Thailand has now extended its temporary ban on all international flights to the country until April 18, according to the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT).
All flight permits granted to international passenger flights during this period will be cancelled, said the civil aviation regulator.
CAAT first announced the ban on April 3, following a commotion at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport when more than 100 Thai nationals arrived on different flights on the same day, reported Reuters.
A Thai immigration officer told Reuters that a public health officer allowed these arriving passengers to quarantine themselves at home, but the passengers said they weren’t aware that they had to be put under quarantine.
The temporary ban was initially set to be in place for only three days from April 4 until April 6.
Thailand has also banned entry for all non-resident foreigners amid the Covid-19 crisis.
Thai Airways, the country’s flag carrier, has now halted its domestic flights and international flights to destinations in Asia, Australia and Europe.
As of writing, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Thailand has reached 2,369, including 30 deaths, according to the country’s department of disease control.