Thailand has reopened land border checkpoints with all neighboring countries from today, Wednesday, July 1st.
The opening checkpoints with Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, and Malaysia for transportation of cross-border cargo and trading is part of the fifth phase of easing lockdown restrictions, which also includes permission for some groups of foreigners to enter Thailand by air.
The decision to reopen land border was confirmed by the spokesman for the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), Dr. Taweesilp Visanuyothin, who said:
“The CCSA decided on Monday to reopen a total of 37 checkpoints on the borders with Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, and Malaysia so that cargoes can be transported and traders can be allowed to cross the border.”
The reopenings include 14 border checkpoints with Laos, seven with Cambodia, eight with Myanmar, and eight with Malaysia.
While business and trading can now resume along the checkpoints, tourists and visitors from border nations may not enter Thailand via the checkpoints.
Some of the checkpoints had already opened to allow Thai nationals to return, with 741 Thai citizens returning from Laos since April 18th and undergoing 14 days quarantine.
However, there was some confusion among Thai citizens who live in Laos and send their children to school across the border in Thailand.
Due to schools in Thailand reopening today, July 1st, some parents sent their children across the border to attend lessons without realizing they would need to undergo a 14-day quarantine.
Officers at the border explained the situation to the parents who will stay in the quarantine facility with their children. However, they will miss two weeks of school.