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Thailand extends international arrival ban except for certain groups

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The current ban on international arrivals has been extended until further notice by the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand, with the exception of certain categories of foreigners and returning Thais. The news came late last night in a social media post by the CAAT. According to the statement, the extension is due to the ongoing global Covid-19 crisis, which many countries are still grappling with.

Foreigners who are residents of Thailand, but find themselves overseas at this time, must register with the nearest Thai Embassy in order to have their case for entry considered. However, the rule only applies to those with permanent residency status as those with other types of Thai visas (including long-term visas) who don’t fall under the six categories, are still not approved to enter at this stage. The CAAT also warns that despite having residency in the Kingdom, or falling into the other 5 categories, there is no guarantee that they will be permitted to enter. The CAAT advises waiting to purchase a flight until receiving an application approval.

It’s understood that foreigners who are granted entry into Thailand will need to agree to 14 days of mandatory quarantine at their own expense (unless they have been invited by the government). Anyone who believes they fall into one of the categories described in the CAAT’s announcement (detailed below) should contact their local Thai embassy for more information.

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    Mr Frederick Murphy

    June 30, 2020 at 1:27 pm

    Some of us foreigners were given a visa amnesty until 31st July. My flight to exit Thailand has been cancelled and rebooked three times due to the flight ban. Now that the ban has been continued “indefinely” will there be an extension to the Visa exemption?

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To the Government of Uruguay’s relief, their policy of “independence with responsibility” in the containment of the Covid-19 pandemic seems to have been successful… so far. Yesterday, when Europe opened its borders to 15 countries, Uruguay became the only Latin American country to be included. With less than 1,000 registered Covid-19 cases and just 27 deaths, the 3.4 million-plus nation is a significant anomaly in the south American countries that have become the new hotzone of coronavirus cases. Read more HERE

Uruguay currently has just 83 confirmed cases, while its giant neighbour Brazil is the hardest hit country in the world after the US.

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The message was conveyed to the public by media and police helicopters flying overhead with frequent updates and positive messaging, education and information.

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Plenty of businesses are suffering and recovery will be slow, and lumpy. One of the hardest hit, and probably one of the most difficult industries to re-start, is the world travel business. Hotels, airlines, tour companies, travel agencies and online booking systems… and the millions of people employed to make all those work together as a working machine.

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Speaking at a media conference, one of the authors believed that the second scenario “could be a realistic one”.

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