thailand – Flying from Bangkok to the United States via South Korea (Incheon): will the passenger be quarantined in South Korea?

If a passenger flies from Bangkok to the United States via South Korea (Incheon), will they be quarantined in South Korea? The passenger is a French citizen and permanent resident of the United States.


What I have found so far confuses me:

https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/international-travel-document-news/1580226297.htm says:

  1. Passengers are subject to quarantine for 14 days and to a PCR test for Coronavirus (COVID-19). (…) They must (…) be tested on Coronavirus (COVID-19) upon arrival. They must stay at designated quarantine facilities for 1 or 2 days until a negative test result is obtained.

Does that apply to transit passengers?

https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/international-travel-document-news/1580226297.htm says:

  1. Nationals of Thailand are not allowed to transit if they depart from Thailand or travel onward to Thailand. This does not apply to airline crew.

I don’t understand why only nationals of Thailand are not allowed to transit, whereas it sounds that other nationals are allowed. That doesn’t make any medical sense (0 new COVID-19 case in Thailand over the past 30 days if we ignore quarantined inbound passengers, and COVID-19 doesn’t distinguish nationalities. Maybe genetics at best.). As a result I wonder whether other nationals are truly allowed for transit, in case the ban of nationals of Thailand is just politically motivated.


Full https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/international-travel-document-news/1580226297.htm in case it changes:

Korea (Rep.)
Published 24.06.2020
1. Short-term visas (type C-1 and C-3) issued on or before 5 April are no longer valid.
2. Visa exemptions for 90 nationalities with a normal passport are temporarily suspended.
- This does not apply to airline crew.
- This does not apply to passengers with an APEC Business Travel Card.
3. Korean visas issued by the Wuhan Consulate in the Hubei Province are no longer valid.
4. Visitors who have been in the Hubei Province (China People's Rep.) in the past 14 days are not allowed to transit or enter Korea (Rep.).
5. Nationals of China (People’s Rep.) with a passport issued in the Hubei Province are not allowed to transit or enter Korea (Rep.).
6. Passengers arriving from China (People's Rep) must have a visa issued by Korea (Rep.) to transit through Korea (Rep.).
- This does not apply to nationals of Albania, Andorra, Barbados, Dominica, Guyana, Ireland (Rep.), Korea (Rep.), Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Nicaragua, Palau, San Marino, Slovenia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, USA, Vatican City (Holy See) and Venezuela.
- This does not apply to passengers with a British passport.
- This does not apply to passengers with a diplomatic, consular, official, service or special passport.
7. Passengers are subject to quarantine for 14 days and to a PCR test for Coronavirus (COVID-19).
- This does not apply to nationals of China (People's Rep.) traveling on business under the Fast Lane program and their accompanying family members. They must:
- self-monitor their health conditions minimum 14 days before departure and hold a medical certificate to prove Coronavirus (COVID-19) negative testing result issued at most 72 hours before departure, and
- be tested on Coronavirus (COVID-19) upon arrival. They must stay at designated quarantine facilities for 1 or 2 days until a negative test result is obtained.
8. Nationals and residents of Korea (Rep.) are required to install 'Self-quarantine safety protection mobile app'.
9. Passengers and airline crew must install 'Self-diagnosis Mobile App' in their personal device and a completed Health Declaration Form and a Special Quarantine Declaration Form must be presented to the quarantine desk upon arrival.
10. All flights must arrive at Incheon International Airport (ICN) between 5:00 and 20:00.
11. Residents of Korea (Rep.) who left Korea (Rep.) after 1 June 2020 must have a Re-Entry Permit and a medical certificate.
The certificate must:
- be issued by a local authorized medical institute at most 48 hours before departure; and
- be written in English or Korean; and
- include the date of examination, and the presence or absence of fever, cough, chills, headache, difficulty of breathing, muscle pain and pulmonary symptoms; and
- be signed by a medical examiner.
- This does not apply to passengers with status Diplomats (A-1), Government Officials (A-2, A-3) or Overseas Korean (F-4).
12. Nationals of Mongolia are not allowed to transit if they depart from Mongolia or travel onward to Mongolia.
- This does not apply to airline crew.
13. Nationals of Russian Fed. are not allowed to transit if they depart from Russian Fed. or travel onward to Russian Fed.
- This does not apply to airline crew.
14. Nationals of Thailand are not allowed to transit if they depart from Thailand or travel onward to Thailand.
- This does not apply to airline crew

health – Is there any drugstore that is open 24 hours in Bangkok?

