I read on https://mobile.twitter.com/RichardBarrow/status/1275651072795783168 (mirror) that quite a few Thai citizens returning to Thailand over the past two months have tested positive for COVID-19 once in Thailand (at the airport or during the mandatory state quarantine). Are Thai citizens returning to Thailand tested for COVID-19 prior to taking the flight?

https://mobile.twitter.com/RichardBarrow/status/1275651072795783168 (mirror):

There has now been two cases so far of Thais returning from The Philippines with #COVID19 out of 961 returnees. The top 5 for most infections among returnees are:

  1. Quwait 34 out of 174 returnees
  2. Saudi Arabia 28/274
  3. Indonesia 65/913
  4. Pakistan 13/196
  5. Kazakhstan 2/55

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    Do you expect the airlines to test the passengers just before they get on the plane? (In some countries testing is still limited and it is unlikely that someone about to leave will be tested.) – Willeke Jun 24 '20 at 15:13
  • @Willeke either at airport or at some medical facility before taking the flight. – Franck Dernoncourt Jun 24 '20 at 15:15
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    Who do you expect to organize it? – Willeke Jun 24 '20 at 15:17
  • @Willeke e.g. airport or Thai citizen themselves. – Franck Dernoncourt Jun 24 '20 at 15:18
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    @Willeke: The airlines might if the government tell them they won't be able to land unless they do so. It wouldn't be foolproof but governments are known not to be foolproof too. – hippietrail Jun 25 '20 at 8:53

Yes, effective March 22, 2020, Thailand is requiring all passengers boarding flights to Thailand to present negative test results for COVID, with the certificate issued in the last 72 hours.

This applies to all passengers going to Thailand, Thai citizens or otherwise, although at time of writing travel for non-residents is essentially prohibited anyway. The restriction and how to interpret it has caused a lot of confusion and like all things coronavirus the situation is in flux, with Thailand repeatedly announcing plans to loosen restrictions only to change their mind.

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