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Norwegian man arrested at Bangkok airport for allegedly faking Certificate of Entry

Caitlin Ashworth

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PHOTO: Thai Immigration

Thai immigration police arrested a Norwegian man at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport for allegedly faking his Certificate of Entry, a document issued by the Thai Embassy to allow foreigners to enter Thailand during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The man presented the document to immigration officers at the Bangkok airport. Officers were suspicious and contacted the Royal Thai Embassy in Oslo, Norway who then confirmed the document is fake.

The man told immigration officials he travelled from Norway to Thailand to see his girlfriend and that he planned to undergo the mandatory quarantine period at an ASQ hotel off Sukhumvit Soi 57.

To enter Thailand, travellers need to provide a Certificate of Entry issued by the Thai Embassy, health insurance, a Covid-free medical certificate issued 72 hours before departure and a Fit to Fly medical certificate issued 72 hours before departure.

SOURCE: Thai Visa

 

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28 Comments

28 Comments

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    White Farang

    Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 9:54 pm

    How stupid human can be to fake a document, that you can get for free within a few weeks?

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      James R

      Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 11:55 pm

      Well he must be stupid or desperate to be going there in the first place under such conditions.

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      chupapi

      Monday, February 1, 2021 at 6:39 pm

      weeks? i got mine in 30 minutes

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    Toby Andrews

    Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 10:46 pm

    Oh screw you you petty Thai immigration.
    How many Thais come in without any right or papers?
    You CATCH A FERANG AND YOU YOU LINE UP LIKE SOME SORT OF HEROS.
    How many Burmers, or Cambodians have come in the last six months after paying B500?

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      Michael Cooksey

      Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 10:54 pm

      Follow the rules period. Not what others do, but what you are asked to do. Thailand has every right to institute rules of entry at it’s borders and one must respect them and to the best of your ability, follow them. Regardless of what “those others are doing”, the only issue is; are you doing the right thing? Look to yourself only Toby.

      As my father used to say, it’s always cheaper, easier, and faster to do the right thing right the first time, than the third time.

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        Michael

        Friday, January 29, 2021 at 1:02 am

        I think he was mainly irritated by something else.

        The photos of immigration officers, all lined up like they did something remarkable.

        They could have spend that time better to stop the flow of illegal immigrants crossing the Thai/Birma border. Or to prosecute their corrupt colleagues who let the immigrants in.

        At least this sucker booked a quarantine hotel.

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          Michael Cooksey

          Friday, January 29, 2021 at 1:41 am

          Maybe. I can’t read his mind, only his comments. He committed fraud with a forged document. I know things are complicated around the world and movement has been exceptionally difficult. But, blaming officials for doing their job is not a solution. Thank you though.

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        Richard

        Friday, January 29, 2021 at 5:26 pm

        Toby does have a point, those that look like thee have different rules

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    Issan John

    Friday, January 29, 2021 at 2:40 am

    To me the whole “Certificate of Entry issued by the Thai Embassy, health insurance, a Covid-free medical certificate issued 72 hours before departure and a Fit to Fly medical certificate issued 72 hours before departure” seem completely unnecessary as long as you do the 14 days ASQ, but that’s not the point.

    The rules are clear and he deliberately broke them – end of story.

    What I imagine will be a lot more significant to a lot of people will be that if someone forges the CofE, which isn’t so important and is easy to check, how much more likely are others to forge proof of vaccination which is far more important and could be far harder to check?

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      Toby Andrews

      Friday, January 29, 2021 at 10:29 am

      To a Thai the certificate of entry fills two requirements. It satisfies a Thai’s love of regulation, needed or not, and maybe the applicant has to pay for this certificate.

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        Issan John

        Friday, January 29, 2021 at 12:23 pm

        The CofE is free.

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        Phil

        Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 9:58 am

        Coe is just to prove you have your papers in order to enter and it provides contact tracing because it lists your transit flights times days and flight numbers.

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          Ivan Brooker

          Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 5:48 pm

          The transit flight times /days/and flights numbers was always provided by the blue form we filled in before we landed at Bangkok ?

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      Fellcor

      Friday, January 29, 2021 at 4:14 pm

      The coe serve a primary purpose. To establish the person holding it has a legitimate reason that Thailand has pre-determined to enter the country, legally.

      The health insurance is to ensure the individual foot his own hospital bill if he does contract the virus within thailand (amongst other applicable reasons such as getting into a traffic accident) and not the Thai government.

      The covid free certificate is to ensure to some extent that the individual is not already suffering from the virus and hoped to get medical treatment (using the insurance to cover) in Thailand. This allows the countries medical facilities to avoid collapse if people start to abuse it. Secondly it helps in tracing as the period when the person is infected can be narrowed down.

