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More categories of foreigners to be granted entry to Thailand

Maya Taylor

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“…business people on a non-immigrant visa but without a work permit can enter, provided they can show savings of at least 500,000 baht over the previous 6 months.”

The Thai government is expanding the groups of foreigners who can enter Thailand, after a meeting of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration chaired by PM Prayut Chan-o-cha yesterday. CCSA spokesman Taweesin Visanuyothin says athletes competing in tournaments held in the Kingdom will also be given permission to enter.

It’s understood the first group to arrive will be cyclists taking part in a royal marathon cycling event, as well as badminton players coming for a world tour taking place in Thailand in January 2021.

In addition to sports people, Nation Thailand reports that business people on a non-immigrant visa but without a work permit can enter, provided they can show savings of at least 500,000 baht over the previous 6 months.

At yesterday’s meeting, the government also approved the Special Tourist Visa, with the PM asking officials from the Tourism and Foreign Ministries to agree a context and guidelines that would put Thailand’s interests first. Tourists desperate to return to Thailand, and happy to put up with the bureaucracy and cost involved, should contact their nearest Thai Embassy to enquire about the STV.

Additional information can be found HERE, at the website of the Thailand Longstay Company, set up specifically to handle the enquiries relating to the STV.

The Thailand Longstay Company was established in 2001 with the endorsement of the Thai Royal Government to support long stay tourism. As the Tourism Authority of Thailand is a major shareholder of the company, we aim to provide the best services to retired expatriates to promote the tourism industry of the Kingdom of Thailand.

Since the establishment, the company has signed many MOU with many government organisations such as the Immigration Bureau, Tourist Police, and the Airports of Thailand.

Therefore, we specialize in doing a 1-year retirement visa and STV visa for foreigners and other matters related to the immigration procedure of Thailand. We will go through the bureaucratic procedure for our clients. This is the ultimate convenience that we provide.

A Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman says 150 approved foreigners are expected to arrive at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport, beginning October 8. Holders of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Travel Card, who hail from “low-risk” countries, can now also Thailand. These include Hong Kong, Singapore, China, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea, Australia, and New Zealand.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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    Ryan

    Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 9:54 am

    Curious as to why you’ve linked information for the STV that requires a fee to paid for the service… a bit misleading IMO.

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    Perceville Smithers

    Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 10:45 am

    Hey, that’s great!

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    Gary

    Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 10:52 am

    All ridiculous, just been to consulate to return on my Retirement visa, I can come, dependant wife cannot, I can’t believe it.

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    Toby Andrews

    Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 11:28 am

    They are becoming desperate now. Soon anyone can come.
    Criminals wanted by Interpol. Known pedophiles. Over-stayers once banned and now forgiven.
    Vagrants from all countries around.
    Thaksin. No probably not Thaksin.

    lol

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      Gary

      Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 12:09 pm

      They will be welcome, just not retirees and family!

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    RR

    Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 1:15 pm

    Another money-sucking government backed agency…

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    Ray W.

    Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 1:28 pm

    Sooooo… ALMOST one plane of tourist are to finally be allowed in, draconian rules and all… and we are suppose to, what, think ‘its all better now’?! Get real, until we return to a fair and reasonable travel policy similar to pre-covi we are just being delusional about a recovery.

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      Peter

      Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 5:01 pm

      What exactly is “unfair” about a sovereign nation deciding who they will, or will not, allow into their country? It’s their choice, not yours.

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        Latecomer

        Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 5:22 pm

        Well, how sovereign are Germany, France of UK? They have absolutely no control whatsoever on refugees, migrants or illegal migrants coming into EU. Zero. And they keeping coming and coming. Even those who are duly rejected for asylum do stay and get lost from the legal system…

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          Peter

          Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 8:28 pm

          The UK does have control of its boarders since we have now left the EU. The problem is, it is not being enforced. Mostly due to our incompetent boarder force and soft left wing biased, judiciary, too many “do gooders” for our own good.

