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  • Thailand News

    Vaccination certificate requirement dropped and effective immediately | Thailand News Today

    The covid 19 travel requirements into Thailand. This morning we reported that any non-Thai traveler that is 18 and above must have either two doses of covid 19 vaccines, a letter of proof of recovery from covid in the past six months or a doctor’s letter explaining why they are not vaccinated. And this letter has been given to the…

  • Covid-19 News

    Thailand’s public health minister says Chinese tourists won’t be discriminated against

    Thailand’s Public Health Minister, Anutin Charnvirakul, says the country’s plans to re-introduce Covid-19 related measures won’t discriminate against Chinese travellers. He then went on to say that the measures won’t discriminate against any particular country. But, the government is expected to finalise measures that would apply to visitors arriving from Covid-plagued countries, which include China. “Relevant officials agree to give…

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    Lights out & Unfiltered | GMT

    In today’s episode, Thailand prepares measures to prevent influx of Covid-19, Pattaya set to welcome Chinese tourists, Thais can apply for a digital ID next week, Man lying on a roadside for 6 days survives accident, and Unfiltered!

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    Thailand’s Deputy PM not too excited to take over after Prayut

    Thailand’s Deputy PM Anutin Charnvirakul is allegedly not too excited to take over after current PM Prayut Chan-o-cha. Anutin made such remarks after PM Prayut made it known that he hopes to stay in office for another two years after the upcoming election in 2023. Anutin noted that most who did inherit the position never served a full term. But,…

  • Cannabis

    Thailand’s Public Health Minister vows to keep weed legal if he stays in office

    Thailand’s Public Health Minister is vowing to keep weed free and legal so long as he stays in office. Anutin Charnvirakul told advocates for the plant that the possibility of cannabis being re-criminalised would not be possible if he is voted into office again. Anutin has been credited with starting the weed revolution in Thailand, and he continues to support…

  • Bangkok News

    Businessman rejects rumours of arrest over marijuana seizure at Bangkok airport

    A businessman is rejecting rumours that he was arrested after customs seized his marijuana products at a Bangkok airport. Customs at Suvarnabhumi airport seized 5.3 kilograms of illegally imported marijuana flowers and hemp products from him earlier this week. He had allegedly smuggled the products in from the US. The suspect, who many Thais call ‘Tom Kreuasophon,’ is known by…

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    Anutin says suspected monkeypox cases in Thailand were herpes

    Thailand’s Public Health Minister Anutin announced yesterday that suspected monkeypox cases in Thailand turned out to be herpes. The suspected cases were from travellers coming from countries where monkeypox cases have been reported. Anutin said there are so far no confirmed cases of monkeypox in Thailand. Some of the herpes viruses can also present with similar symptoms, including the lesions…

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    Thailand News Today | Anutin wants to get rid of the Thailand Pass for Thais

    After several raids this week, police are investigating several officials over a sex trafficking case in the southern Thai province of Surat Thani. The director-general of Thailand’s Department of Children and Youth has been charged for hampering an investigation into a trafficking ring. Several other officials found to be involved in the ring include the chairman of a local savings…

  • Covid-19 News

    Anutin instructs 3 ministries to prepare to transition Covid-19 to endemic

    Deputy PM and Thai health minister, Anutin Charnvirakul, has ordered his ministry to work with the Tourism & Sports Ministry and the Transport Ministry as Thailand prepares to declare Covid-19 endemic. According to a Nation Thailand report, government spokesperson Traisulee Traisaranakul says the move is a result of the country’s falling infection rate. “The Deputy PM said the number of…

  • Cannabis News

    You can grow ‘as many cannabis plants as you like’ in Thai homes from June 9, but…

    People in Thailand will be allowed to grow “as many cannabis plants” as they like in their own homes from June 9, according to Thailand’s health minister and medical marijuana pioneer Anutin Charnvirakul. However… if you don’t read the fine print you can still get into trouble with the law. As usual, the fine print is confusing. Bottomline, don’t be…

  • Songkran News

    Public Health Minister “suggests” Thais focus on family, not booze, during Songkran

    As Thais wait for officials to announce today whether Songkran water festivals will happen in April, Public Health Minister Anutin suggests they completely skip the alcohol. At a press conference yesterday, Anutin confirmed Thais will be allowed to travel and visit family. He said Thais should focus on family and “traditional religious activities”, according to The Pattaya News. Anutin “asked”…

  • Video

    Thailand News Today | Thai Govt takes steps to make Covid endemic

    Despite calls to delay removing Covid-19 treatment from the Universal Coverage for Emergency Patients scheme, Thailand’s health minister is pushing ahead as part of the government’s policy to downgrade the virus to endemic. Anutin Chanvirakul was responding to calls from a number of quarters, including his deputy, Sathit, who asked him to postpone the removal until April due to the…

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    Thailand News Today | Is wearing face masks in Thailand mandatory?

