Dane arrested for partying at bar in Thailand

Photo: Bangkok Post

The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed that a Dane was amongst more than 100 people arrested on 26 January for violating the country’s Covid-19 restrictions, at a bar on the small island of Koh Phangan, Thailand.

Thai police and immigration raided the bar, Three Sixty Bar, around 9.30 pm local time and found 89 foreigners and 30 Thai nationals partying and drinking alcohol which is not allowed due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Thailand has recently enforced strict restrictions to combat the country’s second wave of infections and a local police officer has  stated that the gathering was illegal under a national state of emergency declared last March to combat the coronavirus. According to Thai law, the Dane and the other party-goers could face up to two years in prison and a fine of up to THB 40,000 for breaking the restrictions.

The island of Koh Phangan was pre-covid-19, famous for its monthly wild Full moon parties that would attract thousands of young party-goers but since March last year, only a small community of foreign nationals have remained on the island.

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