Tightening Border Control to Prevent Illegal Entry and the Spread of COVID-19

Prime Minister and Defense Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha said that the Government had stepped up control measures along the border to prevent illegal entry into Thailand and the spread of COVID-19.

Speaking after the Cabinet meeting on 1 September 2020, the Prime Minister disclosed that several schools along the Thai-Myanmar border, such as those in Kanchanaburi and Prachuap Khiri Khan, have been closed temporarily to prevent the risks of COVID-19 infection.

He said that officials had been told to ensure that no illegal migration took place through natural border crossings. Local people have also been urged to help officials by keeping a close watch on the border for strict disease control. Thailand has had no report of domestic COVID-19 transmission for over three months now.

In his keynote speech at the United Nations Conference Center in Bangkok on 31 August 2020, the Prime Minister pointed out that the factors that would ensure Thailand’s faster pace in moving forward after the COVID-19 crisis include Thai people’s solidarity, cooperation from foreign friends, and knowledge and policy recommendations from United Nations subsidiary bodies.

Thailand’s public healthcare management and measures, as well as the country’s ability to curb the spread of COVID-19 and to quickly restore conditions with the “new normal,” have been praised by the United Nations, the World Health Organizations, and the global community.


Source: The Government Public Relations Department