Thai-Malaysian border in Songkhla welcomes over a hundred travelers on its first day of reopening

Songkhla –

  The Thai-Malaysian border in the Sadao district of Songkhla was crowded today, April 1st, with over a hundred travelers after it had officially reopened today, April 1st, under the new “Thailand Pass” regulations.

The Sadao immigration checkpoint had welcomed 107 Malaysian tourists who registered under the “Thailand Pass” system since 5:00 AM. on the first day of the reopening. They were required to present their passport, Covid-19 vaccination certificates, and proof of reservation and payment for SHA extra plus accommodation.

However, some of the travelers were refused at the checkpoint as they were not aware of the documentation and the Thailand Pass system registration and thought that only passports were required upon arrival.

Under the new Thailand Pass measures, qualified visitors would undergo an RT-PCR test and stay at an SHA plus hotel/accommodation to wait for the result for at least 4-6 hours. Those who tested positive would receive treatment and those who tested negative would travel under the “Test&Go” scheme under strict regulations, including wearing face masks in public places at all times.

Most travelers today had families in Thailand or a business in the area. The number of SHA plus accommodations in the area was also ready and sufficient to facilitate the registered consumers.

Sadao district chief Surin Suriyawong revealed that the first day of the reopening went smoothly. However, some had problems with their documents and registration and had to return to Malaysia because they were unaware of the requirements.

Photo Courtesy: INN News


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Nop Meechukhun
National News Writer at The Pattaya News from September 2020 to October, 2022. Born and raised in Bangkok, Nop enjoys telling stories of her hometown through her words and pictures. Her educational experience in the United States and her passion for journalism have shaped her genuine interests in society, politics, education, culture, and art.