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Thailand Travel Alerts and Warnings
Thailand Travel Alerts and Warnings
Get the latest information on natural disasters, civil unrest and how it may affect your travel plans to Thailand.
Health and safety in Thailand – Februrary 2020
On 30 January 2020, the WHO delcared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) due to the coronavirus outbreak that originally emerged in Wuhan, China.
There are 19 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Thailand, and the number of cases spreading around the world are expected to increase.
If you are traveling Thailand, practice good hygiene, and if you begin to feel the symptoms of coronavirus, keep your distance from other people, cover all coughs and sneezes, and seek medical attention immediately.
Stay up to date with local news and media to monitor the situation closely, and pay attention to your government’s travel advice. While there are no current warnings in Thailand specifically for coronavirus, staying up to date with the situation will keep you informed if anything changes.
Coronavirus World Wide
A Global Public Health Emergency
Find out how your travel plans may be affected following the World Health Organization’s declaration that the coronavirus is now an official international emergency.
Coronavirus is declared a global public health emergency – 30 January 2020
Coronavirus first emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019, and has spread across China and now dozens of cases have been confirmed in several countries in the Asia-Pacific region as well as countries in Europe, North America and the Middle East.
On 30 January 2020, the Emergency Committee convened by the WHO Director-General agreed that the coronavirus outbreak “now meets the criteria for a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC)”. A PHEIC has only been declared six times since it was introduced in 2005 following the outbreak of SARS.
What is a PHEIC?
The term PHEIC is defined as “an extraordinary event” which is determined by these two regulations:
- To constitute a public health risk to other States through the international spread of disease; and
- To potentially require a coordinated international response.
What should I do if I’m traveling overseas soon?
If you are traveling overseas soon, stay up to date with local news and media, and always follow the advice of local authorities or your government.
Be aware of which countries cases of coronavirus are rapidly spreading, and wash your hands consistently, try to maintain your distance from other people, and if you are feeling unwell cover all coughs and sneezes with tissues or your clothing.
The symptoms of coronavirus are similar to other respiratory diseases, including the flu and the common cold.
If you have traveled to Wuhan recently
If you have traveled to Wuhan or suspect you have been in contact with someone who is infected with coronavirus and are experiencing the following symptoms: feeling tired, having difficulty breathing, have a high temperature, cough and/or sore throat, see your doctor to rule out the possibility of coronavirus.
If you are a World Nomads policy holder, read the latest insurance advice about cut off dates.
Earthquake in the Caribbean Islands
Taal Volcano, Philippines
Earthquake southwestern Puerto Rico
Eruption of Mount Agung, Bali
The huge ash cloud has caused Bali’s Denpasar airport to close on Monday. Picture: AFP/Sonny Tumbelaka Source:AFP
Eruption of Mount Agung, Bali (Advice for the PDS effective 15 August 2016; as at 10am on Wednesday 22 November 2017, AEDT)
Mount Agung, Bali, Indonesia has begun erupting smoke and ash. An official exclusion zone remains in place that in some places extends to 7.5 kilometres from the volcano. We are now issuing a cover cut-off for claims arising from this known event.
For policies purchased up to 8:05pm (AEDT) on Tuesday 21 November 2017, cover is available for the lesser of cancellation or rearrangement costs when, as a result of the volcanic activity, you have no alternative but to cancel or rearrange your upcoming trip. Refer to Event 2.2 – Your flight, other scheduled transport or overnight tour is delayed, cancelled or rescheduled before your trip starts.
Cover is also available for cancellation or extra trip costs when, as a result of the volcanic activity, your flight, other scheduled transport or overnight tour is delayed, rescheduled or cancelled. Refer to Event 3.2 – Your flight, other scheduled transport or tour is delayed – and it’s not the operator’s fault. Other sections of the policy wording apply; please refer to the PDS for further details.
For policies purchased after 8:05pm (AEDT) on Tuesday 21 November 2017, cover is not available for claims arising from any volcanic activity, including any new ash cloud events, as such events are no longer unforeseen.
This restriction of cover also applies to any travel plans made or changed after 8:05pm (AEDT) on Tuesday 21 November 2017 where you are impacted by the volcanic activity.
We are monitoring the situation and will advise when this position changes. Refer to your providers following service interruptions; they can best assist with making alternative arrangements.
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