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Could APEC Card Holders Be Admitted to Thailand?

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As the title of this video suggests, we are discussing APEC card holders; that is the Asia Pacific Economic Community. In a recent article from Bangkok Post, that is, the article is titled: Emergency Decree Extension, New Visas Approved. Within that article I found this very interesting nugget of information. Quoting directly: "As well, an estimated 100,000 of several hundred thousand holders of APEC Business Travel Card, ABTC or APEC Card, businessman screened and certified by APEC countries will be allowed to enter, Dr Taweesilp said." and Dr. Taweesilp is the doctor that is the point man on the CCSA, that is the COVID-19 Situation Administration committee. Quoting further: "However, they will be limited to those from low-risk countries such as New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea, Japan, and Hong Kong". 

So for those who are unaware, APEC card holders and Thailand is a member of APEC and you can get with this card, it is sort of a travel card and it allows a different sort of priority entry under normal circumstances for business people that are entering Thailand presumably to do business here in the Kingdom. Again it is a little bit more of a priority processing of those kind of folks through the Immigration apparatus by dint of the fact that they are a member country in this APEC Organisation. 

So the thing to take away from this video, again as we have noted in other videos they seem to be trying to prioritize business travel and within the APEC framework it looks like it is going to be possible to see folks re-admitted to Thailand in the relatively near future again, albeit from certain types of countries that do not have the same issues as other countries with respect to this pandemic.

So I don't know exactly how this is going to play out but it does provide some how should we say, encouragement that we are seeing steps being taken to reopen Thailand and get things moving as per normal in the aftermath of these restrictions.