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Quarantine, whilst wandering around a golf course, maintaining social distancing of course. That’s the latest STV proposal tabled for consideration by the CCSA to expand the current Special Tourist Visa and quarantine restrictions for golf tourists who may visit Thailand and do their quarantine in a secure golf course, whilst enjoying a few rounds at the same time.

The proposal goes to the CCSA at next Wednesday’s weekly meeting. The meetings are chaired by the Thai PM. A proposal to reduce the current mandated 14 day quarantine to 10 days will also be under discussion. There have no applications for Thailand’s much-discussed STV since the start of November.

The Ministry of Public Health and the Ministry of Tourism and Sports have put the proposal forward to welcome foreign golfers from low-risk countries to visit Thailand. It could even be a less restrictive quarantine opportunity for non-golfers who would be able to get some fresh air each day instead of being locked up in a hotel room. Following their quarantine, travellers on a Special Toris Visa – the STV – would then be able to travel around Thailand wherever they want for stays up to 90 days, extendable twice.

The Minister said there were around 30 golf courses around Thailand offering around 5,000 rooms that could be suitable as ‘Golf’ ASQ facilities.

The proposal has been introduced after a high demand from foreign golfers, particularly from South Korea, Japan, China, and Taiwan, expressing their desire to visit Thailand and to practice their swings with the chance to travel further after completing the 14 day quarantine.

Many of Thailand’s golf courses also have accommodation attached which would be registered under Thailand’s ASQ or ALSQ program. The alternative state quarantine facilities have to meet strict criteria to maintain the security of their STV or other guests and partner with a nearby hospital to provide the Covid-19 testing and any other health care.

“The South Korean ambassador had paid me a visit last week and asked me why not introduce golf courses in the country as an alternative facility for state quarantine since there were more than 1,000 young golfers from South Korea traveling to Thailand every year for at least 3 months to practice for competitions.”

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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    KG

    November 8, 2020 at 2:45 pm

    Just when I thought we were going to go a whole week without a joke out of Thailand

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    Issan John

    November 8, 2020 at 3:13 pm

    I’d say “it’s the Pattaya News”, but reportedly “it’s understood there are already 5 golf courses, in Chiang Mai, Lamphun, Saraburi, Kanchanaburi, and one in Nakhon Ratchasima, owned by Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul, that have been approved as ALSQ facilities.”

    Other members may prove to be not too happy about it, as they’d be excluded and have to use other golf courses, nor may the staff who “would have to carry out 14 days’ quarantine before they could leave the properties”, so who could effectively be confined to the golf courses indefinitely.

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      Mike Frenchie

      November 8, 2020 at 8:55 pm

      My God, John Issan not fully in line with the Thai authorities and even suggesting a massive conflict of interests. What’s happening?

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    Khun plastic

    November 8, 2020 at 3:56 pm

    Par for the news nowadays.

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    Thomas

    November 8, 2020 at 4:05 pm

    At which point will they run out of dumb ideas? There seems to be an unlimited supply.

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    AI

    November 8, 2020 at 4:12 pm

    What on Earth next? Is this for real?? And 5 of them are owned by Mr “Dirty Farang” himself? Whodathunkit?

    I know I must be sleeping, because this is beyond a joke? How can anyone take these clowns serious?

    And the next report will be “Local caught con-vid when removing his/her ball from a golf hole after a dirty foreigner played there!” 55! Or how about “Golf worker got con-vid after a suspect from ASQ looked at him/her?”
    The world is literally your limit…….. 😉

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    Toby Andrews

    November 8, 2020 at 4:36 pm

    Nice for the Health minister if this is approved.
    Bit suspicious there. Did the health minister suggest it?
    Oh no it was the South Korean Ambassador.
    The risk the visitors will have to take is: will they be tested as contagious before they come out of quarantine.
    And I would ask, are these tests a fraud to loot the tourist further?
    If they are tested contagious they are still not allowed out of quarantine, and maybe have to pay more money . . .

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    Khun plastic

    November 8, 2020 at 5:05 pm

    How can anybody in authority not realize that none of these half assed schemes can possibly work!

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      Isaan Mike

      November 9, 2020 at 6:14 am

      It doesn’t matter. Anyone who knows anything about Thailand, or indeed any country in which a high level of corruption is present, will know that all of these measures are designed primarily to allow high-ranking officials, business owners, elite etc richer.

      If I was going to devise schemes that would allow me to skim money – these would be the schemes I would dream up.

      They are extremely transparent.

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    Mike Frenchie

    November 8, 2020 at 5:26 pm

    John Issan, you are vulgar in your comments and likely miss the necessary economic education to understand what is happening (but not a big deal in the Issan beer bars).

    Here is an excellent article explaining where the six trillion THB are coming from:

    Never too late to educate yourself, enjoy!

