Thailand postpones Songkran 2020
This is the latest press release by Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). Thailand officially postpone Songkran 2020 and also temporarily closes venues with large crowds. The following is the official statement by TAT posted just hours ago.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand would like to inform international and domestic tourists that the Royal Thai Government today announced several measures to limit the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Measures to limit people’s movement and travel
- Thai New Year, or Songkran, holidays and celebrations, from 13-15 April, 2020, to be postponed until further notice.
- 14-day closure of universities, international schools and tutorial schools, from 18 to 31 March, 2020
- Temporary closure of Muay Thai stadiums, sports stadiums, horse race tracks, cinemas, pubs/bars and entertainment venues in Bangkok and the vicinity until the situation improves.
- The hosting of events and activities which attract large crowds; such as, concerts, exhibitions and trade fairs, and religious, cultural and sport events, will be up to the discretion of each provincial governor and the local communicable disease control office.
For venues that need to remain open, including shopping venues, markets and office buildings, the government has asked for stricter surveillance measures. Operators of shops and restaurants are also asked to implement stricter screening and cleanliness.
Please be advised that the announcement by the Ministry of Public Health may change at any time in accordance with developing situation. Travellers are to keep up-to-date with the COVID-19 situation in Thailand at https://ddc.moph.go.th/viralpneumonia/eng/index.php.
Meanwhile, TAT is constantly providing updates on the tourism-related COVID-19 situation in Thailand at the TAT Newsroom (https://www.tatnews.org/). For additional information and assistance relating to Thailand’s tourism, contact the TAT Contact Centre 1672 or Tourist Police 1155.