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Hi guys.

my wife went to Thailand for a 10 week visit to family and friends. she has a UK residence card.

her return ticket with emirates is 11th may. a long way off yet i know.

i've seen the UK advisories  for people to return to UK and emirates seem to be suspending flights from tomorrow until the end of june?

but getting a earlier flight is impossible not only due to them being full of people wanting to rush back. but also my wife has just had a hip operation and is not fit to fly for another 3 weeks anyway.

what are people planning on doing if they get trapped in Thailand with flights cancelled and they run out of holiday funds due to a forced extension.  i'm self employed so this UK shut down has impacted on my abilty to fund her trip lol.. 

anyone got any ideas 😄

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I saw a minister in uk state that he  recommends people try to get out through Singapore as its the regional hub.

So if a flight isnt available directly out of Thailand it may be worth try going via Singapore.

 

Just a suggestion.

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I'm gonna just copy & paste what I just said in another thread.

 

Just think carefully about whats the best course of action for your loved ones....

 

I work for Delta, and both our Delta & United flights that we service have been cut to the bone, and even then some flights going out with a handful of passengers.

 

Honestly I'd welcome a total ground stop for a couple of weeks worldwide. 

 

It only takes one infected person of a flight to potentially infect the entire plane. Bathrooms, tray tables, flight magazines, they already know the virus can survive on any surface for hours.

 

A metal cylinder with recycled air is a petri dish for this stuff.

 

Do you want your loved ones in that situation? Better stay put, as hard as it may be to be apart for a few weeks.

 

And think of the airlines employees. We're now removing all magazines, just leaving sick bags and emergency card in seat backs, and we're the ones now having to wipe down every tray table as we turn flights.

 

Then there are the flight attendants who are there on every flight, and finally the airlines are allowing them to wear gloves and face masks, a little too late if you ask me.

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Not looking good.

Emirates are closed down and will they fly in 3 weeks? Maybe, but not likely.

Is it possible for her family here to look after her until flights open up gain and she can refund them later?

Problem is that no one has any idea when 'later' is.

Emirates are giving full refunds or vouchers for future travel. Difficult to contact them but friends of mine now have refunds for their cancelled flight back to the UK.

 

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1 minute ago, Mike Teavee said:

Shows how out of touch they are, SIngapore has barred entry for short term visitors & transit passengers.

 

Even people on long term employment passes need permission from MoM (Ministry of Manpower) to re-enter Singapore. 

 

 

 

 

I saw the Singapore ban on transit passengers, but honestly is hard to keep track of whats happening.

 

Flights are getting cancelled in hours and countries are changing entry restrictions on the fly.

 

I tell everyone. Don't fly anywhere, since you have no idea if you can get back things are so dynamic right now

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1 hour ago, RecklessRabbit said:

my wife has just had a hip operation and is not fit to fly for another 3 weeks anyway.


That has made the decision for you. Whatever last chance exits from Thailand might still be possible now, there will be nothing by mid-April. She will just have to sit out the next few months with her family. That should be cheap enough.

You could still join her if you can manage to quickly organize the necessary med cert and insurance. Finnair, Aeroflot, KLM, THAI, and Qatar all still appear to be flying Heathrow to BKK. You would need to go into isolation in a hotel for 14 days and, even after that, there is still a risk of infecting your wife's family. You should expect to be stuck in Thailand for at least 3 months, and will probably get hit with a 20K THB overstay fine when you leave.

Smarter for both of you to stay put.


 

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From that minister I referred to earlier....

 

"I spoke to the Singaporean Foreign Minister this morning and we have agreed to work together to help those stranded to get back to the UK"

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/coronavirus-covid-19-foreign-secretarys-statement-on-support-for-british-people-abroad

 

 

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On 3/25/2020 at 12:12 AM, CharlieH said:

From that minister I referred to earlier....

 

"I spoke to the Singaporean Foreign Minister this morning and we have agreed to work together to help those stranded to get back to the UK"

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/coronavirus-covid-19-foreign-secretarys-statement-on-support-for-british-people-abroad

 

 

In typical UK Politician style, Raab was more than a little premature when he said things have been "Agreed" with SIngapore Government... 

 

British Airways flights to London that go via Singapore are currently only allowing Singaporean citizens on board - so planes are leaving Australia almost empty. The UK's High Commissioner to Australia Vicki Treadall says they are "close" to getting a solution and that UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has been talking to his counterpart in Singapore.

