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Thailand to form ‘business bubbles’ to let in only high-value, low-risk travellers

The National Security Council has outlined the criteria for allowing foreign businesspeople into Thailand under the “business bubble” arrangement expected to start in July.

Council secretary-general Gen Somsak Rungsita said those without a Thai work permit will have to ask permission from state agencies such as the Foreign Ministry or Board of Investment.

A joint committee will also be set up to consider permissions, added Somsak, speaking in his role as chairman of the panel on easing Covid-19 restrictions.

The committee will comprise representatives of the Foreign Ministry, BOI, the Public Health Ministry and the National Economic and Social Development Council.

Criteria for allowing entry to business people will include the severity of the Covid-19 outbreak in their countries and the economic value to Thailand of their visit.

Priority consideration will be given to investors in mega-projects in the Eastern Economic Corridor and elsewhere.

The committee will also focus on Thailand’s ability to track business arrivals, he added.

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