The Latest on the crackdown on travelers
Thailand is cracking down on international travel for tourists.
Travelers who are caught violating the travel restrictions will face hefty fines.
The country’s top court said Tuesday that all international travel is prohibited, with the exception of the “essential” travel, which includes flights, air travel, and tourist destinations.
The ruling by the Thai High Court comes as travelers are reporting the country’s government crackdown on overseas travel as the country continues to struggle with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The government has banned flights from more than a dozen countries, including the United States, Britain, and Canada.
The Thai government has imposed travel bans on American citizens and U.S. citizens and residents of other countries including the U.K., Japan, Germany, Australia, and the Netherlands.
The ban was lifted in February.
Travelers from the United Kingdom, France, Canada, and Australia were also banned, but they were allowed to travel for a limited period of time.
Thailand’s Tourism Ministry has banned all foreign travel to the country, as well as tourists from China, Vietnam, Indonesia, South Korea, Thailand, Japan, the United Arab Emirates, and Malaysia.
The government has said that travelers from those countries will not be able to return to the Thai capital, Bangkok.
Traveler groups in Thailand have expressed concerns about the restrictions.
“The Government is imposing restrictions on travelers coming to Thailand, with very little warning, without any indication of the reason for the restriction or when it will end,” said an online petition posted by the Thailand Tourism Board, a coalition of groups that promote tourism.
“These restrictions are completely arbitrary, unsupportable, and contrary to Thailand’s national interests.”
A number of groups have filed complaints with the government over the crackdown.
The Travelers Association of Thailand said in a statement Tuesday that the government is “making an example out of people who come to Thailand to experience Thai culture and traditions.”
It added that the “law is not being followed and tourists will not receive a fair warning before being removed from the country.”
The group also said that Thai authorities have not issued clear guidelines about who will be removed from Thailand, how they will be treated, or how to access the judicial system.
The travel ban is the latest in a series of measures taken by Thailand’s government to curb overseas travel.
The country has also banned all visitors from several other countries, from Iran to Saudi Arabia, and from Russia.
Thailand has also temporarily shut down its embassy in the U,S., citing the country being hit by the coronaviruses coronaviral and respiratory diseases.
The U.N. Security Council on Tuesday called on Thailand to “step up” its efforts to reduce the number of cases and deaths from coronavids.
“Thailand needs to step up its efforts by fully implementing the recommendations in the recommendations, and in particular by implementing an international health strategy that provides support to the affected countries, as this will allow Thailand to contain the spread of the pandemic,” Council President Antonio Guterres said.