 

https://www.bbc.com/news/live/world-52044452

[Scroll 1/2 way down or search for "Flights for stranded Brits 'hugely expensive'"

 

Article also confirms flight prices are crazy... 

Today Qatar Airways has added extra flights from Sydney, Melbourne and Perth via Doha. There are complaints tickets are too expensive – more than A$12,000 (£6,000) one way. We've had a quick look and that seems to be the case for the next week or so.

 

But prices drop to about A$3,000 (£1,500) from 4 April. Some will have to sit it out a little longer but several travellers tell us they have run out of funds and can’t find work. Others fear their visas expiring and being "illegal".

 

 

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yes lot of us in same boat.where did you read that emirates stop flights till end of June thanks

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35 minutes ago, Mike Teavee said:

In typical UK Politician style, Raab was more than a little premature when he said things have been "Agreed" with SIngapore Government... 

 

British Airways flights to London that go via Singapore are currently only allowing Singaporean citizens on board - so planes are leaving Australia almost empty. The UK's High Commissioner to Australia Vicki Treadall says they are "close" to getting a solution and that UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has been talking to his counterpart in Singapore.

 

https://www.bbc.com/news/live/world-52044452

[Scroll 1/2 way down or search for "Flights for stranded Brits 'hugely expensive'"

 

Article also confirms flight prices are crazy... 

Today Qatar Airways has added extra flights from Sydney, Melbourne and Perth via Doha. There are complaints tickets are too expensive – more than A$12,000 (£6,000) one way. We've had a quick look and that seems to be the case for the next week or so.

 

But prices drop to about A$3,000 (£1,500) from 4 April. Some will have to sit it out a little longer but several travellers tell us they have run out of funds and can’t find work. Others fear their visas expiring and being "illegal".

 

 

the 6k tickets are in 1st class or business.because com sold out.

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3 hours ago, daveyboy69 said:

the 6k tickets are in 1st class or business.because com sold out.

When I checked BKK-MAN with Qatar in Economy was 180K (One way) which is > £4,500 but have just checked and you can now get them for 78K (>£2,000).

 

SIA + BA is showing availability at 38K, (currently) cannot transit in SIN

Cathay + Aer Lingus is showing at 40K, cannot transit in HKG

China+KLM is showing at 50K, not sure about whether you can transit in TPE
 

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3 hours ago, daveyboy69 said:

yes lot of us in same boat.where did you read that emirates stop flights till end of June thanks

UAE has suspended all flights (Emirates & Etihad) for 2 weeks.

 

Emirates has suspended approx 70% of flights for longer than the 2 weeks 

 

https://www.timeoutdubai.com/travel/437235-dubais-emirates-airlines-temporarily-suspends-flights-to-more-than-100-destinations

 

Not sure where you're flying to/from but here are the European ones (Other countries can be found in the link)

 

Europe

 Athens: From 23 March to 30 June
 Barcelona: From 20 March to 20 May
 Bologna: From 13 March to 20 May
 Brussels: From 26 March to 30 June
 Budapest: From 13 March to 20 May
 Düsseldorf: From 23 March to until further notice
 Edinburgh: From 25 March to 30 June
 Frankfurt: From 23 March to until further notice
 Geneva: From 23 March to 30 June
 Hamburg: From 23 March to until further notice
 Istanbul (IST): From 17 March to 20 May
 Istanbul (SAW): From 17 March to 20 May
 Larnaca: From 17 March to 20 May
 Lisbon: From 19 March to 30 April
 London Stansted: From 25 March to 30 June
 Lyon: From 23 March to until further notice
 Madrid: From 18 March to 20 May
 Malta (via Larnaca): From 17 March to 20 May
 Milan: From 13 March to 20 May
 Moscow: From 30 March to 30 June
 Munich: From 23 March to until further notice
 Newcastle: From 25 March to 30 June
 Nice: From 23 March until further notice
 Oslo: From 28 March to 30 June
 Paris: From 23 March until further notice
 Porto: From 17 March to 20 May
 Prague: From 25 March – 30 June
 Rome: From 14 March to 20 May
 Saint Petersburg: From 30 March to 30 June
 Stockholm: From 26 March to 30 June
 Venice: From 12 March to 20 May
 Vienna: From 23 March to 30 June
 Warsaw: From 15 March to 20 May

 

 

 

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