Two weeks ago I wrote about airline passengers to/from South East Asia and beyond being able to
use Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) as a transit point again without presenting specific clearance documents.,,The regulations have now been officially publicized and updated on the website of the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT).
,The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand has imposed tough restrictions on transit passengers at BKK Airport since July 2020 but these have now been relaxed so that transits are possible again but still passengers are severely limited in their movements plus the passenger must hold a valid health insurance with $100,000 coverage including Covid treatment.,You can read
my article from February 24th here when this news first broke. Not surprising back then nobody at the airport help desk knew anything about this despite it already being published in the Bangkok Post.,Now the CAAT has updated their website with the regulation.,I don’t get point 3a regarding disembarkation and embarkation of the incoming and transit flights.,Without a doubt the passenger will be on a regular flight on which a 99% majority these days are destined for Thailand or originating there for flights leaving BKK. These flights will have a gate position so I’m not sure why this regulation talks about bus transfer to a remote stand from Gate E9/10 or how this might be practical in any way.,Here is a graphic from their website:,,The food and beverage available in the transit area also sound highly inadequate, who knows what this will look like. Based on that alone I wouldn’t plan a longer transit at BKK these days. It goes without saying that transit passengers won’t be able to visit any lounge under these conditions. But hey, at least hand sanitizer with 70% alcohol is available!,Passengers going through BKK for transit only will not be tested for Covid-19 at any time. I wonder what this means though: “If any ill or suspected to be affected from COVID-19 traveller is detected, such air operator shall hold full responsibility” – responsibility in what way? Paying a fine? Let’s say the worst would happen and a passenger really doesn’t feel well then what are they supposed to do?,There should be flights via other countries such as Hong Kong as well where there is a more relaxed and reasonable transit policy. This includes Hong Kong, Seoul and Tokyo. I’d probably try and be on the safe side booking a flight through one of these gateways without such extreme requirements.,Conclusion,Transit flights are now possible again at Suvarnabhumi Airport but I’d think twice about utilizing this option unless there is really no other way. I rather go through another transit point if at all possible.,It’s good that the option to transit at BKK is back because there are isolated destinations in South East Asia that are otherwise difficult to reach (IF there is any connection operated right now and the traveler is eligible for the trip in terms of immigration regulations). This will only appeal to those who really depend on BKK as a transit gateway though. Otherwise this is craziness.,