    Legally, we can’t force you to do it, but just do it, okay? That seems to be the message from Thailand’s Public Health Minister in relation to the wearing of face masks. According to a report from the National News Bureau of Thailand, Anutin Charnvirakul has confirmed there’s no legal mandate for the wearing of face masks…. at least that’s…

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    Public Health Ministry pushes for January 15 cutoff for Test & Go

    Thailand’s Health Public Minister Anutin Charnvirakul says the ministry is proposing the cutoff date for those travelling under the Test & Go scheme be set to January 15. The government had previously discussed setting January 10 as the last day for approved travellers to enter under the quarantine exemption programme, but no date has been finalised. The Centre for Covid-19…

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    UPDATE: Registration closes for Test & Go and Sandbox, except Phuket

    Registration is closing today for travellers wishing to enter Thailand under the Test & Go quarantine exemption programme and the Sandbox entry scheme, with the exception of Phuket. In an urgent meeting this afternoon, chaired by PM Prayut Chan-o-cha, the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration decided to stop accepting new tourists under the entry schemes starting at midnight. The government…

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    Thai government to consider cancelling Test & Go entry scheme – Health Minister

    Nearly two months after Thailand opened its doors to international tourism, the country may tighten restrictions and cancel the quarantine exemption scheme, Test & Go. In an interview on Channel 9 this morning, Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said that the Thai government will discuss whether to cancel the entry scheme due to the uptick in Omicron cases. A meeting…

  • Covid-19 News

    Thailand to buy 30 million booster Pfizer shots

    Had your booster shot yet? According to Thailand’s Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul, the Department of Disease Control has signed an agreement to buy another 30 million doses of Pfizer vaccines, which will be administered as booster shots in the first quarter of 2022. He added that Pfizer has given Thailand a special deal where the additional 20 million doses…

  • Thailand News

    Health Minister concerned that once bars reopen, they could be Covid “hotspots”

    Thailand’s Public Health Minister says he’s concerned that places that serve alcohol could become Covid-19 “hotspots” as people who are intoxicated are less likely to follow disease control measures. Minister Anutin Charnvirakul says bars and restaurants serving beer and cocktails should strictly follow Covid Free Setting guidelines, which includes vaccinating staff and requiring customers show either proof of vaccination or…

  • Covid-19 News

    Why wasn’t the Thai deputy PM allowed into Switzerland?

    Sorry, must be another misunderstanding. Poor Public Health Minister, Anutin Charnvirakul. The mercurial Thai deputy PM and leader of the Bhumjaithai political party, continues to be barred from entering Switzerland until he receives another booster Covid vaccine. But confusion surrounds his misgivings last week. He was heading to a World Health Organisation meeting at the end of November but was…

  • Video

    Thailand News Today | Thailand says no to Sinovac, Anutin stands by booster vax, Burmese junta takes u-turn | Oct. 19

    Jett goes through all the top headlines across Thailand that include: The Public Health Minister is standing by its booster vaccine policy despite some people still waiting for their first dose. A Thai virologist has thrown his support behind the new oral covid pill, and robots reading the news?

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    Thailand News Today | C.O.E replacement, Easing of restrictions, Thai Airways full resumption | Oct 14

    Jett goes through all the latest headlines in Thailand that include the new Thailand pass system, further easing of the restriction and curfew in Thailand, health minister disagrees with the PM and the full resumption of Thai Airways starting October 31st.

  • Thailand News

    Thailand News Today | ‘Crowding’ due to camera angles, train hospitals | July 29

    Thai Health minister Anutin wants to reassure the public that images of crowds of people packing into Bangkok’s Bang Sue Grand Station might be deceptive. Sleeper trains in Bangkok are being converted into isolation facilities for Covid-19 patients who are waiting for a hospital bed to become available. Thai media organisations have issued a joint statement calling on the government…

  • Covid-19 News

    4 marijuana strains to be become National Heritages, possibly help effects of Covid

    It will generate economic benefits for the country Thailand’s Health Minister, and noted non-fan of “unwashed farangs“, Anutin Charnvirakul, declared yesterday that 4 cannabis strains in Thailand will be registered as National Heritages. The move is done to promote research related to medical marijuana and combatting the effects of Covid-19. Anutin says the Medical Plant Research Institute through the Department…

  • Opinion

    PM takes over Thailand’s vaccine roll out. Public Health Minister found under bus – OPINION

    OPINION I went to register my name at a local private hospital in Phuket last Saturday for a place in the Covid vaccine queue. It was at the Bangkok Hospital Phuket. The first response from the reception area after the customary welcoming wai was “do you have insurance?” I said yes, but that was not relevant to why I was…

  • Covid-19 News

    Thailand’s “problem foreigners” who don’t wear masks. Really?! | VIDEO

    UPDATE: Even the Thai PM has been fined for not wearing a mask at a meeting at Government House yesterday. Phuket’s vice governor has stirred the pot by singling out, what he described as, “problem foreigners” who weren’t wearing their mask in public. Over the past week there has been renewed attention to the wearing of masks at all times…

