All air arrivals will have to pay for quarantine

All air arrivals will have to pay for quarantine

Passengers arrive at Suvarnabhumi airport from overseas, and head for quarantine. (file photo)
Passengers arrive at Suvarnabhumi airport from overseas, and head for quarantine. (file photo)

Health authorities plan to shut state quarantine facilities for people arriving from overseas by air at the end of June.

From July 1 air travellers would have to pay for their quarantine at alternative facilities, although the government would cover their medical costs under the proposal, which still needs final approval.

The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration said on Friday the change was made necessary by the number of people who had abused the state quarantine system, travelling repeatedly in and out of Thailand.

Some people had made as many as 10 trips.

CCSA was looking for alternative state quarantine (ASQ) facilities with reasonable prices to serve the needs of air travelers, he said.

Some hotels have been functioning as ASQ facilities during the Covid-19 epidemic and have been the preferred choice for arrivals who can afford them.

The CCSA said the withdrawal of state quarantine facilities would apply only for those arriving by air. They would have to select their ASQ facilities.

Arrivals must still quarantine for 14 days.

Vocabulary

  • abuse: to use or treat someone or something wrongly or badly, especially in a way that is to your own advantage - ใช้ในทางที่ผิด
  • alternative state quarantine (ASQ): quarantine at government-accredited hotels at the traveler’s own expense, mostly for non-Thai travelers -
  • approval: official permission - การอนุมัต
  • proposal: a plan or suggestion for a group to consider - ข้อเสนอ
  • quarantine (verb): to keep a person or animal that might have a disease separate from other people or animals so that they do not catch the disease - กักบริเวณ จำกัดบริเวณ
  • state: government - รัฐ
  • withdrawal (noun): the act of taking something away so it is not longer in use - การถอน
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