BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s government is scrambling to cope with new travel restrictions after Israel banned the citizens of Thailand and three other Asian countries and territories from entering over concerns about a new virus.
Israel on Monday announced it was refusing entry to all foreign nationals who travelled to Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong and Macau during the past 14 days.
Israel has so far confirmed no cases of COVID-19 infections inside the country.
Thai Foreign Ministry Deputy Spokesman Natapanu Nopakun said the country’s ambassador ín Tel Aviv had asked Israel to review its decision to ban Thais.
“We believe that Israel will reconsider the decision as Thailand isn’t the only country affected from the announcement,” he told The Associated Press (AP).
Israel had already in late January imposed a similar ban on foreign nationals entering from China.
The latest ban could inconvenience business travellers from Singapore, which like Israel is a major hub for high-tech projects.
The consequences for Thailand could be more substantial. About 25,000 Thai workers are employed in Israel, mostly in the agricultural sector.