Added 14th October 2017 - Current 9th March 2020
The government is following the situation very closely and recommends tourist centres (airports, shopping centres, hotels, etc.) to increase cleaning and disinfection. Hand disinfection is offered at various locations. At crowds and airports, many travellers wear face protection. Commercial and tourist facilities are open throughout the country without restrictions.
The Thai authorities have introduced a number of measures to limit the spread of the virus, and additional measures may be introduced. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the local authorities.
Smoking ban on beaches
Thailand is introducing a smoking ban on beaches across the country with those caught violating the law facing up to a year in prison or a possible fine of up to 100,000 baht (USD3,000; GBP2,280;AUD3850).
The ban, effective from the 1st of November 2017, will apply to up to 20 popular beaches across Thailand, including Patong beach in the southern city of Phuket, the eastern city of Pattaya and Hua Hin and Cha Am south of the capital. More beaches may be added.
There will be designated areas for smoking on each beach away from the sea.
Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat and Songkhl
Some Governments advise against all but essential travel to the provinces of Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat and Southern Songkhla province. This does not include areas north of and including the A43 road between Hat Yai and Sakom, and areas north-west of and including the train line which runs between Hat Yai and Pedang Besar.
Avoid any protests, political gatherings, demonstrations or marches, and be wary of making political statements in public. People have faced criminal charges for participating in this activities. Others have faces charges for sharing articles online that could be seen as portraying Thailand negatively or making accusations about individuals. Criticism of the monarchy in any form is a crime which can be broadly interpreted, and carries a long jail sentence.
Urban areas across Thailand, especially in Bangkok and Chiang Mai, can experience poor air quality and high PM 2.5 counts, occasionally entering the unhealthy and hazardous levels. This may aggravate bronchial, sinus or asthma conditions. Children, the elderly and those with pre-existing medical conditions may be especially affected.
Please follow the travel advice of your Government:
STA Travel are monitoring this situation and updates will be added to this Travel Advice page.
Anyone with concerns about travel in this area should contact their Booking Store for advice.