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Suvarnabhumi, armed with Covid-19 lab, is ready for foreign arrivals

By The Nation

 

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Wing Commander Suthirawat Suwanawat, Suvarnabhumi’s general manager (left) Photo Credit: Nation Photo by Supakit Khumkun

 

Suvarnabhumi is ready to receive foreign travellers and has put in place facilities under the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand’s guidelines and the government’s regulations to contain the spread of Covid-19.

 

Wing Commander Suthirawat Suwanawat, Suvarnabhumi’s general manager, said the airport has set up checkpoints where passengers will be screened as well as a laboratory to conduct Covid-19 tests.

 

“The lab is equipped to conduct polymerase chain reaction [PCR] tests, which provides up to 95 per cent accurate result within 90 minutes,” he said.

 

“We have also turned the area near gates D3 and D4 into waiting rooms with restrooms and facilities for passengers waiting for test results. Seats have been kept socially distant, while the room will be regularly cleaned.”

 

Thai passengers will also have to undergo measures to contain spread of the disease.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30390747

 

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Thailand's main airport offers rapid coronavirus test for international arrivals

 

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A tourist wearing a protective mask sits on a social distancing seat as she waits for her flight at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International airport amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Thailand, June 3, 2020. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

 

SAMUT PRAKAN, Thailand (Reuters) - Thailand's main international airport unveiled rapid coronavirus tests on Friday for some overseas arrivals after a three-month ban on foreign visitors was partially lifted this month.

 

All foreigners, except those with work permits, have been barred since March, but after more than five weeks with no recorded community transmission of the virus, Thailand is allowing in some groups of foreigners. [nL4N2BI29I] [nL4N2E61E3]

 

Business travellers, diplomats and government guests staying for less than 14 days are considered "fast track travellers" who will be swab tested for the disease at Suvarnabhumi airport to make ensure they are infection-free before entry.

 

"The test itself takes around one hour and a half," said Suwich Thammapalo, an official of Thailand's disease control department, adding that its use could be expanded in future for other arrivals and tourists.

 

The airport test, costing 3,000 baht ($96) each, is one requirement for fast-track entry without spending 14 days in quarantine, and is required of other foreigners recently allowed in, ranging from those with resident status or family in the country, as well as international students.

 

About 1,700 foreigners have applied to visit Thailand for medical treatment such as cosmetic surgery or fertility treatment after a ban on medical tourism was lifted this month, said Taweesin Wisanuyothin, a spokesman for the task force on the disease.

 

The government is considering a plan to open more international travel with a "travel bubble" arrangement with some countries in September, he added.

 

As the pandemic hits travel, Thailand is expected to draw at most 8 million foreign tourists this year, down 80% from a year earlier, the Tourism Council of Thailand estimates, although the sector is expected to recover in 2021.

 

Last year, spending by a record 39.8 million foreign tourists accounted for about 11% of GDP. [nL4N2E72QD]

 

($1=31.1200 baht)

 

(Interactive graphic tracking global spread of coronavirus: open https://tmsnrt.rs/3aIRuz7 in an external browser.)

 

(Reporting by Jiraporn Kuhakan, Panarat Thepgumpanat and Panu Wongcha-um; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

 

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1) A negative COVID 19 Test on arrival does not mean much.  One could have been infected on the flight.

2) Quarantine will be required and at about the 8 to 10 days into isolation another COVID 19 Test will have to be administered.  

3) If one gets two Negative COVID 19 Test results in 8 to 10 days then he or she could be then be freed.  But of course This Is Thailand?????

4) Of course the traveler will have to pay for the following:

 

   COVID 19 Tests($100 USD seems reasonable?)

   Quarantine at a hotel in BKK(I have seen a mid level hotel in BKK advertise $1,000 for 14 days with 3 meals a day)

     

Additionally I checked out a company called Trawick International and they sell an international travel insurance policy that at this time claims to cover COVID 19.

 

I ran the numbers and for my age group (55 to 60) a 3 month policy for Thailand with the trip originating in the USA is approximately $300 USD.  The maximum period for any policy is 180 days.  

        

Trawick International is based in Alabama.  

