Can passengers flying into Thailand do the mandatory 14-day quarantine at home?

I read contradictory information in articles published today (2020-05-04) and yesterday on two well-known news websites:

https://thethaiger.com/coronavirus/cv19-asia/cv19-thailand/over-500-thais-fly-home-today-and-straight-into-quarantine (mirror):

All returnees face a mandatory 14 day quarantine, either in their homes or at state-provided facilities, under strict guidelines

https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/1911652/new-quarantine-venues-for-returnees-in-bangkok (mirror):

Returnees are required to spend 14 days in state-designated quarantine facilities, many of them hotels, and must foot the bills themselves.

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    Question is, is this even relevant for "travel"? According to IATA the only flights allowed in are repatriation flights, and it apparently even spouses of Thai citizens cannot enter. I spoke to the spouse of a Thai, and according to their information you have to use a government-assigned facility; but it also seems there is little information to go around.
    – averell
    May 4 '20 at 6:05
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    Two users flagged it as unfriendly or unkind and when I read it, I did feel it rather unkind. I did 'just delete it', not with a tag to it, but the system may have added it as it had been flagged that way. (It felt snarky, not thankful.) I was answering your question on Meta but you deleted it before I could post the answer. (Not see it as needed anymore.)
    – Willeke
    May 4 '20 at 14:48
  • @FranckDernoncourt - just for the record, I did not see you answer before it was deleted, I did not flag it; and I see no reason to get into a meta discussion. My remark was rather rhetorical - your question seemed to assume that one can actually travel to Thailand, when this is not currently possible, except for repatriation of Thai citizens.
    – averell
    May 4 '20 at 20:47
  • @averell no worries meta was for something else (comment deletion by a mod). Yes I'm asking for repatriated Thais and exceptions (e.g., diplomats). May 4 '20 at 21:04

Most currently non-Thai passengers flying into Thailand can't do the mandatory 14-day quarantine at home.

From https://mobile.twitter.com/RichardBarrow/status/1268924407537233920 (mirror 1, mirror 2):

Q2: If I fly to Thailand, can I quarantine in my own house or do state quarantine for free?

A: No, for the foreseeable future, foreigners must book a stay in Alternative State Quarantine for 14-days at their own expense. These hotels will cost you between 32,000 and 60,000 Baht.

However, https://mobile.twitter.com/RichardBarrow/status/1282687924484497409 (mirror) and https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/1950708 (mirror) mention some exceptions:

“Diplomat families are required to self-isolate at embassies or residences for 14 days and up until now there were no problems. The CCSA will rethink its measures to make them more comprehensive,” said Dr Taweesilp.

I don't know whether Thai passengers can quarantine at home. I believe most, if not all, can't.


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