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The TAT have launched a new “one stop” shop for quarantine (Alternative State Quarantine) bookings in Thailand.

The new website is designed to be a single place for booking quarantine hotels during the time when arrival in Thailand is welcomed with a mandatory 14 day stay (which seems to end up as 15 days in many cases) in a government-qualified hotel. In this case the government have partnered with Ascend Travel to provide the services you’ll need for you ASQ stay.

You can check out the new website HERE.

TAT launch new Alternative State Quarantine

“The ASQ is the process of two-week quarantine at government-approved hotels in Thailand at traveler’s own expense. Every hotel is partnering a selected hospital to provide this service. ASQ is the type of quarantine hotels that are located in or around Bangkok. And ALQ is the same type of quarantine as ASQ just quarantine hotels in this list are located outside Bangkok.

These types of quarantine facilities must be used for several types of foreigners returning to Thailand as well as Thais preferring to quarantine at higher quality facilities at their own expense instead of using State Quarantine (SQ) facilities that are provided for them at no expense.”

Thailand currently requires quarantine for everyone arriving in the country, Thais or Foreign nationals. If you’re a foreigner the quarantine is at your own expense. The Thai government provides a free quarantine service for Thai national but they have the option to purchase an ASQ at their own expense if they want more something more luxurious than an old military camp quarters.

The new platform is in both Thai and English. There is over 100 ASQ/ALSQ registered hotels listed along with additional that meet all Thai Ministry of Public Health quarantine requirements.

The website contains a variety of information, not just based on quarantine, to help people looking to visit Thailand at this time. It also contains rules and restrictions for quarantine .

The Thai government have already speculated that there will be no opening of the borders in Thailand until at least April 2021. The recent outbreak in Samut Sakhon, and its current spread, will likely push that date down the track.

TAT launch new Alternative State Quarantine

NOTE: DO NOT make any bookings or arrangements to travel to Thailand before you contact the Thai Embassy or consulate in your home country.

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    Jason

    Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 2:56 pm

    No one is coming, especially now that Thailand has community transmission. No one wants to spend 15 days in overpriced quarantine to then go and see a lot of closed down shop fronts in what were tourist hub locations. I only hope that you can get back your own citizens and expats who could bolster the economy. I won’t be coming there without a vaccination.

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      Michael Engberg

      Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 3:36 pm

      I went to book an ASQ hotel and found many rooms fully booked so if you think no one is coming, you’re not really paying attention.

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      Issan John

      Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 7:40 pm

      You won’t? Splendid.

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      art

      Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 11:40 pm

      Totally agree. When the peoe are vaccinated, I will consider a visit.
      But they will have to open the tourism sector, otherwise there’s nothing to do, everything closed.
      And I will show my certificate and PCR but I am not wasting two weeks confined to a hotel bedroom. Joking!
      I’ll get a legit health insurance and it will explicitly EXclude covid – I won’t be needing it.
      Thailand doesn’t need me and I don’t need Thailand. Thailand has done itself no favours trying to rook the foreigner with demands rhey buy a property, or buy expensive and illegitimate insurance, or stay in a hotel where the visitor has no interest, or deposit money in a Thai bank.
      Joking.

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        BS

        Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 10:55 am

        True – thais has done all what they can to treat tourists as unwanted and the rip of is going on more greedy than ever ! – The ” dirty farangs” has other options in asia – Thais has nothing learned during the pandemic- stay 15 days in a hotel overpriced and ripped of ? completely insane then stay away –

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      babble

      Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 5:04 pm

      seriously, we dont need you anyway

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      S2k

      Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 12:31 pm

      I’m coming. Do I WANT to waste time in quarantine? No. But, I’m still going to do it.

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    Toby Andrews

    Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 3:00 pm

    What’s this 15 nights? It’s 14 nights, and they were talking about reducing that to 10 nights.
    Trust the greedy Thais to tag on an extra night.
    By the was Ascend travel website does not load. So much for making it simple.

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      Andrew Finley

      Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 5:02 pm

      It’s 15 nights 16 days, I start mine 11 January,

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        Issan John

        Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 7:46 pm

        Hope you’re getting the free wi-fi!

