Folks, if the Thai powers-that-be accept the findings of this poll as genuine and truly representative of the Thai people, then I'm afraid it's going to be much tougher and much longer before you will be allowed to enter Thailand.
While it is nowhere near as bad for farang who already live in Thailand - no comparison - and I'm certainly not expecting anyone to dig out their crying towels for us, we face restrictions too, to some degree. If we leave Thailand for any reason, we're in the same boat you're in regarding trying to get back in.
Also, if there is a second outbreak and a recurrence of lockdowns, if we happen to be out of town when that is imposed, we could face a very difficult time just trying to return to our residences.
I'm sure you will shed tears for the plight of farang living in Thailand, thinking about us trying to console ourselves in the go-go bars . . .
95% say 'no foreigners' to prevent 2nd Covid wave: Poll
Most expect second wave, second lockdown
19 Jul 2020
A vast majority of Thais -- 94.51% -- say foreigners should be barred from entering the country to prevent a second wave of the Covid-19 spread, according to an opinion survey by the Suan Dusit Rajabhat University or Suan Dusit Poll.
The poll was carried out online on July 14-18 on 1,459 people throughout the country to gauge their reactions to the cases of an Egyptian soldier and a Sudanese girl found to be infected with Covid-19 after they were allowed to enter the country.
Asked how they felt after hearing about the two cases, 52.23% of respondents said they were very worried; 39.68% fairly worried; 6.58% slightly worried; and 1.51% not worried at all.
Asked to mention "five things" that would worry them if there were a new wave of the Covid-19 spread, with each respondent allowed to give more than one answer, 95.89% cited the degree to which the disease spread; 94.45% unemployment; 92.05% a shutdown of businesses; 84.17% their children's schooling; and 84.17% another lockdown announcement.
A large majority, 73.82%, thought the chance that Thailand would announce a second lockdown was high while 26.18% said this was unlikely.
Asked to suggest ways of preventing a new wave of the pandemic, 94.51% said foreigners should definitely not be allowed to enter Thailand; 86.41% said the process of screening and quarantine of people returning from abroad must be stringent; 83.80% said people must wear face masks while outdoors and frequently wash their hands; 81.40% said people must be given correct and clear information about the virus; and 76.73% said people should be given free testing for Covid-19.
Asked what the government should do to ease the people's concerns about the novel coronavirus, 47.38% said the screening and quarantine process must be made more stringent, without exemptions for "privileged" people; 33.43% said punishments should be imposed on those who violate the ban on foreigners entering Thailand; and 23.20% said the government must quickly solve coronavirus-related problems that could affect the people.
https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/ge ... -wave-poll