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CCSA officials plan to allow 7 groups of foreigners to enter Thailand

Caitlin Ashworth

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Authorities are still trying to figure out who will be allowed to enter Thailand, and how it should be handled. But today the government narrowed it down to 7 groups of foreigners, some under the developing ‘travel bubble’ scheme, and others that may require quarantine. The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration still plans to discuss the proposed groups with government officials before nailing down the final plans.

• 4 groups will probably have to go through state quarantine to enter the country including businessmen and investors, labourers and exporters, medical tourists, and permanent residents of Thailand, such spouses of Thai nationals. 30,000 medical tourists have registered to enter and 22,000 labourers and exporters have registered. 2,000 Thai spouses and permanent residents have also registered along with 700 businessmen.

• 3 groups will be able to skip the 14 day quarantine under a proposed ‘travel bubble’ scheme which would allow people to travel to limited areas and arrive from limited countries or cities. Businessmen visiting the country from ‘low risk’ countries for quick meetings or dealings, whose work is essential to the Thai economy, will be allowed to enter after a strict screening process. A first wave of tourists from low-risk countries such as Japan, China and South Korea would be allowed to enter as well as government guests. The final list of countries that will be included in the travel bubble is yet to be finalised.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

 

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    Steve Hopton

    Monday, June 22, 2020 at 4:01 pm

    You are joking, China a low risk country.

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      Zigler

      Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 5:48 am

      yes of course..China a low risk country…the only thing this shows is just how far and wide Thailand is spreading their cheeks for their abusive uncle

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    richard barker

    Monday, June 22, 2020 at 4:06 pm

    OK won’t bother coming not in that group. I’m in the group that turns up 3 or 4 time per year and spend my money in 4 star hotels small restaurants, small bars, small shops and markets. You know those places which employ those who are now out of work and are doing it tough. Vietnam sounds nice.

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    D Lee

    Monday, June 22, 2020 at 4:34 pm

    They should reconsider Koreans and Chinese especially. Situations are escalating in those countries again. As Korean, myself, I wouldn’t risk all the hard efforts to be wasted. Unless we are sure that there shall be no vaccine and we have to live with it somehow.

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    Claire

    Monday, June 22, 2020 at 4:37 pm

    How are they not allowing foreign tourists that have been in Cambodia in. Cambodia has no cases left so I dont see the logic at all.

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      Zigler

      Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 5:50 am

      Claire…Logic doesn’t exist in Thailand

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    Ken

    Monday, June 22, 2020 at 4:41 pm

    A positive step in the right direction. Well done Thailand for being cautions.

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    roobby

    Monday, June 22, 2020 at 6:25 pm

    China has destroyed the world so why not let them continue to destroy Thailand? Nobody likes them except those in the tourist industry.

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    Jon pratt

    Monday, June 22, 2020 at 7:18 pm

    This is all very good, however I’ve been here for months. My work permit was taken back and I’m sitting here waiting for some reputable source to tell me if and when I can leave. The government have said nothing as to what will happen when the visa exception ends. All the westerners I know that have booked flights that are being cancelled just days after the airlines take the ticket money,
    When will international flights resume????
    As a westerner that has spent many years here and paid plenty of tax to Thai government It would be nice to at least know when I can book a flight And actually leave. Or will there be another visa excemption.

    I’ve work in tourism for over 20 years and to be honest, going for the high end tourism will only improve to supply the large hotels. What about local bars, restaurants, street vendors, shop owners, guest houses etc,

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    Robert Elliott

    Monday, June 22, 2020 at 7:34 pm

    I will let my Thai wife go alone from now on, not worth the hastle. I didnt find Thailand very enjoyable the last time I visited.

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    Madeline Thompson

    Saturday, June 27, 2020 at 5:31 pm

    The Thai government continues a cruel policy of refusing to allow those who have family in Thailand to return, even from nearby countries such as Vietnam, which has had excellent records of dealing with the virus. It would appear Prayut and his junta cronies have become too enamoured of their status as ‘top dog’ over handling the virus and are loathe to give up the glory of that. They also covet their political power over the country as a whole, that has become very clear in spite of their protestations. It’s been months now since Thailand has enjoyed even the small amount of democracy permitted the Thai people. These people desperately trying to get back into the country to their families, property they rent/own have every right to be allowed back in. It has just been announced that the Prayut/army-run government has declared a State of Emergency for the month of July, thus giving them, essentially, another month of dictatorship which has already harmed so many people. Foreigners will leave in disgust and it is such a shame.

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    Finster

    Monday, June 29, 2020 at 1:33 pm

    My girlfriend is expecting our first child. She is Thai and lives in Thailand. I am stuck in Cambodia. I am American but I have been in Asia only since all this started. They may never let me in to see my child.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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