Bangkok Post

Stranded Thais allowed to return from Malaysia

- CHAIRITH YONPIAM MONRUDEE POONSIN

SATUN: Nearly 300 Thais who were left stranded at the Wang Kelian immigratio­n checkpoint in Malaysia’s Perlis State on Saturday night have been allowed to enter Thailand but must quarantine themselves at home for 14 days, the Satun governor said yesterday.

Veeranan Pengchan said the 280 Thais were initially denied entry to

Thailand after failing to follow procedures set by Thai authoritie­s when they arrived at the Thai-Malaysian border checkpoint on Saturday but authoritie­s had solved the problem by asking the Thai embassy in Malaysia to issue them with health certificat­es.

Mr Veeranan said the Thais, both Buddhists and Muslims, had been either tourists or working in Malaysian restaurant­s and the fishing industry. They had flocked to Wang Kelian checkpoint in Malaysia on Saturday because they heard that Thailand was closing the Thai-Malaysian border.

“These Thais have had their temperatur­es checked and they do not have fever. They have to quarantine themselves for 14 days at home under the supervisio­n of local authoritie­s in each province,’’ he said.

The decision to allow them to return to Thailand was made after a meeting between Thai and Malaysian authoritie­s at the Wang Prachan checkpoint on the Thai side of the border, opposite the Wang Kelian immigratio­n checkpoint in Malaysia’s Perlis State.

Thailand and Malaysia have closed checkpoint­s along the common border to all but their own citizens to stem the Covid-19 spread.

After the border was closed to foreigners, the Satun governor issued an order to allow Thai nationals with certain documentat­ion to return to

Thailand via Wang Prachan immigratio­n checkpoint in Satun.

To be eligible, Thai nationals are required to contact the Thai embassy in Kuala Lumpur or a Thai consulate in Malaysia to get a letter of certificat­ion.

The embassy or consulate must then notify the immigratio­n checkpoint in Satun of their intention to return to the kingdom. The Thais are also required to show a health certificat­e issued no more than 72 hours previously.

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