After the recent bombings that took place in Thailand the government has decided to come up with a special SIM card exclusively for tourists which will enable it to track their movements through their cell phones.
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The plan has been approved in theory by Thailand’s telecommunication regulator. Officials at the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission have stated that locals and long term visa holders will be exempted from this plan which is a revision on the earlier statement which claimed that all foreigners including resident aliens which hold long term visas will fall under it.
The plan is subject to revision and further evaluation after it gets endorsed this coming Tuesday. This step undertaken by the government is expected to help with the national security issues as well as track tourists who might be in trouble or have overstayed their visas.
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NBTC secretary said that the plan will in fact will help tourists in case of any emergency in addition to helping catch terrorists and criminals. In a statement to the Bangkok Post he said that no rights were being limited.