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Phuket is “100% ready” for Special Tourist Visa flights – Transport Minister

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The Phuket International Airport is ready for international tourists. The airport has been preparing for weeks and initially expected a group foreigners on the new Special Tourist Visa to arrive last month. Covid-19 mobile testing vehicles were even sent to the airport in early October, prepared to test all the tourists upon arrival, but the travel plans were cancelled last minute. Now, Phuket is “100% ready,” according to Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob.

“At this stage, Phuket International Airport is 100% ready for welcoming and testing tourists arriving on the STV (Special Tourist Visa). The lab and mobile lab trucks together can test 578 tourists per day.”

Last month’s plans to host a group of tourists travelling from China on the new long stay visa were cancelled last minute due to a misunderstanding with tourism officials. Supposedly, a list of those “interested” in the new visa was passed off as those who had already applied and were ready to travel.

While Phuket has prepared for international tourists, Sakayam says permission for travellers on the new visa to fly directly to Phuket has not yet been confirmed.

“We have to wait for the prime minister to inspect (the airport) first to ensure its readiness and to build confidence among people.”

So far, 17 hotels have also been approved as alternative state quarantine facilities and are ready for tourists.

“I was told that Phuket now has about 1,900 rooms in hotels to welcome tourists as alternative local quarantine venues, and the Phuket government is trying to reach 5,000 rooms within one month.”

SOURCE: Phuket News

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    Toby Andrews

    November 2, 2020 at 12:28 pm

    Apparently ready too late.
    I just read in this very forum, that all quarantine from now on will be in Bangkok only.

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      Joe Mitzel

      November 2, 2020 at 11:34 pm

      toby can you direct me to these forums thank you!

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    rafael

    November 2, 2020 at 12:32 pm

    Why anyone want to be loock down in hotel and pay exuberent amounts,for so called holidays?

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      Bob

      November 2, 2020 at 12:45 pm

      Not to forget the farang bracelet (you will have to buy) and that you cannot use a public hospital if you catch c19 IN THAILAND despite having insurance with a THAI company.

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      Ron Hamer

      November 2, 2020 at 8:24 pm

      To Physically get to their Thai Bank / account and WITHDRAW ALL THEIR MONEY.

      Example – 800,000 baht which was SUPPOSED to be for Retirement Visa Coverage.

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    Johnny Rambo

    November 2, 2020 at 12:52 pm

    Get ready for nothing you Thai laughingstocks. Nobody will come anyway. You either give up on the 14-days-quarantine measure or watch your empty airports rot off slowly.

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    Mongoos

    November 2, 2020 at 2:05 pm

    You have to quash the 100,000 usd insurance its way too much for a runny nose and a fever.knowone with an ounce of sense would come under these rules.After all it’s supposed to be a holiday not a boot camp

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    Nik Hunt

    November 2, 2020 at 2:42 pm

    Airport ready but no practical way to come. Even if someone is willing for a 14 day quarantine, the STV seems not to be available for most, plus complete obscurity about the details: Thai health insurance only, wristband, booking confirmation for complete stay, what countries are allowed…???

    Impossible to jump through these convoluted hoops, a trip to the moon can be planned more easily

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      Joe Mitzel

      November 2, 2020 at 11:36 pm

      facts!!!!

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    Thomas

    November 2, 2020 at 3:19 pm

    Again. It’s boring now. They recycle the same bullshit every week now.

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    NICKY

    November 2, 2020 at 4:09 pm

    This is all about vote bank politics.if they really want open they look at dubai how its operating for tourists no quarantine ,no exorbitant health insurance just two tests and good to go

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    Al

    November 2, 2020 at 4:15 pm

    This has to be planned a long time ago. (along with many other countries). There has to have been an organised plan before all of this went down in Thailand and elsewhere.

    Remember in the past the likes of swine flu, HIV, SARS, the bird flu and the Zika virus etc.?
    If something looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it probably is……a duck. Substitute “duck” for “BS”………

    Even a child would know that much!

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    Toby Andrews

    November 2, 2020 at 4:54 pm

    Oh, I have just noticed. The airport sign is not ready in the photograph. The letter H is not showing correctly.

    lol

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    EdwardV

    November 2, 2020 at 10:52 pm

    Ready for what? The TAT announced on October 30th all STV persons will be required to quarantine in Bangkok for the entire first phase. Who exactly does the transport minister think is coming to Phuket? The bulk of the European snow birds have already book and started landing in Mexico and the Caribbean. Most regular tourists are not allowed in Thailand, and the few that can are not willing to quarantine. No doubt a few will trickle in here and there over time, but it will be a far cry from a fraction of the normal. I really don’t understand this blind delusion expecting tourist to come just because sectors of Thailand wants them too. Not when Thailand has done everything in their power to show how much they don’t want them. It is now it too expensive, too bureaucratic and too restrictive. All three things that are the opposite of why so many use to come in the first place.

