Editor's note on March 4, 6:35pm: The Royal Thai Embassy has responded to Mothership's query at 1:04pm and confirmed at 4:25pm that healthy travellers entering Thailand from Singapore will not be quarantined.
Singapore has been designated as a high-risk area for Covid-19 by Thailand's Public Health Ministry, Thai PBS World reports.
Nine countries and two territories
In a ministerial announcement by the health ministry, a total of nine countries and two territories were categorised as high-risk zones for Covid-19.
These nine countries are Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Germany, China, Taiwan, France, Italy and Iran, while the two territories are Macau and Hong Kong.
According to Bangkok Post, this move was put in place for Thai authorities to contain the spread of Covid-19 from overseas carriers, "especially after some 5,000 Thais working illegally in South Korea said they would return home."
Earlier, the Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon said to the local press that there was no law in effect now that could force anyone to isolate themselves, Thaiger reported.
The Thai Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul posted the announcement on his Facebook page yesterday afternoon (Mar. 3) saying that all visitors from the 11 areas will be required to quarantine themselves for 14 days with no exceptions.
But the post was deleted minutes later without explanations, according to Bangkok Post.
Mothership.sg has reached out to the Royal Thai Embassy in Singapore for confirmation.
Anti-virus measures for visitors and Thai citizens from high risk areas
As such, the following anti-virus measures will be placed on visitors and Thai citizens coming from these areas to Thailand:
- A 14-day home quarantine, even if they test negative for the disease, unless they have permission from health officials.
- Upon arrival, show evidence of where officials can locate them during the 14-day quarantine if one does not have a permanent residence or lodging in Thailand.
- If one cannot produce evidence of a formal lodging such as a hotel or hostel during their time in Thailand, immigration officials are authorised to send them back home or allow them into the country, though with a 14-day self-quarantine.
- Those with flu-like symptoms, including a body temperature above 37.5 degrees celcius, a runny nose, sore throat or breathing difficulties, will be sent to state hospitals for further testing, treatment or quarantine upon arrival, depending on severity of the illness.
- File a daily report on their health with designated health officials during the quarantine period and if they become unwell or suspect that they may be sick, inform health officials within three hours so that they can undergo further testing, receive treatment or be isolated.
In addition to these measures, individuals will have to bear all medical expenses incurred by themselves.
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