Thai AirAsia X launches new international flights to / from Suvarnabhumi Airport
The low-cost carrier Thai AirAsia X has so far operated international flights only at Don Muang Airport in Bangkok.
AirAsia X has announced that it will open a new international flight to and from Suvarnabhumi Airport. First of all, it will be in service on two routes, the Narita line and the Seoul line.
At the moment, details such as the flight date have not been disclosed, but it is said that reservations will be accepted soon.
Until now, for Thai domestic flights, Thai AirAsia, which is an affiliated company in Thailand, has operated routes to and from Suvarnabhumi Airport on some routes such as Phuket and Chiang Mai. In the future, Thai AirAsia X will open a route to / from Suvarnabhumi Airport, and there will be two airports in Bangkok for international flights.
Currently, AirAsia X's Tokyo (Narita) -Bangkok (Don Mueang) route is in a long-term suspension, but it is scheduled to resume in June, and reservations have already been accepted. For other cities in Japan, the reopening date has not yet been announced.
For more information on international flights to / from Suvarnabhumi Airport and Narita Lines after June, please visit AirAsia's official website.
From May 1st, the drinking time at restaurants will be extended.
On Friday, April 22, discussions were held between the Thai government and CCSA on future deregulation.
CCSA spokesman Taweesilp Visanuyothin announced that from May 1st, the cut-off time for alcohol consumption at eateries and similar establishments that met disease control standards would be moved from 11pm to midnight nationwide.
However, entertainment facilities such as pubs, bars and karaoke shops will not continue to be allowed to reopen unless they operate as restaurants and acquire SHA +.
CCSA also reduces the home quarantine period for infected individuals and their close contacts from 7 days to 5 days. After quarantine, they should observe their self-health and stay away from others for 5 days.
No more PCR testing on arrival for vaccinated travelers from May 1st
The Thai government and CCSA held discussions on deregulation of entry to Thailand on April 22, and they have decided to abolish the Test & Go entry scheme from May 1st and the vaccinated travelers can enter Thailand without PCR test on arrival.
With the abolition of the Test & Go entry scheme, the following changes will be applied.
(Entery by air)
・ Vaccinated travelers are not required to have a PCR test at the time of entry, and it is recommended to carry out an self ATK test after entry.
・ If the ATK test after entering Thailand confirms a positive result, use health insurance to provide treatment such as quarantine, or the traveler will carry out self-treatment.
・ Unvaccinated travelers must present negative evidence of RT-PCR testing performed within 72 hours prior to travel and require 5 days of quarantine after entry. Perform RT-PCR test again on the 4th or 5th day of quarantine.
・ Health insurance coverage for foreign travelers has been reduced from US $ 20,000 to US $ 10,000
(Entry by land)
・ If the period of stay after entry is within 2 days, the entry condition is that the travelers have to be fully vaccinated and the self ATK test must be negative.
At the meeting between the Thai government and CCSA on April 22, it was decided not only to deregulate entry but also to ease disease management throughout Thailand from May 1.
The changes from May 1 by this decision are below.
・ The control (orange) zone of 20 provinces has ended.
・ The close surveillance (yellow) zone increased from 47 provinces to 65 provinces
・ The tourism pilot (blue) zone increased from 10 provinces to 12 provinces
Two new tourism pilot zone are Songkhla and Rayong.
In Thailand, it have been gradually deregulating entyrt while checking the infection status. The April and May mitigations will eliminate the need for PCR testing at the time of departure and entry, and this change is expected to be a very effective mitigation for attracting foreign tourists.
The Thai government is aiming for a complete abolition of entry restrictions in June and an endemic declaration in July. In May, there will be a long holiday during Golden Week in Japan, and it will be a vacation time in Europe for the summer. For the Thai tourism industry, which has been hit hard by the pandemic over the past two years, it is expected that the number of foreign tourists will increase further after May.
500,000 travelers use Suvarnabhumi Airport during Songkran vacation
During Songkran's vacation from April 9th to 18th, the number of passengers at six major airports in Thailand was 585,100 for both domestic and international flights, an increase of 119% compared to 2021 a year ago. In addition, 5,490 flights visited Thailand.
The number of passengers at Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) has more than doubled than last year. On April 17, the final day of the Songkran break, the highest number of 65,330 people was recorded. On other days, about 45,000 travelers used Suvarnabhumi Airport every day.
In the future, deregulation of entry into Thailand will progress, and we hope that more foreign tourists will visit Thailand after May.