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KBank closes all currency exchange booths over coronavirus fears

KBank closes all currency exchange booths over coronavirus fears

PHUKET: Kasikornbank (KBank) has closed all its currency exchange booths and its branches will no longer accept foreign currencies for exchange over fears of the COVID-19 coronavirus spreading.

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By The Phuket News

Monday 9 March 2020, 02:12PM


KBank shut down all their currency exchange services, including booths, at 5pm yesterday (Mar 8). Image: KBank

KBank shut down all their currency exchange services, including booths, at 5pm yesterday (Mar 8). Image: KBank

All staff at currency exchange booths have been ordered to self-quarantine at home for 14 days, following the recommendation of the Thai Ministry of Public Health’s Department Disease Control (DDC), the bank said in a notice issued at 5pm yesterday (Mar 8). (See notice here.)

“At this stage, we have not found any of our staff infected with COVID-19,” the statement assured.

KBank said it was their “civic duty” to take precautions amid the current situation.

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The suspension of the currency exchange services was effective immediately, at 5pm yesterday, the notice said.

“The [currency exchange] service will resume when the COVID-19 situation significantly improves, according to Ministry of Public Health announcements,” the statement read.

KBank said customers can still exchange foreign currency through e-banking services online “as normal”.

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