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Emergency decree bans entry to foreigners

Emergency decree bans entry to foreigners

BANGKOK: Foreigners will be banned from entering the country under the emergency decree being invoked to combat at the coronavirus pandemic.

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By Bangkok Post

Wednesday 25 March 2020, 08:34PM


Reporters at Government House watch Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha announcing the enforcement of the emergency decree today (Mar 25). Photo: Chanat Katanyu / Bangkok Post

Reporters at Government House watch Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha announcing the enforcement of the emergency decree today (Mar 25). Photo: Chanat Katanyu / Bangkok Post

UPDATE: Foriegners with work permits are allowed to re-enter Thailand under the Emergency Decree.


The emergency decree comes into effect at midnight tonight (Mar 25), and remains in force through April 30.

The decree bans all foreigners from entry at all entry points – the exceptions being shippers, diplomats, drivers, pilots and others permitted by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.

Thais stranded in other countries will be allowed to return, it added.

People under the age of five years and over 70 are encouraged to stay home, and public gatherings are banned, under the announcement.

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said after meeting with the prime minister the prohibition on foreigners was to prevent the importing of more cases into the country.

The period of the emergency decree was announced on Wednesday in a nationwide broadcast by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.

It has nationwide effect.

Thai Residential

The decree authorises Gen Prayut to chair the centre to fight the virus, with the permanent secretaries of public health, interior, commerce and foreign affairs to help him. The supreme commander of the armed forces has been given responsibility for security affairs.

“Only necessary measures will be issued, to prevent the spread of the virus,” the announcement said.

Gen Prayut said all shops selling food and essential consumer goods can remain open. He warned that anybody taking advantage of the situation for their own benefit will face stern action - an apparent reference to hoarders.

More measures are expected to be announced.

 

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Timothy | 26 March 2020 - 08:31:43

Gee, only two months too late...

Crusader79 | 26 March 2020 - 06:58:09

Everyone is a foreigner.

CaptainJack69 | 26 March 2020 - 03:12:07

I have to point out the measures to stop the spread of the virus only work if they apply to EVERYONE. Banning foreigners but allowing Thais to enter is nonsense. Hong Kong is now suffering a resurgence in infections from returning HK nationals.

Christy Sweet | 25 March 2020 - 21:07:55

This is a nothing solution for a 20% serious  rate. It's here,  lock it down- NOW. Far better to have used powers and  stopped the thousands who left Bangkok 2 days ago for villages up north.  It's like a B movie script. The Thaidemic. My advice is emerge only for groceries, masked would help.

 

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