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  • Thailand

    Thailand News Today | Tourism sector frustrated over reopening policies

    Thailand’s Test & Go entry scheme re-opens for registration today and has been given a cautious welcome by tourism operators. Businesses are unsure about the additional rules of Test & Go “Version 2”, including the requirement for an additional PCR test on day 5, which involves a second mandatory hotel stay until a negative result is obtained. This is despite…

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    Thailand News Today | Thailand to open borders to all countries (terms and conditions apply)

    Starting February 1st, Thailand opens its borders tomorrow to all countries. Terms and conditions apply. Meanwhile, Pattaya Walking street plans to open in time for a US military exercise, and a Thai tourist exposes Phuket’s notorious taxi fares. You’re watching Thailand News Today, bringing you the top headlines in Thailand and beyond. And in our first story, Thailand’s Test &…

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    One day to go before Test & Go resumes I GMT

    The Test & Go program of the Thailand Pass is set to start again this Tuesday, country’s outspoken top virologist, is raining on Thailand’s endemic parade, survey finds that most people don’t feel that the government is capable of effectively dealing with the soaring prices of consumer goods and Bloomberg places Thailand in the middle of the pack on Covid…

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    Domestic vacationers, not international, will be majority of Phuket hotel guests

    A report by one real estate consultancy says domestic vacationers, not international tourists, will probably make up the majority of Phuket hotel guests in 2022. After a peak of 5.3 million arrivals at Phuket hotels in 2019, the arrivals dropped by 80% in 2020 to only 1.1 million. Constantly changing Covid-19 policies and confusion over them hinder travellers from booking…

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    Alcohol sales restrictions in Thailand ease again! I GMT

    A crowd control policeman has surrendered to police and admitted to driving a big bike that hit and killed a female doctor in Bangkok on Friday, according to media reports. | Ep.178

  • Phuket

    More lost tourists with Covid break Phuket quarantine for Samui

    Police have yet to confirm whether they found several missing Russians – a single man and a separate couple – who left hotels in Phuket before finishing mandatory hotel quarantine periods only to be found to be positive for Covid-19. But the hunt for Covid-19 infected tourists is on yet again, as Phuket Tourist Police are looking for any information…

  • Travel

    “Special Sealed Route” transit flights from Bangkok to Phuket start February 1

    Coinciding with the resumption of the Test & Go entry scheme, starting February 1, Bangkok Airways will begin two “Special Sealed Route” flights from Bangkok to Phuket per day for tourists arriving under the Phuket Sandbox scheme. Passengers must follow the guidelines set by the Centre for Covid-19 Administration pertaining to required documents. Along with a Thailand Pass QR code,…

  • Thailand

    Test & Go, then test again I GMT

      Thailand resumes TEST & GO scheme, reopens Pattaya and Ko Chang Sandbox from 1 February 2022, but with new changes and amendments. A wildlife youtuber has discovered a new species of tarantula in Thailand and 20 baht bills in Thailand are getting a modern polymer update on March 24.

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    Thailand News Today | New Requirements for Resumed Test & Go Program

    Test & Go is back on, and vaccinated travelers will be able to register for (almost) quarantine-free entry to Thailand starting February 1. There have been slight revisions to the rules, now requiring travelers to have proof of their hotel booking on the first and fifth day of their stay in Thailand when they undergo RT-PCR tests. At its general…

  • Video

    Test & Go entry program reboot announced today I GMT

    The Test & Go programme will be reintroduced soon while entry rules under the scheme will be tweaked. Former key members of the Palang Pracharath Party have unveiled a new party and taken a firm position against Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. The cabinet approved 14.6 billion baht on Tuesday to build the Kathu-Patong expressway. Authorities to strictly enforce the regulations…

  • Phuket

    A second Russian man with Covid-19 missing from Phuket hotel

    A Russian man who tested positive for Covid-19 is being sought after disappearing from his hotel room and not returning yet. Wait! Don’t click away! This isn’t a story about the Russian man who was the subject of a manhunt Thursday and Friday. This is another very similar incident and police are still searching for the missing Covid-infected man. Anton…

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    Phuket entertainment and night life still booming | Thaiger Stories

