I read on https://bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/1891790/govt-temporarily-blocks-all-travel that the Thai government will temporarily block all inbound travel. Can the Thai government legally ban Thais from entering Thailand?

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The Section 34 of Constitution of the Kingdom of Thailand says (highlight mine):

[…] No person of Thai nationality shall be deported or prohibited from entering the Kingdom.

The referenced document points to the most recent 2017 Constitution.

So the naive answer is No, however some legal gap may be found by the Constitutional Court (Section 27).

More specifically, it would depend on the legal equivalence of terms "Thai citizens" and "person of Thai nationality".

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    There may also be, as in most countries, the possibility that a temporary prohibition for reasons of public health might somehow be permissible in the face of the constitutional provision against such a prohibition. I doubt that there's any line of reasoning in which "person of Thai nationality" would not include Thai citizens.
    – phoog
    Commented Apr 2, 2020 at 21:55
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    I agree with @phoog that "person of Thai nationality" is either equivalent to or broader than the term "Thai citizen". Often constitutional provisions that are facially absolute are subject to implied exceptions, however.
    – ohwilleke
    Commented Apr 2, 2020 at 23:45
  • There's a difference between 'Denying Entry' and 'Delaying Entry'. In a quarantine period, you'll be eventually admitted.
    – Tyzoid
    Commented Jul 6, 2020 at 22:07

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