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    Mike Frenchie

    November 8, 2020 at 8:51 pm

    Change nothing… 14 days quarantine on the way back! Will not work…

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    murika

    November 8, 2020 at 9:08 pm

    thank to anutin the health minister, who gracefully offert his own golf resort as a solution to save thailand tourist industry, thailand is lucky to have such amazing politician with amazing ideas… 3000 high spendenr tourist will be enough to compensate 40 millions cheap ones, anutin said it, so it’s true

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    Ben

    November 8, 2020 at 9:54 pm

    Better than being stuck in a hotel room 24/7.

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    EdwardV

    November 8, 2020 at 11:08 pm

    A “lipstick on a pig” idea. Problem is the government has run out of ideas to help the tourist sector. They know they have to do something as it’s beginning to drag down the entire country. Golfers is playing at the margins, it won’t make a bit of difference even if they come. The STV idea, like all those before, is a failed idea everyone else saw coming. Tourists are not going to pay a premium to quarantine, fact is they don’t want to quarantine at all. It’s why most of the snow birds are spending this winter in places like Mexico, the Caribbean, and Africa. Places that don’t require any quarantine. Heck even the Chinese won’t come until the quarantine is gone, hence why Thailand is going to drop it for them come February. Other countries have opened and are keeping their numbers down. There are examples to look at and try to find one to emulate. Or just believe whatever the Chinese tell you and drop the quarantine and roll the dice. It’s not like they have lied about the virus in the past, Thailand can believe them 5555.

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    Khun plastic

    November 9, 2020 at 5:38 am

    Clutching at straws a bit that.
    Yes,many korean golfers travelled to thailand before the crisis however north east asian travellers are notoriously fickle.
    The slightest negative news and they will not travel overseas.
    Not sure how they are going to get to thailand even if they could.
    Suppose he is trying to be positive though in fairness.

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    dk

    November 9, 2020 at 11:25 am

    Sorry for my ignorance but do Chinaman ever play golf? In Chiang Mai I have not seen them but then who knows!

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      Toby Andrews

      November 9, 2020 at 12:38 pm

      Well I googled it dk and saw there were 358.000 golfers over 18 in China, which is tiny in a country of 1.393 billion (2018).
      Golf was one of the best places to play golf. It was cheap and the player could sometimes sleep with the caddies – female.
      However as with most things in Thailand, they killed the business by becoming too greedy.
      An American I knew who had a good side-line arranging transport, golf courses and opponents.
      He stopped because there were no takers. The golf course fees became too expensive.
      This was in Pattaya.
      Again the greedy Thai charged more, and ended up taking less.

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    Jack

    November 9, 2020 at 12:47 pm

    How about this… open the borders, no testing. If the hospitals begin to fill up with sick patients, maybe consider a mandatory face masks and no bars for a couple weeks…

    I doubt the hospitals even see a slight uptick in patients.

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    Nawin

    November 9, 2020 at 3:02 pm

    Jack, that is a good idea, but the fear has been implanted into the minds of most people via the tv and press. And that would apply to the whole world.
    If it was announced that the whole thing has been a giant scam, they (not all) would keep on being afraid. The whole thing has been a big scam and the covid virus hasn’t even been proven to actually exist. It has never been isolated once. And all you see are these CGI images of something which looks like those old style sea mines which were used to sink ships. Photos? No!

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Thailand hopes to begin production and administration of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine during the first 6 months of 2021. As part of a technology-transfer agreement signed by the Thai government, Siam Bioscience will be provided with the information for vaccine production. It then hopes to register the vaccine with Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration within the next 6 months.

The pharmaceutical group hopes to manufacture sufficient doses for Thailand and its ASEAN neighbours during the first half of next year. Nation Thailand reports that the initial plan is to produce 26 million doses for 13 million Thais. It’s understood the company has the means to manufacture 180 – 200 million doses a year, or 15 million a month. Opas Karnkawinpong from Thailand’s Disease Control Department says the country will need around 2 million doses a month, with the rest being exported to neighbouring countries.

Next month, the Vaccine Board is expected to confirm the priority groups who will receive the vaccine first. They are thought to be the elderly and those with underlying conditions, the same categories prioritised for the flu vaccine, and those most at risk of developing serious complications from Covid-19.

Research released this week shows that the AstraZeneca vaccine, developed in conjunction with Oxford University in the UK, has an efficacy rate of 70%, which increases to 90% if it’s administered first as a half-dose, then a full dose. The pharmaceutical giant is now in the process of submitting its results for approval by the Food and Drug Administration, both in the UK and Europe. The company says it wants to be able to distribute the vaccine to the world, at a rate of 3.1 billion doses a year.

Meanwhile, Australian carrier Qantas has confirmed it will require passengers to show proof of vaccination, once international travel resumes.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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No vaccine, no entry – the world’s next travel challenge

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UPDATE: Australia’s national airline has already said it will impose “proof of vaccine” on all inbound and outbound international flights, a situation that IATA says they are likely to follow. Read more HERE.

ORIGINAL POST: With the announcements this week about several vaccine candidate trials, either being completed or at the end of their Phase 3 testings, and the applications to government bodies for ‘emergency approval’, we now have to face the next question.

What restrictions will be imposed on those people who don’t have the vaccine, or even actively choose not to have the vaccine?

And more locally…

Will Thailand allow people to enter Thailand without first having the Covid-19 vaccine?