    The Thaiger’s Jay visits Phuket’s famous Bangla Road ‘walking street’ to have a look at how the entertainment venues and night life is travelling at the moment. The initial observation is that it’s the same as it was back in 2019, pre-pandemic. How hard has the pandemic impacted the world famous Bangla street? And why is Phuket’s Patong getting to…

  • VideoThailand Tourist Sandbox and Test & Go Experiences | Vox Pop Ep. 4 | Thaiger

    Thailand Tourist Sandbox and Test & Go Experiences | Vox Pop Ep. 4

    We go around Patong in Phuket to ask the tourists what their experience has been with the Test and Go entry scheme into Thailand. We let the people tell us about the moods and vibes of the place and what the situation is really like on the island as well as details of the quarantine experience in the hotels. Watch…

  • Phuket

    Police find Covid-19 infected missing Russian tourist… In his own hotel room

    After frenzied reporting on Thai news yesterday, the police manhunt for a Covid-19 positive Russian tourist thought to have escaped his Phuket Sandbox hotel is over and considered a false alarm. The police 191 hotline received notification from the Patong Parak Hotel in Phuket that the man had disappeared from his room after testing positive for Covid-19. The man was…

  • Phuket

    Phuket seeing healthy tourism demand, with 4,000 Thailand Pass applications a day

    The president of the Phuket Tourism Association says the island is proving popular with foreign tourists, receiving 4,000 applications a day through the Thailand Pass system. Bhummikitti Ruktaengam says most of those visitors are from Germany, Russia, Kazakhstan, the United Kingdom, the United States, and France. Bhummikitti credits the success of the island’s Covid-19 measures for inspiring confidence among foreign…

  • Thailand

    Thailand News Today | Covid-19 infections could reach 20,000 per day

    In today’s news, CCSA says new Covid-19 infections in Thailand could reach 20,000 per day, the ghost ship reported yesterday is now believed to be a smuggler’s vessel, and a hospital denies its 39 million person database was hacked – well how did it get the internet then? All this is coming up in today’s program. You’re watching Thailand News…

  • Phuket

    Health officials in Phuket warn of bed shortages amid rise in Covid infections

    Health officials in Phuket say hospital beds are running out as the infection rate begins to climb once more on the southern island. Kooksak Kookiatkul says that, as of Sunday, Phuket has reported 742 new cases. According to a Bangkok Post report, 513 of those are in local residents, with 2 in foreign residents. 133 have been imported by the…

  • Thailand

    Thailand News Today | Test & Go update, ‘Ghost ship’ found sinking in Thai gulf

    In today’s news, yet another update on the Test & Go cutoff date, a “ghost ship” was spotted in the Gulf of Thailand, and man drives into a pond while looking at his GPS. All this is coming up in today’s program. You’re watching Thailand News Today, bringing you the latest headlines in Thailand and beyond. And in case you…

  • Thailand

    Thailand News Update | Test & Go, Sandboxes and Blue Zones?

    Last Friday’s announced new Covid-19 restrictions and regulations were passed into law yesterday and enacted in the Royal Gazette. The Test & Go program, that allowed people to enter without quarantine, requiring only a short wait while their PCR test results came back, has been suspended indefinitely since December 22. So new applications for Test & Go into Thailand are not…

  • Thailand

    Thailand Pass, Punishing the government, Firing Jay | Thaiger Bites

    Jay and Tim go through your messages, comments and feedback from Youtube, Facebook, Instagram and the Thaiger Talk forum on the website. Thaiger Bites, Ep.81

  • Thailand

    Thailand News Today | Test & Go closed Indefinitely & Sandbox destinations added

    In today’s news, the government has finally announced the office deadline for arriving under the Test & Go program. Meanwhile, more destinations are added to the Sandbox scheme. That’s all coming up in today’s program.You’re watching Thailand News Today, bringing you the latest headlines in Thailand and beyond. Let’s start with the bad news first, Registration for Thailand’s Test &…

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    Surat Thani islands, Krabi, Phang Nga approved for Sandbox scheme starting January 11

    With the Test & Go quarantine exemption scheme suspended indefinitely, more areas have been approved to welcome travellers under the Sandbox programme, which allows those who are fully vaccinated to enter and stay in a designated area or province rather than undergoing quarantine at a hotel or facility. Starting January 11, travellers can register to enter Thailand through the Sandbox…