The Thai State owned bus Company, Transport Co. Ltd, has stated that all bus routes will allow foreign customers from Monday, June 15th, 2020.
This follows massive criticism on English language Thai media over the policy reportedly confirmed by Associated Press earlier this week that allowed only Thai nationals to ride the buses.
The Pattaya News had several e-mails and complaints about this policy, however also had reports from at least one foreigner, Mike S, of a successful trip with his girlfriend on a state owned bus without incident. The Transport Company did not clarify specifically if the company wide statement had been no foreigners allowed or if it was specific branches or management. However, they did clarify that all routes would be open to foreign nationals effective Monday.
The Transport Company also reminded foreign nationals that some provinces and locations still have their own rules and quarantine procedures, especially if coming to or from the Deep South, Phuket or Chiang Mai. They advised to check with the province government of the area you are traveling to before going. Chonburi, we note, has no requirements for quarantine or restrictions.
This comes less than 24 hours after popular Wat Pho in Bangkok also were criticized on the news media in Thailand for not allowing foreigners and state they will also be reversing the policy, citing it was not discrimination but based around repairs being done to the temple.