Majority of Thai’s are Against Reopening the Country to Foreigners

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The majority of people are still opposed to reopening the country to foreigners who are not infected with COVID 19, reasoning that the global coronavirus situation is still very serious.

This is according to a survey carried out by the National Institute of Development Administration or Nida Poll.

The poll was conducted between 6-8th July 2020 on 1,251 people aged 18 and over of various levels of education and occupations throughout the country.

A proposed “medical and wellness” programme would open the country to foreigners who test negative for COVID 19 to receive medical treatment. They would be required to undergo a 14-day quarantine before being allowed to return to their home countries.

The majority – 55.32% – disagreed with the programme. Of them, 41.41% strongly disagreed with it, saying those admitted could be carriers and cause a second wave of the pandemic,  while Thailand already has many infections imported by Thai returnees from abroad. Another 13.91% said they disagreed because the situation does not yet warrant the entry of foreigners. even if they have health certificates.

On the other side, 23.10% agreed, saying this would enhance the reputation of Thai medical facilities and spur the economy; and 21.58% moderately agreed, reasoning that measures taken by Thailand had proved effective against the COVID 19 spread.

A second proposed programme would allow those foreigners admitted for medical treatment to travel around Thailand after undergoing a 14-day quarantine. Asked about this second programme, 37.89% were totally against it and wanted COVID 19 to be 100% eradicated first because they had no confidence in the 14-day quarantine, while 14.55% disagreed with it, but less strongly, for fear of a second wave of the pandemic since COVID 19 was mostly imported by foreigners.

On the other side, 24.14% strongly supported the programme, saying it would help rehabilitate tourism and stimulate the economy, while another 23.26% somewhat agreed with it for showing confidence in Thai medical services.

The rest, 0.16%, had no comment or were not interested.

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