During the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, any person who qualifies to enter Thailand must undergo a 14-day period of self-quarantine. Since September 2020, AIT has been accommodating incoming overseas students’ entry into the country at its official Organizational Quarantine (OQ) facility. As of 1 January 2021, 143 students had taken advantage of the OQ. The Gazette spoke to some students about their experiences.

The OQ system in AIT is very safe because they monitor everything via CCTV video cameras and protect us from being contaminated. Though I did not love staying in quarantine, the OQ system in AIT is completely safe.

Ms. Kuntala Chowdhury
Gender and Development Studies (GDS)

Ms. Kuntala Chowdhury flew from Bangladesh to pursue a Master’s degree in the Gender and Development Studies program at the School of Environment, Resources and Development. She said the OQ was very helpful for her because she would not have been able to bear the cost of the other types of quarantine facilities available in Thailand. “The OQ life was not that pleasant for me as I had never been confined to a single room in my life before. The room was quite small and so we could not move properly when we became bored. However, the OQ system in AIT is very safe because they monitor everything via CCTV video cameras and protect us from being contaminated. Though I did not love staying in quarantine, the OQ system in AIT is completely safe.”

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