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Fines for not wearing face masks range from 1,000 baht to 20,000 baht

In the latest and most severe wave of Covid-19 in Thailand, wearing a face mask is mandatory in public. Earlier announcements said those who do not wear a mask while in a public place could face a fine of up to 20,000 baht. An official revision of the rule was recently published in the Royal Gazette detailing the range of fines.

According to the Royal Gazette, face masks that are either a surgical type or a cloth mask must be properly worn in public places. The first offence carries a fine of 1,000 baht. The second offence carries a fine that could range from 1,000 baht to 10,000 baht, depending on the situation. The third offence carries a fine of up to 20,000 baht.

Last month, PM Prayut Chan-o-cha was fined 6,000 baht for not wearing a mask after the prime minister posted a photo on his Facebook page from a Cabinet meeting at the Government House. Many criticised Prayut for not wearing a mask. He later removed the photo and paid the fine.

Fines for not wearing face masks range from 1,000 baht to 20,000 baht | News by Thaiger

SOURCE: National News Bureau of Thailand

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Tanutam Thawan

Local Thai journalist speaking fluent Thai and English. Tanutam studied in Khon Kaen before attending Bangkok’s Chulalongkhorn University.


  1. All total ball cocks!! A face mask isn’t woven to prevent the spread of airborne, microscopic bacteria. You might as well leave the house with a sheet of bog paper, scotch-taped across your gob!!
    Blow through it… sneeze through it and feel the air that rushes onto your hand!! About as much use as a chocolate kettle. I still refuse to wear one and take my chances when it comes to the knobs in “brown!!”

  2. Stop enjoying fresh air. You’re killing meeeeee!

    Literally no one in the graveyard would want to come back to see what a joke our world has become, and many living don’t want to go on to see what preposterous conditions lie ahead…

  3. “I still refuse to wear one and take my chances when it comes to the knobs in “brown!!” ”

    Thank you for doing so much to ensure farangs here are given the respect they deserve.

  4. If they enforced such penalties for people NOT wearing helmets, Thailand would save mores lives then what covid has “claimed: in taking…

    @Rose…. haha yes! Love the comment

  5. This is BS of corse. First of, surgical masks or cloth mask dont help jack shit. They’re good for about 5 mins outside. Thats why its called a surgical masks – as its suppose to be worn in a sterile environment like a surgery room – but I guess the geniuses at the top already knew that.

  6. Why do some foreigners in Thailand see it as some form of “Badge of honour” not to wear a face mask? Is it an extreme example of trying to prove the Thais wrong? I’m the first to criticise how illogical and crazy Thai logic can be, but rules are rules. If nothing else, it’s respectful to do what is being asked of you. I’d also add that it’s total nonsense to say proper FF3 face masks don’t help protect the population from Covid. It mainly protects other from your infected aerosol as you breathe or talk if you are infected. Do you part for heavens sake. It’s not a lot to ask surely.

  7. Mark w is spot on, our world has become a sick joke and is likely to get worse because people are so gullible
    and compliant. Masks are a waste of time, here in the UK I wear them in shops, fair enough but outside is ridiculous. I’ve seen young people in empty streets and parks wearing masks and sometimes even face visors, so pathetic … welcome to the new age of serfdom.

  8. @Nigel – I’m not infected Nigel!!! Never worn a mask since the start of the outbreak. oh, I tell a lie.. I wore a bog-standard, pale blue one for about 6 hours some months back whilst in Chiang Mai. After removing it, I discovered BIG, GREY BOGEYS up each nostril!! My nose was clean BEFORE driving to Chiang Mai…evidence indeed that the clean, filtered air ain’t so clean after all!!

  9. There do not exist any studies published in accredited journal that shows face masks having an effect reducing the spread of viruses. The reason for this is mainly that a virus particle like the one that results in covid19 is around 1/10,000 of a millimeter, and the holes in the masks are vastly bigger. As one professor emeritus here at University of Copenhagen said, then to use such a face mask is equivalent using a wrought iron fence as mosquito net 🙂

  10. @Nigel – No one is wearing FF3 masks. The law doesn’t require you to wear such mask. It only requires you to wear a mask that has never been proven to have any real effect on the spread of a virus like the one leading to covid19.

  11. They should have made these rules 18 years ago when they wanted people to wear a helmet on the motorbike.. now they driving around with a mask but no helmet, I guess they rather die from ripping their head open then covid

  12. @Peter Nielsen – GREAT ANALOGY pTER… YES, AGREE TOTALLY. However, I simply don’t understand how so few of us understand the truth whilst the majority (like Simple Semen here… sorry.. typo, I meant Simon!)…believe all the media lies and hype instead!

  13. Facemask not help at all. And would never go for holliday in a country where they force people to wear a facemask outside and indside. In 30 degrees all day every day, no thanks

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