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Travellers from Thailand can enter United Kingdom without quarantine

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No more quarantine for those travelling from Thailand and entering the United Kingdom. Thailand and Singapore will be added to the UK’s so called “travel corridor” list starting tomorrow.

The Thailand Foreign Ministry deputy spokesperson Natapanu Nopakun says this is “good news, adding that Thailand’s Covid-19 prevention methods have been recognised by other nations. He says several countries have removed Thailand from their so called “watch lists.” Israel and Germany also stopped requiring quarantine for travellers coming from Thailand.

“Including Thailand in the list is good news because it will have a very positive effect, especially in the Thai business sector.”

The UK Department of Transport says travellers need to complete a passenger locator form before entering the UK. The form can be completed online up to 48 hours before arrival. A confirmation email must be shown to border office.

If a layover was made in a country that is not on travel corridor list, the traveller may need to quarantine. The department says if no new passengers get on the plane, and if no one gets off and then reenters the plane, then the traveller will be exempt from the quarantine.

Other countries on the travel corridor list include Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam and Malaysia.

Click here to see all the countries on the UK’s travel corridor list.

SOURCES: Nation Thailand| Gov.UK

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    Bobby m

    September 18, 2020 at 3:27 pm

    It’s a shame Thailand does not show the same level of respect.

    Here is the example Thailand should be following to open their economy “no hoops to jump through” and allow their people to work and eat. Thereby reducing the 22% increase in suicide.

    Track and trace along with self isolation, that’s it.

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      Peter

      September 18, 2020 at 6:21 pm

      You don’t appear to be respecting their success in controlling the virus. Lets put some figures up. UK deaths 45,000+ Thailand deaths 59. UK new infections in the last 24 hours 3395 Thailand new infections in the last 24 hours 7 (all apparently detected in quarantine from repatriated Thais) I can’t see any logical reason to keep them out, Thailand is one of the worlds safest countries. The UK however is certainly not anywhere near the top of the safe list, it’s not even close. Why would the Thai government risk their success keeping their country essentially virus free? If the figures were reversed, do you think the UK government and population would want Thai tourists coming here? I think not. I very much doubt many Thais will want to come here, and those that do will face the 14 day quarantine when they return home. It would be as unattractive for them as it is for those wishing to go to Thailand.

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        Dude

        September 19, 2020 at 9:01 pm

        Why would any Thai want to travel to the U.K. and take a chance of contracting Covid 19

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        Bobby m

        September 25, 2020 at 2:39 am

        Two words come to mind here I’m afraid, gullible and unrealistic.

        Do you seriously believe they are solely responsible for these somewhat unbelievable results. When pretty much the rest of the world has had a much tougher fight on their hands. It has been scientifically proven that some ethnic types are more susceptible than others. Therefore, it must stand to reason that some are also more resilient.

        I was there during Chinese New Year when I might add, it has been proven that the virus was infecting citizens of Wuhan wholesale. There were hundreds of thousands pouring into Thailand at that time with a great deal from Wuhan. So why did it not take hold there in the same way as it did in other countries around the world, where in relation, relatively few were visiting from Wuhan.

        We are stuck with this virus and it’s not going away, therefore there are only two options. Learn to live with it, do all you can to try and control it and keep the economic lifeblood of your country flowing, or not. Failure to do this will as Thailand will learn, result in returning to a third world country or as some have muted a communistic Chinese model.

        Hundreds of thousands have lost there jobs and have little or no income. Poverty, debt and alcoholism (white whiskey) is rife and as declared in a recent article. Suicide is up by 22%. Crime is up, drug use is up and traffic accidents, well they have always been horrendous. So as for Thailand being one of the safest countries. Well I am sorry but that just does not stack up.

        Tourism 20% of GDP. More like 40% to 60% when you add in all the supporting trades used by that industry. Some of the ideas being delivered are like something out of kindergarten.

        We cannot bank on a vaccine. It may never come. It may come and not last long in the immune system. It’s a virus and just like any other virus it will mutate. It’s a corona (flu) virus and as we all know that requires an annual jab made up from a best guess scenario from the WHO.

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    Jay

    September 18, 2020 at 3:56 pm

    What about Thai people going back to Thaialnd after going to the UK do they need to quarantine?

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      Peter

      September 18, 2020 at 6:23 pm

      Yes, of course they do.

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    Mikael

    September 18, 2020 at 8:00 pm

    This is how to do it. Reducing infection to a manageable level whilst implementing steps to deal with the virus – at the same time allowing society and the economy to get back to normal.

    …sorry, I meant to say “new normal”.

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    James Pate

    September 18, 2020 at 9:02 pm

    Yeah, right. UK is just about at the top of my list, right after US.

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    Andrew

    September 18, 2020 at 9:08 pm

    Natapanu Nopakun. How do you feel with your (crazy expensive and unnecessary) quarantine at every corner. Blind and deaf by the sign of $$ hmm??

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    anton

    September 19, 2020 at 8:14 am

    Thaiger. All these articles are non-understandable to certain travelers.

