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"Area Quarantine" in Thailand by May 2021?

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As the title of this video suggests, we are discussing so called "area quarantine" in Thailand. We have discussed this in another video on this channel and we have been trying to get some further insight about when this could happen and it is a little bit vague on exactly what it entails. 

A recent article that we found from Thai Visa, that is, the article is titled: New Buzz Word: Area Quarantine - Thailand Set to Open Resorts and Islands as Three Ministries Tackle Tourism Crisis. Quoting directly: "There is a new buzzword on the lips of every Thai in the Tourism Industry from the Minister down through the ranks- "area quarantine". Then quoting further: "It is hoped that as early as next month and certainly by May, "area quarantine" will be in full swing." They also go on to note, quoting directly: "Nothing is set in stone just yet. That will come when Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and his Cabinet rubber stamp the plans." I don't think it is fair to call the Cabinet the "rubber stamp". They do ultimately make the determinations on this stuff and we have seen them alter things from the way that they are first announced and also delay implementation and even deny implementation of things throughout this whole Emergency Decree period. I wouldn't necessarily call them a rubber stamp but as far as this "area quarantine" goes, we have discussed this rather at length. It appears that they are trying to get these designations for the heavy tourist areas such as Pattaya, the islands, Phuket I believe; I am not sure about Chiengmai but clearly this seems to be a priority now; exactly when it will happen remains to be seen.

We are seeing some movement with respect to possible changes on the rules regarding quarantine by April. So, we could see April, May where they come up with this new designation for "area quarantine" and we will see exactly what that means. I can't say for certain exactly what is going to happen from now but we will keep you updated as the situation evolves.