 

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1 hour ago, sqwakvfr said:

1) A negative COVID 19 Test on arrival does not mean much.  One could have been infected on the flight.

2) Quarantine will be required and at about the 8 to 10 days into isolation another COVID 19 Test will have to be administered.  

3) If one gets two Negative COVID 19 Test results in 8 to 10 days then he or she could be then be freed.  But of course This Is Thailand?????

4) Of course the traveler will have to pay for the following:

 

   COVID 19 Tests($100 USD seems reasonable?)

   Quarantine at a hotel in BKK(I have seen a mid level hotel in BKK advertise $1,000 for 14 days with 3 meals a day)

     

Additionally I checked out a company called Trawick International and they sell an international travel insurance policy that at this time claims to cover COVID 19.

 

I ran the numbers and for my age group (55 to 60) a 3 month policy for Thailand with the trip originating in the USA is approximately $300 USD.  The maximum period for any policy is 180 days.  

        

Trawick International is based in Alabama.  

 

In regard to the health/travel insurance, a couple of TV members (incl. me) tried to complete the on-line application form but one of the boxes seems to be locked there cannot complete and submit the the application form. 

 

 

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18 hours ago, CLS said:

Good move. Now you can scrap quarantine or how long do you want to keep this SCAM? 

UK has already announced the end of quarantine and open up to 50 countries..

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12 minutes ago, dallen52 said:

UK has already announced the end of quarantine and open up to 50 countries..

wouldn't expect anything less from ""smarty"" BJ.... let's wait a couple days/week and see the outcome. His first approach to the virus with herd immunity  was fantastic (sarcasm intended)

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19 hours ago, snoop1130 said:

polymerase chain reaction tests

I wonder if the good Wing Commander can say that fast three times...

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Scorecard, did you use this https://portal.trawickinternational.com/quote/product/84?agent=1&_ga=2.199246446.1765667258.1593695343-1333853067.1593695343

 

I just went into TrawickInternational.com and was able to get the page that wanted my credit card(I am not ready to buy yet).  I used all US based information for the input pages(US Address and phone number).  I will have to consider this insurance when I get back to California in a few months and attempt to get back into LOS.  

 

From my perspective the following will be the requirements to get back into LOS this fall or even early next year:

 

1) COE-Certificate of Entry from the nearest Thai Consulate or Embassy

2) Health or Fit to Fly Certificate

3) Covid 19 Negative Test Result(S).  I believe  “results” because the Embassy/Consulate will want one and the most current one can only be 72 hours before departure(this is ridiculous but TIT)

4) The $100,000 Insurance.

5) A Covid 19 Test upon arrival at BKK

6) 14 Days or less Quarantine at your own expense

7) A second Covid 19 Test that will “set you free”.

 

If these requirements are still in place months from now then who will want to come to LOS???

 

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1 hour ago, sqwakvfr said:

Scorecard, did you use this https://portal.trawickinternational.com/quote/product/84?agent=1&_ga=2.199246446.1765667258.1593695343-1333853067.1593695343

 

I just went into TrawickInternational.com and was able to get the page that wanted my credit card(I am not ready to buy yet).  I used all US based information for the input pages(US Address and phone number).  I will have to consider this insurance when I get back to California in a few months and attempt to get back into LOS.  

 

From my perspective the following will be the requirements to get back into LOS this fall or even early next year:

 

1) COE-Certificate of Entry from the nearest Thai Consulate or Embassy

2) Health or Fit to Fly Certificate

3) Covid 19 Negative Test Result(S).  I believe  “results” because the Embassy/Consulate will want one and the most current one can only be 72 hours before departure(this is ridiculous but TIT)

4) The $100,000 Insurance.

5) A Covid 19 Test upon arrival at BKK

6) 14 Days or less Quarantine at your own expense

7) A second Covid 19 Test that will “set you free”.

 

If these requirements are still in place months from now then who will want to come to LOS???

 

Thanks.

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20 hours ago, from the home of CC said:

Seems like a good plan to me. Get and get over with it (die or not).  BIG spike and then little or nothing.  American Football is saved!!!

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