A Thai woman has been arrested and charged in Taiwan for not complying with local coronavirus quarantine measures and providing false information.
The woman arrived in Hualien, Taiwan on March 18th as a tourist and did not self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival as is mandatory in the country.
In addition, it was later discovered that she had provided false information on her arrivals card including a fake address and phone number meaning local authorities could not track her down to find out if she was complying with the regulations.
Local immigration decided to enlist the help of the police to find the woman and on March 26th she was found at a train station in Hualien on the way to the airport.
She was arrested and placed in a quarantine center after checks by the local authorities found she had not obeyed the self-quarantine rules. She was also fined a hefty one million Taiwanese dollars, equivalent to approximately one million baht.
The woman could not afford the fine within the required time and is now awaiting a trial. She has also been barred from leaving the country while her trial is pending.
The Thai Foreign Affairs Ministry is aware of the situation and they are currently checking with the Thailand Trade and Economic Office in Taiwan about the local laws and their execution by local authorities.
The Thai woman is reportedly the first person to face the maximum charge for disobeying quarantine procedures in the country.