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Special groups of foreigners can now enter

Special groups of foreigners can now enter

THAILAND: Business operators can proceed to bring in their foreign visitors under the so-called Phase 6 of the easing of lockdown measures when they are ready, said the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CSSA).

By Bangkok Post

Saturday 1 August 2020, 10:10AM

Air travellers and airport officials go through the immigration process at Suvarnabhumi airport. Photo: AFP

Air travellers and airport officials go through the immigration process at Suvarnabhumi airport. Photo: AFP

CCSA spokesman Taweesilp Visanuyothin said the CCSA has approved in principle the entry of four groups of foreign nationals and these visitors can resume their visits when local business operators have put in place disease control measures.

The entry is granted to foreign business representatives, specialists, diplomats, migrant workers, exhibitors, film crews, medical tourists and Thailand Elite card members. One requirement is that they are required to stay in “organisational quarantine” facilities and such facilities must meet disease control standards.

“If they want to resume their visits, those concerned must have organisational quarantine centres ready. We don’t have to say this easing will start on Aug 1. These groups of foreign visitors can resume the visits when the local operators are ready,” he said.

The CCSA yesterday (July 31) reported six new cases of coronavirus disease infection among returnees from Egypt and the Netherlands, raising the total to 3,310.

Dr Taweesilp said five of the new patients had returned from Egypt. Four were male students, two aged 21 years and two aged 24.

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The four arrived on July 24 and were quarantined in Chon Buri province. They tested positive on Wednesday while being asymptomatic.

The other returnee from Egypt was a man aged 28. He arrived at Suvarnabhumi airport on Thursday with a fever and breathing problems. He tested positive right away and was sent to a hospital in Chachoengsao province.

The returnee from the Netherlands was a 52-year-old male chef who worked on a ship. He arrived last Saturday and was quarantined in Samut Prakan. He tested positive on Wednesday.

Dr Taweesilp also warned that with rising COVID-19 infection rates overseas, Thailand could not expect to remain permanently free of new local community infections. Authorities could only hope to prolong the infection-free period as long as possible, and then cope with any outbreak as it occurs.

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DeKaaskopp | 03 August 2020 - 16:57:02

"In EU are no cheap work forces"  Haha Kurt,joke of the day ! Wondering why I paid for worker from Poland,Bulgaria or Romania much lesser than for worker from my home country.

HubertK | 03 August 2020 - 13:57:44

...same salary ? LOL ?  Or what about those working in Qatar,UAE,Singapore,Japan and and and.You think foreign worker would get the same salary as local people ? On what planet are you living ?

HubertK | 03 August 2020 - 13:53:30

Kurt,somehow your knowledge isn't as great as you always pretend. Romanians for example are working in Germany as "Season" worker in agricultural businesses. Low paid ! You can find worker from East-European  countries in many other richer countries in Europe.Low paid !In France or Spain  you find worker from Algeria,Tunisia or Morocco . Low paid !  Same holidays,same health care ?  ...

Kurt | 03 August 2020 - 10:52:05

HubertK, which are the poor countries in EU? Tell me. The 'rich' EU countries support continuously these new member countries in everything. In EU are no cheap work forces. With working in any other EU country comes same salary, same social security, same holidays, same health care as sett in that country.
Employers not benefit, as there are no cheap labour like in Thailand.

Kurt | 03 August 2020 - 09:17:37

@CaptainJack, I guess a aircraft flight of 5-10 hours just need 1 or to 2 Covid-19 positive persons in order to triple it ( or more) during the flight. It proves that all these 'fit to fly' paper stuff is a complete nonsense. Good for administrative desk tigers.Testing has to be done prior flights in order to 'catch' these asymptomatic people before take off.

HubertK | 02 August 2020 - 22:08:13

Are poster on here  aware that employing foreigners isn't something found especially in Thailand ? Many cheap work-forces are recruited from poor countries in Europe or the US too.Exactly for the same reason why Thailand hires foreign workers. 

CaptainJack69 | 02 August 2020 - 12:41:24

Why are so many returnees testing positive? And not just in Thailand. It seems people aren't being tested before being allowed to get on a plane. Doesn't that mean they're being allowed to infect everyone else on the plane? Wouldn't it be better to test them BEFORE getting on board?

LALALA | 02 August 2020 - 09:29:34

Simple answer... Thai workforce not possesses the skills and work-ethic required.

Kurt | 02 August 2020 - 06:51:56

4: Thai employers have only empathy with their wallet, not with other Thai. Social thinking is unknown to most Thai employers. Throughout Thai society one can see misuse of each other.  See it already in families who send their sons and daughters to 'entertainment industry' to make money and send 'home'. We all know it.

Kurt | 02 August 2020 - 06:41:43

"Why not hire unemployed Thai ?"   1: foreign workers are cheaper  2: You can cheat on income and overtime of foreign workers as they are in vulnerable situation. Hard for them to stand on their (Thai!) rights 3: Until now there were always easy jobs for Thai on Phuket. Now they have to choose, 'hard work' or not work  4: Thai employers have only empathy with their wallet, not wi...

Galong | 01 August 2020 - 18:27:09

Migrant workers? Why not hire unemployed Thais?  I guess the big bossed in BKK did hear about the outbreak in Singapore's migrant workers.  Oh well, wealthy Thais getting exploitable labor is more important I guess. 


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