Is It Safe to Travel to Thailand Amid Coronavirus Outbreak?

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Is It Safe to Travel to Thailand Amid Coronavirus Outbreak?

While some travellers cancel their trips, others enjoy a rare opportunity to have some of Thailand's most popular beaches and attractions for their own without the usual crowds. Up to now, no restrictions has been put on travel by WHO, either.

Yet what you will surely encounter while visiting Thailand at the moment is:

 Fever screening of all air passengers and crew members at airports across the country.
 As part of the nationwide Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) prevention, screening has been extended to all ports in the Gulf of Thailand and Andaman Sea.
In Bangkok, especially at the airports, on MRT or BTS, in large shopping malls and even on the streets medical masks are used by the majority of people.

To date, 33 cases of coronavirus have been recorded in Thailand. 21 patients remain in hospitals, 12 were discharged, zero deaths.

To reduce the risk of contacting coronavirus infection,

Wash your hands with soap and water often; if no soap and water are available, use alcohol-based sanitisers
Avoid contact with persons showing flue-like sympthoms
When coughing or sneezing, cover your nose and mouth with a mask, handkerchief or flexed elbow.

All these measures work well against other viral infections like the flue, too.

While there are far less – if any – Chinese tourists in Thailand at the moment, visitors of other nationalities travel the country without any restrictions. All attractions including temples, museums, galleries, and natural sites are open as per their usual schedule. 

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to assure that Thailand health surveillance systems for disease control show their effectiveness for coronavirus prevention nationwide.

The TAT's recent photo shows tourists at Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai touring the temple on Feb, 11. Photo: tatnews.org.

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