Bangkok officials release guidelines to help stranded foreigners

Bangkok officials release guidelines to help stranded foreigners
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The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has released a series of guidelines to assist foreign nationals who are affected by the coronavirus lockdown.

The measures include assistance for repatriation, help with finding meals and shelter, guidelines for inter-provincial travel, and help for receiving covid-19 tests.

For foreigners of any nationality who are stranded in Bangkok due to the international flight ban and are unable to depart the country, the BMA has put in place a process to assist with repatriation.

Those who are seeking a return to their home country can contact their local district office who in turn will notify the International Affairs Office (IAO). The IAO will then liaise with the appropriate embassy to facilitate repatriation flights.

Foreigners who are struggling financially and require assistance with gaining access to shelter or food can also contact their district office who will liaise with the IAO to coordinate a solution with the appropriate embassy.

There are also temporary lodgings available at the Bangkok Protection Center for the Destitute who can be contacted on 0 2245 2700 or at the Hostel Services for Travelers who can be contacted on 0 2245 1835.

Meal donations are available from the BMA’s mobile kitchen, government agencies, and from many private sector locations around Bangkok. More information is available on the BMA website here.

Foreigners who wish to travel across provinces are advised to adhere to the latest measures and restrictions and contact the train or bus ticketing service before traveling for the latest updates.

Finally, any foreign national who suspects they may have contracted covid-19 may contact local district offices to contact nearby hospitals on their behalf and arrange a coronavirus test.

More information is available by contacting the BMA on [email protected].

Assistance for foreigners in Bangkok

Source: Facebook/ThailandPRD

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