COVID-19 Information

Update 9/10/2020: The ACS units in Bangkok and Chiang Mai are accepting  mail-in DS-82 adult passport renewal applications , and are now open for in person appointments for notary services, Certificate of Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) services, and passport services for individuals who are required to submit a  DS-11 passport application  (minor applicants, first-time adult, first application after a lost/stolen passport). Frequently Asked Questions – September 10, 2020 Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand – July 31, 2020 FAQs on Economic Impact Payments – April 17, 2020 Current Alerts and Messages for Thailand See Prior Updates  ...
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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (July 31, 2020)

Location: Thailand Event:  Royal Thai Government Approves Effective Visa Extension to September 26, 2020 Royal Thai Government Approves Effective Visa Extension to September 26, 2020 On July 29, the Royal Thai Government officially approved a grace period until September 26, 2020 for persons in Thailand in temporary visa status (of all visa types) to depart the country. The measure was published on that date in the Royal Thai ...
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U.S. Provides Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Assistance to Northern Thailand

The United States government donated public health supplies including handwashing stations and personal protective equipment valued at $14,500 USD (approximately 450,000 THB) on July 20 to support Mae Fah Luang University’s effort to assist vulnerable migrant and ethnic communities in Chiang Rai in response to the spread of COVID-19. The U.S. Consulate General in Chiang ...
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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (July 6, 2020)

Location: Thailand Event:  Royal Thai Government Extends State of Emergency and Incoming International Flight Ban until July 31; Kingdom of Thailand Permits Entry for Certain Classes of Foreign National Visitors Royal Thai Government Extends State of Emergency and Incoming International Flight Ban Until July 31 On June 30, the Royal Thai Government officially extended the national state ...
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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (May 29, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (May 29, 2020) Location: Thailand Event:  Royal Thai Government Approves Entry for Non-Thai Nationals with Work Permits; Information on Provincial Travel Restrictions; Frequently Asked Questions Royal Thai Government Approves Entry for Non-Thai Nationals with Work Permits On May 28, the Royal Thai Government (RTG) announced that non-Thai nationals who either ...
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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (May 27, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (May 27, 2020) Location: Thailand Event: Royal Thai Government Extends National State of Emergency; Beware Malware Associated with Fake Thai Chana System; Frequently Asked Questions Royal Thai Government Extends Emergency Decree Until June 30, 2020 On May 26, the Royal Thai Government (RTG) decided to extend the national state of emergency ...
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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (May 18, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (May 18, 2020) Location: Thailand Event: Civil Aviation Authority Extends Bans on Incoming Flights; Phuket Airport Remains Closed; Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Updates – Curfew Hours Changed CAAT Extends Ban on Incoming International Flights Until June 30 On May 15, the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) announced the  extension  until June ...
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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (May 15, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (May 15, 2020) Location: Thailand Event: Phuket International Airport Resumes Operations May 16; Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Phuket International Airport Resumes Operations The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) announced the Phuket International Airport will resume operations at 00:01 on May 16, 2020. The ban on incoming international flights into Thailand ...
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Indo-Pacific Cooperation on COVID-19

FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MAY 12, 2020 As President Trump has said, the United States is working with our friends and partners around the world to coordinate our efforts on stopping the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The United States values our cooperation with allies and partners in combatting the pandemic and in ...
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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (May 8, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (May 8, 2020) Location:  Thailand Event: Reminder of Travel Restrictions and Visa Situation There has been no new significant information regarding the safety and security of U.S. citizens in Thailand since our April 30, 2020 Health Alert.  We provide the following reminders regarding the current travel and visa situation:  Phuket Airport to Remain Closed The ...
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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 30, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 30, 2020) Location:  Thailand Event: Phuket Airport to Remain Closed Until May 15  Phuket Airport to Remain Closed The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) announced the Phuket International Airport will remain closed until May 15. If you are a U.S. citizen currently in Phuket, please fill out this voluntary survey .  This will help ...
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U.S. Provides Additional Covid-19 Support to Increase Thailand’s Case Identification, Rapid Response

