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Chiang Rai imposes strict travel restrictions from Dark Red zone effective May 21

The northern province of Chiang Rai’s communicable disease committee is imposing travel restrictions on all arrivals from the country’s four Dark Red zone provinces – Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani and Samut Prakan, starting today, May 21.

Under the order, issued by Chiang Rai Governor Prajon Pratsakul, all arrivals from these four provinces will have to show their COVID-free certificate, to prove that they have been cleared of the disease with a RT PCR or Antigen Rapid Test not more than 72 hours before their arrival in Chiang Rai province, and to show the proof that they have received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine.

Travellers who do not have either of the two certificates will be subjected to 14 days in local quarantine, or less if they stay in the province for less than the mandatory isolation period.

This travel restriction also applies to residents of Chiang Rai who arrive from the Dark Red zones. Violators of this restriction can face a maximum fine of 20,000 baht for breaching of the Communicable Disease Act. 

The committee explained that the new travel restriction is necessary for public safety and to prevent arrivals from challenging the officials tasked with enforcing this restriction.

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