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Coronavirus Tests, Fit-to-Fly Docs Now Required for Air Passengers Transiting Thailand

CAAT Issues New Covid-19 Measures for Flights

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The Civil Aviation Authority issued new guidelines to prevent chartered flights from transmitting the coronavirus disease 2019 while transiting through Thailand.

CAAT Director-General Chula Sukmanop said Friday he signed an announcement on the new measures July 16. They apply to international passenger flights permitted to visit Thailand.

Under the new measures airlines must inform passengers of Thailand’s disease-control measures concerning passengers’ preparation before arrival, during their visit and before departure from Thailand. They include health screenings and health certificates before boarding planes.

For chartered flights, Chula said, passengers must pass health screenings. Those who come from Covid-19-stricken countries must pass coronavirus tests and wear face masks aboard planes. There must also be enough alcohol gel for sanitization aboard planes.

Pilots must wear face masks. Flight attendants must wear face masks and disposable medical rubber gloves.

CAAT bans newspapers, magazines, leaflets and product sales for air passengers. Flights lasting less than two hours are prohibited from serving foods and drinks. Those lasting longer will serve food and drinks in sealed, prepackaged containers.

Flights operating for longer than four hours must reserve three rear rows of seats for patient isolation. Planes must be disinfected after every flight. The new measures took Friday.