U.S. Provides Additional Covid-19 Support to Increase Thailand’s Case Identification, Rapid Response FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BANGKOK, THAILAND, April 28, 2020 – The United States Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), has committed an additional $1.5 million to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak in the Kingdom of Thailand. In coordination with ...
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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 29, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 29, 2020) Location:  Thailand Event: Domestic Flights to Resume Under Strict Guidelines; State of Emergency; Automatic Visa Extensions; Incoming International Flight Ban Domestic Flights to Resume Under Strict Guidelines The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has announced new guidelines for the operation of domestic flights within Thailand that affect passengers.  The key ...
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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 28, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 28, 2020) Location:  Thailand Event: National State of Emergency Officially Extended; Additional Flights from Surat Thani Airport Beginning May 1; Samui Airport Set to Resume Bangkok Route May 15 National State of Emergency/Nation-wide Curfew Officially Extended to May 31 Today, the government spokesperson announced that the Cabinet has decided to extend to May ...
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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 27, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 27, 2020) Location:  Thailand Event: Automatic Visa Extensions; Ban on Incoming International Flights Extended Further; National State of Emergency Likely to be Extended to May 31; Availability of Critical Medicines in Thailand  Automatic Visa Extensions In Effect April 24 On April 24, automatic, additional visa extensions for all types of non-immigrant (i.e. temporary ...
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The United States and ASEAN Are Partnering To Defeat COVID-19, Build Long-Term Resilience, and Support Economic Recovery

The United States and ASEAN Are Partnering To Defeat COVID-19, Build Long-Term Resilience, and Support Economic Recovery PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE APRIL 22, 2020 Members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are enduring strategic partners as we respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and plan for economic recovery. We commit ...
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U.S.-ASEAN Health Futures

U.S.-ASEAN Health Futures FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON APRIL 22, 2020 Today, Secretary Pompeo launched the U.S.-ASEAN Health Futures initiative. Health Futures captures our existing and ongoing work with ASEAN on public health and lays the groundwork for long-term partnership, targeted assistance, and a renewed focus on our most fundamental resource – the health ...
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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 22, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 22, 2020) Location:  Thailand Event: Thai Government Extends Temporary Visas Until July 31, 2020 Thai Government Extends Temporary Visas Until July 31 On April 21, the Royal Thai Government approved automatic visa extensions for foreign nationals whose visas expire between 30 April 2020 and 31 July 2020.  Visas will be extended automatically until ...
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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 21, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 21, 2020) Location:  Thailand Event: KLM Ceases Operations Until April 30 and JAL Reduces Flights KLM Ceases Operations Until April 30 and JAL Reduces Flights to Twice Per Week KLM announced today the airline will cease operations from Bangkok until after April 30.  JAL plans to reduce daily flights from Bangkok to twice ...
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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 20, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 20, 2020) Location:  Thailand Event:  VietJet to Stop Service from Krabi Airport to BKK VietJet Ceasing Service to Krabi Airport VietJet Air announced it is halting flights between Krabi Airport and Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) until May 1, 2020.  There are no flights out of Krabi Airport until after April 30. The following major airports ...
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FAQs on Economic Impact Payments

UPDATE 4/17/2020: The Internal Revenue Service urges U.S. taxpayers to beware of telephone calls and email phishing attempts regarding COVID-19.  These can lead to tax-related fraud and identity theft.  Taxpayers should also look out for suspicious websites, text messages, and social media messages that request money or personal information. For more information, please see the Internal ...
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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 16, 2020)

