Published on Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Thailand extends international flight ban

Thailand has extended a ban on international flights for a further month until May 31.

Relief and repatriation flights are exempt, said civil aviation authority director-general Chula Sukmanop

"Exempted from the ban are state and military aircraft; aircraft requiring emergency and technical landing without disembarkation; humanitarian aid, medical and relief flights; and repatriation and cargo aircraft," Sukmanop said.

Travellers arriving on permitted inbound flights will be subject to a 14-day quarantine.

However domestic flights will have a phased restart from May 1 with Thai AirAsia and Thai Lion Air reopening a limited number of routes.

Social distancing measures will be implemented on all flights.

Thailand's emergency decree for the whole nation has also been extended until the end of May.

It includes a night time curfew, no mass gatherings, and restrictions on travel between provinces.

During May there may be a phased return to work for 'low risk' businesses in the open air such as street food hawkers and park facilities.

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