Thailand has extended the ban on inbound passenger flights for another month to June 30, citing the need to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand issued the announcement on its website on Saturday to extend the ban from May 31.
The ban on allowing international passengers to fly to Thailand was due to expire on 31st May 2020.
Now it has been extended by a month. The exceptions are, state or military aircraft, emergency landing, humanitarian aid, medical & relief flights, repatriation & cargo aircraft.
The announcement comes as the country begins to relax local restrictions after reporting single-digit increases of infections from the new coronavirus this month.
On Sunday the Thai government will allow malls and department stores to re-open. It will also shorten a nighttime curfew by one hour, from 2300 to 0400, from 2200 to 0400.
The extended flight ban has led to speculation that the state of the emergency decree may also be prolonged beyond May 31, although the number of new Covid-19 cases has remained steady for two weeks, even falling to zero on two days this week.
Discussing the flight ban extension, Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam said it had nothing to do with a possible extension of the emergency decree. “If the emergency decree is scrapped, we can still restrict flights if the situation warrants it,” he said.
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