Thai Trade Department Announcement: Coronavirus

Is Travel to Bangkok Safe?



If traveling to Thailand is a concern you’re not alone. Many are left wondering if travel is worth the risk this year.

The Thai Department of International Trade Promotion released a statement for those considering travel to the Bangkok Gems and Jewelry Fair this year.

“Dear Exhibitors and Visitors of the 65th Bangkok Gems and Jewelry Fair,

Following the incident of the 2019-Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCOV) situation across the world resulting in rising concerns over travel to Thailand and participation of the 65th Bangkok Gems and Jewelry Fair (BGJF) to be held during 25-29 February 2020, I wish to inform you of the most up-to-date situation with regard to Thailand’s handing of 2019-nCOV and BGJF’s response measures as follows:

  1. Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health has stepped up the alert code of 2019-nCOV to level 3: avoid travel to area affected. The screening of all passengers arriving from risk areas has been carried out at Thailand’s 5 international airports as well as at border areas and ports. The country has continued to strictly screen and closely conduct surveillance for the disease especially at local tourism hotspots. Kindly note that Thailand’s surveillance and screening measures of disease prevention and control were ranked No. 6 out of 195 countries by Johns Hopkins University’s 2019 Global Health Security Index. The ranking indicates that the country’s medical and public health systems are at international standards. Furthermore, Thailand is working closely with the World Health Organization (WHO) and other countries to ensure any infections caused by 2019-nCOV are prevented and controlled.
  1. To ensure exhibitors and visitors’ safety at the 65th Bangkok Gems and Jewelry Fair, as the Fair Organizer, DITP together with Impact Exhibition Management Co. Ltd, the venue provider has issued the following Coronavirus prevention measures:
  • Provide hand sanitizers at Fair entrances, toilets and all meeting rooms
  • Install thermal-scanners as well as infrared thermometers on ground to identify potential virus-infected persons.
  • Set up a Coronavirus screening medical unit
  • Increase frequencies of wipe downs and spraying disinfectant at the fairground
  • Provide masks and special waste bins for all exhibitors and visitors
  • Set up Coronavirus precautions signs
  1. Besides the aforementioned measures, DITP has been discussing with Thailand’s Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health on the implementation of further preventative measures at the upcoming Bangkok Gems and Jewelry Fair. Updates on the matter will be disseminated to you in due course.

I wish to reassure you that, as the country’s trade promotion agency, our trade partners’ safety is our priority. Please feel free to contact DITP’s Thai Trade Center for more updates on the situation. Finally, allow me to extend my appreciation to you for your continued cooperation and confidence in Thailand. I look forward to welcoming you at the 65th Bangkok Gems and Jewelry Fair.

Yours Sincerely,

Mr. Somdet Susomboon

Director General”