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100 people denied entry to Thailand

Passengers wear protective face masks due to the coronavirus disease outbreak at Suvarnabhumi airport on Friday. (Reuters photo)

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Airport authorities have blocked almost 100 travellers from entering Thailand, with 73 of them being deported for not having enough documents to meet special immigration measures to combat the Covid-19 disease.

They were among 4,533 passengers -- both Thais and foreigners -- who entered Thailand on Sunday via Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang, Phuket and Chiang Mai airports, according to Dr Kajornsak Kaewcharat, deputy director-general of the Department of Disease Control.

Apart from those deported, six more are in the process of leaving the country while the remaining 15 have been detained, he said.

To enter Thailand, travellers -- both Thais and foreigners, need to show health certificates and related health insurance coverage to ensure they are "fit-to-fly", Dr Kajornsak said.

Foreigners must show medical certificates stating they have tested negative for Covid-19 while Thais must have received approval from doctors to be healthy to travel.

The documents must be issued within 72 hours before flights depart.

Other documents include certification from Thai embassies (for Thai nationals) and details of where they will stay under the 14-day self-isolation requirement upon their return to Thailand.

The government has agreed with medical experts to be more selective regarding all arrivals as part of efforts to stem Covid-19 transmission, which is becoming more severe.

All border checkpoints have also been temporarily closed though some were briefly reopened on Monday and Tuesday to allow throngs of migrant workers to return to their countries.

The Airports of Thailand Plc (AoT), which oversees six international airports, is also adopting "social distancing" for people waiting in seats at five international airports.

AoT on Tuesday rearranged seats to ensure each traveller is kept between one and two metres apart from one another at Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang, Phuket, Chiang Rai and Hat Yai airports.

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Vocabulary:

checkpoint : a place where people are stopped and questioned and vehicles are examined, especially at a border between two countries - ด่านตรวจ

denied : a refusal to allow somebody to have something - ปฎิเสธ, ไม่ยอมรับ

deport : to send someone out of a country, usually because they do not have a legal right to be there - เนรเทศออกจากประเทศ, ส่งตัวกลับประเทศ

detained : kept in a place and not allowed to leave - กักตัว ควบคุมตัวหรือฝากขัง

embassy : a building where a group of officials work who represent their government in a foreign country - สถานทูต

ensure : to make certain that something happens or is done - ให้การยืนยัน, รับรอง, ให้ความมั่นใจ

insurance : an arrangement in which you regularly pay an insurance company an amount of money so that they will give you money if something you own is damaged, lost, or stolen, or if you die or are ill or injured - การประกัน

isolation : set apart from; disconnected from - แยกออกมา ตั้งอยู่เดี่ยวๆ

migrant worker : someone who travels to another place or country in order to find work - คนงานต่างถิ่น

negative (adj): showing no signs of being infected by a particular virus, bacteria, etc. - ทางลบ

rearrange : to put people or things in a different order or in different positions - จัดเตรียมใหม่

selective (adjective): careful about who they choose, choosy, discerning, discriminating - ซึ่งเลือกเฟ้น, ซึ่งคัดเลือกอย่างระมัดระวัง, ช่างเลือก

severe : very serious and worrying - ที่รุนแรง ที่น่าเป็นห่วง

social distancing : avoiding groups of people in order to slow the spread of a disease -

throng : a crowd or large group of people - ฝูงชน, ประชาชนจำนวนมากที่มาชุมนุมกัน, กลุ่มคน

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