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Stranded Thais allowed to return from Malaysia

Stranded Thais allowed to return from Malaysia

THAILAND: Nearly 300 Thais who were left stranded at the Wang Kelian immigration checkpoint in Malaysia’s Perlis State on Saturday night (Mar 28) have been allowed to enter Thailand but must quarantine themselves at home for 14 days, the Satun governor said yesterday (Mar 29).

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By Bangkok Post

Monday 30 March 2020, 08:32AM


The Wan Prachan checkpoint in Khuan Don district in Satun, opposite the Wang Kelian pass, Perlis state of Malaysia. Photo: Bangkok Post file

The Wan Prachan checkpoint in Khuan Don district in Satun, opposite the Wang Kelian pass, Perlis state of Malaysia. Photo: Bangkok Post file

Veeranan Pengchan said the 280 Thais were initially denied entry to Thailand after failing to follow procedures set by Thai authorities when they arrived at the Thai-Malaysian border checkpoint on Saturday but authorities had solved the problem by asking the Thai embassy in Malaysia to issue them with health certificates. (See story here).

Mr Veeranan said the Thais, both Buddhists and Muslims, had been either tourists or working in Malaysian restaurants and the fishing industry. They had flocked to Wang Kelian checkpoint in Malaysia on Saturday because they heard that Thailand was closing the Thai-Malaysian border.

“These Thais have had their temperatures checked and they do not have fever. They have to quarantine themselves for 14 days at home under the supervision of local authorities in each province,”’ he said.

The decision to allow them to return to Thailand was made after a meeting between Thai and Malaysian authorities at the Wang Prachan checkpoint on the Thai side of the border, opposite the Wang Kelian immigration checkpoint in Malaysia’s Perlis State.

Thailand and Malaysia have closed checkpoints along the common border to all but their own citizens to stem the COVID-19 spread.

After the border was closed to foreigners, the Satun governor issued an order to allow Thai nationals with certain documentation to return to Thailand via Wang Prachan immigration checkpoint in Satun.

To be eligible, Thai nationals are required to contact the Thai embassy in Kuala Lumpur or a Thai consulate in Malaysia to get a letter of certification.

The embassy or consulate must then notify the immigration checkpoint in Satun of their intention to return to the kingdom. The Thais are also required to show a health certificate issued no more than 72 hours previously.

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CaptainJack69 | 30 March 2020 - 10:49:39

"They have to quarantine themselves for 14 days at home"

Yes, and I'm sure they will. Absolutely no question about it. They wont be straight off down the market or round their mate Somchai's house for a couple of Leo's and a chin wag. Not a chance.  Every time something like this happens it's another 14 days that everyone else has to be in lock-down. Otherwise the whol...

Kurt | 30 March 2020 - 10:45:51

So the Kuala Lumpur Thai embassy staff brought 280 letters of certification ( is a passport already not certifying?) and 280 health certificates to not tested people at the border? Unbelievable how far unlogic thai bureaucracy can  control a society. As long a paper is produced, forget about any validity or no validity.

 

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