Thailand’s travel restrictions resume after a new round of philippine travel restrictions
Thailand has resumed restrictions on travel and tourism in the country, following a nationwide lockdown imposed in the wake of the deadly May 26 terrorist attack on the tourist island of Koh Samui.
The country’s President Prayuth Chan-ocha ordered a ban on all nonessential travel and on the use of private vehicles.
All flights were cancelled and all tourist facilities were shut down.
Tourism officials said all foreign nationals should return home to resume normal activities.
The latest restrictions, which were imposed by a panel of the Department of Tourism, included a curfew for all non-essential travelers and a ban of all commercial activities for four hours after midnight.
Travelers were warned to avoid all crowded places, including public parks, beaches and shopping malls.
The travel ban applies to a total of 7.5 million people and affected 5.5 percent of the population, according to the department.
A total of 5.2 million people were in the tourism industry and about 6.1 percent of Thailand’s workforce was affected, according.
The ban on nonessential activities includes flights, buses and trains, while flights, trains and ferries will remain suspended for all but emergency use.
A ban on personal use of mobile phones and internet was imposed on Tuesday.
The government also banned the use or display of electronic devices and mobile phones in the public areas of the country.
The restrictions also banned large gatherings, such as gatherings of more than two people.
The curfew was imposed by the government’s Joint Committee on Security (JCS), which includes the security minister, the interior minister and the prime minister.
On Wednesday, the cabinet agreed to increase the daily limit on alcohol consumption to 500 milliliters (ml) per person, increase the limit on the sale of alcoholic beverages to 100 millilitres and increase the maximum fine for people found guilty of violating the curfew to 5,000 baht ($1,250).
Tourism officials say the ban on alcohol sales will be lifted by May 25.
Travel to the Philippines and Thailand has been restricted since the May 26 attack that killed 22 tourists and three security guards on Koh Samu.
A man was shot dead by a security guard after he refused to surrender.