Thailand to allow some foreigners in from July 1

BANGKOK (CNA – Thailand plans to let in some foreign travellers after recording five weeks without any community transmission of COVID-19, a government official said.

Foreigners with work permits, residency and families in Thailand will be able to enter the country, but will be subject to a 14-day quarantine.

Foreigners seeking certain types of medical treatment such as some cosmetic surgery or fertility treatment could also be allowed into the country, a spokesman for the government’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration Taweesin Wisanuyothin said during a briefing yesterday.

Business visitors from Japan, South Korea, Singapore, China and Hong Kong could also be exempted from a two-week quarantine period under a fast track entry if they have certificates to show they were free from COVID-19 and were tested upon arrival.

The country’s aviation regulator has banned international flights since April.

“There is no proposal to change the flight suspension and travellers can return with repatriation flights and special flights,” he said.

The government’s coronavirus task force will recommend the extension of the emergency decree until the end of July for Cabinet’s approval today.

The coronavirus killed 58 people in Thailand, among 3,169 infections, while 3,053 patients recovered.

But the country has gone 35 days without community transmission and new cases have been among Thais returning from abroad and detected during quarantine.

Thailand yesterday reported seven new cases, all of which were imported.

The seven cases were Thais returning from India and the United States who had tested positive while in state quarantine, said Health Ministry’s Permanent Secretary Sukhum Kanchanapimai.