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  • Video

    Thailand News Update | Thailand Pass Updates & Costs increase in Thailand

    The updated Thailand Pass online registration system is now accepting applications for the new test-free entry. It opened just after midnight, today. From 1st May 2022, travellers arriving in Thailand by air will be subject to much-simplified entry measures… Fully Vaccinated Travellers only need to upload the following documents: A Passport Certificate of vaccination And Proof of insurance , now…

  • Coronavirus (Covid-19)

    CCSA delays easing entry restrictions to Thailand… until after Songkran festival

    The CCSA has announced today that they will hold off on adjusting the current entry restrictions for foreign travellers to Thailand until after next week’s Songkran festival, as they continue monitoring the spread of Covid-19 in the country. After today’s meeting, CCSA officials said they plan to adjust their measures in May, depending on the Covid situation after Thai New…

  • Coronavirus (Covid-19)

    ATK solution can cause blindness, Thailand’s fact checking centre confirms

    ATK testing solution should NOT be used as eyedrops. That’s the takeaway from a warning Thai netizens are passing around, claiming that a harmful chemical compound called sodium azide found in ATK test kits could make people’s eyes go blind. The Anti-Fake News Centre of Thailand, together with the Department of Medical Science, has investigated the claim and confirmed it…

  • Video

    Thailand News Update | PCR tests upon entering Thailand scrapped, starting April 1

    Starting today, travellers entering Thailand will no longer need to take a PCR Covid-19 test before their flight, but visitors will still need to take a PCR test once they land in Thailand. All travellers – vaccinated and unvaccinated – no longer need to take the pre-travel test, but requirements after entry vary depending on the program you come on……

  • Thailand

    Thailand News Update | Talks to scrap pre-departure Test & Go PCR test

    Thailand’s Public Health Ministry is set to make a proposal to scrap the pre-departure PCR for Test & Go travellers, making entering the country at least a bit easier convenient and less expensive.The proposal will need to be approved by the CCSA, which will meet again tomorrow and is expected to discuss a number of topics, including possibly lifting the…

  • Thailand

    Convenient Covid-19 testing – say hello to ATK vending machines

    In Thailand, you can find a range of items in vending machines including instant noodles, snacks, drinks, CBD-infused coffee, condoms, SIM cards, electronic gadgets, and even ice cream. In the coronavirus era, face masks and Covid-19 tests have been added to the list. Vending machines filled with rapid antigen Covid-19 test kits has been set up outside a hospital in…

  • World

    Asia News Today | HK has worst Covid death rate in the world, new South Korean President

    South Korea has a new President today after a nail-biting and often nasty campaign. Conservative Yoon Suk Yeol will be South Korea’s new president after Lee Jae-myung, from the ruling Democratic Party, conceded defeat last night. The opposition leader won 48.56% of the ballot, ahead of Lee’s 47.83%.Incumbent President Moon Jae-in was not permitted to run for a second term…

  • Coronavirus (Covid-19)

    Police strap on PPE gear after finding herbal drug for Covid at fatal road accident scene

    Police stepped away from a man’s body who died in a road accident after they found the herbal medicine Fah Talai Jone, which is touted by many Thais to be an effective treatment for Covid-19. Those at the accident scene then dressed in personal protective gear as a preventative measure. An ATK test was later done on the body and…

  • Coronavirus (Covid-19)

    Health officials say PCR testing no longer required after positive ATK result

    Patients who test positive for Covid-19 after using an antigen test kit no longer need to take a PCR test to confirm the result. Suphakit Sirilak from the Department of Medical Sciences says the requirement for a follow-up PCR test is expensive and time-consuming. In addition, the generally mild nature of the Omicron variant has removed the need for people…

  • Coronavirus (Covid-19)

    Positive results from antigen test reach record high in Thailand

    The number of positive results from rapid antigen test kits reached a record high. Yesterday, the Thai health officials reported 42,138 positive results from the ATKs which need to be confirmed with an RT-PCR test to be included in the government’s official Covid-19 count. It’s unclear what the actual number might be as many people who test positive in a…

  • Coronavirus (Covid-19)

    Warning to Covid-19 test for Korean restaurant in Pattaya area

    A new warning has gone out urging everyone who has recently been to a Korean restaurant in the Bang Lamung area of Pattaya to get tested for Covid-19. The Chon Buri Public Health Office put out an announcement yesterday telling everyone who had visited or eaten at Doriwon Restaurant, located in Nong Prue on Pattaya Second Road, to get an…