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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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Re-opening Thailand to tourism will be vaccine dependent

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Bill Barnett from c9hotelworks.com continues to follow the difficult journey of the Thai hospitality industry. Traditionally, now would be the start of the country’s highly profitable high season for the tourism industry. But not this year. Thai hotels find themselves in the middle of an existential crisis – either still closed, only partly open, or one of the few converted to limited ASQ traffic. The situation is dire, when you consider that between 15-20% of Thailand’s GDP is linked to tourism.

In a speech this week Thailand’s Prime Minster Prayut Chan-o-cha spoke clearly that only when a vaccine is approved, produced, and implemented, would the country open to substantial tourism. Given the current timelines and forecasts, this may not be likely until mid-2021 at the earliest, though subject to advancement if the process could be accelerated, which is unlikely.

For tourism and hotel stakeholders, the writing is on the wall that 2021, for the most part, will see a continued reliance on domestic travellers, and only in 2022 will there be a large-scale return in numbers of overseas visitors.

Given the winter spike in Asia, Europe, and North America of Covid-19, Thailand is not alone in relying on the vaccine to return tourism but the process will not be instant and the re-openings of borders will most certainly be staged.

HERE’s a list of 113 Alternative State Quarantine hotels.

The business reality for Phuket and across Thailand is to plan for the worst in the coming six months and only expect 2022 to see a notable uptick.

Currently, the hotel sector continues to advocate to the Thai government and Central Bank for debt and financing relief measures and assistance in a social security supplement to retain staff.

While it’s negative news, it at least allows for hotels to understand the challenges ahead, plan and adjust their operating models going forward. ‘Survive the downturn’ is the new mantra.

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Phuket workshop helps residents cope with high stress brought on by the economic crisis

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Hundreds of residents in Phuket’s Wichit subdistrict attended a workshop focused on reducing stress from to the pandemic-induced economic crisis. A psychologist was even on site to help those who had extreme mental stress and a Buddhist monk taught meditation techniques to reduce physiological effects of stress.

The event was planned in response to an online survey conducted by the municipality asking residents about how much stress they were experiencing from the economic climate. They found that some residents had serious stress issues brought on by the pandemic and financial problems, according to Wichit Mayor Kreetha Chotiwichphiphat.

“The loss of income due to the economic crisis brought on by the Covid-19 situation has resulted in some people in the area suffering serious stress, which can lead to serious mental health issues.”

Around 350 people attended the event. The mayor says it was the first step in caring for the residents’ mental health. Local officials plan to hold similar workshops in the future.

“It was a good opportunity for people to realise the importance of mental health and to learn techniques of how to deal with stress, which will help people to maintain their physical health and avoid developing mental health problems.”

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Phuket’s Soi Dog Foundation opens Humane Education Centre at Mai Khao shelter

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The Soi Dog Foundation has officially opened its Humane Education Centre, the first of its kind in Thailand dedicated to the welfare of stray animals. The centre, located at the Soi Dog shelter in northern Phuket, forms part of the foundation’s Humane Education program. Rolled out in 2017, the program sees a team visit Thai schools to teach the next generation the basic principles of animal welfare and promote empathetic attitudes towards both owned pets and free-roaming strays.

The program has reached a total of 15,058 students and 861 teachers to date. With a dedicated classroom as well as educational tools and resources now on site at the shelter, Soi Dog will be able to expand the programme and reach an even greater number of young minds.

Co-founder and president of Soi Dog Foundation International John Dalley said, “The cornerstones of what we do – what I believe very firmly are the answers to the stray dog problem throughout Asia – are large-scale sterilisation of stray dogs and cats and education of, particularly, the next generation.

“We see all the time the problems that are being caused through us not respecting the environment and not respecting the other animals with whom we share this planet. That’s why education is so important.”

John also thanked the supporters and donors who made the construction of the centre possible. After cutting the ribbon, the students filed into the brand-new facility for the very first on-site class – a fun and interactive hour of roleplaying, brainstorming and problem solving.

Humane Education Manager Nuttawut “Film” Kumngern. said… “We want to encourage kindness toward animals, especially free-roaming dogs and cats, and teach youngsters to be responsible pet owners. This will sustainably reduce animal cruelty and pet abandonment.”

“We hope to one day see animal welfare incorporated into the curriculum in Thai schools, and our education centre is a great start.”

Soi Dog is ready to welcome school groups from Phuket and other provinces to the centre which can accommodate up to 40 students at any one time. Schools interested in participating are encouraged to email film@soidog.org

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