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    Bobby m

    Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 6:32 pm

    Same BS different day.

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    Dork

    Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 8:21 pm

    They say it plainly, 500000+ baht is the cure..greedy b********s

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    David Sanders

    Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 11:45 pm

    All these old geezers complaining about costs… if they don’t like it then they should go somewhere else, how about Bengladesh or Somalia, those places should cost less.

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There are now 25 provinces on the Phuket red zone list that they instated on April 22, with anyone arriving from those places required to have proof that they are either fully vaccinated or tested negative for Covid-19 within the last 72 hours. Without proof, people have to take a rapid antigen test to confirm they did not have Covid-19 before they would be allowed on the island. The test was first set to be 300 baht for everyone, and later controversially made free for Thai people and 500 baht for foreigners.

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After announcing the quarantine plan for Phuket, the vice governor spoke confidently that in the near future the island will have enough jabs to vaccinate every person on the island. Religious leaders from any faith are currently being vaccinated because of their general proximity to people during religious ceremonies and practices.

Vice Governor Piyapong pled with people with the people of Phuket who were on the fence about Covid-19 vaccinations, anti-vaxxers, or those otherwise resisting getting the jabs needed to reach herd immunity.

“If you are still deciding whether or not to get vaccinated, please come to get vaccinated”

SOURCE: The Phuket News

 

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Saturday Covid UPDATE: 2,419 new infections and 19 deaths, provincial totals

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The tally for Covid-related infections and deaths reported over the past 24 hours reports 19 new deaths and 2,419 cases. There have been 52,411 confirmed Covid-19 infections in the recent outbreak with more than 16,000 cases in Bangkok, the epicentre of infections. Since the start of the pandemic last year, the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration has reported a total of 81,274 Covid-19 infections and 382 coronavirus-related deaths.

Thailand now has 29,473 active Covid-19 cases. Most patients with Covid-19 are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms. More than 1,000 Covid-19 patients are in critical condition including 380 people on ventilators.

Out of the 2,419 new cases, more than 1,000 cases were detected in Bangkok. Most cases were local transmissions or detected through active case finding.

Of the 19 new coronavirus-related deaths, most were in Bangkok and surrounding provinces. The majority of deaths were the elderly and many of them contracted the virus from infected family members or friends.

Over the past week, new clusters of Covid-19 infections have been detected in crowded Bangkok neighbourhoods, including the Klong Toey slum, Ban Khing and Bang Kae districts. Poor communities in Bangkok have been seen as vulnerable to coronavirus outbreaks as people live in close proximity to each other and many cannot afford to stop working to abide by stay-at-home orders. CCSA spokesperson Natapanu Nopakun says active case finding in Bangkok clusters have been “beefed up.”

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Pathumwan 24
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Chatuchak 11
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Dusit 8
Yan Nawa 7
Wang Thonglang 7

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Like Songkran, Sri Lanka New Year’s brings Covid-19 wave

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PHOTO: Sri Lanka is now being hard hit by Covid-19. (via Wikimedia)

Sri Lanka has seen a huge wave of new Covid-19 infections in part due to large New Year’s celebrations in mid-April at the same time as Thailand’s Songkran Festival. From the beginning of April until now, the island nation has experienced a fivefold increase in daily cases, with 1,895 infections reported yesterday. February had previously been the worst month in Sri Lanka’s Covid-19 history, but figures are much worse now.

On April 13 and 14, large gatherings crowded the street to celebrate Sri Lanka’s New Year’s holiday. The day before, Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa address the nation with hope, saying that after cancelling festivities the previous year, everyone working together to reduce Covid-19 had allowed New Year’s activities to take place this year. Authorities felt that Covid-19 was contained in Sri Lanka and, while they did stress health and safety guidelines, the president encouraged the celebration of the holiday.

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SOURCE: CNN

 

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