Diplomat refused accommodation at a condominium is not an Estonian envoy

The Honorary Consul-General of Estonia in Thailand said today that the diplomat, who was refused entry to a condominium in Bangkok last night, is not an Estonian, but a European Union diplomat.

Mr. Veerachai said in his Facebook post today that EU, as well as Estonian diplomats, must strictly comply with the regulations imposed by the CCSA, related to the COVID-19 pandemic, adding that his office does not have any information about the entry of EU diplomats into Thailand and, therefore, could not interfere with EU affairs, as the diplomat in question is the EU’s responsibility.

The management of the company that runs the Millennium Residence condominium on Sukhumvit Road refused to provide accommodation to the diplomat, who tried to check in after his arrival in Bangkok, for fear of causing alarm among other residents.

Police and district office officials were called to resolve the matter, but without success. Officials from the Thai Foreign Ministry stepped in and arranged alternative accommodation at a state quarantine facility in Bangkok.

The refusal to provide accommodation for the EU diplomat is the latest fallout from the Egyptian military mission’s debacle in Rayong, and the accommodation of a family of a Sudanese diplomat at a condominium in Bangkok – both of which have fueled public fears about the coronavirus pandemic.

 

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)