A Russian national carrying a work permit was among a small group who entered Thailand from Cambodia yesterday, Friday, July 17th.
The Thai government has permitted the resumption of overseas entry in the kingdom, as planned under the phase five of the reopening protocol. Foreigners entering the country will be subjected to strenuous medical procedures and requirements.
According to the list released by authorities, only foreign diplomats, travelers carrying elite cards, students, production crews, and some other groups are allowed entry to Thailand.
Additionally, Thailand is continuously pursuing to tighten border security operations with Cambodia to prevent the entry of covid-19 into the kingdom.
Fourteen Thai nationals had returned from Cambodia along with the Russian citizen, passing through the Aranyapathet border crossing in Sa Kaeo province.
All the Thai returnees had been placed under compulsory 14-day isolation; they also underwent several health checks.
Since the pandemic has erupted, around 1,000 Thais from Cambodia have returned to Thailand.
This past week, Thailand has also ramped up border security to stave off the entry of illegal immigrants who can potentially spread the virus in the country.
On July 14th, Thailand had allowed Cambodia to transport goods at the Aranyapathet border.
According to authorities, 50 transport vehicles carrying goods will be allowed to traverse the border between 8 am and 1 pm every day.
Only two personnel transporting the goods will be allowed entry in Thailand.
According to the Aranyaprathet District Chief, Sawanit Suriyakul Na Ayutthaya, the reopening of the border will only see the transporting of goods, as business transactions remain prohibited.