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Chiang Rai Reopens Laos Border, But Requires Covid-19 Booster or PCR Test

The Laos border checkpoint in Chiang Rai's Sobruak village in Wiang
The Laos border checkpoint in Chiang Rai's Sobruak village in Wiang

Chiang Rai will reopened its border crossings with Laos on Wednesday but required Laotians to have had three Covid-19 shots to be exempted from invasive testing.

Gov. Passakorn Boonyalak visited the Bokeo provincial hall in Laos to meet Chomsee Rattanaban, president of the Bokeo People’s Council of Laos, to discuss border operations following the government’s decision to relax Covid-19 control measures.

In the meeting, authorities agreed to reopen four permanent border crossings consisting of the Buck Pier in Chiang Khong, the fourth Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge, the Ban Sop Ruak border checkpoint and the border checkpoint near the Chiang Saen district office.

Arrivals through the checkpoints who have received three shots of Covid-19 vaccines will not have to show the result of a RT-PCR test.

Those who are unvaccinated or inadequately vaccinated must show the negative result of a test taken within 72 hours before arrival to obtain permission to enter Thailand.