reopening Thailand

  • Thailand News

    Travelling to Thailand… It’s Complicated | GMT

    Complicated entry process of Thailand. A total of 32 university students in Thailand’s Isaan region are facing criminal charges. Villagers contacted Watchdog Foundation Thailand after hearing cats howling loudly and smelling a foul smell. A total of 10,661,150 baht in cash was found inside the living quarters of Luang Phor Yen Satchitto, the abbot of Wat Pa Song Tham. All…

  • Thailand News

    Thailand News Today | Tourism sector calls for full reopening in March

    Tourism operators have written an open letter to PM Prayut Chan-o-cha and other government officials, calling for the country to be fully re-opened to foreign visitors from March. In the letter, the groups say they want all entry restrictions ditched, including the Thailand Pass and PCR testing on arrival, and want Covid declared endemic. They point to several other countries,…

  • Tourism News

    Anutin warns Nov 1 reopening could close again if Covid-19 surges

    Minister of Public Health Anutin Charnvirakul may have dampened the excitement over Thailand’s November 1 reopening when he announced that it is possible that the country could close up its borders in the event of a serious Covid-19 outbreak. The announcement on Monday by PM Prayut Chan-o-cha that he had told the Ministry of Public Health and Centre for Covid-19…

  • Thailand News

    Thailand News Today | Alcohol back on some tables, STV extended, Thai Airways | Sept 29

    The CCSA announced it will allow for alcohol to be sold and consumed in restaurants just in Phuket. The Special Tourist Visa scheme, or STV, was launched last year to draw in travellers from overseas to revive the crippled tourism industry. Thai Airways says it will start selling seats on flights to highly-vaccinated destinations starting October 1

  • Thailand News

    Thailand Restrictions waived Nov 1, Pornography law amendments | Good Morning Thailand | Ep. 97

    In today’s episode Jay and Tim talk about public outcry for amendments into laws regarding pornography in Thailand and restrictions being waived by November 1st.

  • Thailand News

    CCSA approves reopening delay, state of emergency extension

    The state of emergency in Thailand has been extended and the reopening of the country postpone following approval by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration. The CCSA subcommittee met yesterday to approve the extension proposal and discuss reopening. Chairman of the subcommittee National Security Council Secretary-General Natthapon Nakpanich approved the proposal that keeps Thailand in a state of emergency and…

  • Thailand News

    Morning Top Stories | CCSA says Nov 1 Re-opening possible, Joe Ferrari update | September 23

    Caitlin gives us a covid update as well as all the morning headlines across Thailand and regional headlines around Asia: CCSA says Bangkok can reopen on November 1, “Joe Ferrari,” other officers face charges for disciplinary violations, Malaysia to allow interstate travel, tourism once 90% are vaccinated and a Covid-19 Update in Thailand.

  • Thailand News

    Legal action against the Thai PM? Mixing Vaccines | Thailand News Today | September 8

    Thailand’s opposition parties plan to take legal action against the Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and several of his ministers, following last week’s no-confidence vote that went in the government’s favour. From next Tuesday, health officials in Bangkok will replace two doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine with one dose of Sinovac, followed by a dose of AstraZeneca. An auto repair shop owner…

  • Tourism News

    Poll: Majority of Thai people against 120 day reopening plan

    Who isn’t excited about the 120 day reopening plan announced by PM Prayut Chan-o-cha last week? Turns out nearly 74% of people in Thailand, that’s who. In a new poll by the National Institute of Development Administration, the majority of people surveyed were against the reopening in less than 4 months (the PM made his 12 day call last Tuesday).…

  • Tourism News

    Welcome back home: Phuket’s message to the world, echoes its X-Factor, its people

    “As the countdown to the Sandbox hits seven days, resort island pays tribute to its real-life tourism attraction.” OPINION by Bill Barnett, Tourism eyes around the world are focused on a resort island in Thailand this week for the reopening of international, vaccinated travel to the Phuket Sandbox. A key emerging storyline from the island’s frenzied runaway to July…