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          Bangkok John

          Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 12:36 am

          Are you bored kiddo? 🙂

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    gigi

    Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 4:02 pm

    Thinking of welcoming tourists at no cost for the quarantine period to restart the tourism sector … no eh?

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      Issan John

      Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 7:42 pm

      Ummm … correct. “No”.

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    Ray 2

    Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 4:58 pm

    Why not use the simple saliva to diagnose COVID-19? It has even been authorized by the Food and Drug Administration for emergency use. Just plain old common sense (as if common sense was common!) and am sure the tourist sector would be overjoyed at such news.
    I mean a trillion baht being lost once again is just plain dumb and makes no sense at all (common or otherwise!).

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      PHIL

      Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 2:11 am

      BECAUSE THIS TEST IS NOT RELIABLE LIKE RT-PCR.

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        thailandsucks

        Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 7:48 pm

        PCR tests are also unreliable as they over amplify the viral samples, creating many false positives and “asymptomatic” cases.

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      Jack Sombra

      Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 3:36 am

      They did use that just yesterday in government house,result? 6 false positives.

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    Wayne the geezer

    Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 5:45 pm

    Why do we any quarantine I have a covid test (blood test) every week at work takes 20 minutes for results simple the Thailand is never going to recover if they continue to rip people of I would be in thailand now for three months but due to all the paper work and 14-15 days stuck in a hotel at a cost of up to £2,000 no thanks.

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    Nipral

    Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 6:09 pm

    Stop you b.s. morons ! NONE will come ! Thai international tourism is DEAD ! Chew on that !!!

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      Toby Andrews

      Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 1:07 pm

      I’m chewing. mmmm easy to chew.
      You are right Thai tourism is dead.

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    Issan John

    Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 7:45 pm

    Why not? Well … umm … because no-one’s devised a test using saliva that works …

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      Ipaddressfunnycolors

      Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 11:23 pm

      But the “experts” created it.

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      S2k

      Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 12:37 pm

      Not one that picks up the viral RNA. But they do have highly-sensitive tests that pick up the antigens.

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    Art

    Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 8:02 pm

    I’d love to go to Thailand. The Thai govt has its motives – keep thai people safe and make some money – and I have mine – stay safe and have a fun holiday for a reasonable price.

    The Thai govt has its hurdles – and I have mine. Let’s look at them.

    Mine first.

    I won’t travel anywhere till I’m vaccinated. This should hopefully be by April, possibly September.
    I wont go until the borders are open because the infrastructure for tourists won’t be working.
    I won’t be staying 15 nights in a govt hotel, staring at the sea every day. And I won’t be paying more than I paid last year.

    As to their conditions.

    They should get their entire population vaccinated if they want me to visit them. Or at least recognise my vaccination certificate. One PCR is perfectly good enough for someone who’s been vaccinated.

    They should offer free medical insurance, or holiday insurance at a normal market price and accept cover from normal insurance providers recognised the world over. They should not require specific cover for covid because vaccine plus PCR means I will never need it.

    2021 will see the whole world open up to tourism. Most holiday destinations have spent the confinement upgrading their holiday offering. If Thailand wants my money, they had better wise up and get with the program.

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      Issan John

      Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 9:30 am

      I don’t think Thailand wants your money that badly – nor many other countries.

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        Toby Andrews

        Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 1:17 pm

        WRONG! 31 countries do.
        I told you before but you take noooo notice.
        I try and teach you the absolute minimum information on covid matters, but I might as well not bother.
        You have the memory of an Isaan gecko.

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          Issan John

          Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 2:48 pm

          Really, Toby?

          31 countries can give Art a “fun holiday” for no more than he paid here last year, have vaccinated their entire population, and will give him free medical insurance?

          Wow. They must be packed …..

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        Issan Hohn

        Monday, December 28, 2020 at 1:59 am

        Issan John. 555. Nonse fiddler

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    MineD

    Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 8:03 pm

    Excellent idea. I went through the site. It’s easy to use and understand. Nice work.

