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Despite shortening the required quarantine time for visitors to Thailand, those who are vaccinated won’t be able to skip quarantine just yet. Recently, the Thai government shortened quarantine times from 14 days to 10 starting April 1, but have not announced when or it vaccinated tourists will be able to forego quarantine altogether.

The move to shorten quarantine was to attract more foreign visitors, but it applies to both Thai nationals and foreigners arriving from abroad. But the quarantine length is dependent upon where they are arriving from. Travellers from certain countries, which have seen multiple Covid variants arise, will not be allowed to take advantage of the shortened quarantine.

For those arriving, however, the shortened quarantine also comes with more flexibility of allowed activities. People quarantining can leave their rooms during certain hours and for some purposes such as to use fitness centres or swimming pools; exercise outdoors; or buy food and products, but must remain in the quarantine facilities. Before, the rule was to only allow people to leave their rooms for 1 hour a day to exercise. During the quarantine period, travellers will be tested 2 times for Covid-19.

In more good news, those foreign travellers who wish to enter Thailand now only need to present an RT-PCR test 72 hours before flying, instead of the fit-to-fly document that has seen many obstacles. For Thais, presenting either one is acceptable.

The recent quarantine cut kicks off Thailand’s goal of doing away with quarantines altogether by October. But, it has not been decided if visitors will need to be vaccinated in order to skip quarantine or if they will still need to isolate for an even shorter period of 7 days. Recent news announcements may point towards the decision being made after tourism-heavy areas in the Kingdom have reached a herd immunity status, which requires 70% of local residents to be inoculated. Those areas, such as Phuket and Koh Samui, are already ahead of the game, as they are planning to reopen in July without the need for travellers to undergo quarantines.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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    Issan John

    Friday, March 26, 2021 at 4:13 pm

    “People quarantining can leave their rooms during certain hours and for some purposes such as to use fitness centres or swimming pools; exercise outdoors; or buy food and products, but must remain in the quarantine facilities.”

    Even throwing in 10 days instead of 14, it’s unlikely to make anyone come who wouldn’t have done so anyway, so very little difference …

    … but the difference if someone catches Covid as a result of the changes …

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    luca

    Friday, March 26, 2021 at 4:36 pm

    Thailand has chosen to block the spread of the virus and has been successful. To maintain this success, it cannot allow tourists access until it is able to vaccinate its population, it will not happen until at least the middle of 2022, this means that international tourism will only be able to reopen in the summer of 2022, all the government’s alternative plans are just nonsense, only when access is free as before will the tourists return

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    Ray

    Friday, March 26, 2021 at 4:41 pm

    I lost count of how many schemes and alterations there have been thus far. Yet, I haven’t seen anything that tourist arrivals are more than about one hundred.

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    AC

    Friday, March 26, 2021 at 4:44 pm

    As long as there will be any quarantine no foreign tourists will spend their holidays in Thailand.

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    Glenn Smith

    Friday, March 26, 2021 at 5:58 pm

    Amazing really, those that go through the process, COVID test just before you leave, isolate till you take the flight, begin quarantine basically on the flight, arrive at the airport to the military-style operation till you arrive at the hotel get 14 days whilst 100’s of Burmese and Laos jump the border with COVID and no one seems to be doing anything about it. How many new cases in Bangkok overnight and then we have thousands protesting in the streets… doesn’t add up except penalize those that have arrived to spend money.

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    Crispy

    Friday, March 26, 2021 at 8:27 pm

    How long until Chiang Mai can follow suit?

    Is the PCR test pre flight or on arrival?
    If it’s on arrival, travelers would need to quarantine for 2-3 days to get results.

    Are you required to fly direct or can you transfer at BKK and if so how does that work?

    Are you restricted to Phuket and for how long? Can you move to CM after a certain time?

    Who can take advantage of the program come July?

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    Crispy

    Friday, March 26, 2021 at 8:29 pm

    What I retain:

    We only need a PCR test 72 hours before flying, not the fit-to-fly document that was expen.

    The quarantine is 10 days still but its possible if you’re vaccinated there’ll be no quarantine.

    Phuket and Koh Samui are planning to re-open in July without the need for any quarantine at all.

    Even if you need to q, you can move around the hotel freely.

    Once all this is up on the govwrbsite, I’m off.

