All foreign arrivals from India temporarily banned

All foreign arrivals from India temporarily banned

Family members prepare the funeral pyre at a crematorium in New Delhi on Saturday for a man who died from the coronavirus. (Reuters photo)
Family members prepare the funeral pyre at a crematorium in New Delhi on Saturday for a man who died from the coronavirus. (Reuters photo)

Thailand is barring all Indians and other foreigners arriving from India from entering the country due to the severe coronavirus crisis there.

Taweesilp Visanuyothin, the Covid-19 Situation Administration spokesman, said on Sunday Thailand has postponed the process of issuing certificates of entry for Indian citizens and foreigners arriving from India. The document is compulsory for all people who plan to come to Thailand.

Dr Thaweesilp said only Thai returnees from India are still allowed, with at least 130 having registered their intention to come back next month with the Thai Foreign Ministry.

The decision came amid the worsening coronavirus situation in India, more than 300,000 new cases and thousands of deaths logged every day recently. The subcontinental country has now surpassed Brazil as the second-worst country after the United States in terms of new confirmed cases.

The spokesman denied reports about wealthy Indians fleeing Covid-19 on charter flights to Thailand. "There were no charter flights from India to Thailand," he said.

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