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    Ray 2

    Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 8:05 pm

    To IJ – go and tell the FDA, as you sound as if you know more than they do and have all of the medical qualifications – NOT!

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      Issan John

      Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 12:17 am

      Little bit of a problem there, as the FDA don’t agree with you!

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      Issan John

      Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 2:07 am

      No, not suggesting for a second I “know more”; just that once tested outside the lab, as it now has been, the results are very different – as the FDA suggested may be the case.

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    Mister Stretch

    Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 9:22 pm

    Actually, IJ, the US FDA did approve saliva tests earlier this year.

    SalivaDirect was a product of Yale University’s research team and was approved. It seems there are more than a few available now.

    Not sure how many people are using it though…the pic of the collector seems like an awful lot of saliva is required to sample. For one type of test at least 2mls of saliva are required.

    But, Ray2, I don’t see the advantage of spit over swab when it comes to tourism. They still need to quarantine for 14 days (or 15 or 16…whatever).

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      Issan John

      Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 12:52 am

      Agreed, Mr S, ‘yes’, they did and it was approved by the FDA for emergency use back in April, IIRC.

      It was part of the NHS trial for mass testing in Liverpool this month where it was widely criticised as being wildly inaccurate in “real world” rather than lab conditions (“Saliva tests for Covid-19, which are being introduced for NHS workers as part of the government’s mass testing programme, pick up only 13% of people with low levels of the virus and not 91%, as the official assessment has claimed, according to experts”).

      While the FDA “approved” it, as they did many other tests based on lab results, they didn’t guarantee its accuracy.

      Similarly, the rapid flow tests have been “approved” after lab tests, but they’ve also been found lacking in “real world” rather than lab conditions, failing to detect over half (51%) the positives detected in PCR tests.

      Great, simple cheap tests with quick results, just what’s needed … as long as you’re happy with that level of accuracy. Most aren’t, for rather obvious reasons.

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    Leo Z

    Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 9:35 pm

    Right. Let’s go to Thailand, say all the tourist wannabes in 2021, where they test 10,300 and find 1,100 infections. God forbid they tested 1-2 million, it’d look bad on the chart.

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      Issan John

      Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 2:03 am

      Why “test 1 – 2 million”?

      You don’t seem to understand the difference between targeted testing and mass testing.

      The whole point of targeted testing is that you test those who are track and traced as high, medium or low risk contacts rather than just a random group, however large.

      IIRC 44% of those in the high risk group tested positive, 23% in the medium risk group, and 10% overall.

      “1,100 infections” out of “10,300” tested, so 10%, is actually on the low side for track and trace, not just in Thailand but in the West as well, indicating that “they” are being particularly cautious and are getting the targeting right.

      It’s got nothing to do with an overall infection rate, as you seem to be suggesting.

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    Ringwood

    Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 10:33 pm

    Meanwhile Burmese passport holders aren’t allowed to fly not buy a bus ticket.

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      Issan John

      Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 9:26 am

      In Thailand?

      Do you have a source for that?

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      J West

      Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 3:30 pm

      Ring wood. Correct me if Im wrong but aren’t resident farang still banned from taking an interprovincial bus? Has that restriction been lifted? I can fly inside Thai, but I won’t because it isn’t safe, and if there isn’t a tourist focused beer bar open by the end of ‘21, who cares? After living and working here for decades, frankly, if I never see another fat bald pervert of any race, age or origin I’d say things were moving in the right direction. And seriously, I think most Thai would agree. Why should tourism in this country remain synonymous with drunks and degradation? So, let’s all back off on the good folk of Myanmar. They aren’t the problem.

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      Issan John

      Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 11:50 pm

      There’s never been any ban on “resident farang taking an interprovincial bus”.

      There were a number of restrictions on inter provincial travel several months ago, as there are now, but they applied to everyone – Burmese, Thai, any farang variant, and anybody else.

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    Ray 2

    Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 10:43 pm

    Hiya Stretch. I think the saliva antigen tests have been used by the Japanese for a long time. It takes about 2 hours and that’s it!
    Wonder why they aren’t being used in the likes of Thailand? Friends or friends of friends!

