Authorities in Pattaya are encouraging people to stay at home in order to stop the spread of the Covid -19 virus. However, three main reasons for interprovincial travel are allowed and people who fall into these categories, below, are recommended to register online.
Mr. Suraphong Tanomwong, the director of the Pattaya City Problems and Complaint Center (1337), told The Pattaya News, “People can register for permission to travel between provinces with three main necessary reasons which are:
- Providing food, medicine and others necessary items/Caregivers
- Medical appointments and treatments
- Vaccination appointments
“Anyone who has these reasons to travel between provinces can register at the following link (in English) at https://covid-19.in.th/. After they finish filling in the form, they will receive a QR Code. They can then take a screenshot to show authorities at checkpoints along with their passports or ID cards.” Suraphong continued.
“For people who are not familiar with online registration or don’t have smartphones or internet access, they can fill in the registration form at the Pattaya City Hall until at least August 4th” Suraphong added.
“However, we are requesting people to stay home at this time unless the reason is absolutely essential. Regular checkpoints will be in place, especially between provinces, checking.” Suraphong stated.
TPN media notes that travel between provinces is not strictly banned, but highly discouraged. The QR code process is not “required by law” but will allow checkpoints to see that one’s travel is essential and may expedite any processes in which a person may be stopped or inspected. If one does not have the QR code they may be required to fill out the information at a checkpoint which could significantly increase travel time and cause delays for any appointments. It is also possible that if one is caught traveling, according to Suraphong, for a non-essential reason (like visiting a friend or trying to go to a province with lesser rules for personal relaxation) that they could be charged with emergency decree violations or other laws, such as the communicable disease act. These carry stiff fines and possible jail time.
TPN media has had many questions about things like embassy visits or flying out of the country, these are also acceptable reasons for crossing provincial borders. Having documentation showing this may be needed if stopped at a checkpoint, however.
The form may not work outside of Thailand, TPN media has been told, or if using a VPN, and it may need to be turned off before accessing the form. Some users have stated trouble with the ID number, they may need to fill out a form in person at City Hall if so.
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