The situation is continually changing, but like many other cities, Pattaya has been severely affected by the coronavirus. With bars remaining closed and social distancing becoming a priority, Pattaya has become a place, at least in the short-term, which is unrecognizable to most. Everyone is encouraged to distance themselves and wear surgical facemasks to try and minimise the spread of the virus.
With the number of cases of Covid-19 in Thailand already running into the thousands, it is estimated that the country is approximately two weeks behind the UK and a month behind Italy. However, many scientists believe that the Kingdom won’t be affected to the same degree due to the early implementation of restrictions and the natural isolation of some towns and villages. The deputy prime minister still puts the blame for the spread of the disease on “farangs” in spite of evidence to the contrary.
If you believe that you have the virus, you are advised to go to the nearest hospital for testing. Once again, this information may be unusual for many foreigners. In most countries, those who display symptoms are encouraged not to go to hospitals or doctors surgeries due to the danger of transmitting the virus. In Pattaya you can get tested at:
- Bangkok Hospital Pattaya
- Pattaya International Hospital
- Pattaya Memorial Hospital
- Banglamung Hospital
- Pattaya City Hospital
Entering & Leaving Thailand
At the time of writing, the biggest restrictions are from the airlines with major carriers such as Emirates already suspending all flights. However, you will be required to provide a medical certificate (issued no more than 72 hours before entering the country) to prove that you don’t pose a threat as well as having health insurance to a minimum value of $100,000. Thailand has placed no restrictions on leaving the country unless you have the virus, in which cases Immigration will grant you an additional 30-day visa.
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