CORONAVIRUS cases in Thailand have hit 40, as the virus continues to spread and the death toll exceeds 2,800 across the globe.
Here is everything you need to know about travelling to Thailand.
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Thailand was the first country to confirm a coronavirus case on January 12, and the country’s health minister Anutin Charnvirakul previously admitted the country “is not able to stop the spread” of the virus because there are so many Chinese travellers there.
What’s the latest travel advice for Thailand?
There are currently no travel bans in place for Thailand.
The UK government has warned: “There is an ongoing outbreak of coronavirus.
“The virus originated in Wuhan City, Hubei Province but cases have been confirmed in other parts of China and the region, including Thailand.
“You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the local authorities.”
The US State Department has not issued new warnings for Americans travelling to the country and there are no current warnings regarding coronavirus from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Is travel to Thailand affected?
Travel continues to remain uninterrupted in Thailand with flights and public transport running.
Tourism Thailand has insisted that the country is still open and welcomes tourists, although popular resorts at destinations such as Phuket have been deserted.
However, airports including Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket and Krabi will be thermal screening for signs of the disease.
All tourists will also be given health advice on arrival.
The Thai health minister attracted anger after suggesting tourists who don’t wear face masks should be “kicked out” of the country.
Airlines flying to Thailand, including its national carrier Thai Airways, have stepped up hygiene procedures.
Thailand has also issued its own set of advice for the public.
Can I cancel my holiday to Thailand?
Any Brits due to travel to Thailand are unlikely to get their money back if they cancel their holiday or flights.
The only time that tour operators are required to give a refund on holiday packages is if the Foreign Office changes its travel advice for a region and turns it into a no-go area, which they have not done in this case.
Independent hotels are not even required to refund money in this instance, so if you have paid in advance and choose not to turn up then you will lose your money.
If the hotel is a large chain, it could be worth asking to change your stay to another location or delay your trip but they are under no obligation to grant this.
Holidaymakers are advised to check with their travel insurance providers to see if there is something they can do, but that is also unlikely.
What are the symptoms of coronavirus?
Symptoms are similar to a common cold.
- a runny nose
- shortness of breath
- body aches
In most cases, you won’t know whether you have a coronavirus or a different cold-causing virus, such as rhinovirus.
But if a coronavirus infection spreads to the lower respiratory tract (your windpipe and your lungs), it can cause pneumonia, especially in older people, people with heart disease or people with weakened immune systems.
Different travel advice has also been issued to other countries near China.
A leading airline doctor has said that face masks and gloves on flights actually makes the coronavirus situation worse.
Some have suggested using a plastic tent on planes to avoid catching the disease.