Self-Protection for Tourists

On 30 January 2020, the World Health Organization announced that the COVID-19 epidemic is a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) but has not made any announcements on travel restrictions.

Thailand announced to list COVID-19 as the 14th dangerous communicable disease under the Communicable Diseases Act B.E. 2558 on 29 February 2020 and made an announcement on 5 March 2020 that People’s Republic of China, including special territories Macau and Hong Kong, the Republic of Korea, the Italian Republic and the Islamic Republic of Iran are Disease Infected Zones.

• Advise people to avoid travel to the Disease Infected Zones (if travel is not necessary)

• If people need to travel to areas with ongoing outbreak, they should avoid crowded areas or polluted areas, should not make close contact with patients who are sneezing and coughing, and should wear hygienic masks.

• Avoid going to the hospital (if not necessary)

• Eat clean and fully cooked food i.e. meat, eggs and vegetables

• Wash hands with water and soap for at least 20 seconds or with alcohol gel

• Refrain from touching your eyes, nose and mouth

• Do not share personal items (such as handkerchiefs, glasses and towels) with other people because the virus can enter the body via secretions of infected people.

• Keep your body warm and get enough sleep.

• Within 14 days of entry to Thailand, if you have fever and respiratory symptoms such as cough, sore throat, runny nose and shortness of breath, you should wear a hygienic mask, wash hands and meet medical practitioners or public health officers immediately and inform them of your travel history because pneumonia complications can occur and severe symptoms may cause death.

• If you have any questions, you can ask the Department of Disease Control (DDC) hotline: 1422