Bus routes operated by The Transport Co. are not permitting foreign nationals to board their services as they do not hold Thai ID cards according to an announcement on their website.
The announcement states that the company reserves the right to accept bookings for Thai nationals only. A general clause under the current emergency decree is used as the reason.
A customer agent confirmed that only Thai citizens could use buses operated by The Transport Co., telling Khaosod English:
“They don’t hold Thai ID cards, so they can’t board our buses. We need them for identification purposes.”
The customer service agent was asked if foreigners could use their passports to board buses to which she replied, “No, it’s the company policy, sorry for any inconvenience.”
According to a tweet from travel blogger Richard Barrow, foreigners are also not permitted to enter Wat Pho in Bangkok, with signs at the attraction saying “Only Thai People”.
I was hoping to visit Wat Pho, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, as I had heard it had just re-opened. But the sign said “Open for Thais only”. Foreigners are not allowed to visit this temple. I asked why but they didn’t know the reason #Bangkok #Thailand pic.twitter.com/Xeip0xvPAa— Richard Barrow in Thailand 🇹🇭🇬🇧 (@RichardBarrow) June 11, 2020
Despite this, other public transport operators, including inter-provincial bus services not operated by The Transport Co. and the State Railway of Thailand (SRT), have confirmed that foreigners are allowed to use their services.
Inter-provincial travel restrictions have been eased over recent weeks, but everyone is encouraged to check what local quarantine requirements are in place prior to traveling.