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Bus Operator Confirms Ban on Foreign Travelers in Pandemic


A passenger fills out a questionnaire before boarding a bus at Korat Bus Terminal on June 8, 2020.

A major operator of intercity bus services on Thursday said foreigners are banned from its services due to the coronavirus emergency law.

Although bus routes operated by The Transport Co. have resumed most of their services to provinces across the country as of today, foreign travelers are not allowed to board their buses because they do not possess Thai national ID cards, a customer service agent said.

“They don’t hold Thai ID cards, so they can’t board our buses,” she said when reached for comments. “We need them for identification purposes.”

Asked whether passports can be used instead, the agent said no.

“It’s the company policy, sorry for any inconvenience,” she said.

The Transport Co., a state enterprise, also announced on its website that it reserves the right to book a ticket for Thai nationals only, citing an unspecified clause under the Emergency Decree.

Other interprovincial bus providers don’t have such a rule. Private operators such as Nakhonchai Air and Sombat Tour said foreigners are welcomed on board, but they are encouraged to check with local quarantine requirements since some of the provinces still enforce 14-day quarantine for foreigners.

Foreigners are also allowed to board long-distance trains, the State Railway of Thailand said.

Domestic travel restrictions, which had been put on since April, were mostly lifted after the government shortened the curfew by one hour on May 29 due to lower numbers of new cases reported in the country.

Thailand reported no new case of infection on Thursday, according to Panprapa Yongtrakul, assistant spokeswoman for the government’s COVID-19 crisis center.

The country’s cumulative cases of infection now stands at 3,125. As of Thursday, 80 patients are being treated at hospitals, while 2,987 have recovered.

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Officials Say Temples Can Deny Entry to Foreigners, Because Virus

A popular temple in Bangkok shut its doors to foreigners, including expats who have been residing in Thailand for years, citing anti-coronavirus precaution.

“ONLY THAI PEOPLE, NOW NOT OPEN FOR FOREIGNERS,” announced a  sign in front of Wat Pho, known internationally as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. The temple reopened on June 5 yet reserved entry to Thai nationals only, a gesture criticized as racial discrimination.

“We aren’t ready for foreign visitors yet,” said a temple caretaker answering the phone Thursday. “We don’t know how long this will last.”

When asked why Thais were allowed and not foreigners, he said that these were “the temple regulations.”  Officials reached for comment said they considered the policy as legal.

“COVID-19 is not stable yet. The temple can do it if they’re scared,”  Bangkok Metropolitan Administration’s deputy clerk Sompong Wiengkaew said. “It’s up to each temple what measures they want to implement.”

Tourism ministry spokesman Narit Kanjanopas said that tourist destinations should wait for further clarification on allowing foreigners in.

“Some temples smay allow but some may not; each temple can manage their own rules,” Narit said.

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Re: Wat Pho explains ban on foreign visitors
« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2020, 08:24:41 PM »
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Wit added that some areas of the temple are under repair, and the committee was afraid that foreign visitors might be disappointed if they paid Bt200 and saw nothing.

Wat Pho explains ban on foreign visitors
Authorities at Wat Pho temple say foreigners have been banned from visiting the Bangkok landmark in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

The temple placed a sign outside its entrance with a message reading “Open for Thais only” and “Now not open for foreigners”, as reported by the Associated Press.

Wit Artchinda, an official at the temple, explained that Wat Pho’s committee had responded to the Covid-19 crisis in other countries and decided to follow the government’s preventive measures.

However, the government has made no announcement banning foreigners from entering public places as part of disease control measures.

Wit added that some areas of the temple are under repair, and the committee was afraid that foreign visitors might be disappointed if they paid Bt200 and saw nothing.

Wat Pho Temple is among the oldest and largest temples in the country and also one of Bangkok's most popular tourist attractions.

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