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Are there any reports of tourist visas not being issued due to the current 3rd wave? 

 

Or do people think there is a chance that tourist entries could be stopped in the future for this reason? And lastly, could immigration deny entry to someone who already has a visa if the situation got worse since it had been issued? i.e. could it be better to get a visa sooner rather than later as the situation might get worse.

 

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1 hour ago, fishtank said:

Immigration can deny entry to anyone for any reason.

That's wrong, they can only deny entry for certain reasons, defined in the law or in a ministerial order.

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1 hour ago, Sheryl said:

is entirely due to domestic transmission, nothing to do with people entering from abroad, there is no logical reason for it to affect policies re visa

 

The current wave is from the UK variant.  It came from somewhere abroad.

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jackdd,

 

While in principle you are quite correct, the Immigration Act B.E. 2522 (1979) has a couple of "catch-alls".  Of the 11 categories listed for non-entry number 7 is the most open to interpretation.  I cannot see Immigration at say, swampy, disagreeing with an officer on duty.  Also the Immigration Officer could make things very difficult indeed by demanding evidence of entries 7 & 9 and demanding proof of entry 5 [the first part].   

 

  

 

 

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6 hours ago, Phillip9 said:

The current wave is from the UK variant.  It came from somewhere abroad.

 

It is 99.999% certain that all Covid infections ultimately originated from somewhere abroad. (There is an infinitesimal chance that Covid originated in Thailand, and entered China when someone who was infected came from Thailand.)  By the way, only some of the current wave is associated with the Kent variant. Anyway, it is a fact that there is no reason to tighten restrictions on arrivals when Thailand has a domestic outbreak. If anything, it becomes less imperative to prevent foreign arrivals potentially spreading Covid.

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39 minutes ago, BritTim said:

Anyway, it is a fact that there is no reason to tighten restrictions on arrivals when Thailand has a domestic outbreak. If anything, it becomes less imperative to prevent foreign arrivals potentially spreading Covid.

 

If the situation significantly worsens, and the UK variant is blamed, it could make them more worried about letting other variants into the country.  They could easily go back to the full 14 day quarantine for countries with other risky variants. 

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5 hours ago, unblocktheplanet said:

Lots of new & dangerous variants. The question is, if a foreign entrant tests positive in ASQ quarantine, are they then reliably non-infectious forever?

 

Most definitely not. The average time for which you have immunity which greatly reduces the chance of reinfection is unknown. Also, immunity from vaccination (although stronger and longer lasting than from an infection) is not 100%, and there is speculation that a booster shot will be needed after 12 months.

 

It is possible that there might be little or no immunity from a new variant that appears though, thankfully, that does not see to be true yet.

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