Wed, 05 Aug 2020

BANGKOK, July 3 (Xinhua) -- Thailand's Suvarnabhumi International Airport and the Ministry of Public Health launched on Friday a lab at the airport that is equipped to conduct polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests, which provides up to 95 percent accurate result within 90 minutes, according to Suthirawat Suwanawat, general manager of Suvarnabhumi Airport.

Suvarnabhumi is ready to receive foreign travelers and has put in place facilities under the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand's guidelines and the government's regulations to contain the spread of COVID-19, Suthirawat said.

The PCR test however, will be paid by the inbound traveler, at 3,000 baht (96 U.S. dollars) per person and won't need to go through the 14 day mandatory quarantine.

"However, these travelers, despite passing the PCR test, will be banned from entering public transport and places," said Suthirawat.

The airport general manager said that Suvarnabhumi recorded about 4,000 domestic passengers and 58 flights per day in June.

Also, the number of domestic passengers has increased to 8,045 and the total number of flights has risen to 177 as the government had eased lockdown restrictions.

More international flights will bring Thai returnees home, hence the establishment of the PCR test should be useful, said Suthirawat.

The Thai government has given the greenlight from July 1 onwards, to allow business travelers and foreigners with spouses, work permits or residency into the country.

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