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What If I Don't Comply with Quarantine Rules in Thailand?

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As the title of this video suggests, we are discussing “what would happen if you don't comply with the quarantine requirements here in Thailand?” Just to preface this, we have gone through this past week. We have dealt with the suspension of the Thailand Pass; we have been dealing with things like this sort of suspension of the "Test and Go" initiative for new cases although folks that are already in the system are going to be brought in. A lot going on with this and essentially the re-establishment of quarantine here in Thailand. And basically, what we are dealing with right now is a situation where quarantine has come back which has led to a lot of correspondence I have received and I think they are asking just jokingly but "what if I just don't comply with quarantine?' 

There was a recent article from the Phuket News that is, this is really quite a good article. As I stated in other videos, I really do enjoy the Phuket News. They are really a good news organization. Often times we don't really get in depth in quoting some of the stuff from the Phuket News especially on Immigration because Phuket centric Immigration can sometimes be very different than what is going on here in Bangkok but the article is titled: Police search for infected tourist who left quarantine hotel. The article is very in-depth. There is actually a lot going on in this article. I urge folks that are interested to go ahead and read that article to learn more about what is going on. Long story short, the purposes of this video, I just want to quote this one excerpt which really doesn't get to the thrust of the article. The article is actually kind of a compelling read but this one excerpt I think is useful to our audience. Quoting directly: "Thong Lor Police have asked the Department of Disease Control to file a complaint against the tourist for failing to abide by disease control measures in violation of the Emergency Decree. The offense carries a maximum penalty of 2 years in prison and/or fine of 40,000 Baht."

So again, when asked, "What will happen if I don't abide?" Well the offense carries a maximum penalty of two years in prison and/or a fine of 40,000 Baht. Now do I think that they are going around looking to impose these kind of penalties? No! That is not at all what I think they are trying to do. If you read the article you will see what is going on here is a little bit pretty anomalous. It is not going to be what you are going to usually see for folks that are going through quarantine. 

Yeah long story short, violation of the quarantine decree or the Emergency Decree and the measures associated with quarantine, they can lead to criminal penalties including prolonged detention as well as a fine. So those who are looking to come to Thailand if you have any desire to be rebellious or whatever you want to call it, in failing to abide by the quarantine provisions, it might not be a good idea to do that because you could be looking at a situation where you find yourself in possibly in a really bad position with respect to criminal penalties here in Thailand.