About-Face: Gov’t suspends order suspending visas for 19 nationals

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha and officials at Suvarnabhumi Airport. Photo: Suvarnabhumi Airport / Facebook
Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha and officials at Suvarnabhumi Airport. Photo: Suvarnabhumi Airport / Facebook

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It took only one day after the suspension of visas on arrival and waivers for more than 20 nations was ordered for the government to change its mind and cancel the order. 

After an urgent Thursday meeting, officials concluded they must take back the order suspending visa waivers for Hong Kong, Italy and South Korea and visas on arrival for 19 nations including China, India and Russia.

A final decision should be reached after authorities “thoroughly” study the issue and consult with relevant agencies, said Chatri Atjananan, director of the Department of Consular Affairs.

The order will go to the cabinet at its Tuesday, according to Chatri.

It comes just a week after Thailand confused the world by announcing sudden quarantine orders for travelers from nine nations only to walk it back and follow up with a watered down and still confusing version.

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