Over the past 24 hours, there has been some confusion regarding measures for preventing the spread of COVID-19.
We would like to advise that the MOPH (Ministry of Public Health) has three levels of monitoring places:
1. The first – new and highest – level is ‘Territories outside the Kingdom of Thailand defined as Disease Infected Zones of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Outbreak’ announced in the Royal Gazette on 5th March. These include Mainland China, Macao, Hong Kong, South Korea, Italy and Iran which are considered to be dangerous for the spread of the virus. From 6th March 2020, people who have travelled from / transited through these places have to mandatorily self-quarantine and report electronically every day to the MOPH for 14 days. If they develop any symptoms, they have to go into government organised quarantine. More information is available on this link, but please understand that it may not always be fully up to date due to the fluidity of the current situation: https://ddc.moph.go.th/viralpneumonia/eng/index.php
2. The second level is a list of places that are at risk and are subject to a travel advisory. These places are:
From 6th March: Today in their daily briefing, the MOPH added the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and the US to this list.
From 2nd March: Germany and France
From 26th February: Iran and Italy
From 21st February: Mainland China, Macao, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan and Singapore.
For this level, the OPEC (Office of Private Education Commission) announcement dated 2nd March 2020 required that if you or a member of your family has travelled from / transited through or been in close contact with someone who has travelled from / transited through these places, you are subject to a 14-day self-quarantine. Please contact the Primary or Secondary Office if your child(ren) need to be quarantined.
3. Thirdly, today in the MOPH Daily Briefing, the Ministry announced a watch list of places which are currently under consideration for being placed on the second level of risk. Countries on the watch list are being monitored on the increase in the number of cases each day. An example was given as the UK, which has an increasing number of cases each day. For countries where cases are increasing daily, people are requested to avoid travel where possible.
In today’s MOPH briefing the Ministry emphasised that the situation is changing every day and they may add or remove countries and move them to different levels. They confirmed the importance of everyone’s cooperation and support in following preventative measures.
Please see our FAQs here with reference to quarantine. We will continue to monitor the evolving situation and update you when appropriate.
We’d like to thank the families that have been in voluntary self-quarantine over the last two weeks and we are continuing to welcome them back as their quarantine concludes.
Senior Leadership Team