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    Leo Z

    Friday, March 26, 2021 at 8:34 pm

    Judging by the progress of vaccinations in the “origin” countries of UK, USA, EU, Australia (China is decidedly behind), vs. the “host” country of Thailand, the ones really in danger for the coming months are the tourists themselves.

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    Issan John

    Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 12:23 am

    What’s “amazing”, Glenn S is how little of that is correct 😂

    “COVID test just before you leave,”

    72 hours / 3 days, actually.

    “isolate till you take the flight”

    No, no isolation 😂

    “begin quarantine basically on the flight”

    Apart from a few hundred other people 😂 with half a dozen or more testing positive on arrival every day 😂

    “100’s of Burmese and Laos jump the border with COVID and no one seems to be doing anything about it”

    Apart from arresting and testing “100’s” 😂

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    Joe M

    Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 12:36 am

    As far as I am aware, the reduction in quarantine is not official. The change has not been published in the Royal Gazette.

    As of now, anyone arriving on or after April 1 will still have to adhere to the full 14 day quarantine period.

    My understanding is that all of the promises, hopes, and schemes announced by civil servants or from their departments have no legal weight.

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      Thaiger

      Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 3:53 pm

      It’s been posted on numerous Thai embassy websites around the world now. If that means anything.

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    Issan John

    Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 12:37 am

    “…the ones really in danger for the coming months are the tourists themselves.”

    Not quite sure how you work that out, Leo Z.

    Taking the AZ vaccine, for example, the vaccinated “tourists themselves” are supposedly 100% (97%?) safe from serious effects or hospitalization and 76% safe from mild effects.

    So the worst that can happen to any of them is that 24% are as likely to have mild effects / be asymptomatic as anyone who’s not vaccinated.

    Meanwhile that same 24% are as likely to be carrying or incubating the virus (over a 14 day period) as anyone who’s not vaccinated, happily passing it on to either others who are vaccinated who can pass it on or direct to those who aren’t vaccinated, and so on …..

    What could possibly go wrong? 😢

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    Jerry

    Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 3:43 am

    I am in Thai under 14 day Q. I will meet 10 requirements on April 1st but still have 4 days on 14 days current requirment. Will i be free to go having met new 10 day requirment? I got vacinated in Feb!

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    Jonathan R.

    Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 4:07 am

    ROTFL, almost every country has ‘variants’ now, so basically the same 14-day quarantine is still mandated. Nope. Sorry. I’ll be holidaying in Spain instead 🙂

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    Lawrence

    Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 4:49 am

    So what’s the cheapest 10 day quarantine stay gonna cost me? And will the the quarantine be in Phuket or Bangkok let’s get a pricelists of who what WHERE and when so everyone will know so we can make up our minds I have both Pfizer shots and a vaccination card a condo in Phuket married 35 yrs am Hawaii now so it’s not bad Phuket is a ghost town on the west side why even have it if am already clear to fly any where in the USA thanks make so disision and get a new 10 day price list thanks

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    B.T.

    Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 10:09 am

    Till today no official announcement about all this “positive” info.Only bla bla bla.No government agency officially announced anything.Waiting for first traveler who will confirm that without any problems he (she) book hotel for 11 days.Me I booked from 03/04 (and still waiting for COE).The booking is for 15 days with the “black on white” option that in case of officially announced shorter quarantine they will refund for “no stay”.But it is still “in case if”.Singapore based Thai embassy gave 2 opposite info when called 2 times.Means they don’t know (yesterday).

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    Ulrike Fai

    Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 2:50 pm

    For me and my 9-vears-old grandson it makes a BIG difference 10 oder 14 days and attending sports and pool at the hotel!

    thats what i got from thai via centre when contacting ASQ-Hotels:

    Please wait for an official announcement. We will keep you updated about this.

    Grace team ()
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    On Mar 27, 2021, at 08:23 PM, ulrike wrote:

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    Dear Grace,
    when is it planned to reduce quarantine to ten days with releaved conditions in Bangkok? I will not book till this releave is confirmed.
    Regards
    Ulrike Fai

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PHOTO: Thailand is on the watch list for possible currency manipulation.

Thailand remains on the United States Treasury’s “Monitoring List” of countries whose currency trade practices need to be watched, though Thai officials say they are not worried. US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen releases a foreign exchange report twice a year including labelling alleged currency manipulators and flagging suspect trading partner countries to be monitored. The Bank of Thailand said remaining on the US currency watch list poses no threat to Thai businesses or the government’s ability to enact policies to promote financial stability. They stress that Thailand has never manipulated currency, using the exchange rate to get a competitive edge or an unfair trade advantage over other countries.

