Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (March 29, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (March 29, 2020)
Location:  Thailand
Event:  Phuket Closures and Curfew, CDC Issues Global Level 3 Travel Warning, Flights Out of Thailand

Phuket Closures
The Tourism Authority of Thailand announced that Phuket Province is requesting all residents and tourists remain in their residence from 8:00 pm to 3:00 am and has announced closures of beaches, zoo and walking street.  Please visit the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s website for updated information.  Additional information about restrictions across Thailand can be found at the Ministry of Public Health’s Department of Disease Control COVID-19 website.

Global Warning – Level 3, Avoid Nonessential Travel—Widespread Ongoing Transmission
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta has issued a Global Level 3 Warning.  Travelers are advised to Avoid Nonessential Travel.  This advice mirrors existing guidance from the U.S. State Department.

Key Points:

  • Widespread ongoing transmission of a respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is occurring globally.
  • CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential international travel.
  • Older adults and people of any age with serious chronic medical conditions are at increased risk for severe disease.
  • There may be limited access to adequate medical care in affected areas.
  • US residents may have difficulty returning to the United States.
  • Travelers should avoid contact with sick people and wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • All international travelers should stay home for 14 days after returning from travel, monitor their health, and practice social distancing.

For more the most up-to-date information visit the CDC page on Novel Coronavirus and the CDC Travelers Health Page for travelers to Thailand. Information is also available through the World Health Organization.

Flights Out of Thailand
There are currently no government restrictions or requirements for departing Thailand. Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice. U.S. citizens who are considering returning to the United States are urged to work with their airlines to make travel arrangements while flights are still available.

We advise temporary visitors in Thailand to arrange for immediate return to the U.S. while there is still an opportunity. All flight routes are subject to cancellation without notice, and many flights are heavily booked.  Hub countries with connections to the U.S. are also imposing increasingly strict requirements.

Many travelers worldwide have reported unexpected flight cancellations and limited flight availability.  If your travel has been disrupted, please contact your airline. The Airports of Thailand webpage provides updates on scheduled and cancelled flights out of Thailand.

Thai Emergency Decree Legislation
To read a translation of the Emergency Decree Legislation please visit the Council of State’s  website.  Section 9 explains the measures available to the Prime Minister during a crisis.  People with existing health conditions, adults over 70 and children younger than five are advised to stay home.

Friday, some U.S. citizens had trouble accessing the translation of the Emergency Decree Legislation hyperlink.  For those that had issues, the complete URL is:

Actions to Take:

  • Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.
  • For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.
  • Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on for the latest information.
  • Check with your airlines, cruise lines, or travel operators regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.