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AOT tightens screening of passengers from Cambodia

Feb 17. 2020
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By THE NATION

Airports of Thailand Pcl (AOT) announced this week that it is working with the Department of Disease Control to tighten the screening of passengers from Cambodia after the “Westerdam” cruise ship docked at Sihanoukville, Cambodia, last week and some 20 passengers were diagnosed as infected with the new coronavirus (Covid-19).

According to an AOT statement, measures have been put in place at Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang and Phuket international airports, which receive flights from Cambodia. All these airports will prepare separate bays for planes arriving from Cambodia from February 14-21, a practice similar to the one used for passengers coming from China.

As for the flight TG585 departing from Phnom Penh, which had carried 27 passengers who had disembarked from “Westerdam”, the medical staff had screened all passengers and found no signs of infection or fever, and had allowed them to proceed to their destinations. All passengers leaving Thailand are given advice on virus protection as well as a Health Beware Card.

Suvarnabhumi Airport receives 19 flights from Cambodia every day, while Don Mueang gets seven flights per day and Phuket airport has one flight per day. Other airports under the AOT’s administration (Chiang Mai, Hat Yai, and Mae Fah Luang-Chiang Rai) do not receive flights from Cambodia.

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