      The fit to fly certificate amongst other things is to ensure the general health of the traveller. Again Thailand doesn’t want someone on the verge of collapsing to board a plane then cause mayhem after he does collapse in Thailand and tax the system. Hope it helps.

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        Issan John

        Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 2:28 pm

        Thanks, Fellcor, but it doesn’t really “help” because it still doesn’t justify the CofE or any of the other requirements:

        1. The “legitimate reason that Thailand has pre-determined to enter the country, legally” is ALREADY established by their Visa.

        2. The “health insurance” DOESN’T “ensure the individual foot his own hospital bill if he does contract the virus within thailand (amongst other applicable reasons such as getting into a traffic accident) and not the Thai government” because while other health insurance policies might do so, the policy required specifically excludes any ICU treatment.

        3. The “covid free certificate” DOESN’T “ensure to some extent that the individual is not already suffering from the virus and hoped to get medical treatment (using the insurance to cover) in Thailand” because i)it was made up to 72 hours before the flight so they could have been negative then but positive 72 hours later, and ii)they CAN’T get ICU treatment in Thailand for the virus because the mandatory medical insurance excludes it!

        It also DOESN’T “helps in tracing as the period when the person is infected can be narrowed down” as there is no tracing done for the pre-flight period abroad.

        4. The fit to fly certificate DOESN’T “ensure the general health of the traveller” since there are no mandated tests, and not only could anything have happened to them in the 72 hours after it was issued, but it’s ALREADY the airline’s responsibility to ensure that passengers are “fit to fly” – there’s also no justifiable reason for this being a requirement now when it wasn’t before.

        Sorry, but if that’s the best justification for all the paperwork then it fails by a big way on all counts.

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    Edward V

    Friday, January 29, 2021 at 2:56 am

    Im pretty sure the eventuality is a worldwide database which has records of every person vaccinated or not which various corporations and government departments will have access to. In which case forging vaccination will be more difficult.
    The Covid test requirement for foreigners within 72 hours of flight departure seems ok to me seeing as they dont have express testing facilities in most airports but i dont understand why Thai nationals dont need the same test too (they only require the fit to fly certificate). Wouldnt there be a high chance of them infecting others inside the plane if one has Covid?

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    James Pate

    Friday, January 29, 2021 at 4:53 am

    His girlfriend must be smokin’ hot. I’d be disappointed to hear otherwise.

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    J West

    Friday, January 29, 2021 at 12:58 pm

    It’s been well reported internationally that fake Covid Free certificates are showing up at ports of entry. Photoshopped, MFST Paint, make it easy. People that spread any deadly disease knowingly and maliciously should get a series of public floggings, then immediately deported for life.

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      Brian

      Friday, January 29, 2021 at 7:04 pm

      Please keep stuff like this between you and your dominatrix.

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    caucashit

    Friday, January 29, 2021 at 2:51 pm

    Show that neanderthal-criminal’s face like you so for black and brown foreigners. Eurotrash scum aren’t above the law

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    brian mc

    Friday, January 29, 2021 at 8:44 pm

    the Beatles predicted this. their song clearly states a Norwegian wood.

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    Kuhn David

    Friday, January 29, 2021 at 9:09 pm

    I hate seeing pictures of the brass in these staged police photos. Why not take a photo of the suspect and the alert officer who initially discovered the offense. As a retired Law Enforcement Office, retiring as a entry level manager, I made sure that my men and women (the grunts) who were actually doing the job, were honored. These clowns are a joke.

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      Issan John

      Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 1:55 pm

      There was a “photo of the suspect and the alert officer who initially discovered the offense” in both the original article and the Immigration Bureau website it was taken from, with the suspect’s face obscured.

      The other photos in the original article (one of which was included here) were from unconnected incidents, reported separately, so any blame for you “seeing pictures of the brass in these staged police photos” can hardly be put on the Police.

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      brian mc

      Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 5:53 pm

      who is the officer in the middle of the picture? I’ve never seen anyone so big. He must be nearly twice the size of the 3 officers sat in front of him.

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        Issan John

        Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 8:22 pm

        He’s the national police chief Suwat Jangyodsuk.

        It’s a picture.

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    Phil

    Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 10:19 am

    Why would you forge the COE? To be a cheap Charlie and not buy health insurance???

    The COE was the easiest thing to get out of all the things required….

    What a moron , blacklist this guy for life.

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      Issan John

      Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 8:24 pm

      Maybe to avoid paying for anything listed, including the ASQ (the ASQ hotel he gave is 50-55,000 baht).

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    Sullivan

    Monday, February 1, 2021 at 11:29 am

    LMFAO

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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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