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Phuket Airport welcomes first 7 day quarantine travellers

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PHOTO: Thai Airways 747-400... not an Airbus (thanks, we know)

In the early hours of Saturday, a flight arrived at Phuket International Airport welcoming the first travellers to benefit from the reduced mandatory quarantine launched on April 1. The reduction of the isolation period is part of the 4 stages of fully reopening Thailand to international tourism, planned to roll out over the next 8 months (and probably into early next year).

The flight was a Thai Airways plane on a direct route from Frankfurt, Germany and landed at 6:30am this morning. The new quarantine scheme allows for vaccinated travellers to be quarantined for only 1 week, while those who are not yet vaccinated still will have a 10 day quarantine period, reduced from the 14 day isolation time the rest of the nation faces.

Senior airport management was there to welcome this much anticipated international flight, as the passengers offloaded and were brought through clearing procedures before officially being allowed to enter Thailand, along with the ubiquitous photo opportunities. Phuket Airport General Manager Thanee Chuangchoo viewed this as a symbolic representation of tourism being reborn in Thailand.

“We hope this will signal the start of tourists starting to return to Phuket and we are delighted to announce the international terminal at Phuket International Airport is now open as of 00:01 am on April 1.”

Thai Airways has announced two direct flights from Frankfurt to Phuket in April and May, today’s arrival being the first. The second is scheduled for May 7 with the same itinerary. There have not been any announcements yet of return flights leaving Thailand.

The Thai Airways plane, an Airbus 350, can carry 289 economy seats and 32 business seats. There has not been an official announcement of how many people were on board this flight. The airline is hoping to ease back into international travel with flights scheduled between Bangkok and several locations in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Philippines, UK, France, Germany, and Denmark in the next few months.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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    Ernest Lauderback

    Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 5:30 pm

    I plan to meet my fiance in Phuket. We plan a 7 day trip there and then fly to Bangkok for 7 days. My question is can I fly out of Bangkok or do I have to return to Phuket to fly home.

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    Mr J

    Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 6:39 pm

    Not confirming the total of passengers on the incoming flight, and how many are willingly going in to isolation doesn’t make a convincing return to tourism. I suspect that most will be people with wives and family or business owners who are coming for more than 2-3 weeks.
    As the next few weeks go by, and the government start seeing who is exactly coming off of these planes, I see them changing tact yet again in regards to who, and how they let people and families in. As children as yet are to be vaccinated, does this mean that vaccinated parents will have to still quarantine with their unvaccinated children?…I for one have pre-booked tickets for this coming July for my family, but as with many other potential holidayers on a short term stays, will not even bother when such ridiculous measures are in place….Ask for a negative Covid test 24hrs prior to entry, then fine, crack on. Failing that, I shall be changing my flexible tickets to the following time next year….If there’s any tourism in Thailand left?…

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    EdwardV

    Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 9:19 pm

    Two flights a month apart and unwilling to give a passenger count. Why I’m I not surprised? Oh that’s similar to all the other schemes, the STV and golf course quarantine plans. It’s one thing to bring in small group or two. You need a constant and large enough stream to reopen the tourist sector.

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    toby andrews

    Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 9:28 pm

    And what does the seven day quarantine cost?
    Is it the same per day as a 14 day quarantine?
    Is the seven day quarantine really seven days or do they tag on a day at the beginning, and a day at the end.
    Sorry to ask embarrassing questions, but my experience of Thais scams compel me to ask.

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    Bill

    Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 9:36 pm

    7 days prob means 8. Doesn’t matter tho, a few tourists isn’t gonna make up for the MILLIONS not coming under new ‘7 day plan’

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    J West

    Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 11:21 pm

    Earnest, Bangkok isn’t part of the scheme.

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    Don jones

    Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 11:52 pm

    Lots of the usual suspects have arrives in bkk after up to 16 day QT
    The usual desperate men

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    Don jones

    Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 11:54 pm

    7 days QT is actually 9 days as the QT period has to be a full 24 hour

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    Don jones

    Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 11:56 pm

    7 days QT is actually 9 day.First and last don’t count.lol

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    Tourist

    Sunday, April 4, 2021 at 1:51 am

    I have seen that the prices for a 10 day quarantine is the old price of the 15 day quarantine and the old 15 day quarantine has incresed in price. Also i have read today that many hotels will only let you book a 10 day quarantine even if you are vaccinated for travel in July and will refund the difference, however they will not say what the refund will be? Is this 10thb no-one knows…. would be good investigative news for Thai tiger to look into. United Kindom traveller hoping to arrive in Thailand fully vaccinated, 14 days thereafter etc….

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    EdwardV

    Sunday, April 4, 2021 at 9:29 am

    Interesting according to the BP: “ The flight carried 130 German tourists. Among them, 16 German travellers flied from there to Phuket. It is unknown if the others were transit passengers.” So it seems like the plane actually landed at BKK first and then flew on to Phuket? Only16 of them ended up in Phuket? Confusing and expected.

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    TV

    Sunday, April 4, 2021 at 8:46 pm

    What a bunch of negative people here; get a life…

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Field hospitals being established in Covid hot zones around Thailand

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Despite the confident posture and Songkran going ahead, amid restrictions, there is a lot of background activity which suggest the authorities are getting ready for a surge of new infections at the end of the Songkran break, officially this Thursday (but in reality, next Sunday at the end of the weekend when most people who travelled home will return for a resumption of work).

