the room/hotel are until the 14 days completed with negative test result for 3 times.
As such there more commercial flights into Thailand, this provides us more capabilities for our Medical Escort on Commercial Flight Services while we still have to consider travel restrictions at destination countries and there might be additional costs for quarantine hotel and relating required documents when traveling during this time.
Despite of all restrictions, Asia Air Ambulance is able to continue providing air ambulance services for the patient whom need to be moved during this difficult time. The medical crew shall remain in the aircraft at the destination airport in order to avoid securing 14-day quarantine upon arrival in Thailand.
We are thankful for all medical service providers for their dedication during this challenging situation. We hope everyone stay safe during the pandemic.
Until next updates, we will keep you posted!