This most recent report tags 11 countries as warranting a closer watch: China, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, and Thailand. Mexico and Ireland were the 2 new inclusions, not on the previous report in December 2020. Also in the report, the US Treasury Department toed the line of accusing Switzerland, Taiwan, and Vietnam of manipulating currency. They stated yesterday that the 3 countries had crossed the line of 2015 US trade laws, but didn’t officially brand them as currency manipulators. The thresholds of that 2015 rule include either global current account surplus or foreign currency intervention over 2% of GDP, and having a trade surplus with the US over US $20 billion trade.

The flagging of Taiwan, Vientman and Switzerland falls short of applying the manipulator label due to a 1988 law requiring evidence of manipulation to stop balance of payment adjustments or to gain a trade advantage. The US is already engaged in talks with Vietnam and Switzerland and will enter into “enhanced engagement” with Taiwan as well. Not being upgraded to the manipulator title relieves pressure from Switzerland and Vietnam, who both received the label in the last report issued by the Trump administration.

SOURCE: Yahoo Finance and Live Mint

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FILE PHOTO: Artist rendering of a "hospitel" - a hotel converted to a hospital.

With the third wave of Covid-19 ripping through Thailand, hospitals are rapidly filling up and the Thai Hotels Association has proposed “hospitels” as a creative solution. The portmanteau of “hospital” and “hotel” is the THA’s brainchild for creating more space for the growing number of Covid-19 infections that require treatment or at least observation as Thailand hits record daily case numbers. The idea of turning hotels into temporary hospitals was promoted by association president Marisa Sukosol Nunbhakdi this week.

“The move aims to reduce crowdedness at hospitals and promote continuous care for Covid-19 patients after new cases increased rapidly since late March.”

23 hotels have already registered to be hospitals, with 2,000 patients currently receiving treatment in the 4,900 available beds. The Ministry of Public Health laid out guidelines for hotels interested in participating. Hotels must have a minimum of 30 rooms and pass the alternative state quarantine evaluation. The ASQ-approved properties must have evidence of acknowledgement by the surrounding community to confirm their validity and eligibility. The hotel must be able and willing to take care of hospitalised patients for 5 to 7 days, even with no signs of symptom progression. Conversely, patients checking in must agree to stay in the hotel and be relatively self-sufficient.

Strict medical requirements must be met as well. Each patient must be provided with their own digital thermometer and pulse oximeter, and a portable x-ray machine must be available. The hotels must be staffed like hospitals, with at least one doctor, a clinical psychologist, a pharmacist, a radiologist, and an infection control nurse. There must also be one nurse per every 20 patients staying at the property.

This proposed solution might provide a welcomed supplement to the rudimentary field hospitals the Thai army has been hastily building to accommodate the influx of newly infected patients. While the quick work is commendable, some have hypothesized that at-risk foreigners may be ignoring calls to come forward for Covid-19 testing in part because being diagnosed may land them in these less-than-posh field hospitals for days on end. A more comfortable “hospitel” would allow infected foreigners to be treated in more pleasant surroundings thus encouraging them to come forward for testing.

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Today the CCSA has announced that there are 1,547 new infections around Thailand, a slight drop from yesterdays’ 1,585 reported new cases. Today’s additional infections takes the total number in Thailand to 40,585 since the start of the pandemic. We will add to this story when more figures and provincial totals become available.

All but 3 of today’s newly reported infections were local – 1,544.

Bangkok – 279

Chiang Mai – 140

Chon Buri – 99 (155 cases were reported by Chon Buri officials this morning which will go into tomorrow’s national totals)

Prachuap Khiri Khan – 58

Samut Prakan – 27

All other provinces listed here…

Covid UPDATE: 1,547 new infections, restrictions start after midnight tonight | News by ThaigerTe CCSA reports that 11,916 people are still under care and supervision in Thai hospitals or field hospital facilities. 99 people have died, a local death rate of 0.24%.

Covid UPDATE: 1,547 new infections, restrictions start after midnight tonight | News by ThaigerAt midnight tonight new restrictions come into force for red and orange zone provinces. Here’s a list of the red zone provinces.

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

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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