State of Emergency Declared to Control COVID-19 Virus
The Thai Government issued a decree on 24 March 2020 declaring a state of emergency, which shall take effect on 26 March 2020 and is expected to remain in force for one month.
The decree allows authorities to impose certain measures to control the COVID-19 virus, for example, imposing curfews, restricting domestic travel, imposing quarantine measures, and closing any buildings.
At this stage, details of such measures are expected to be announced on 26 March 2020. We will keep you posted of any developments.
Ministry of Commerce to reduce manpower
Due to the on-going situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Commerce is expected to reduce manpower at its offices in order to comply with the state of emergency decree announced on 24 March 2020. Therefore, a lead time is recommended for relevant registration and submission processes involving government agencies, e.g. the Ministry of Commerce, the Revenue Department.
We are committed to providing the best possible service under the circumstances, while maintaining the health and well-being of our people and communities in line with the government's measures. As such, we have endeavored to implement alternative work arrangements such as splitting teams into shifts and among locations to continue to assist you with necessary registration and submission processes. Nevertheless, the frequency of such visits to government agencies and the response time from those agencies may be affected under these circumstances. Thus, please be mindful of the need to plan ahead in the current circumstances.