Thailand is apparently rethinking the abolition of the 90-day immigration notification for some groups of foreigners, with the aim of applying to expats and long-term tourists. The aim of the government's strategy is to increase tourism income and investments in the country.
The holiday island of Phuket will present a plan to the Centre for Economic Situation Administration (CESA) on Friday, according to which tourists who have been vaccinated no longer have to be quarantined from July.Yuthasak Supasorn, governor of Thailand's tourism agency TAT, said the reopening plan, dubbed the “Phuket Tourism Sandbox”, will largely depend on the allocation of vaccines to the Andaman Island.
According to a survey, there has been a sharp rise in unemployment in Thailand due to the corona measures. This goes hand in hand with financial hardship.Between March 15 and 18, Suan Dusit interviewed 1,155 people in Thailand about their financial situation and current employment status.
The government wants to reopen Thailand to tourism. The quarantine should be removed from October 1.Another notable announcement is that as of April 1, the quarantine will be reduced from 14 days to ten days.For vaccinated foreigners, it will later be reduced to seven days before quarantine for those who received the vaccine will be completely abolished on October 1.
The average price for beer is in Bangkok higher than in Berlin, Brussels, Edinburgh and Amsterdam. According to the World Beer Index 2021, the average price of a 330ml bottle of beer in Bangkok is US$ 4.82, that's about 149 baht.The World Beer Index lists the average price of a bottle of beer in 58 countries that was either bought in a supermarket or ordered in a hotel bar.
Although several countries, including Germany and Indonesia, have suspended Covid-19 vaccination with AstraZeneca, the vaccine is said to be used in Thailand.Yesterday Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha was vaccinated with AstraZeneca.His brain was working well, he didn't feel anything strange, everything was normal, he said after the vaccination.
According to the Thai media, there are increasing indications that Thailand should be reopened to tourism in several phases. The quarantine could be removed from January 2022.First of all, the so-called area quarantine is to be introduced from April 1. Tourists must be quarantined for seven days from April to September if they have been vaccinated against Covid-19 in their home countries.
Thailand is expected to conclude vaccination passport agreements with countries that vaccinate their populations against Covid-19.The Director General of the Ministry of Disease Control, Dr. Opas Karnkawinpong has announced that Thailand plans to sign bilateral vaccination passport agreements with other countries.
Thailand has stopped launching AstraZeneca's first batch of Corona vaccine.Initially, Norway, Denmark and Iceland suspended vaccinations with AstraZeneca due to possible deaths in connection with the vaccinations. Austria, Bulgaria and Italy followed.
During a sting operation by the authorities at a market in Pattaya, a seller was caught selling e-cigarettes. Selling e-cigarettes is illegal in Thailand.Banglamung's deputy district chief Pornchai Sungeid led the important operation. His team sent an undercover agent to stalls at the market to inquire about e-cigarettes and accessories.
A Bangkok private hospital is accused of mistreating a product presenter. The woman passed away.The health department has launched an investigation into a private hospital in Chatuchak district. It is accused of failing to properly diagnose and treat the young woman.
More than 255,000 people in Thailand's northern provinces have been treated for nose and eye irritation since the beginning of the year, mainly caused by the amount of particulate matter in the air.Dr. Suwanchai Wattanayingcharoenchai, director general of the health department, said yesterday that people with respiratory diseases such as asthma, as well as coronary artery diseases and eye infections, are severely affected by the seasonal air pollution problem in the northern region.
Tourists who come to Phuket on yachts should wear a “smart” wristbands with which they can be monitored.According to the Thai-language newspaper “Thai Rath”, the high-tech device should enable tourists to complete the quarantine on their yachts and boost tourism in Phuket.
Maya Bay in Thailand, one of the most popular tourist attractions on the Phi Phi Islands in Krabi Province, has been closed since mid-2018. The province is now pushing for its reopening.The national park authority had ordered the closure of Maya Bay so that nature could recover and the infrastructure could be improved.
The Department of National Parks wants to revoke the operating license of the Mukda Tiger Park & Farm in Mukdahan Province after DNA tests have shown that two baby tigers were not born in captivity.The tests showed that two young tigers – Khao Mao and Khao Pluak – do not share the adult animals' DNA, as the park operator claimed, and are therefore considered smuggled.
Due to the smog caused by smoke from forest fires, Chiang Mai was ranked number 1 among the cities with the worst air quality in the world for the fourth time in a row on Tuesday.The government defended itself, saying much of the smoke came from other countries. The number of hotspots in Thailand is lower than last year.
Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha on Monday insisted that Songkran celebrations be held to revive the struggling tourism industry.People are allowed to travel across the country to celebrate, the prime minister said, but every region must take steps to prevent the virus from spreading.
The Ministry of Health is calling for the mandatory quarantine for arriving travelers to be shortened from 14 days to seven to ten days from April.The plan was announced by Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul on Monday. He said the ministry would urge the government to cut quarantine requirements to boost tourism and the economy.