    And to be perfectly honest, there’s not many tourists who will fly all the way to spend their first 2 weeks in a room, are there! Not unless they’re studying being in solitude for a fortnight! Or a monk, maybe?!
    The Japanese have got it right.

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      Issan John

      Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 1:09 am

      “The Japanese have got it right”

      Over 3,000 deaths, and a steady increase in cases for the last 3 months, peaking at over 3,800 cases in one day, yesterday?

      … and that’s getting it right?

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      Geoff

      Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 8:42 am

      Perhaps keep up to date with what is happening in Japan at the moment?
      It was the same when people were saying how good Sweden was doing.
      “Foot in mouth” seems to be more prevalent than Covid here.

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        Issan John

        Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 9:49 am

        Exactly, Geoff – but, unbeluevably, some here insist that Sweden have got it wrong admitting they got it wrong!

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    London Al

    Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 11:22 pm

    Seems like some of the contributors aren’t aware of something called a vaccine, it is injected into individuals who then become immune to Covid, it’s not 100% but in tandem with testing it is a foolproof way of ensuring tourists are Covid free and therefore eliminates the need for quarantining.

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      Issan John

      Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 1:22 am

      London A1, how does the vaccination contribute anything to “ensuring tourists are Covid free”?

      Have the manufacturers ever said that their vaccines stop transmission?

      Or even reduce transmission?

      Or even suggested that their vaccines reduce transmission?

      Even a little bit?

      If they haven’t (and unfortunately they haven’t) that would seem to suggest very clearly that they don’t, which would mean that while those vaccinated may have no problem with Covid (or at least less problem), that nothing’s changed for anyone else.

      That would mean that rather than being “foolproof” it would just be “foolish”.

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    Ipaddressfunnycolors

    Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 11:25 pm

    can’t bring it in from outside but it’s ok to spread domestically… and of the 10,000ish new cases(because there’s plenty of people who caught but are not getting tested)

    And no one is seriously ill or dying.

    But lockdowns… to get that imf money because that’s the requirement for imf money.

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      Issan John

      Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 1:42 am

      Why do you think “it’s ok to spread domestically”?

      If it’s “ok”, why do you think the targeted testing is taking place, the positive are being quarantined, and the ill hospitalised? Why do you think travel restrictions are already imposed, and quarantines enforced?

      … and it’s actually 1,000ish new cases, not “10,000ish” because the testing is targeted rather than random, as you seem to imagine.

      … and actually plenty are “seriously ill” and hospitalised rather than just quarantined – over 1,700 at the last count, including 500 of those from the Samut Sakhon outbreak, as has been widely reported (including by the Thaiger) although none are “dying” yet which is understandable given the demographic.

      … and, like the rest of your comments, the idea that “lockdowns” are a “requirement for imf money” is complete fantasy – if it’s a “requirement”, give any reliable source for that.

      Any at all.

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        Ipaddressfunnycolors

        Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 2:34 am

        There are zero reports that I have read about hospitalized people. Only “cases” of positive tests

        I’ll work on that imf lockdown comment i made in a future article.

        I looked it up Already and will provide more info tomorrow.

        What I found without digging, the imf on its own website explains what and why the funds, and how to ensure the funds are appropriately used.

        You get money when you follow their requirements because the pandemic has created incredible problems, such as feeding people who are out of a job because of forced business closures.

        I can’t post links here.

        You never gave a coherent details answer about how the experts disagree that lockdowns don’t work and cause more problems than they solve.

        The basic premise is, no job = no money = no food

        Explain how this premise is wrong and why the expert disagree here?

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          Issan John

          Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 8:14 am

          1.”There are zero reports that I have read about hospitalized people. Only “cases” of positive tests”

          From the Thaiger two days ago, “81 New Covid Infections”:

          “21 have been discharged in the past 24 hour reporting period, and 1,713 patients remain in hospital.”

          What part can’t you read?

          2. “I’ll work on that imf lockdown comment i made in a future article.”

          Good luck. I’ll wait for a quote.

