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145 people on the new Special Tourist Visa arrived in Bangkok yesterday from Guangzhou, China, the second group after Thailand’s 7 month ban on international tourists. 39 people on the new long stay visa arrived last week, a small, yet significant step forward for Thailand as it pries open the borders for tourists, albeit with a lot of paperwork, restrictions AND the 14 day quarantine.

The country went from welcoming millions of tourists each month before the pandemic to zero from late-March until a few weeks ago. In 2019, nearly 40 million tourists visited Thailand.

All the tourists passed the Covid-19 screening upon arrival at the Suvarnabhumi Airport. They are now required to go through a 14 day quarantine at an approved hotel or facility before travelling the country.

The tourists were on the same China Southern Airlines flight as 118 foreigners with Thai work permits who were entering Thailand for business purposes, according to the airport’s deputy director Kittipong Kittikachon. 16 Thais were also on the flight, travelling back home from China.

While some have been concerned that opening the borders to foreign tourists could cause another outbreak (even though the tourists are also required to quarantine), Kittipong says there is “no chance” that the coronavirus will spread from the tourists. He says strict health measures are in place and the tourists are coming from areas that are considered a “very low risk” with no recent local transmissions of the virus.

SOURCE: Pattaya News

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    harry1

    October 27, 2020 at 12:14 pm

    no surprises another batch of Chinese ? what becomes of the expat who live here and trying to re-join their families, also contribute to local economy. strange values being implemented

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    EdwardV

    October 27, 2020 at 12:40 pm

    “ with no recent local transmissions of the virus.” – and how is this known, why because the Chinese say so. Of course there is no reason to doubt them, it’s not like they have a history of lying about things like this.

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    Amelia

    October 27, 2020 at 1:54 pm

    “High risk” “low risk” whats the matter.. everybody needs to go through 14 da quarantine which I do not mind, just allow me to see my fiance,please..
    Why they are prioritising rich tourists over desperate and heartbroken people who are willing to go through all this paperwork in order to see their loved ones.. this virus is not going anywhere we need to live with it.

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      Martin Walker

      October 27, 2020 at 2:30 pm

      we need to see our loved ones please

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    willem H

    October 27, 2020 at 1:58 pm

    “Very Low risk country’s” What a bu.s.ht reason. Thousands of Thais came back from all over the world. Many came from high risk countries. Thais are not even tested prior to their flight. And still no local transmitting and spreading of the virus occurred after their quarantine.

    Thailand: Let the expats come back. Many have lived there for many years and have their loved once, property etc in Thailand. I fully agree with harry1

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      TS

      October 27, 2020 at 3:39 pm

      I know three Thais whom repatriated in August from three US states. All had to jump thru multiple hoops. All were pre & post flight tested for covid and needed to present ‘free to fly’ certs and Thai consulate permission letters. One missed the quota of her possible flight- had to start over from the get go.
      All quaratined 2 wks at no expense to themselves in bkk. Timing was everything- not for the faint of heart. The days of booking a flight and ‘getting gone’ for the fun of it are over. Who knows if they’ll ever return?

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    Turtle's Head

    October 27, 2020 at 2:23 pm

    All countries are low risk.
    The virus is a load of bollocks!

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    Mike Frenchie

    October 27, 2020 at 2:49 pm

    Thai should start testing… they will be surprised. Like deep Africa, no testing is no problem…

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    Gosport

    October 27, 2020 at 3:38 pm

    Appreciation for Thai policymakers. You let the world know humanity matters.

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    Nawin

    October 27, 2020 at 3:49 pm

    Never thought Thailand would go full on anti-foreigner (yes, all foreigners), racist and so pro Chinese. What on earth is going on here?
    Imagine the sentiment thrown at another country carrying out such anti-human acts?
    You can enter, and those with solid relationships and property carried out legally and lawfully cannot enter.
    And yes, before any SJW’s step in, it is NOT the good Thai people’s themselves letting this happen, but a bunch of crooks (__________ please add whatever term you prefer) with deep pockets and out dated beliefs on what is reality in the 21st century.

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    Sylvia

    October 27, 2020 at 11:18 pm

    What about those who have already bought condos in Thailand and have a legal retirement visa but are unable to return … This is an
    insane situation .. wealthy tourists are being poached to come to Thailand but residents like me are treated badly … I test negative ..
    I can be tested again on arrival .. what’s the problem ? For sure it’s going to make many expats who chose Thailand as a retirement country to reevaluate the situation once this crisis is over.

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    Frank Dieter

    October 28, 2020 at 3:40 am

    Why can I not return to my partner??? I am virus free tested but not Chinese, they never came by chartered flight, never stay 90 days as per STV , they are Chinese …need i say more, love of China, every other Asian country is being trod on by China, Thailand the only country as Chinese want CanL through Thailand to trade Pakistan, need food asChina starving, Swine fever killed all Pigs , harvest ruined by locusts, fishing in other Asian country seas, as far as South America, China has real problems will crush any Asian country that gets in its way ……more trouble for Thailand just around the corner

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    Nipral

    October 28, 2020 at 5:59 am

    Gee !!! Over 200 tourists already. The season starts early !!! Prayut is a genius and overbooked hotels, retaurants, retailers, beaches and airlines are thrilled. Billions will be pouring on the country (and gov. members…) soon. None unemployed anymore. Protests will stop.
    Thanks mr pm, smile !

