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Thailand News Today | Another visa extension approved, Thai Airways goes retail | March 31

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Thai Immigration has extended the current visa extension visas for people who are still stuck in the country. The Thai Immigration Bureau announced the news through an urgent public memo yesterday. The previous extension allowed those visa holders to stay until the end of March. The new extension lasts for 60 days, which would allow people to stay until July 27.

The US State Department is telling non-essential diplomats from Myanmar to leave, after hundreds of anti-coup protesters have been killed. Since the February 1 coup by Myanmar’s military, which removed leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy from elected power, an estimated 520 people have been killed.

The former leader of the now disbanded Future Forward Party has appeared at a Bangkok police station to face a charge of lèse majesté. Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, now leader of the Progressive Movement, appeared at Nang Loeng Police Station to acknowledge the charge, also known as section 112 of the Criminal Code.

The Thai PM says he’s willing to consider a call from the Phuket business community to allow vaccinated foreigners to bypass quarantine from July this year in the so called ’sandbox model’. Prayut Chan-o-cha says in order to compete with other countries popular with tourists, Phuket plans to re-open fully to vaccinated foreigners from July, meaning the government must make sure the country’s vaccine rollout is on track.

Meanwhile…. The CCSA today has reported 42 new Covid infections, 24 local infections and 18 imported cases, raising the total since last year to 28,863.

Who doesn’t miss the taste of a Thai Airways in-flight meal? For those that are craving Thai Airway’s catering, fear not, help is on the way. In fact you’ll be able to have it any time you like as soon as Songkran is over. How about the halal chicken biryani and Fermented shrimp chilli paste with sweet pork, and crispy-fluffy fish? Thai Airways are going to be providing some of their favourite meals to 7-11 stores around the country.

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    J West

    Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 8:30 pm

    The honest visa holders who obeyed the September 26 2020 immigration order to leave must be furious seeing the laggards and scofflaws allowed an open ended stay. So many still barred entry can’t access real estate holdings, accounts, personal items, even family reunification as retirement visas expired outside Thailand and not available anymore. No country denies entry to its own citizens so what is the reason for yet another extension.

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    toby andrews

    Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 11:02 pm

    Every one is very coy about what a 60 day extension costs. I cannot find it on the internet .
    What is it??
    B2000, B30000, B5000??

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      Thaiger

      Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 8:32 am

      1,900 baht

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    Issan John

    Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 12:34 am

    “The US State Department is telling non-essential diplomats from Myanmar to leave”

    NO IT ISN’T!!!

    It’s telling ITS OWN non-essential diplomats from the USA to leave Myanmar!

    Un-B-frigging-lievable – again!!! 😢 😅 😢 😅 😢

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    Issan John

    Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 12:44 am

    “Every one is very coy about what a 60 day extension costs. I cannot find it on the internet .”

    Hardly “everyone”, Toby – no need to broadcast your inability.

    From the article in the Thaiger: “The new visa extension’s cost is 1,900 baht”.

    The same fee as for other visa extensions.

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    Issan John

    Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 12:59 am

    “So many still barred entry can’t access real estate holdings, accounts, personal items, even family reunification as retirement visas expired outside Thailand and not available anymore”

    Neither valid nor fair, J West.

    Anyone can still access their “accounts” here, even if abroad – that’s never changed.

    Apart from condos, foreigners can’t own “real estate” here and very, very few countries give right of entry / residency during Covid or at any other time based just on property ownership.

    … and “family reunification” has always been possible for those married to a Thai with a marriage visa.

    … and “personal items”?

    Seriously?

    So anyone should be allowed back in who left some dirty laundry behind?

    “No country denies entry to its own citizens so what is the reason for yet another extension.”

    Money – they’re still spending it!!!

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    murika

    Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 10:28 am

    even in the middle of the night issan john will fight those who dare criticize the almighty kingdom of thailandia, well done knight of siam, don’t let anyone put a shadow on our homeland of purity and truth

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    toby andrews

    Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 11:58 am

    I saw the B1900, but no where did it state it was for 60 days.
    Thanks Thaiger.
    I John will now be frantically searching the internet now to prove me wrong, and show what great intelligence he has.
    Here in Cambodia, the cuddly Cambodians sell me a three month visa for B2660, and that is using an agent.
    I don’t do standing in line.
    You I John seem to me like a stand in line man – true?

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    Issan John

    Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 2:20 pm

    No lines at immigration up here, Toby.

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The Thai government has resolved to ‘manage’ its way out of the current Covid outbreak. There won’t be lockdowns or curfews, but there will be earlier closing times and alcohol bans to help provinces stem the growth in new infections. The past 3 days of reporting new infections in Thailand are the highest numbers since the start of the Covid-19 outbreak.

The bulk of the Songkran holiday traffic will surge back into the capital today and tomorrow, a situation the government is carefully monitoring.

The CCSA have designated 18 red zones. The rest of the country remains an orange zone, although these could be modified as the CCSA deem necessary. Provincial governors are also adding local variations to the restrictions.

