CAAT extends ban on all international flights to Thailand from 18-30 April

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand has announced an extension of the temporary ban on almost all incoming international flights from 18-30 April. Those arriving in special flights are subject to disease control measures.

Suvarnabhumi airport (Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported)

On 15 April, the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) website issued a notification extending a temporary ban on all international flights to Thailand from 18 April 2020 at 17.00 UTC to 30 April 2020 at 17.00 UTC.  All flight permits granted for this period are canceled.

The notification was issued for the prevention and control of COVID-19. The first notification banned incoming flights from 3-6 April and extended to 18 April.

The ban does not apply to state or military aircraft, emergency landings, technical landings without disembarkation, humanitarian, medical or relief flights, repatriation flights and cargo flights.

Passengers on exempt flights will be subject to 14-day state quarantine, and regulations under the Emergency Decree.

Since 22 March, CAAT has required Thai nationals to have Fit to Fly certificates issued no more than 72 hours before traveling and a certifying letter from their local Thai Embassy before being allowed to board a flight home.

On 25 March, Arthit Suriyawongkul, a Thai PhD student in Ireland, filed a complaint with the Administrative Court calling for the repeal of the CAAT travel restrictions. He claimed that they violate the right to freedom of movement guaranteed in the Thai constitution.

On 3 April, the Court dismissed the complaint. The Court stated that it does not have the power to rule on the implementation of the Emergency Decree. However, as the rights and freedoms of the complainant were affected, the complainant can file a complaint at the court of justice.

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