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    Charlie price

    October 29, 2020 at 2:33 pm

    This bullshit thai insurance is another scam to line the pockets of a government official. Most travel insurance products are underwritten in London New york and Geneva . Why should i have to buy a second rate product from Bangkok when i have a vperfectly adaquate policy that
    Covers covid 19 from AXA insurance company

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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Court acquits PM Prayut Chan-o-cha, allowing him to stay on at military residence

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PM Prayut Chan-o-cha will be staying in office and at his military residence. Bangkok’s Constitutional Court ruled today that the prime minister and former Thai general and commander of the Thai Army has not violated the charter by occupying a military-owned residence. The court says under military regulations, former officers can remain at their Army residence after their retirement at the discretion of the Thai Army commander.

Pro-democracy protesters have been pushing on Prayut to resign since July, along with calling for a rewrite of the 2017 Constitution together with reform of the government and role of the monarchy. Recently, Prayut was accused of violating the Constitution by staying at an official Army residence, rent-free, after his ‘retirement’ as General Prayut in 2014. Some say the tenancy represents a conflict of interest and the prime minister was abusing his power. A guilty ruling would’ve potentially put an end to his premiership.

Sections 184 and 186 of the Thai Constitution forbid a government minister from “receiving any special money or benefit from a government agency, state agency or state enterprise apart from that given by the government agency, state agency or state enterprise to other persons in the ordinary course of business.”

Prayut told the court that he was staying at the residence at the First Infantry Battalion of Royal Guards because his home in Baan Phitsanulok was being renovated and that his security team suggested he live at the Army residence for safety, a source told Nation Thailand.

Similar housing has been provided to former Army chiefs who are now members of the Cabinet, Privy Council and Parliament, according to the Royal Thai Army. They add that the residence was provided to Prayut because the prime minister “deserves the honour and security it provides.”

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Thai Airways to resume flights from Bangkok to Chiang Mai and Phuket

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After nearly 9 months on the ground due to the coronavirus pandemic, along with problems balancing their accounts, Thai Airways will resume flights between Bangkok and Chiang Mai as well as Bangkok and Phuket later this month. The flights will start back up on Christmas day.

Flights from Bangkok to the 2 key tourist provinces have been grounded since April 1. Starting December 25, the airline will run 3 flights a week on both routes. A source told the Bangkok Post that the new schedules will run until at least February 28.

Thai Lion Air, Thai Air Asia, Nok Air, Thai Smile, VietJet Air and Bangkok Airways have returned to the domestic skies since July and slowly adding frequency to their routes.

In addition to resuming the domestic flights, the Thai Airways is relaunching some international flights from January 1 to March 27 including weekly flights to Frankfurt, London, Copenhagen, Sydney, Seoul, Manila, Taipei and Osaka. Flights from Bangkok to Tokyo will be available 3 times a week and flights from Bangkok to Hong Kong will be available every day.

Thai Airways has been tackling bankruptcy throughout the lockdown and trying to make up for more than 300 billion baht in losses. Since many flights were suspended due to travel restrictions, Thai Airways has tried to make money by business ventures on the ground, like a pop-up restaurant serving in-flight meals and selling off unwanted equipment from their warehouse. There also disposing of much of their older fleet, including all of their Boring 747-400s.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Court to deliver verdict on PM’s military residence this afternoon

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Security is expected to be extremely tight at Bangkok’s Constitutional Court today, as the ruling in the matter of the PM’s residence is delivered. Prayut Chan-o-cha is accused of violating army rules by occupying a military residence rent-free, despite having retired from the army in 2014. Critics say his tenancy represents a conflict of interest. Should the court agree with them, it will spell the end of his premiership, something pro-democracy protesters have been calling for since July.

Thai PBS World reports that the court has issued a statement to confirm that only approved parties will be allowed in the courtroom, including the PM, the complainant, and relevant lawyers and officials. The case was brought earlier this year, following a request from the leader of the Pheu Thai opposition party, Sompong Amornwiwat. The court has confirmed the verdict will be broadcast on its You Tube channel from around 3pm, meaning the public can watch it live.

Bangkok authorities are apprehensive about potential unrest should some parties disagree with the court’s findings. Piya Tavichai from the Metropolitan Police Bureau has confirmed that hundreds of police officers will be on duty, in and around the court buildings, with the front entrance already sealed off. A planned rally by the anti-government protest group, Ratsadon, has now been switched to the Lad Phrao Intersection, in the Chatuchak district of the capital.

We’ll all know the decision around 3pm this afternoon.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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