Five new groups of foreigners are expected to be added to the list of people allowed into Thailand later this week, according to the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) spokesman, Taweesilp Visanuyothin.
Several groups of foreigners can currently apply to enter Thailand, including those with Thai families, some business visitors, and foreigners who hold a valid work permit.
At a press conference on Sunday, Dr. Visanuyothin said that discussions would take place this week to add selected groups of migrant workers and other foreigners to the list of those allowed to enter Thailand.
The so-called “sixth phase” of easing lockdown restrictions has been pre-approved by a committee of some CCSA members and will be submitted during a meeting of the full CCSA board this week.
The five groups covered in the proposal are:
- Migrant workers in the construction industry
- Migrant workers in the food and beverage industry
- Foreign visitors who co-organize trade exhibitions
- International visitors involved with film and production crews
- Members of the Thailand Elite Card scheme
A recent poll conducted by the Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, or Suan Dusit Poll, discovered that a significant majority of Thai people did not want the country to open its borders for foreign arrivals out of fear of a second wave of covid-19.
According to the poll, 94.5 percent of the 1,459 people surveyed said that foreigners should be barred from entering the country.
Source: Bangkok Post