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100 people denied entry to Thailand

100 people denied entry to Thailand

THAILAND: Airport authorities have blocked almost 100 travellers from entering Thailand, with 73 of them being deported for not having enough special documents to meet special immigration measures to combat the COVID-19 disease.

By Bangkok Post

Wednesday 25 March 2020, 09:12AM

An immigration police officer signals for a visitor to stop for a check at Don Mueang airport in Bangkok. Photo: Apichart Jinakul

An immigration police officer signals for a visitor to stop for a check at Don Mueang airport in Bangkok. Photo: Apichart Jinakul

They were among 4,533 passengers – both Thais and foreigners who entered Thailand on Sunday (Mar 22) via Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang, Phuket and Chiang Mai airports, according to Dr Kajornsak Kaewcharat, deputy director-general of the Department of Disease Control.

Apart from those deported, six more are in the process of leaving the country while the remaining 15 have been detained, he said.

To enter Thailand, both Thai and foreigner travellers need to show health certificates and related health insurance coverage or documents to guarantee their whereabouts to ensure they are “fit-to-fly”, Dr Kajornsak told the press.

Foreigners must show medical certificates with lab results stating they have tested negative for COVID-19 while Thais must have received approval from doctors to be healthy to travel.

The documents must be issued within 72 hours before flights depart.

Other documents include certification from Thai embassies (for Thai nationals) and details of where they will stay under the 14-day self-isolation requirement upon their return to Thailand.

The government has agreed with medical experts to be more selective regarding all arrivals as part of efforts to stem COVID-19 transmission, which is becoming more severe domestically.

All border checkpoints have also been temporarily closed though some were briefly reopened on Monday (Mar 23) and yesterday to allow throngs of migrant workers to return to their countries.

The Airports of Thailand Plc (AoT), which oversees six international airports, is also adopting “social distancing” for people waiting in seats at five international airports to curtail the possibility of transmission, according to Nitinai Sirismatthakarn, president of AoT.

AoT yesterday rearranged seats to ensure each traveller is kept between one and two metres apart from one another at Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang, Phuket, Chiang Rai and Hat Yai airports.

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Kurt | 25 March 2020 - 11:20:35

Don't take your chances to travel to Thailand at this time. After you lucky to get 'in' you face to gamble the Corona Covid 19 virus what is now spreading rapidly all over Thailand ( as Thai doctors mentioning and worry about). And while you here you will find yourself everywhere in 'lock down' situations.

CaptainJack69 | 25 March 2020 - 11:02:22

So that's 100 in 1 day. How many all together? And of course that's just a drop in the ocean compared to how many have been refused their boarding passes by the airlines who don't know from one minute to the next what restrictions the government is enforcing.


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