The Bangkok South Municipal Court yesterday fined an Israeli tourist 2,000 baht for fleeing his hotel before he could receive a positive test result for the Omicron COVID-19 variant.
An arrest warrant was issued by Thong Lor police on 21st December against Ohad Baruch, 29.
It was reported that Baruch arrived in the country on 17th December on a Test & Go travel package and was quarantined overnight at a hotel in the Sukhumvit area, pending an RT-CPR test result. However, he left the same evening and visited Pattaya and then Koh Samui in the South.
On 22nd December, Baruch surrendered to police at a restaurant at Bang Rak beach in tambon Bo Phut on Koh Samui.
Pol Col Duangchote Suwancharas, superintendent of Thong Lor police, said the suspect pleaded guilty in court, so his punishment was reduced to a 2,000 baht fine.
Immigration police have taken him into custody for deportation, Pol Col Suwancharas said.
Pol Col Suwancharas said Baruch’s actions violated Covid-control measures issued under section 9 of the Emergency Decree on Public Administration in Emergency Situations.