Thailand Public Announcement
Issued by US Department of State
Apr 07, 2003
This Public Announcement is being issued to clarify for U.S. citizens
information about the Thai government's response to the SARS epidemic. The
Royal Thai Government has announced new measures for arriving travelers due
to the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) situation. This Public
Announcement expires on July 3, 2003.
The Royal Thai Government announced the following protective measures
applicable as of April 3, 2003, to passengers arriving at Thai
points-of-entry (including international airports in Bangkok, Chiang Mai,
Phuket, Hat Yai, and Ko Samui) from Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan and
Vietnam. These measures apply to Thai nationals and foreigners and do not
differentiate between persons originating from the five listed locations and
those who merely transited those countries. Thai authorities, including
health care professionals, will perform a quarantine inspection of all
aircraft arriving from the listed countries. All disembarking passengers
and crew are required to fill out a Health Control Document prior to
proceeding to quarantine inspection. Passengers and crew transiting Bangkok
who elect to remain on the aircraft are exempted from the quarantine
All persons suspected of SARS infection may be isolated and quarantined for
up to 14 days. The Royal Thai Government strongly recommends that Thai
travelers arriving from the listed countries quarantine themselves at home
for 14 days. The Thai government also urges expatriates residing in
Thailand returning from any of the listed countries remain at home for 14
days. Government offices, schools, and private sector businesses are
strongly encouraged to permit all employees returning from the listed
countries to remain at home for the full 14-day period.
The situation in Thailand is evolving, and we expect that the Thai
authorities may alter their procedures as the situation changes.
U.S. citizens resident or traveling in SARS affected areas should closely
monitor the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at
http://www.cdc.gov and the website of the World Health Organization at
http://www.who.int. for the latest information on SARS.
For further information on travel to Thailand, U.S. citizens should also
consult the Department of State's Consular Information Sheets for Thailand,
the Fact Sheet on SARS and the SARS in Asia Public Announcement, all of
which are located at .