Given the Thai Government’s low-risk strategy, well almost zero-risk strategy, and reluctance to take any chances with a second wave of Covid 19, it is highly likely there will be a stipulation that anyone entering Thailand will need a vaccine certificate or stamp in their passports.

Couple this with the Thai population’s continued fear of allowing foreigners back into the country at this time, in poll after poll, and it’s a safe bet there will be a “no vaccine, no entry” restriction imposed.

On a positive note, the Thai government may drop the 14 day quarantine for people that have had the vaccine (but not in the early days).

At this stage we know that most of the vaccine trials have had a 95% efficacy. We also know that the leading BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine needs an original jab plus a booster and has to be transported at extremely low temperature.

To complicate matters, there is not yet sufficient evidence that having had a bout of Covid-19, whether asymptomatic or not, guarantees you immunity. Or, if it does, for how long?

All these factors will mean that some level of quarantine will probably be in force as the Thai government slowly re-opens its borders to a wider groups of vaccinated travellers. This would remain in force until the world has a better knowledge of both the proven efficacy of the vaccine, or vaccines, and the re-infection rates.

So, even if we start getting groups of the world’s populations vaccinated before the end of the year, and that’s still a very big IF, there’s a lot more water to pass under the bridge until a coherent, reliable vaccine strategy can be understood and implemented.

Then there will be a rump of people, either hard core anti-vaxxers, or others who are at least skeptical of a new vaccine, who will want to wait or not want the vaccine at all. Public education, some strong science and a successful roll out of the early vaccines will be a key to winning over a lot of the world’s population.

Somehow governments and health authorities are going to have to wind back much of the disinformation floating around the internet about vaccines that is so factually out of whack with reality, it’s going to be one of the greatest public health challenges of all time, to reassure people about the science of vaccines and vaccination.

All this, in the middle of a pandemic that, for now, is still on the ascendency as far as new cases and deaths are concerned.

But there is little doubt rejoining the world of international travel, even local travel, could become restricted to only those who are vaccinated. The rest will be stuck roaming around their own countries, or states, for… years with a raft of restrictions on their lives. Who knows.

Will shopping centres or public buildings also impose a “no vaccine, no entry” policy? Hotels? Public buildings? Job applications?

On top of the economic stress which has fallen on a lot of the world, with so many governments now facing the headwinds of deep recession, the vaccine ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’ will add even more public disquiet.

At this stage nobody is sure how the vaccine will be rolled out in Thailand. The Thai government has already signed up for several of the leading vaccine candidates and will most likely provide the vaccine for free to citizens under its public health system.

What does that mean for foreigners living here? If you are covered, with a work permit, under the country’s public health, are you able to get the vaccine for free too? Will the thousands of foreigners on private health insurance be covered?

Surely the insurers will want its customers to be vaccinated. Sick customers cost them money. So, will insurance renewals be limited to only people who have been vaccinated? Will visas be renewed only if you have been vaccinated?

At this stage there are no firm answers to any of these questions.

Added to all this confusion, there is more than one vaccine, and some of the vaccines work in a different way than others. So do airlines and governments and shops and hotels and bowling alleys allow one vaccine through their doors but not another?

We’re certainly now entering a new phase of this pandemic. New challenges, new questions. The rising numbers of cases throughout 2020 is only the first chapter of a book that will be many more years in the making.

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As news that US may acquire its first shipment of Covid vaccines in mid-December, Thailand may have to wait to share the vaccines as they will likely be made available to the US and Japan first, before the rest of the world. Pfizer and Moderna recently announced their vaccines were about 95% effective, with some countries starting to preorder the vaccines despite shipment challenges that include maintaining a low temperature during transport.

Already, the US and Japan have preordered 300 and 120 million doses respectively, according to Kiat Ruxrungtham, the director of Covid-19 vaccine research and development project of the Faculty of Medicine at Chulalongkorn University. But Thailand may have other options as Kiat said 11 other pharmaceutical companies are developing the vaccine that could be distributed on a large scale. Out of Thailand’s 7 potential Covid-19 vaccines, 2 have successfully completed the animal testing stage and will proceed to human testing starting in April 2021.

However, Kiat says BioNet-Asia Co’s vaccine may be lagging behind due to the short supply of vaccine precursors, as many have been bought by bigger companies. He adds that a team has been testing Cu-Cov19, an mRNA vaccine, on macaques at Chulalongkorn University’s National Primate Research Centre in Saraburi with BioNet-Asia being the centre’s partner.

He said the project does not had sufficient funding from the government, but the state is finding ways to preorder vaccines from Covax, a company working with the World Health Organization and cooperating with AstraZeneca and Oxford University.

Today, Thailand’s CCSA reports 2 new imported cases of Covid, 1 of which is a 5 month old Indian baby girl, bringing the total number of cases to 3,922 with 0 new deaths. The Centre for Covid Situation Administration reported that the girl arrived on November 11 on the same flight as 2 previously confirmed cases. The baby tested positive 5 days later, while displaying symptoms such as a fever and vomitting.

 

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