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    November 1 re-opening of Thailand – The Fine Print

    And now for some of the fine print, answering questions you may have had about re-entry to Thailand from next Monday, November 1. Who can travel to Thailand? Travellers will be categorised into 3 groups… • The first are fully vaccinated visitors from 46 countries (www.thaiembassy.com). They must stay one night in either a SHA+ certified hotel or an ASQ…

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    Thailand is open for tourism again, sort of

    OPINION The opening you have when you’re not quite open. Quarantine-free arrival, except that you’ll still need to book at least 1 night of stay in an approved hotel or AQ (alternative quarantine). No bars are open (officially) and, in most parts of the country, most shops remain closed. In tourist-dependent places like Phuket, more than 90% of the formerly…

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    Phuket hoteliers looking to winter wonderland to bolster the Sandbox

    by Bill Barnett from c9hotelworks.com As the Phuket Sandbox program continues to be the international gateway for overseas travellers to Thailand, island hoteliers are looking at what the winter season could look like. Traditionally a legacy market, many visitors during this period are called ‘snowbirds’ and are from Northern and Eastern Europe. Snowbird travellers are long-stay visitors, with a key…

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    Full text of Phuket Sandbox order released in English

    Today, Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew signed Phuket Province Order No. 3491/2564 officially detailing the rules of the Sandbox reopening. While most provisions have been widely discussed – fully vaccinated travellers coming from at least 3 weeks in a low- to medium-risk country, negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours, US $100,000 Covid-19 insurance, 14 days in an SHA+ hotel, tests on…

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    GMT Live | Bangkok Covid situation, Klongtoey slums, Sandbox squabbles

    In today’s episode Tim and Bill talk with Greg Lange from Bangkok regarding the covid situation in Bangkok and the Klongtoey slums. We discuss the latest news regarding the Phuket sandbox and the challenges it is facing before the July 1st re-opening. For more information on the Bangkok Community Help Foundation, or would like to donate, click here… https://bangkokcommunityhelp.com  

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    Sandbox latest, CCSA says all regions reopening must reach 70% local vaccination

    Discussions about re-opening Thailand have spread beyond Phuket with the latest decisions from the CCSA. Meanwhile, Phuket’s Sandbox re-opening date of July 1 looms. The main narrative out of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration is the need for regions or provinces, slated for re-opening to vaccinated overseas travellers, to have vaccinated 70% of their resident population before they can…

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    Good Morning Thailand | Phuket sandbox, streaming services, high-speed rail in Thailand

    Tim, Bill and Able chat about the latest news stories in Thailand today, especially the latest information about the Phuket Sandbox and the re-opening of tourism for Thailand. All the latest news at thethaiger.com

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    Good Morning Thailand | Hotel woes, Phuket sandbox, your comments | June 7

    Today Bill and Tim speak to KP Ho,the co-founder of the Banyan Tree brand in Thailand. We also discuss the latest in the Phuket Sandbox plan and the reopening of Thailand to general travel. Can you travel to Thailand? Yes… find out how.

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    Good Morning Thailand | C-19 Vaccines – Yes? No?, Thailand re-opening latest, Phuket Sandbox

    Episode 7. Today’s guest Hayden Rhodes, a health professional, father and family man. He’s come to his conclusion about vaccines. How about you? We also have the latest in the Sanbox reopening details for Thailand Bangkok’s on-again, off-again restriction updates. Tim Newton is joined by Bill Barnett from c9HotelWorks. All the latest information about Thailand and Phuket reopening at thethaiger.com

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    Can Thailand be ready to open on July 1? | VIDEO

    So here we are, about 5 weeks away from Thailand re-opening, again, to general travel. Except for the much publicised busload or two of Chinese tourists who have graced our shores over the past 6 months, tourism, has been very patchy. Well, statistically a lot closer to non-existent. Except for domestic travel, which the Thai government have been pumping up…

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    Thai PM orders a crackdown on Thailand’s leaky borders

    Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha is asking the country’s security authorities to “step up” surveillance along the country’s four borders – with Myanmar, Malaysia, Cambodia and Laos – to help stem the flow of illegal migrants sneaking into Thailand. Thailand shares a massively long 2,500 kilometre border with Myanmar, most of the area undefined and littered with walking tracks through dense…

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    Friday Covid Update: 2,256 new infections and 30 deaths

    Thailand’s public health department has reported its tally for the past 24 hours from around the country. There has been 30 new Covid-related deaths and 2,256 new cases. Out of today’s new infection total, 183 of those were from the prison system. Yesterday the numbers jumped substantially because of the release of case numbers from two highly infected prisons –…

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    Phuket’s pilot program to reopen Thailand – Interview Bill Barnett | VIDEO

    There’s a lot more of Thailand besides Phuket, but the southern Thai island has received a lot of attention in the past few weeks because of the intention to remove quarantine for vaccinated international arrivals from July this year. There’s a lot at stake as the rest of Thailand will be watching the pilot program, eager to see it work…

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    Travelling to Thailand right now (April edition)

    Finding information about traveling to Thailand at this time can be a bit confusing. Suddenly there’s a lot more paperwork and the Thai government keep updating the situation. But the good news is that the Thai government have at least put out a 4-part plan to totally re-open the country by the end of 2021/start of 2022. You also need…

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    Thai quarantine confusion – do ASQ hotels know about April 1 changes?

    A gentleman from Sacramento, California, 43 years old, wanted to come to Thailand for Songkran, and then some further exploration. But, with all the changes announced by the government, the restrictions imposed recently for Songkran celebrations, and the hotels still advertising for 14 day quarantines, he’s found it a complete minefield. His main complaint – people ‘on the ground’ don’t…

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    Thailand – the Covid vaccine and quarantine | VIDEO

    Thailand’s Public Health Ministry has issued an official statement stating that, in the short to medium term, “everyone entering Thailand has to do at least a 14 day quarantine”. “The quarantine will apply, even those people who have been vaccinated.” The Public Health Ministry says the reason is because the vaccination process has only just begun in some countries around…

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    Can I avoid the 14 day quarantine in Thailand if I’ve been vaccinated?

    Now that the Covid-19 vaccines are being rolled out in some countries, the next question relevant to Thailand is… if I’ve had a vaccine for Covid-19, can I come back without doing the 14 (or 15 in some cases) days of quarantine? The Public Health Ministry has issued a statement stating that, in the short to medium term, “everyone entering…

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    Kiss the high season goodbye – Thailand’s long wait continues

    Just as last year’s high season was wrapping up, the Covid-19 pandemic became real and much of the world closed borders back in March. Thailand hoteliers, tour operators and airlines had to endure a very quiet low season, obviously a lot lower than usual. But with the next high season upon us the prospects of a sudden surge of tourists…

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    Foreigners who test positive for C19 in Thailand won’t be able to use the public health system

    The battle to reopen Thailand’s borders is shaping up as a 3-way PR fight between economic hawks who are eager to re-open to reboot the country’s tourism industry, a government and medical officials resting on their laurels after containing the virus, and a risk-averse population who, survey after survey, indicate they are keen to keep the borders closed. In another…

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    Thailand News Today | Bangkok protests, Special Tourist Visa, Prisoners slippery escape | October 16

    Thailand news on The Thaiger. Posted daily around 5pm, Thai Time. Hosted by Tim Newton. Train-car collision kills 1, second fatal railway crossing incident this week A passenger train collided with a car, killing a woman and injuring 2 others at a railway crossing in Phetchaburi’s Khao Yai district last night. At last night’s incident, police found the Toyota Vios…