• Coronavirus (Covid-19)

    UPDATE: Israel bans ALL foreign entry over Omicron

    Israel is the first country to impose a blanket ban on all foreigners from entering the country for at least 14 days. In a statement to parliament, Israeli PM Naftali Bennett says the ban, pending government approval, would last for 14 days. Meanwhile, the South African doctor who was the first to sound an international alarm over the new Omicron…

  • Coronavirus (Covid-19)

    UPDATE: Latest news on Omicron – what we know

    World travel destinations are moving to block flights from up to 10 African countries following the discovery of the Omicron Covid-19 variant this week. Officially, the new variant is designated B1.1.529. This is the latest information about the current status on Omicron. The new Covid-19 mutation was first reported to the World Health Organisation on Wednesday this week, by scientists from…

  • Thailand

    Bangkok Airways resumes flights from U-Tapao to Phuket and Koh Samui

    Next month, Bangkok Airways will resume flights from the U-Tapao–Rayong–Pattaya International Airport to Phuket and Koh Samui. The Phuket – U-Tapao flights will resume on December 2 while the Samui – U-Tapao will start back up on December 15. Flights between Phuket and U-Tapao with an ATR72-600 aircraft will run on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays with outbound flights from the…

  • Tourism

    Thai flights up 25%, experts suggest travel bubbles, cheaper Covid tests

    Thailand’s reopening isn’t just a boost for Thai tourism businesses; it also provided a ray of hope in Asia for the battered airline industry as the first reopening in the region. The Executive Chairman of Thai AirAsia’s largest shareholder, Asia Aviation, says this sets the tone for flights, the tourism economy, and businesses in the country. Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok,…

  • Phuket

    AirAsia flights from Kuala Lumpur to Phuket return for Sandbox scheme

    AirAsia has announced that it will resume its flight from Kuala Lumpur to Phuket. This comes in the wake of Thailand’s reopening to international travelers on November 1. This flight will allow visitors to enter the country through the Phuket sandbox programme. The first flight was an Airbus A320 that took off from Kuala Lumpur at 11:15am. The route is currently…

  • Thailand

    Qantas to resume flights from Sydney to Bangkok and Phuket early 2022

    Qantas Airways is gearing up to resume flights from Sydney to Bangkok and Phuket from early next year, with the Aussie airline keen to get the ball rolling as international travel restrictions are gradually being lifted. Sydney is set to see the resumption of regular routes in January, more than two months ahead of schedule, as both the federal and…

  • Transport

    Bangkok Airways to resume Phuket-Hat Yai direct service flights

    Bangkok Airways is resuming its direct service flights between Phuket and Hat Yai starting October 31. According to The Phuket News, the service will be operated by an ATR72-600 aircraft, starting with 1 flight daily. The outbound flight PG298 departs Phuket airport at 9:45am and arrives at Hat Yai airport at 10:50am. The inbound flight PG299 departs Hat Yai at…

  • Thailand News Update (weekday mornings)

    Thailand Top Stories | Travellers after Nov 1 told to book quarantine hotels | October 21

    Natty gives us a quick update on the national Covid-19 situation as well as the top headlines in Thailand and around the region: Travelers after Nov 1 told to book quarantine hotels, Fire at Samut Prakan shoe factory rages for 3 hours, Bangkok Hospital Pattaya gives Pfizer shots to expats, The Cabinet has approved in principle the Flexible Plus Program,…

  • Tourism

    Flights returning to Asia with airlines launching routes and sales

    With Covid-19 restrictions and international border closures finally starting to ease around Asia, airlines in the region are prepping for their resurgence, relaunching their flights and promoting with sale fares. Domestic flights have been increasing in Thailand and travel agencies are reporting growing interest now that countries such as Vietnam and Malaysia are allowing domestic flying to resume as well.…

  • Transport

    Covid-19 restrictions eased: domestic flights can fly full

    The Ministry of Public Health says domestic airlines will have their capacity limits lifted and be allowed to fly full planes after the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration agreed to remove the limit. Until this new Covid-19 decree, flights were limited to 75% maximum capacity. The director for emergency health hazards and diseases warned that the easing of capacities does…

  • World

    Flight restrictions to the US to ease in November – US government

    The US of A has announced that it will remove Covid travel bans on air travel for all passengers starting in November, provided the passengers are fully vaccinated and have submitted to testing and contact tracing. The Covid response coordinator for American president and Corvette fan Joe Robinette Biden, Jeffrey Zients says the new “consistent approach” will take effect sometime…