          3. “What I found without digging, the imf on its own website explains what and why the funds, and how to ensure the funds are appropriately used.”

          So what? That doesn’t mean they won’t give funds without a lockdown if it’s not required.

          4.”You get money when you follow their requirements because the pandemic has created incredible problems, such as feeding people who are out of a job because of forced business closures.”

          Yes, as you say “THE PANDEMIC HAS CREATED INCREDIBLE PROBLEMS”! That doesn’t mean the lockdowns are worse than the pandemic and aren’t necessary.

          5. “I can’t post links here.”

          No need. A quote is enough, as it can be used to search for the source.

          6. “You never gave a coherent details answer about how the experts disagree that lockdowns don’t work and cause more problems than they solve.”

          How more coherent can I be?

          The experts don’t disagree, they disagree WITH YOU. No experts say that. NONE.

          It’s not possible to quote someone saying something they didn’t say!

          7. “The basic premise is, no job = no money = no food

          Explain how this premise is wrong and why the expert disagree here?”

          The premise isn’t “wrong”, but THERE’S NO BETTER ALTERNATIVE.

          See point 6, above – the experts don’t disagree, they disagree WITH YOU!

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    Issan John

    Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 2:29 am

    One major advance that could change things at least as quickly as the vaccines, if not a lot quicker, is progress by AstraZeneca in the UK with their “storm chaser” trials to develop a cure for Covid in the form of a couple of injections for anyone who’s symptomatic.

    If successful (initial, limited trials are apparently 100% successful) there’d be no need to wait until everyone was vaccinated as all that would be needed until then would be sufficient stocks to treat any outbreaks.

    “The antibody therapy would confer instant immunity against the disease and could be given as an emergency treatment to hospital inpatients and care home residents to help contain outbreaks.”

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    William

    Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 8:34 am

    Ij is just an annoying blowhard at this point.

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    Geoff

    Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 8:47 am

    Perhaps TAT can give some estimate examples of how much the total cost would be for people wanting to come here through their one stop shop system?
    I’m joking of course.

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    Issan John

    Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 10:55 am

    Why “joking of course”?

    The website gives the prices once you log in and input what you want and when.

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    Kevin

    Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 11:59 am

    I’m in London U.K. now , the complications of requirements just to get to Thailand are just ridiculous.
    If they made it easier I would consider doing the 15 days quarantine, but it’s like a red tape minefield the process , yet I can go to Dubai no covid test result needed in London , get a free covid test in Dubai , go quarantine hotel get results in 6 – 12 hours if negative can go .
    Much talk of 2022 return in Thailand I hope that’s wrong .

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      Issan John

      Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 9:21 pm

      Agree with you 100% about the red tape.

      Why not just say that if you do the 14 / 15 / 16 days then you can have a 90 day tourist visa / a non-imm ‘O’ / retirement extension / whatever?

      What’s the point of everything else, particularly when Thai returnees don’t even need the pre-flight test?

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    Khun John

    Monday, December 28, 2020 at 9:37 am

    It’s actually 16 days in ASQ and you feel every single day of it. I do wish news sites like Thaiger would provide accurate information in this regard, as all you need to do to research it is look at the ASQ packages for the mandatory 15-nights and conclude that 15-nights requires 16-days. Why we are kept an additional 2-3 days after our final negative covid test remains an unpleasant mystery. It is my sincere hope that the government consider reducing the mandatory quarantine period from 16 days to 14 days, a length of time that is viewed as sufficient by governments the world over. The additional 2 days of solitary confinement manages to increase suffering without increasing safety and should be reconsidered.

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    joy

    Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 9:47 pm

    I don’t understand, after having done a state quarantine in ASQ hotel in Samut Prakan with 2 negative RT PCR tests I have to do another provincial quarantine just to drive 230 km to home my wife in Sakaeo. AMAZING THAILAND. AMAZING QUARANTINE.

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Culminating 2 weeks of mass confusion over the apparent mandatory self-quarantine for arrivals to Phuket from Bangkok and other high risk provinces, Phuket’s provincial communicable disease committee has agreed to lift the mandatory 14 day quarantine “to help boost the local economy hit by the Covid-19 pandemic”.

