Jet Star Asia flight 3K516 to Singapore

Jet Star Asia flight 3K516 to Singapore

Wednesday 16th of September 2020 and I went down to the parking lot quarter to 7 with my garbage and my taxi was there already. There was a lot of requirement to fulfil before I was able to fly to Singapore.

14 days quarantine before the flight. So I could go visit the Ganesha Festival on the 27th of September and this was an interesting experience.

Ganesha Festival


So 14 days “home ”quaranteen is required and you need a corvid test NOT MORE than 48 hours before departure. So this is the first time you have to break the quarantine. Second time you break the quarantine is when you pick up the corvid test.


You need to send the below documents to the authorities in Singapore to get approval to fly to Singapore.
1) Daily temperature log from your home quarantine
2) Home quarantine report
3) Corvid test result

Third time breaking the quarantine was when I went to the airport. The airport was like I had never seen the airport before. Empty! If you have been traveling to and from Suvarnabhumi you have noticed the huge billboards along the highway and most of them were empty now.

The last billboard before reaching highway #4 coming from the airport is a SUPER HUGE bill board that Samsung have rented. Samsung for long as I can remember but now it was OPPO advertising.

Suvarnabhumi International Airport during the virus endemic
Billbords on the way to Suvarnabhumi

Suvarnabhumi International Airport during the virus endemic
Billbords on the way to Suvarnabhumi

Suvarnabhumi International Airport during the virus endemic
Drop off zone at Suvarnabhumi empty

Suvarnabhumi International Airport during the virus endemic
Drop off zone at Suvarnabhumi empty

Suvarnabhumi International Airport during the virus endemic
Almost all flights cancelled

I got out of the AOT Limousine and the drop off zone was empty. Coming in to the terminal and I checked the monitor for the check-in row. All flight were cancelled except for a very few of them. Most of the departures was domestic flights.

I passed two check-in rows and it looked to be full flights, but the international check in was all empty. I was very early, about 6 hours before departure just to have some time in case there would be any problem. My flight was not even on the monitor and I took the escalator down to the 2nd floor to see if the restaurants were open.

Suvarnabhumi International Airport during the virus endemic
The airport is empty

Suvarnabhumi International Airport during the virus endemic
The airport is empty

Suvarnabhumi International Airport during the virus endemic
The airport is empty

Suvarnabhumi International Airport during the virus endemic
The airport is empty

Several of the restaurants were open and I had some Thai food, curry soup Chiang Mai style. By the time I was back at the check in it was almost time for check-in. I was told that there would only be 9 passengers on my flight to Singapore.

So I was very happy when I had checked-in. If it would have been like this all the time it would have been perfect. Empty airport, and security and immigration was empty so it was really nice. I passed in a minute and that was including the visit to the overstay counter.

Suvarnabhumi International Airport during the virus endemic
Security is empty

Suvarnabhumi International Airport during the virus endemic
Security is empty

Suvarnabhumi International Airport during the virus endemic
Immigration is empty

They gave me an OVERSTAY stamp in the passport with the added note CORVID-19. So no fine for my 4 months overstay. I was at the immigration in April to get one month extension as my bird watching flights had been cancelled. Then they closed the immigration due to the virus epidemic and all tourists got a visa amnesty.

Amnesty was until 26th of September 2020 and I was able to leave before that date. Of course, I could have made an extension, but that would have had come with a lot of paper work. Not to mention the hassle to go to the immigration.

Suvarnabhumi International Airport during the virus endemic
Airport is empty

Suvarnabhumi International Airport during the virus endemic
Airport is empty

Suvarnabhumi International Airport during the virus endemic
Airport is empty

I had several hours to kill before departure and I walked through an empty terminal to go see if there was any restaurants open. There were a couple of places open and there were staff posted outside with a menu and they started to call me when I approached.
- Come here to eat!!!

I took a seat at the first place and I ordered Earl Grey tea and a grilled cheese and ham sandwich that did not taste too good. No other passengers seen in the area and I really enjoyed the airport like I had never done before.

I went to look for the gate and there was no people to be seen in the gate area.

Suvarnabhumi International Airport during the virus endemic
Social distancing

Suvarnabhumi International Airport during the virus endemic
Gate area is empty

Suvarnabhumi International Airport during the virus endemic
Gate area is empty

I take a seat waiting for the gate to open and I am joined by a man from Singapore a few minutes later. He is returning home after 7 months in Thailand and we have a chat until they open to the gate. Time is passing quickly and it is soon time to go to the gate.

They told me that there would be 9 passengers going to Singapore, but there was only 4 or 5 passengers including me. There was no passengers arriving with the flight, just a lot of cargo. And there was plenty cargo going back to Singapore as well.

We took off and we were heading south on a quite pleasant flight. I had 2 bottles of water before we approached Singapore, no food served but I never bother to eat on my flights when sitting in the back of the plane.

Suvarnabhumi International Airport during the virus endemic
Our plane arrives

Suvarnabhumi International Airport during the virus endemic
Our plane arrives

Suvarnabhumi International Airport during the virus endemic
Empty flight

Suvarnabhumi International Airport during the virus endemic
Empty airport

Suvarnabhumi International Airport during the virus endemic
Thai Airways planes in mothballs along the runway

Arriving to Singapore and I was picked up by the gate. I was escorted to the immigration with a stop at the drug store to buy vitamin D3. Immigration was a quick affair and we went to the luggage claim. Passing the custom and I had to wait for the driver with my escort as he was not allowed to leave me alone.

The escort had to take a picture when the driver came to pick me up. The driver had to take a picture as well and yet another picture when we went in to the car. We left the airport and it had been pretty much as a normal arrival to Singapore. And the escort and picture taking, for sure, did not make me feel that I or anyone else had been protected from the Wuhan Virus.

Of course, a lot of extra paper work, but making me feel protected from the virus, no. Anyway, I had made it to Singapore and I am now allowed to return to Thailand on board m/t Roy Maersk. But first a stop at Greater Bongkok Northern Field.

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Jet Star Asia flight 3K516 to Singapore


       
                  
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