Following Thailand’s first case of monkeypox, PM and Foreign Minister say further testing, screening for international travelers may be required


Following last night’s announcement that Thailand has found its first case of monkeypox in a foreign tourist recently arrived to Phuket, top Thai government leaders stated in Bangkok that further measures may be needed.

First, get caught up on the currently known details of Thailand’s first case of monkeypox here.

Last night in Bangkok coming off of days of a no-confidence meeting with opposition leaders two prominent members of the Thai government commented on the situation.

According to Don Pramudwinai, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Thailand, he believes that the Tourism Authority of Thailand and Ministry of Public Health will need to hold meetings and discussions about possible further screenings and testing for international travelers to stop further importation of monkeypox to Thailand.

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha agreed, stating that some sort of measures and further testing should take place and that relevant agencies must hold meetings as soon as possible to discuss this.

TPN notes that this is only discussion from top leaders with nothing set in stone and no concrete proposals or even meeting dates at this time. However, with tourism improving after over two years of Covid19 restrictions and border closures even the loose suggestion for further testing and screening at borders on tourists is likely to make some in the tourist industry nervous.

TPN will continue to update on this and other stories relating to the first case of monkeypox in Thailand.

The original version of this article appeared on our sister website, The Pattaya News, owned by our parent company TPN media.


Don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter and get all our news delivered to you in one spam-free daily e-mail Click here! OR, enter your e-mail below!

Help support The Phuket Express in 2022!

Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.