The Thai lunar new year celebrations – Songkran – are the largest mass movement of Thais each year, a source for a huge leap in road deaths and accidents. And, this year, a potential super-spreader event.

Quietly, at least 3,000 extra beds have been prepared in 10 field hospitals around Bangkok. The government has also confirmed that additional field hospitals are being set up in other potential ‘hot zones’, including Phuket, Chiang Mai, Chonburi and Hua Hin. Some of them were set up last year, and since closed, and now being prepared for new positive infections.

One Thai person who had been in one of the field hospitals put together a check-list of things to take IF you end up as an invited ‘guest’ HERE.

The CCSA say they are looking for additional beds in hotels and previous state quarantine facilities (where repatriating Thais were housed for their free quarantine) to be used if needed.

This year’s Songkran had bad timing, coming just a week after a number of major clusters were identified around some of Bangkok’s popular nightlife areas in 3 key inner city districts. Even before Songkran these isolated clusters had already spread into the provinces. In the weekend before Songkran the government had already listed 37 provinces which had instigated some form of paperwork or restrictions for people who had been in any of the 3 Bangkok districts.

The government also leapt on the source of the new outbreaks – bars, clubs and entertainment venues – and promptly shut them down for at least 2 weeks. At this stage it looks likely that that ban will be extended beyond the 2 weeks and, depending on the extent of new infections following the Songkran holiday, additional restrictions will also be added.

Even today the Civil Aviation Authority published a number of new in-flight restrictions for passengers – another blow to the hard-hit domestic aviation sector.

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Tourism officials slash Songkran travel expectations by half

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The TAT, ever the optimists regarding anything tourism related, even domestic tourism, predict that the Bangkok clusters that have emerged in the week before the Songkran break could reduce traffic and spending by up to half.

Today the CCSA is reporting 789 new infections and one additional death. 522 were local infections, mostly walk-ins to Bangkok hospitals, 259 were discovered through track and tracing. The remaining 8 were found in quarantine from overseas arrivals. In Phuket, another 17 cases have been reported today, taking the island’s week total to 43.

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A 68 year old man from Nakhon Pathom province died on April 4 but wasn’t reported until today. The CCSA report that he died from Covid and “complications”. 33 other former patients have recovered and been discharged.

Last week the TAT estimated 3.2 million domestic trips would circulate 12 billion baht for the Thai economy. But the Tourism Authority has now slashed their estimates by half after hotels, airlines and bus companies reported mass cancellations in the last few days. Other provinces are reporting less than 20% cancellations. Although this weekend will see a lot of travel, Songkran doesn’t formally start until next Tuesday and the TAT expect there could be additional fallout as travellers decide to have a staycation for Songkran instead heading home.

Bangkok Post reports that 70% of travellers to Prachuap Khiri Khan and Hua Hin have already cancelled hotel bookings. Similar cancellations have been reported in Pattaya, Phuket and Chiang Mai. Many other provinces, particularly in the north east and north, are also enforcing quarantine on arrivals or additional paperwork to try and protect their provinces from any of the Bangkok clusters.

8 north eastern provinces rare now requiring 10 or 14 day quarantine periods for anyone arriving from areas where new clusters have been reported. Chiang Mai provincial officials say that tourists from Samut Prakan, Nakhon Pathom, Bangkok, Pathum Thani and Nonthaburi – basically Bangkok and surrounding provinces – must complete a 14 day mandatory quarantine or conduct a test for Covid when they arrive.

The reality is that the travel and quarantine changes are outstripping the ability to communicate them all. Anyone crossing into other provinces in the next few day, especially if you’re travelling from Bangkok and surrounding provincial ‘red zones’ can expect some additional paperwork or a Covid test. Or even quarantine.

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Phuket student protests and is flunked as “not loyal to the nation”

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FILE PHOTO: Student protests led to one student not graduating due to being “not loyal to the nation, institution of the monarchy”

After participating in protests for student’s rights, a Phuket student was barred from graduating 9th grade, moving from middle school to high school, charged with being “not loyal to the nation, institution of the monarchy”. The student had advocated against mandatory uniforms and for student’s liberties. He told reporters that the school started paying attention to his actions last year when he participated in rallies in solidarity with students across Thailand. The school’s student affairs office received a copy of posts he made on social media encouraging others to join the cause. The school ordered a stop to his political actions, but he and his friends disregarded warnings and violated school rules when they handed out white ribbons to classmates. They received a warning from the student affairs office.

Student protests have increased after pro-democracy demonstrations surged in July last year, empowering many Thai people to speak out against injustices, including students’ rights and liberties. People from schools across the nation have been banding together in solidarity to bring their issues to public light.

On graduation day, all the students were promoted into high school, except for the one student protestor, says the Bad Student protest group. The theme of the day focused on dedication to the monarchy, country and religion, and specifically how students should be obedient. The student said he has received support from friends, but his parents remain neutral and his teachers have been completely silent on the matter. He is frustrated that he was punished for his right to express himself. He plans on testing with incoming students to re-enrol in the same school, and if he is not accepted because of the disloyalty charge, he will pursue legal ramifications, suing the school for blocking his right to an education over the student’s protests.

The student believes he needs to speak out to prevent school administrators from imposing on more students’ rights. He advocates for diversity in schools and ending prejudices, with increased liberties and freedoms for students.

“Schools must teach children to be able to think by themselves, not force children to think like them. Schools should create opportunities for students to express their ideas more freely.”

SOURCE: Prachatai

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