Thailand’s government has reportedly banned Holland America Line’s (HAL) Westerdam ship from docking in Laem Chabang.

All 1,455 passengers had been told on Monday that their current cruise would end in Laem Chabang on Thursday having been diverted from Japan.

However, according to the Bangkok Post, the country’s public health minister Anutin Charnvirakul has now ordered port authorities to not allow the vessel to dock.

On Monday, HAL said it had no reason to believe there are any cases of coronavirus on board.

On Tuesday, HAL said: “We are aware of the reports regarding the status of Westerdam’s call to Laem Chabang, Thailand.


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“We are actively working this matter and will provide an update when we are able. We know this is confusing for our guests and their families and we greatly appreciate their patience.”

Westerdam was barred from docking in Japanese ports last week amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

The ship had been due to call at Ishigaki Island, Naha, Okinawa, Nagasaki and Fukuoka, before arriving in Yokohama on February 15.

The February 15 cruise departing from Yokohama was cancelled by the line last week.

The ship is on a 14-day Taiwan and Japan cruise that departed Hong Kong on February 1. Of the 1,455 passengers on board, 687 passengers were continuing from a previous cruise.

HAL said it was “assessing the impact of current port restrictions in Asia” on cruises departing on February 29 and beyond.