Permanent secretary for foreign affairs Sihasak Phuangketkeow Sunday announced the evacuation plan after meeting representatives from the Royal Thai Air Force, the Immigration Bureau, the Ministry of Public Health and the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security.
The Foreign Ministry set up a war room to monitor the unrest after upgrading its warning for Egypt to level 4, the highest alert level, on Saturday.
Royal Thai Air Force chief ACM Prajin Jantong said the prime minister was concerned about the safety of Thais in Egypt.
She told him to help bring them home as quickly as possible.
Mr Sihasak said 704 Thais in Egypt had informed the Foreign Affairs Ministry that they wanted to come home.
Mr Sihasak said 661 of them left Cairo for Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Sunday.
Of them, 344 took the first chartered Egypt Air flight at 10pm (Bangkok time), and 317 took the second chartered flight at 10.15pm. The remaining 43 would take commercial flights. Mr Sihasak said the evacuation was organised by the Royal Thai Embassy in Cairo.
Mr Sihasak said after the evacuees arrived at Dubai, 290 would travel to Bangkok on two chartered Boeing 737 flights, 325 will take a Thai Airways Boeing 747 flight, and 46 will take a Royal Thai Air Force C130 transport plane.
The C130 transport aircraft left Bangkok for Dubai at 9pm Sunday after receiving flight clearance from the governments of Myanmar, India, Oman and the UAE, while the THAI Boeing 747 flight left Bangkok for Dubai at 8pm. The flight board at the 601st Squadron headquarters looked like this on Sunday:
Mr Sihasak said all of the aircraft will arrive at Don Mueang.
The THAI flight will be first to arrive, at 2.30pm Monday. Details for the remaining evacuees’ flights to Bangkok have yet to be confirmed.
Mr Sihasak said the Public Health Ministry had assigned officials to provide the arriving Thais with health checkups if they want.
Those who want to return home immediately will be provided with transportation, while the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security will provide them with temporary shelter in Bangkok.
Mr Sihasak said about 100 Thais who chose to remain in Cairo are known to be staying in safe places.
Altogether there are about 1,700 Thai nationals nationwide in Egypt. Most of them are students.