Update on Travel to Thailand and the Coronavirus, February 18, 2020


What some governments say

The US State Department says

Exercise normal precautions in Thailand. Reconsider travel to Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat, and Songkhla provinces due to civil unrest.  

The Danish foreign ministry 

has introduced travel restrictions for people traveling to or from China but the Danish Health Authority believes that coronavirus infection is not currently spreading outside of China. Advice is to be cautious when travelling to Canada, South Korea, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan.  

Sweden 

advises against trips to China but not to Hong Kong and Macao.  

UK says

the virus originated in Wuhan City, Hubei Province but cases have been confirmed in other parts of China and the region, including Thailand. Comply with any additional screening measures put in place by local authorities.  Further advice on coronavirus available from Public Health England, and the TravelHealthPro website.

Germany

Based on the current epidemic with the new coronavirus from the Chinese city of Wuhan, increased entry controls to identify sick travelers, especially from China, and imported individual illnesses must be expected in Thailand.

Thailand, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 

The WHO has never issued a travel ban on any country or region. Thailand has been named as one of the top ten countries with the best health security. The country is well equipped to handle this latest Coronavirus infection as done during the outbreaks of SARS and MERS.

 

Travel, Health and Volunteer Advice for Thailand Travelers

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS FOR TRAVELERS AND VOLUNTEERS

Is travel to Thailand safe right now? 

No government is advising against traveling to Thailand due to the Coronavirus, Feb 18, 2020.

Thailand is generally a safe country, but caution is good especially with the traffic, motorcycles. Assaults and unprovoked attacks have been reported in popular tourist destinations like Koh Samui.

Need vaccinations to go to Thailand

Ask your local doctor or government. The advice varies. Common recommendations are hepatitis, pneumonia and influenza.

Drinking water in Thailand

Don't drink tap water in Thailand, stick to boiled or treated water. Don't worry about the ice. Good ice is tubular in shape.

Eating street food in Thailand? 

When you eat on the street, you're likely to get fresh food and see it being prepared! Food in Thailand is generally very safe to eat.

Dressing in Thailand? 

Cover your shoulders and knees. Wear longer shorts, pants/trousers or a knee-length-or-longer skirt. Choose shirts that covers your shoulders, a tank top is not. Don't wear revealing clothing

The coolest months in Thailand? 

December, January are the coolest months. Can even be cold in the North, Northeast. Bring some warm clothes with you.

Going to Thailand in July?

 It is worth going to Thailand any time also in rainy season. Days are warm and sunny most of the day and the rain cools things off.

IMPORTANT DON'TS IN THAILAND 

Don't disrespect the Royal Family. 

Don't wear shoes in someone’s home or a temple. 

Don't visit a temple with short clothes. 

Do not touch a monk if you are woman. 

Don't point  feet at someone. 

Don’t touch the head of somebody unless a young child. 

Bargain but not too low. 

Avoid elephant tourism.

  

What about Do's in Thailand? Ask Openmind Projects when you volunteer.

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