Health Alert  – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 16, 2020) Location: Thailand Event: Departing from Southern Thailand Departing from Southern Thailand The following major airports are closed: Phuket International Airport (April 10-30), Koh Samui Airport (April 7-30). There are available routes from southern Thailand to Bangkok.  For those in Phuket, the airport is closed until April 30, and the land ...
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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 15, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 15, 2020) Location:  Thailand Event:  Ban on Incoming International Flights Extended Until April 30; Transportation Out of Thailand CAAT Extends Ban on Incoming International Flights Until April 30 Today, the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) announced the extension until 30 April 2020 of the ban on incoming international flights.  The extension will likely ...
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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 14, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 14, 2020) Location:  Thailand Event:  Updates to Thai Northern Province Travel Restrictions Thai Domestic Travel Restrictions Options for forms of domestic travel (including airplanes, buses, public vans, and trains) are also decreasing throughout Thailand.  This week there is an average of two flights per day from Chiang Mai International Airport to Bangkok.  In ...
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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 13, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 13, 2020) Location:  Thailand Event:  Reminder: National State of Emergency; Transportation Out of Thailand REMINDER: National State of Emergency On March 25th, the Royal Thai Government declared a national state of emergency, effective March 26th, in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Thailand.  Most restaurants, stores, and entertainment venues are closed ...
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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 10, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 10, 2020) Location:  Thailand Event:  Details on Automatic Extension of Tourist Visas; Phuket Travel Restrictions Automatic Extension of Tourist Visas On April 8, the Royal Thai Government approved and implemented automatic visa extensions for foreign nationals (including U.S. citizens) whose visas expire between March 26 and April 30, 2020. Visas will be extended automatically until ...
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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 9, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 9, 2020) Location:  Thailand Event:  Further Details on Automatic Extension of Tourist Visas; Phuket Travel Restrictions Growing Automatic Extension of Tourist Visas On April 8, the Royal Thai Government approved and implemented automatic visa extensions for foreign nationals (including U.S. citizens) whose visas expire between March 26 and April 20. Visas will be ...
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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 8, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 8, 2020) Location:  Thailand Event:  Automatic Extension of Tourist Visas; Transportation Out of Thailand; Flight Options from Phuket; Suspension of All Passport Services, Except Emergency Passports Tourist Visas Expiring on/after March 26 Extended The Ministry of Interior announced today that tourists (including U.S. citizens) who hold visas expiring on or after March 26 ...
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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 7, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 7, 2020) Location:  Thailand Event:  Flight Options From Phuket; Incoming International Flight Ban Until April 18; Suspension of All Passport Service, Except Emergency Passports Phuket International Airport Closure The Provincial Government of Phuket confirmed the  closure of the Phuket International Airport  from 12:01 a.m. on April 10 to 11:59 p.m. on April 30, 2020.  There are two domestic flights ...
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Tackling COVID-19: The Latest Challenge for U.S.-Thai Health Cooperation

Tackling COVID-19: The Latest Challenge for U.S.-Thai Health Cooperation By U.S. Ambassador to Thailand Michael George DeSombre   This year, World Health Day (April 7) falls during a particularly solemn time, as humankind grapples with the worst disease pandemic of the past 100 years. Each day brings a sobering update of the rising death toll ...
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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 6, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 6, 2020) Location:  Thailand Event:  Incoming International Commercial Flights Banned Until April 18, 2020 CAAT Extends Bans On All Arriving International Commercial Aircraft Until April 18, 2020 The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has extended its prohibition on all international commercial passenger flights until 11:59 p.m. on April 18, 2020.  Still permitted ...
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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 4, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 4, 2020) Location:  Thailand Event:  Incoming Commercial Flights Banned from 4-6 April 2020; Nation-wide Curfew In Effect; Phuket Hotels Closed Starting April 4 CAAT Bans All Arriving Commercial Aircraft from 4-6 April 2020 The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has issued a notification prohibiting all regularly scheduled commercial aircraft from flying to ...
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Health Alert – Information on Repatriation Flights – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 3, 2020)

Health Alert – Information on Repatriation Flights – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 3, 2020) Location:  Thailand Event:  International commercial flight options currently exist in Thailand. U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government has ...
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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 3, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 3, 2020) Location:  Thailand Event:  Nation-wide Curfew In Effect; Phuket Hotels Closed Starting April 4 Nation-wide Curfew Beginning April 3, a nation-wide curfew is in effect from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m..  Except for emergency medical care and travel to and from the airport, U.S. citizens should remain in their residences and hotel rooms during those ...
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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 2, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 2, 2020) Location:  Thailand Event:  Nation-wide Curfew Announced; Bangkok Parks; Increasing Provincial Border Closures; Phuket Airport to Close Operations Next Week (Book Departure Flights Now); Hotel Closures Nation-wide Curfew Today the Prime Minister’s office announced a nation-wide curfew from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m., beginning on April 3.  Except for emergency medical care, U.S. ...
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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo Briefing With Journalists from East Asian and Pacific Media Outlets