The Red Zone provinces are…

1. Bangkok
2. Chiang Mai
3. Chon Buri
4. Samut Prakan
5. Prachuap Khiri Kan
6. Samut Sakhon
7. Pathum Thani
8. Nakhon Pathom
9. Phuket
10. Nakhon Ratchasima
11. Nonthaburi
12. Songkhla
13. Tak
14. Udon Thani
15. Suphanburi
16. Sa Kaeo
17. Rayong
18. Khon Kaen

The new restrictions come into force from tonight (Saturday) at midnight and will stay in force for at least 2 weeks. If new infection rates continue to rise over the next few days it’s likely the 2 week circuit breaker will be extended, and more restrictions applied.

All nightlife, entertainment venues, bars and clubs are being shut around the country, for red and orange zones for the 2 weeks. Same with schools, although most schools are already on an extended Songkran break.

There is no curfew but with just about everything being closed from 11pm, and no bars or pubs to go to, it may as well be a curfew.

The Thai PM acknowledged yesterday that the government “had learned from the past how damaging a blanket lockdown could be” for small and large businesses, but that the earlier lockdowns had been successful in containing the outbreak last year.

The PM also noted the government’s success after the so-called 2nd wave which started around the coastal seafood industry markets in Samut Sakhon, saying that they were able to successfully rein in the numbers with targeted restrictions and public health management.

Over the past full week, the PM said, he had been directing the national fight to contain the outbreak and attempts to speed up the vaccination rollout.

The government, knowing full well that Songkran travel would exacerbate the spread of the clusters, allowed the holiday to go ahead and families re-unite for the annual celebration, weighing up the economic cost of another total Songkran travel ban.

Popular holiday and expat locations – including Chiang Mai, Phuket and Pattaya – are taking their own steps in addition to the national government’s announced restrictions.

In Pattaya, the Mayor has announced that the city’s popular post-Songkran events will be cancelled for Sunday and Monday, including the Wan Lai Naklua Festival and Kong Khao ritual. But the kite festival and SME Connext goods expo will continue until they conclude on Monday.

In Chiang Mai, the Governor is advising people to avoid travel to 5 districts – Muang (city area), San Sai, Hang Dong, Saraphi and San Kamphaeng.

In Phuket, the provincial officials have instructed all schools to switch to online classes (the majority of the island’s schools are on break at the moment anyway). Exams can go ahead but with Covid precautions in place.

Acknowledging that tourists are currently on the island, the officials are also doing random checks of hotels around Phuket to make sure staff and guests are adhering to standard Covid precautions.

FULL LIST OF PRECAUTIONS (starting at 1 minute past midnight Sunday, April 18)

Across all provinces…

• Closures of schools, all nightlife venues, pubs and clubs, karaoke bars and massage parlours

(except for international schools running exams)

• No events can have more than 50 people

Provincial red zones (listed below)…

• Dining-in allowed until 9pm (but can do takeaway until 11pm)

• Serving of alcohol banned

• Shopping centres and fitness centres to be closed by 9pm

(Sporting fields, exercise places, gyms and fitness clubs must close at 9pm)

• Convenience stores, markets, supermarkets must be closed by 11pm

Everywhere else…

• Dining-in allowed until 11pm

• Serving of alcohol banned

• Shopping centres to be closed by 9pm

Additionally, people are being discouraged from traveling to “Red Zone” provinces. Businesses are also being ‘asked’ to allow staff to work from home or introduce other measures to minimise risk of infection at the workplace. These workplace and travel ‘advisories’ will certainly be ramped up if the number of daily cases continue to rise.

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The already-strained Samut Prakan provincial hospital isolated 17 medical staff members today after a patient was dishonest about interaction with a Covid-19 infected patient. The patient was not forthcoming with details about coming in contact with a person that had been diagnosed with the Coronavirus. As a result, the hospital announced the mandatory quarantine of 17 medical staff members who had come in close proximity with the patient. In total, 2 doctors, 6 medics, and 9 nurses had to be relegated to self-isolation and removed from the hospitals already thinly spread staff roster.

In a Facebook post just 2 days ago, the hospital announced a sweeping reduction in services to handle the increase in Covid-19 infections. They announced they will no longer take customers from outside of the Samut Prakan province, nor are they doing any surgical procedures that are not urgent. They are advising only the sickest patients come to the hospital in person, offering a mail service with the post office to send medications and fill prescriptions.

Losing 17 medical staff members – doctors, nurses and medics – at such a crucial time will put a heavy strain on the hospital, especially if Covid-19 infections continue to spread. Samut Prakan province reported 27 local Covid-19 infections plus 13 more who transferred to Samut from other provinces, for a total of 40 new Coronavirus cases today alone.

The hospital reminded everyone that failure to disclose information about your Covid-19 infection or contact with any infected people or high-risk location can be prosecuted. Violators may be punished by up to 20,000 baht in fines and possible further legal action. The provincial hospital issued several requests for truthfulness on their Facebook page, stressing that dishonesty harms your own medical care, along with the much-needed medical staff, and only helps proliferate the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic’s third wave in Thailand.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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In today’s episode we look at… CCSA announced 1,582 new Covid infections across Thailand in the past 24 hours, 18 provinces are to be designated as red zones, Thailand’s mercurial Public Health Minister says he is “confident” the Kingdom can overcome the current Covid-19 crisis without imposing a nationwide lockdowns and insists the AstraZeneca vaccine will remain Thailand’s primary Covid vaccine,

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