  • Bangkok

    Soi Nana announces Covid-19 free zone, vaccine or test required

    Without explaining how they managed to open when bars and entertainment nightlife venues are still supposed to be closed throughout Thailand, the bars of the Chinatown hotspot Soi Nana have announced their creation of a Covid-19 free bar area where patrons must be vaccinated or tested. Soi Nana is an alley linking Maitrichit Road and Rama IV Road in Bangkok’s…

  • Coronavirus (Covid-19)

    What to do if you test positive for Covid-19 in Thailand

    Taking at-home Covid-19 tests on a regular basis as become the “norm” this week after many people travelled and met with friends and family during the New Year holiday. Officials are anticipating an uptick in Covid-19 cases, and some areas, like Bangkok and Phuket, have even prepared facilities to house patients. Here’s what to do if you test positive for…

  • Events

    Tourists flock to Koh Phangan for New Year’s beach party

    Expats and tourists are flocking to Koh Phangan for the legendary Full Moon Countdown New Year’s party on Haad Rin Beach, packing ferries and overwhelming some in the tourism industry after a quiet two years due to the pandemic. While many hostels and hotels remain shuttered, those that are open are reporting to be sold out and in some cases…

  • Coronavirus (Covid-19)

    PM Prayut Chan-o-cha says PCR tests will remain a requirement for foreign arrivals

    Thailand will continue using the RT-PCR method to screen arrivals for Covid-19 as a preventative measure to keep the Omicron variant from reaching Thai soil. PM Prayut Chan-o-cha announced today that the Cabinet decided to reverse the CCSA’s decision to change the testing method to the faster, yet less reliable ATK method. The Thai government says the order on PCR…

  • Thailand

    More venues in Thailand require proof of vaccination, or ATK test, at the door

    Thailand’s future looks… vaccinated. More and more venues and events are embracing the government’s “Covid Free Setting” guidelines which call for not only staff, but customers to be fully vaccinated, or test negative for the virus, to be considered a “Covid free” area. Bangkok’s Khao San Road was blocked off the other weekend with bouncers checking documents and digital vaccination…

  • Coronavirus (Covid-19)

    Thai officials mull over testing methods for arrivals following Omicron emergence

    With the emergence of the Omicron variant, just as Thailand was easing travel regulations, the Thai government is mulling over whether to reverse its plan to replace RT-PCR tests with the less accurate, but faster and cheaper antigen tests, or ATK, for arrivals from overseas. The CCSA held an emergency meeting over the weekend in response to the news of…

  • Thailand

    Easier entry for foreign tourists: CCSA approves ATK for on-arrival screening

    This story was updated to include a clarification from a government spokesperson who said an incorrect date during a press briefing. Entering Thailand will get a little easier, and a bit cheaper. The CCSA approved the use of rapid antigen tests to screen international arrivals for Covid-19 starting December 16. The ATK method will be replacing the RT-PCR test, meaning…

  • Bangkok

    Covid test required to enter CentralWorld’s Groove area in Bangkok

    Shoppers entering CentralWorld’s Groove area in Bangkok will need to take a rapid antigen test to enter the two-storey section in one of the Thailand’s largest shopping centres. Alcohol sales and consumption at the Groove zone, which has a variety of cafes, restaurants, and space to hang out, is still allowed. Customers who enter test negative in an ATK (antigen…

  • Thailand

    RT-PCR Covid-19 tests still required for international arrivals – CCSA

    After talk of whether to replace the mandatory RT-PCR Covid-19 test for international arrivals with the rapid antigen test kit method, the CCSA decided to continue to use RT-PCR tests to screen travellers upon arrival in Thailand. The antigen test kits, or ATKs, will be used for travellers on days 6 and 7, or if they develop coronavirus symptoms, according…

  • Coronavirus (Covid-19)

    Officials expect 400,000+ Covid-19 infections from free ATK plan

    The Chinese-made Lepu Medical Technology antigen test kits at the centre of a controversial importing deal are now scheduled to be distributed free across Thailand from September 16. Health officials are anticipating a spike of several hundred thousand new Covid-19 cases as a result of ATK distribution. The National Health Security Office expects that as a result of the influx…

  • Phuket

    Saliva Covid-19 test kits not accepted for entry into Phuket

    The Phuket Provincial Public Health Office is warning people arriving in Phuket that any antigen test kit they use as proof they don’t have Covid-19 needs to be a nasal cavity swab, and not merely a saliva test. The health officials warned they will not issue confirmation documents for ATKs that only use saliva and those who arrived with those…