    What if you are not a Thai national, for example an American who has been in Thailand for months or longer, but would like to travel someplace like the United kingdom. There’s never an explanation of whether that type of passenger will be blocked, just because some immigration official reads the original passports country and concludes, and says, “oh this is an American. Blocked “. A passenger in that situation has the same virus history as any other Thai national

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      The Thaiger & The Nation

      September 19, 2020 at 8:49 am

      Fair point and the variables would have to be considered. But, as the article states, travellers from Thailand are being given a free pass from today. But, if you had travelled from the US and simply transmitted in Bangkok on your way to the UK, the immigration official in London would likely not treat you as having travelled from Thailand. There would be 100 other variables which would be impossible to predict. But the general fact from the story is accurate at the time of publishing.

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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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Cruise ships and yachts to dock in Thailand, visitors to enter on Special Tourist Visa

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Cruise ships and yachts will be allowed to dock in Thailand and visitors will be allowed disembark under the Special Tourist Visa. The new measure hasn’t been made official yet, but it will go into effect 30 days after it’s published in the Royal Gazette.

The Cabinet approved the new guidelines yesterday which allows captains, crew and passengers travelling from countries considered at low risk for spreading Covid-19 to dock in Thailand and enter the country, according to deputy government spokesperson Traisuree Taisaranakul.

Visitors must go through a 14 day quarantine. Those on yachts will quarantine onboard before stepping onto Thai soil, according to the Bangkok Post. They must also have Covid-19 health insurance of $100,000 USD as well as local health and accident insurance. Proof of advance payment for anchoring the liner will also have to be provided.

The Special Tourist Visa allows a 90 day stay that can be renewed twice, adding up to around 9 months. So far, only 2 flights of foreigners on the Special Tourist Visa have arrived after a 7 month ban on international tourists.

SOURCES: Bangkok Post | Nation Thailand

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A fuel tanker has exploded after a collision with a trailer truck, causing both vehicles to be engulfed in flames in a series of explosions. Fuel from the 40,000-litre tank spilled out onto the road, spreading about 1 kilometre to nearby homes and into the sewers. People trying to douse the spreading flames found they were just pushing the flaming fuel further down the road, 20 cars, motorcycles and tuk tuks parked along the road were damaged or destroyed in the fire. Many people were injured, but there is no exact count.

The fuel tanker truck and the trailer truck collided on Highway 24 in the Isaan province Buri Ram. The drivers were able to flee before the first explosion. There were a series of explosions as the fuel spread and nearby residents fled their homes. People tried to put the flames out with tap water, but fire continued to spread.

50 fire engines responded to the fire and the road was closed off for a radius of 5 kilometres. It took firefighters more than 4 hours to extinguish the fire. The oil company was called to safely unload 30,000 litres of fuel that was left in the tanker.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Is Koh Pha Ngan Thailand’s best island?

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Koh Pha Ngan was voted third best island in Asia in the 2020 Condé Nast’s Readers Choice Awards. The island is widely known for its monthly Full Moon parties on Haad Rin beach, but Surat Thani governor Wichawut Jinto, who boasted about the island’s recent rating, said there’s more to Koh Pha Ngan than Haad Rin.

Condé Nast publishes a monthly travel magazine, Condé Nast Traveller, as well as GQ, Vanity Fair and Vogue. It’s safe to say the publication’s target audience is more interested in luxury resorts than dirt cheap party hostels and monthly beach raves. For example, for the best islands in the United States, Hilton Head Island in South Carolina was voted number 1. It’s a golf lovers paradise and a popular vacation spot for suburban families.

A trip Koh Pha Ngan can be a completely different experience depending on where you go and what you do. Some stay on Haad Rin on the southeastern side of the island and have a trip like Hunter S. Thompson’s drug-fueled “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” while some go to the western side for a yoga or healing retreat.

The Full Moon parties, which would draw more than 30,000 mostly foreign tourists, was put on pause due to the coronavirus pandemic restrictions in Thailand. But before the outbreak, the parties were known to be crazy with neon glow paint, fire jump rope and cheap buckets of alcohol and use of illicit drugs. The sand was so sticky that people were better off wearing shoes, and just about everyone pees (and pukes) in the ocean.

Even on the west side of the island, where it’s more known for yoga and meditation retreats, things can sometimes get a little weird. A tourist said she did a “spiritual healing” ritual on the island known as a kambo cleanse where secretion from a South American frog is applied to burnt skin. She said “I feels like you’re dying” but “it’s great.”

While the west side of the island has trendy resorts and bungalows, as well as a variety of yoga retreats and pricy vegan food, some people also live on a budget – a very tight budget. Some tourists even camped out on a hidden beach during the pandemic, a tourist claims. A local artist said he lives in a cave on the same beach.

Koh Pha Ngan topped Bali, Indonesia, which was number 9 on the list. Phuket was number 8 on the list and Koh Samui was number 10.

Here’s what made the top 10 Asia islands in the Condé Nast Reader’s Choice Awards 2020.

  1. Cebu & Visayas, Philippines 95.83
  2. Sri Lanka 95.45
  3. Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand 95.30
  4. Palawan, Philippines 95.22
  5. Siargao Island, Philippines 95.19
  6. Boracay, Philippines 95.06
  7. Lombok, Indonesia 94.59
  8. Phuket, Thailand 94.12
  9. Bali, Indonesia 93.27
  10. Koh Samui, Thailand 92.73

SOURCES: Condé Nast | Bangkok Post

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