Interesting answer from Vovicon on https://redd.it/hh3hij, pointing out one can look at street view/pictures to try to spot a 24 hour open sign (and hope that the opening hours are still accurate: calling the business, if their phone number is disclosed somewhere, might be a good idea to confirm):

(…) businesses here are still very bad at updating their listings on Google maps (on more generally online). (…)There’s a franchise called”Bangkok Drugstores” which has many branches and seem to maintain their Google listings better. You can see for example this one is listed as 24h and just checking street view/pictures you can see it says “24h” on their main signage: https://maps.app.goo.gl/E7HrPGsGom4BR58T7

We can indeed sign a 24 red sign on the entrance door:

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Another example of a drugstore that is open 24 hours in Bangkok?: JC Pharma:

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It’d still be more convenient to have a centralized, up-to-date list of drugstores with their business hours/days instead of having to manually spot “24” on the images (or Google or others could help by deploying some text detection algorithms to automatically extract business hours).

How can I find the fastest path between two locations combining public transportation with taxi/rideshare app in Bangkok, Thailand?

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thailand – Why is it unlikely one needs to use the tollways when riding a taxi after midnight, early hours of the morning or a weekend in Bangkok?

From https://itsbetterinthailand.com/how-to-use-local-taxis-in-bangkok-without-getting-ripped-off-or-lost/ (mirror 1, mirror 2):

If it’s after midnight, early hours of the morning or a weekend, it’s likely you don’t need to use the tollways.

Why is it unlikely one needs to use the tollways when riding a taxi after midnight, early hours of the morning or a weekend in Bangkok?

E.g. is that because there is less traffic at these times and subsequently the use of the roads with tollways is less interesting, or is that because there is fewer roads with active tollways at these times?

thailand – At what time will the curfew in Bangkok be lifted on Monday June 15, 2020?

Note to the close voters: A curfew prevents people from moving around. Therefore it’s very much a travel question.


At what time will the curfew in Bangkok be lifted on Monday June 15, 2020?

I don’t know whether the curfew ends at the beginning of June 15 or at 11pm on June 15 (the current curfew is from 11pm to 3am).

I haven’t been able to found the information yet:

https://thethaiger.com/coronavirus/curfew-lifted-from-june-15-many-activities-resume-pubs-and-bars-will-remain-closed:

The 11pm-3am curfew will be lifted from June 15

https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/1933820/curfew-ending-country-remains-closed-to-outsiders:

curfew would be lifted on June 15 to allow local people to travel

thailand – At time will the curfew in Bangkok be lifted on Monday June 15, 2020?

At time will the curfew in Bangkok be lifted on Monday June 15, 2020?

I don’t know whether the curfew ends at the beginning of June 15 or at 11pm on June 15 (the current curfew is from 11pm to 3am).

I haven’t been able to found the information yet:

https://thethaiger.com/coronavirus/curfew-lifted-from-june-15-many-activities-resume-pubs-and-bars-will-remain-closed:

The 11pm-3am curfew will be lifted from June 15

https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/1933820/curfew-ending-country-remains-closed-to-outsiders:

curfew would be lifted on June 15 to allow local people to travel

thailand – Taxi in Bangkok booked via ride-share apps, the price is predetermined, why do they run the meter?

Why do taxi drivers booked via ride-share applications (e.g. Grab) start the meter at the beginning of the ride, even though the price is predetermined via the ride-share application in Bangkok, Thailand?

Example: price in red from the meter on the left, and grab price on the right on the phone, at the end of a taxi ride. Typically, the price on the meter is less than the price on Grab. Taxi drivers will charge the Grab price.

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thailand – Are taxi drivers in Bangkok expected to round up the taxi fare to the nearest multiple of 10 THB?

For example, if the taxi fare is 53 THB and I give 60 THB (for lack of coins), the taxi drivers typically will not give any change back. I wonder whether this is because I don’t look Thai or because it is the tradition here for taxi fares not to give change back if below 10 THB.

thailand – Is there any law or guidelines on toll avoidance for taxi drivers in Bangkok?

When driving between two locations, the fastest and/or shortest path may have a toll, while a slower and/or longer path may be toll-free. Tolls may represent a significant part of a taxi fare (e.g., 30%).

Is there any law or guidelines on toll avoidance for taxi drivers in Bangkok? E.g. take toll-free path if it doesn’t add more than 10% of travel time?

Example of two paths, one toll-free and one with toll:

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Example of taxi fare where toll represents 36% of the fare (toll = 115 THB; total fare = 204 + 3 + 115 = 322 THB):

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