  • Koh Samui

    Samui Plus programme rakes in nearly 40 million baht

    The Samui Plus Programme has raked in nearly 40 million baht in revenue following its launch in July, according to the governor of Surat Thani, Witchawut Jinto. Witchawut says the plan, which includes Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao, has brought in 918 visitors, 347 of which came through Phuket Sandbox. Despite the governor’s enthusiastic review, the programme has…

  • Thailand

    Over 7,000 travellers fly following easing of restrictions

    The Transport Ministry says thousands of travellers took to the nation’s airports to fly since the government eased lockdown measures. The ministry says that more than 7,000 flyers travelled using 14 reopened airports across 130 flights throughout the nation following the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration’s easing of the national lockdown that took place last week. The ministry went on…

  • ThailandThailand News Today | Phuket eases domestic entry, Thitisan transferred to BKK prison | Sept 3 | Thaiger

    Thailand News Today | Phuket eases domestic entry, Thitisan transferred to BKK prison | Sept 3

    The deputy head of the national police has briefed a House Committee on the legal case against former cop Thitisan Utthanaphon. As Phuket prepares to carefully allow domestic tourists back onto the island, new Covid-19 infection number remain relatively stable. The Baiya vaccine, a plant-based Covid-19 vaccine being developed in Thailand, is ready to begin phase 1 clinical trials this…

  • Video

    Thailand News Today | Restrictions ease, interprovincial travel resumes | September 1

    A head of a regional prosecutor’s office claims the now-ousted Nakhon Sawan district police superintendent intended to kill the drug suspect. Restrictions start easing in dark red zones from today, that includes Bangkok of course. Today’s easing of restrictions also heralds the re-start of interprovincial travel – both buses and flights. A coffee shop employee has sustained serious injuries after…

  • Thailand

    Thailand News Today | Red Zone restaurants reopen, policeman ‘not dead’ | August 31

    A freight train that was bombed and experienced gunfire over the weekend in Southern Thailand is back up and running. Starting tomorrow, restaurants in provinces classified as “dark red” for high Covid-19 infection rates, will be able to offer dine-in services… no vaccine necessary. Thai police say rumours a police officer died after leaking footage of a suspect allegedly being…

  • Coronavirus (Covid-19)

    Regulations for flights between “dark red” provinces set

    The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand announced over the weekend that starting tomorrow airlines will be able to take passengers between the 29 “dark red” provinces. The flights must strictly adhere to disease control measures. The announcement follows the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration’s announcement on Friday that the cessation of domestic air travel will be removed. In order to…

  • Video

    Good Morning Thailand | Autopsy confirms suffocation, some travel restrictions lifted | August 31

    A newly-released autopsy report confirmed that 24 year old Jirapong Thanaphiphat, the man who died in police custody in northern Thailand’s Nakhon Sawan province, died of suffocation and not of a drug overdose. The ban on public transportation out of “dark red” zones has been lifted. Following the CCSA’s decision to ease the restrictions, both the Civil Aviation Authority of…

  • Thailand

    “Dark red” interprovincial transport ban lifted, flights and bus services resume Wednesday

    The ban on public transportation out of “dark red” zones has been lifted. Following the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration’s decision to ease the restrictions, both the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand and the state-run Transport Company announced domestic flights and interprovincial bus services will resume on Wednesday. While domestic travel from the “high risk” provinces, like Bangkok, there are…

  • Video

    Thailand News Today | 7 policemen arrested over killing of drug dealer | August 25

    Thailand’s PM has ordered a full investigation into the apparent police killing of a drug suspect in Nakhon Sawan. Flights between Phuket and Koh Samui, that had originally been cancelled until the end of August, have now resumed. A 38 year old man was killed in a fire that broke out in his home in Pathum Thani, just north of…

  • Thailand

    Good Morning Thailand | Vaccinologist AP Helen – Part 2, Bodies in BKK streets, alternative flights

    Second part of an interview with Associate Professor Helen Petousis Harris – Vaccinologist and Director of the Vaccine Data Link and Research Group at the University of Auckland. Nok Air come up with a way of getting around the Dark Red Zone flight issue, Chon Buri in virtual lockdown, getting on and off Phuket. Your comments and questions.

  • Coronavirus (Covid-19)

    Good Morning Thailand | Interview with vaccinologist, Andaman Sandbox, Covid updates

    Click the link to watch… Today Tim and Jay speak with Associate Professor Helen Petousis Harris – Vaccinologist and Director of the Vaccine Data Link and Research Group at the University of Auckland. The Andaman sandbox, Stephanie Update and the latest covid updates. Plus all your comments and questions.