Covid-19: Foreigner fined 20K for breaking quarantine Buriram

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  1. gotlost

    gotlost Surin Legend

    Covid-19: Foreigner fined 20K for breaking quarantine - health certificate didn't help him; Thais warned they are next


    Picture: Daily News

    The governor of Buriram province in north eastern Thailand announced that a foreign man back visiting his wife from one of the four countries on a risk list has been fined 20,000 baht for not properly quarantining for 14 days.

    Even though the foreigner said he stayed in his rental car and had a health certificate from his country that didn't save him.

    Now the governor and medical staff in the province have warned that Thais back from Bangkok - now considered a risky area itself - face 20,000 baht fines for not going into quarantine.

    The foreigner in the Daily News story was not named and his nationality was not given - he was from either Italy, Iran, China or South Korea.

    Residents of the Jira Nakhon housing estate had complained about the foreigner breaking quarantine after he arrived to visit his wife.

    The foreigner accepted that he had been out but said he had not got out of the car.

    The "Buriram Healthy Passport" application showed his movements.

    Governor Thatchakorn Hatthathayakul said he arrived at Suvarnabhumi at 9am on the 19th of March.

    He then went to Pattaya for a night where he rented a car.

    Next day he left Pattaya at 6 am and drove to Buriram arriving at 1 pm. He stayed at the apartment of his wife.

    He went out in the evenings and on the 22nd went out but did not get out of the car.

    All this amounted to not following the terms of his quarantine. Even though he had a health certificate from the country where he began his journey that was not sufficient to save him from being fined 20,000 baht.

    The governor said he was sorry to foreigners that these had to be his measures in the circumstances; people who own places like hotels who do not report quarantine infractions will be similarly fined.

    He went further: Thais returning from Bangkok and surrounding provinces (known as Phuttamonthon) must observe a 14 day quarantine when going to Buriram or they too will be fined 20,000 baht.

    Dr Withit Saritdeechaikul who was also present at the meeting at Muang Buriram police station echoed these statements.

    He described Bangkok and surrounding areas as a danger area and people returning would be fined 20,000 baht for breaking quarantine under Article 34.

    He further stressed that health certificates were of no use.

    Thaivisa notes that tens of thousands of Thais and migrant workers have been leaving Bangkok - many on crowded buses and trains - after much of the city was effectively locked down.

    The crowds have been heading for hometowns in the provinces and borders.

    Source: Daily News
  2. Prakhonchai Nick

    Prakhonchai Nick Surin Legend

    Should have deported him!
  3. gotlost

    gotlost Surin Legend

    Should have cap him.
  4. CO-CO

    CO-CO Surin Legend

    So, what penalty would you impose on returning Thais, from Bangkok or overseas, who break quarantine regulations.

    IMO the penalty (for someone who had a health certificate and no flu symptoms) is more than sufficient and sends a strong message to others.......a rare event from Thai authorities - good job they found a Farang to pick on.
  5. Cent


    "He further stressed that health certificates were of no use."

    So need no need then for the health certificates, except to get into the country?
  6. Prakhonchai Nick

    Prakhonchai Nick Surin Legend

    A very good question.

    Foreigners going to another country are guests, and as such MUST obey the rules and regulations of their host country. This guy did not. Residents of their native country regularly flout their laws. not just in Thailand but in most countries (hence the draconian new laws introduced in the UK)

    In these demanding times, whether one agrees or not, the laws must be obeyed by everyone. Cannot of course deport the Thais, but they must be made to atone for their digressions, with perhaps PRIOR WARNING of a hefty fine, followed by some form of incarceration with hard labour for 2nd and subsequent offences. Health certificates, not more than 72 hours old are totally meanlingless.. One may have accidently picked up the virus far more recently, with no symptoms to show until somewhat later.
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  7. gotlost

    gotlost Surin Legend

  8. nomad97

    nomad97 Ordinary member Staff Member

    [​IMG] 'hard labour' = getting off the scratcher once or twice a day.
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