11 July 2024

After two years of closure, due to the spread of COVID-19 in Thailand and Malaysia, the land border checkpoint in Thailand’s Khuan Don District, of the southern province of Satun, will reopen on April 1st to all cross-border traffic.

Officials of the two countries met today (Saturday) to discuss preventive measures to be imposed on Thai and Malaysian travellers.

Maj-Gen Santi Sakuntanark, deputy commander of the 4th Army Region, said that both sides are now ready for the reopening of the checkpoint.

On Friday, Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said more entry points, including the one in Satun province, will be opened on April 1st for arrivals under “Test and Go”, “sandbox” and other quarantine schemes. The other entry points to open are the sea port in Surat Thani for registered Thai vessels and Thai crews, as well as the airports in Hat Yai, Songkhla, Krabi and Surat Thani.

Meanwhile, Songkhla Deputy Governor Amphon Pongsuwan said the border checkpoint in Sadao district of Songkhla province is also ready to reopen and is awaiting for a signal from the CCSA.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the Sadao border checkpoint was the main entry point for Malaysian tourists, many of them spent their weekends in Hat Yai town, which is about 44km from Sadao.