Chiang Rai –
Public and private business and tourism sectors in Chang Rai held a meeting to discuss and prepare for the reopening of the Mae Sai border crossing after it had been closed for more than 2 years due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Vice-president of the Mae Sai Chamber of Commerce, Pakaimas Vierra, hosted the meeting with the private sector and relevant authorities on Thursday, April 21st, to discuss ways to push forward the opening of the 1st Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge in the Mae Sai District.
The meeting assessed the Covid-19 pandemic situation that had caused Thailand to permanently closed the 1st border crossings bridge across the river for more than two years and only the 2nd Bridge was opened for transportation.
The closure had resulted in a tremendous loss of a hundred billion baht per year, according to Pakaimas. Mae Sai, which was once the most popular and top economic district of Chiang Rai, became slow and quiet like never before. Many shops had to close businesses without further notice. Some hotels were put up for sale.
Both the public and private sectors had proposed various measures to prepare for the opening of the main border crossing and proposed a sub-committee to be responsible for assessing the impact on the reopening and setting measures to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 Coronavirus.
Initially, the meeting concluded that the pedestrians should be allowed to cross the bridge border limited to 2,000 people per day. Travelers must have a vaccination certificate that proved two doses of a Covid-19 vaccination and a self-administered ATK test before entering the country.
Freight vehicles should continue to use the 2nd bridge under the extended opening-closing time from 6:00 AM. to 10:00 PM. All of the matters would be thoroughly discussed and considered again on Monday, April 25th, before being proposed to the Ministry of Interior for further consideration.
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