The Thai government has banned the consumption of all food and drink on domestic flights within the country, with effect from today (December 31).

A statement issued by the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand said that the government had “the level of public health measures in order to stabilize the public health emergency situation and prevent its escalation”.

The move replaces guidelines published in September, and effectively bans the consumption of any food or drink on domestic services, either provided by the airline or brought on board by passengers.

The statement advises that “In case of emergency or necessity, cabin crew may consider according to the situation”, adding that “if deemed necessary, cabin crew may provide drinking water for the passenger with consideration of isolated area, as far away from other passengers as possible”.

It’s understood the consumption of food and drink on domestic flights was banned earlier in the Covid-19 pandemic, but this rule was relaxed in September, before being reinstated from today.

In addition the distribution of all printed materials including newspapers, magazines and “advertisement pamphlets” have been suspended.

The changes take effect from December 31, and will remain in place “until the situation is ended or any further notification is issued”.

Thailand recently relaxed travel restrictions for citizens from 56 countries including Australia, France, and the US, although visitors still need to undergo two weeks of hotel quarantine upon arrival.

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