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Japan business travellers first foreigners to be allowed back in Thailand

Jun 25. 2020
Wissanu Krea-ngam
Wissanu Krea-ngam
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By THE NATION

About 100 businesspeople per day from Japan – the largest foreign investor in Thailand – will be among the first foreigners allowed back into the country as the lockdown eases.

Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam made the announcement on Wednesday (June 24) after talks with Japan External Trade Organisation (Jetro) president Atsushi Taketani.

The number of hotels acting as alternatives to state quarantine accommodation will also be increased, Wissanu added.

The deputy PM said he was collaborating with the Foreign Ministry and related agencies to help foreign business operators in Thailand. Resolutions made would be proposed to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), he added.

The Jetro chief also informed him that there were thousands of Japanese businesspeople asking to resume their operations in Thailand. Taketani added that the 900 rooms available as alternative quarantine accommodation might be too few. Wissanu assured him that the number of rooms would be increased as necessary.

Wissanu also revealed that special conditions to lure back investors to Thailand were not mentioned in his meeting with Taketani, despite being previously revealed by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.

“However, this point will be discussed with the Foreign Ministry,” he added.

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