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TAT update: COVID-19 prevention measures for travellers commuting by rail transport in Thailand

Bangkok, 24 March, 2020, at 15.00 Hrs.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to inform international and
domestic tourists of the second announcement on the Coronavirus Disease 2019
(COVID-19) prevention measures by the Department of Rail Transport, Ministry of

The guidelines cover both commuters and operators of rail transport
in Thailand; namely, the State Railway of Thailand, Mass Rapid Transit
Authority of Thailand (MRT Subway), Airport Rail Link, Bangkok Mass Transit
System (BTS Skytrain), and Bangkok Expressway and Metro (BEM).

Effective as of 25 March, 2020, the guidelines include:

Wearing a mask – Commuters should wear surgery
or cloth masks when inside the trains and in the stations.

Social distancing – The operators should
take appropriate action to ensure that all commuters maintain a distance of at
least two metres from each other.

Protecting staff – The operators should
heighten health measures among staff to protect themselves, as they are working
with large crowds.

Be prepared – The operators should prepare
appropriate areas to distribute surgery or cloth marks to ensure that all
commuters wear masks at all times when commuting in the rail transport systems.

Extra screening – The operators should increase
screening points to screen all passengers’ body temperature using handheld
thermometers before entering the stations.

In addition, the operators should inform commuters to prepare extra travelling
time due to the extra screening. Any commuters with a body temperature of 37.5
degrees Celsius or higher, or those who do not cooperate with the screening
should not be allowed to enter the rail transport systems and will be referred
to the Ministry of Public Health for further appropriate measures.

Please be advised that the announcement by the Department of Rail
Transport, Ministry of Transport may change at any time in accordance with the
developing situation.

TAT is constantly providing updates on the tourism-related COVID-19
situation in Thailand at the TAT Newsroom (https://www.tatnews.org/).
Travellers can also keep up-to-date with the COVID-19 situation in Thailand at

For additional information and assistance relating to Thailand’s
tourism, contact the TAT Contact Centre 1672 or Tourist Police 1155.

This press release is published on 24 March, 2020, at 13.00 Hrs. All
information is accurate at the current time but can be changed depending on the
situation. The TAT Newsroom will not be updating this press release but will
issue new updates as soon as further information becomes available.

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