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Early this morning, with my wife and I in one pickup and my staff in another pickup, we drove from Ubon up to Amphur Nong Sung in Mukdahan province. A big police check point at Nikhom Kham Soi on inbound traffic. Every one had to get out of their vehicles and get their temperatures taken. They asked where we were going and we said to Nong Sung, a day trip, and returning to Ubon in the afternoon. We had to down-load an app on to our smart phones and fill in a questionaire. All in Thai. Other travellers  were sitting at desks filling in forms. I am not sure why. Most were older people so they probably they didn't have a smart phone. Once done, we were allowed to be on our way. In Nong Sung there was another check point, but only for taking one's temperature. No questions were asked. 

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16 hours ago, Michael Hare said:

They asked where we were going and we said to Nong Sung, a day trip, and returning to Ubon in the afternoon. We had to down-load an app on to our smart phones and fill in a questionaire. All in Thai.

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On 5/7/2020 at 2:26 PM, SantiSuk said:

Difficult to get good information out of ThaiV members on what is happening in practice on the ground - I've tried in respect of Buriram and Nakhon Ratchasima, with no joy to date. I suspect it is because our fellow forum members are not travelling inter-provincially.

 

I very much doubt you would be asked to self-quarantine anywhere along the way or in Kalasin if:

1. any checkpoint that did stop you and temperature-checked you found you both to be without fever

2. any such checkpoint believed your story that you personally are in transit (ie not stopping in Kalasin) and that your step-daughter is returning to her normal residence.
 

The rules applied by individual provinces differ and if you were to believe that therules that apply rules are being implemented in practice, or if you phoned the individual province City Halls, you would most likely collect a barrage of requirements that would put you off form traveling. From local experience here and other comments I have read on ThaiV it seems as though implementation of rules is much laxer than the principle of their design, particularly in Isaan where there are few Covid cases to start with and even less cases that are still live. Checkpoints seemingly often wave traffic through or are not particularly intense in their questioning - or are non-existent. Nice trick by the military government and local governors to have frightened people into reducing their travel without having to erect an immense infrastructure of checking!

 

I'm considering myself doing a drive from Sisaket to Bangkok and back to seek a specialist (non-Covid) medical consultation. Driving would be far less risky from a Covid viewpoint than using our regional airport and taxis around Bangkok. With a valid reason to travel I would be willing to take the risk that checkpoints would let me through and that the worst they could do would be to turn me back on my outbound journey. My call. Up to you how you assess the risks/rewards.

 

Information local to me in case anyone is travelling Sisaket/Ubon provinces. There are two main routes that connect Sisaket and Ubon provinces:

1. From Bangkok and along Highway 24 thru' Lower Isaan and up to Ubon City on Hwys 2085 and 2178. A friend has been driving this route between Kantharalak and Ubon City regularly (including 3 days ago) delivering bakery products. He reports a checkpoint on 2178 that now tests temperature but asks no other questions if no fever. Previously it was a 'wave-through' checkpoint.

2. From Surin through Sisaket City and on to Ubon City - Hwy 226. My wife drove the part of this route that goes through the Sisaket/Ubon border 2 days ago. There were no checkpoints.

If you are concerned about traveling could you not ask the hospital in Bangkok to send you an appointment slip ?

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Yesterday we went up to Mukdahan to five villages in Nong Sung district. Two check points to check temperatures. On the way home, getting near to Ubon, another check point but this time the police were only interested in vehicle registrations and helmets on motorbike drivers. Back to their old tricks.

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Only just seen your post Speedo. Yes - I would have obtained/ will obtain an appointment slip.

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