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In 2 weeks not a single person has reported to The Thaiger that they had been forced to self-quarantine. Last night, when checking in at Suvarnabhumi airport for a Thai VietJet flight to Phuket, the person at the Check-In counter told the passenger (we’ll call them Mic to protect their identity) they would have to serve 14 days in state quarantine upon arrival in Phuket. Mic, surprised, asked for some sort of confirmation of this from airline management or information from the Phuket Provisional officials. None was forthcoming. Nothing more was said or communicated to the passengers.

When the plane landed in Phuket officials checked that passengers had completed the Mor Chana app and scanned their phones after they’d completed the gophuget.com registration. And that was it. No mention of quarantine.

The situation has been repeated by other Thaiger staff over the past 2 weeks as well, but without any mention of quarantine during the check-in or boarding procedures with various airlines. In all cases they flew from Suvarnabhumi or Don Mueang airports.

Phuket’s Governor Narong Woonciew says the decision to ease the Covid-19 restrictions for visitors followed calls from the business community seeking to lure visitors to Phuket. (The Thaiger wonders if any of these officials had actually travelled over the past 2 weeks)

Local businesses met with provincial authorities on Friday proposing an end to the mandatory quarantine period “for people travelling from certain high-risk areas” in the hope of “stimulating the tourism industry”. The proposal was less about stimulating and more about raising the industry from its current flatline.

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Phuket has has a triple hit. The first when the borders were closed in April and the international airport closed. The second was when December arrived, the start of the busy tourist high-season. The third was the new restrictions added 2 weeks ago in response to the 2nd wave of clusters that started on December 20, tripling the total number of Covid infections in the country in just over a month.

According to Bangkok Post, Sarayuth Mallum, president of the Phuket travel industry council, says… “strict disease control measures remain necessary to protect local people and tourists from contracting the virus”.

Somehow, the mandatory quarantine requirement instructions never reached the airport officials. But, for now anyway, the “restrictions” have been lifted anyway. What was you experience arriving in Phuket over the past week? Were you asked to conduct a mandatory 14 day self-quarantine?

In the meantime the struggling domestic airlines have been forced to massively cancel or reschedule flights. Over the past 2 days most airlines only had 1 or 2 flights to and from Phuket and Bangkok, down from the 4 – 10 daily flights some airlines were offering.

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More about the direct effects on the island of Phuket…

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A young man armed with a knife allegedly robbed a convenience store in Ladprao district of Bangkok, stealing 1,800 baht. Before fleeing on a motorcycle, he apologised to the staff, saying “Sorry. I’ve a kid”.

It’s really hard to find a thief with good manners these days.

The female staff who was in the store when the man came in told the reporter that she saw the man in a cream shirt with short sleeves, walking in the store and carrying a bag. He suddenly pointed the knife to threaten the staff for money. The terrified staff walked to the cashier counter and gave him money.

After checking CCTV cameras, police say the thief is between 25-30 of his age, and was not wearing a face mask. He was seen parking his motorcycle in front of the store before entering. He appeared to be carrying what looked like a fruit packing knife. The police are now tracking him down.

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He recommends that people should not rely solely on the vaccines alone because uncertainty will remain during the roll out phase of the new inoculations.

“The best way to protect themselves is to practice basic safety standards as we usually do today… wearing face masks all the time when going outside and in crowded venues, regularly washing hands, and maintain social distancing.”

On his Facebook page, Dr. Young cited the case of Hepatitis B vaccines that claimed between 94-95% efficacy. But after use on mass populations, its efficacy dropped to about 80%. He believes this trend will be the same as Covid-19 vaccines.

“Although the manufacturers claim the vaccines’ high efficacy, that is just the laboratory results. In practice, several variables may cause lower effectiveness of the vaccines.”

He also says that the real effectiveness of Covid-19 vaccines, both the American from Pfizer and the Chinese from Sinopharm will be known soon after the populations of Israel and UAE have been inoculated in large numbers already.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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