  • Bangkok News

    Thailand News Today | Bangkok protest fallout, northern fire bans | March 1

    Coming up today… the fallout from yesterday’s latest protest violence in Bangkok, the first vaccine in Thailand who got it, and a major drug haul along the Mekong. But first we’ll start up north where Lampang Province is joining other northern provinces todday by putting a total fire ban in place from today, March 1, until the end of April.…

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    Thailand News Today | Vaccines have arrived, roll out from Monday | Feb 24

    In today’s Thailand News Today, the government is at least now talking about lifting the mandatory quarantine, the first Covid vaccines will start in Thailand next Monday, and protesters change gears and go after alleged corruption in the Thai police force. We’ve also got a special report about the latest in the Thai Airways saga, all on our YouTube Channel.…

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    Thailand News Today | PM parliamentary rebuke, ‘OnlyFans’ Covid alternative | February 17

    Thai airlines and hotels say that the tourism crisis in the year ahead is set to dwarf last year’s in terms of its impact, a lack of customers, and an absence of government aid. Asia Aviation, the largest shareholder in Thai AirAsia, is warning that when international tourism eventually does resume, there may not be enough suppliers to meet demand…

  • Covid-19 News

    50,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine to arrive in Thailand in early February, more ahead

    The first 50,000 doses of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccines are scheduled to arrive in Thailand in the first week of February. The upcoming shipment is part of the first lot of 26 million doses on the agreed purchase in October last year. Still, Thailand needs another 35 million doses as the procured vaccines are enough for only 30 million people.…

  • Visa Information

    Getting Back to Thailand, the latest information about ASQs and STVs | VIDEO

    Whilst some restrictions have been eased, there has been a doubling down on other restrictions for travel back to Thailand at this stage. Here’s all the latest information about the Social Tourist Visa (STV), ASQ (Alternative State Quarantine), golf courses. And then there’s the Thai baht which is causing problems as well. The situation is very fluid but we do…

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    Thailand News Today | PTT pays out, Revised visa requirements, Protester’s asylum | Nov 11

    Today’s rather noisy Thailand News Today. Please like our YouTube channel whilst you’re there too! PTT pays millions in compensation after Samut Prakan gas pipeline explosion The Thai petrol company PTT has paid millions of baht in compensation to businesses and people affected by the Samut Prakan natural gas pipeline explosion last month. The explosion at an industrial estate in…

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    Thailand News Today | Immigration deadline, quarantine update?, arrests averted | October 30

    Last day of the week and all the main stories from around Thailand. Thailand News Today, a bit late today but here it is… Some immigration offices open tomorrow for last minute visa extensions The latest amnesty is up tomorrow (October 31) and some immigration offices will be open for those who still need sort out their visa extensions. Those…

  • Economy News

    Minor International Chairman calls for major overhaul of Thailand’s ASQ

    Minor International’s outspoken Chairman, Bill Heinecke, has penned an open letter to Thailand’s Public Health Minister, Anutin Charnvirakul. The thrust of the letter is that the current ASQ and general quarantine requirements and restrictions, is making any recovery of the country’s tourism and hospitality industry. Minor hotels have already serviced 2,500 guest as part of the Thai government’s Alternative State…

  • Politics News

    Health minister urges demonstrators to wear masks, observe social distancing

    Deputy PM and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said yesterday he doesn’t oppose students’ demonstrations but urged them to wear facemasks and observe social distancing to help avoid spreading Covid-19 coronavirus. He said his main concern about student rallies is safety, but masks and social distancing could cope with the disease. (Thailand hasn’t had a locally transmitted case of the…

  • Politics News

    Deputy PM backs protesters’ demand for constitutional reform

    Deputy PM and Thai Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul is backing the key demand of student protesters to rewrite Thailand’s Constitution. Responding to activists’ calls for the dissolution of Parliament, the leader of the Bhumjaithai Party said yesterday such a move would be pointless without prior constitutional amendment. Speaking at the party’s annual meeting, Anutin, leader of second-largest partner in…

  • Covid-19 News

    Travel bubbles to initially exclude tourists

    “20,000 foreign businesspeople, Thai work permit holders, and international school students and teachers have registered to return to Thailand.” Health Minister and deputy PM Anutin Charnvirakul says Thailand’s “travel bubble” scheme will open first to business groups and international-school teachers who can be easily tracked, and not to the world’s tourists. He made the announcement after a meeting with Japanese…

  • Politics News

    Thai Health Minister Anutin takes to TikTok

    Warning! TikTok Thailand says only 1% of its users are aged 45-55. Turns out one of them is Thailand’s mercurial Health Minister, Anutin Charnvirakul. Remember him? He disappeared from Twitter after his comments about “dirty farang” in the early days of the Covid-19 crisis, where he accused foreigners of being the cause of the outbreak in Thailand. His racist remarks…