Opening of borders aids economies

Opening of borders aids economies

The Thai-Malaysia border checkpoints in Songkla and Satun have seen lots of tourist traffic which has assisted the recovery of local economies, said a government spokeswoman.

They are among 31 border checkpoints in 17 provinces reopened by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) on May 1, deputy government spokeswoman Rachada Dhnadirek said yesterday.

Ms Rachada said that CCSA has allowed any border checkpoint prepared to follow safety protocol to reopen.

The Chong Mek Thai-Laotian border crossing in Ubon Ratchathani was reopened yesterday by the CCSA after having been closed for two years due to the pandemic.

The CCSA has further stopped more travel restrictions for border-crossing visitors, effective on June 1.

There will be no state quarantine but Covid-19 screenings and vaccine certificates are still required, said Ms Rachada.

She added that non-Thai visitors who cross Thai borders using border passes must be fully vaccinated. For Thai nationals using passports or border passes and foreigners using passports, they can show professionally tested ATK results if they do not have a vaccine certificate.

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