SPECIAL BRIEFING MARCH 30, 2020 MS WALSH:  So our first question will to go Straits Times, Nirmal Ghosh. QUESTION:  Good morning, Mr. Secretary. SECRETARY POMPEO:  Good morning. QUESTION:  Can you hear me? SECRETARY POMPEO:  Yes, I can hear you just fine, sir. QUESTION:  Right.  Nirmal Ghosh, Straits Times.  Thank you very much.  How do you see U.S.-China relations ...
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U.S. Support for ASEAN in Fighting COVID-19

FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MARCH 31, 2020 As the leader in the global health and humanitarian response to COVID-19, the United States has acted swiftly to support our ASEAN partners in combating the COVID-19 virus. Since the outbreak began, the U.S. government has provided approximately $18.3 million in emergency health and humanitarian assistance to ...
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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 1, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 1, 2020) Location:  Thailand Event:  No Transit Through Thailand; Possible Automatic Extension of Thai Visas; Phuket Airport Closure; Mae Hong Son Border Closure; Hotel Closures; Foreign Nationals Must Pay for COVID-19 Treatment Transit Airline Passengers Now Barred From Entering Thailand Effective April 1, the Royal Thai Government (RTG) expanded the ban on foreign nationals entering Thailand to include transiting ...
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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (March 30, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (March 30, 2020) Location:  Thailand Event:  Border Closures Throughout Southern Thailand; Transit Temporary Health Certificate Exemption Ending on March 31; Flights Out of Thailand Further Reduced Border Closures in Southern Thailand Several provincial governments in southern Thailand announced the closure of their borders –prohibiting entry by land and sea ...
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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 ...
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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (March 27, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand – March 27,2020 Location:  Bangkok, Thailand Event: U.S. Embassy Messages, Bus Ticket Sales, The Emergency Decree Legislation, Checkpoints, Flights Out of Thailand  Why Am I Receiving This Message? As part of the effort to get as much information as possible to U.S. citizens, the State Department is extending departure ...
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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (March 26, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (March 26, 2020) Location:  Bangkok, Thailand Event:  Information on the State of Emergency, a Message from U.S. Ambassador Michael DeSombre, Thai Travel Ban, Available Flights Out of Thailand, and U.S. Embassy Consular Operations State of Emergency: On March 25, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha declared a state of emergency, ...
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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (March 21, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (March 21, 2020) Location:  Thailand Event: The Royal Thai Government (RTG) has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  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 ...
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U.S. Provides Additional Assistance to Thailand to Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19)

BANGKOK, THAILAND, March 20, 2020 — The United States Government announced nearly $2 million in funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to expand U.S. support for Thailand in response to the global spread of COVID-19.  This support builds upon ongoing USAID and other U.S. Government investments in health development, particularly those aimed ...
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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (March 15, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (March 15, 2020) Location:  Thailand Event:  There is an ongoing outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) first identified in Wuhan, China.  The global public health threat posed by COVID-19 is high, with more than 145,000 reported cases worldwide. The government of the Kingdom of Thailand has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread ...
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U.S. Provides Personal Protective Equipment to the Royal Thai Government to assist COVID-19 Response

BANGKOK, THAILAND, March 9, 2020 — United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Regional Development Mission for Asia Mission Director Peter A. Malnak handed over personal protective equipment (PPE) to the Ministry of Public Health in Nonthaburi today as part of the United States’ assistance to Thailand to respond to novel coronavirus disease COVID-19, first ...
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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (January 31, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (January 31, 2020) Location:  Thailand Event:  On January 31, 2020 the Thailand Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) announced 19 confirmed cases of novel Coronavirus in Thailand. There is an ongoing outbreak of pneumonia first identified in Wuhan, China, caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. Additionally, the MoPH confirmed the ...
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