  • Tourism News

    Latest info for arriving in Phuket from July 1 – Sandbox update

    The latest official traveller advice for the Phuket Sandbox has been announced. The infographic points out that the information is valid for Thais and Foreigners. There are no surprises although there are some prickly issues still unanswered by with the Phuket Governor’s information announced late yesterday, including clarification on exactly who can stay with an international arrival at their SHA+…

  • Thailand News

    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…  

  • Coronavirus (Covid-19)

    PM Prayut asks everyone to work together towards reopening

    Now that it’s been a half week since PM Prayut Chan-o-cha announced that Thailand will be reopening in 120 days, mid-October, multitudes of plans are underway to get the country ready. In a statement online tonight, the prime minister asked for unity, requesting people and government offices to work together to achieve this massive undertaking. PM Prayut reiterated his declaration…

  • Thailand News

    Thailand News Today | PM apologises, vaccine delays, Pattaya sandbox? and sharks | June 16

    A prominent Thai doctor has called on the government to ramp up the procurement of Covid-19 vaccines, amid concerns at the low number of doses administered to date, private healthcare group in Thailand says it’s planning to purchase 5 million doses of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine, Pattaya tourism officials are pitching a travel scheme similar to Phuket’s “Sandbox” , Thailand’s…

  • Tourism News

    TAT declares Phuket “is ready” to reopen for tourism on July 1

    Tourism Authority of Thailand governor Yuthasak Supasorn attended a meeting with Phuket officials yesterday following months of vacillation by local tourism officials and central government departments. The tug-of-war between public health imperatives and Thailand’s battered tourist industry has caused a constant barrage of changes to announced details. “There will be no quarantine for foreign visitors under the Phuket Sandbox scheme…

  • Phuket News

    UPDATE: Tourism Minister reportedly says July 1 ‘sandbox’ won’t happen

    UPDATE By the conclusion of a meeting in Phuket this afternoon the only confirmation was that the July 1 date for a re-opening of Thailand, via the Phuket sandbox was “still on”, according to Bill Barnett from who attended the meeting. More details when they emerge. Bottomline, nothing is confirmed until the Thai Cabinet discusses the issue, probably Tuesday,…

  • Thailand News

    Good Morning Thailand | The man behind the Sandbox, vaccine roll out, 1000s of restaurants suffering

    The countdown is on to the grand re-opening strategy of Thailand tourism, firstly in Phuket with the Sandbox model. Pattaya, Chiang Mai, Hua Han, Koh Samui AND Bangkok to follow. Today we speak to the man who is co-ordinating Phuket’s readiness for this important step in Thailand’s relaunch of tourism. We also discuss restaurant woes, alcohol bans and answer your…

  • Thailand News

    Good Morning Thailand | Bill Heinecke, getting back to Thailand, vaccine roll out

    Today Tim, Bill and Able talk to Bill Heinecke from the Minor Group, one of Thailand’s most diverse hospitality and lifestyle companies. Bill wrote a letter to the Thai PM and we get his thoughts on the reopening plans of the Thai government. We also answer viewer questions, as we do everyday. Keeping you up to date with all the…

  • Tourism News

    Opening Phuket and Thailand to travellers and tourists on July 1 | VIDEO

    If you’re wanting, or able, to come to Thailand at the moment, the best chance is about to happen. It’s called the Phuket Sandbox, but it’s a pilot program for the rest of Thailand’s tourist areas, and eventually the entire country, to reopen safely for travellers and tourism from July 1. There will be changes to the scheme and additional…

  • Thailand News

    Covid-19 quarantine: 119 new infections, restrictions to be relaxed after April 1

    There were 119 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday with 112 local and 7 from travellers entering Thailand, but quarantine may soon be relaxed from April 1. 26 Thai and 12 Burmese are among the 38 cases in Samut Sakhon province, the centre of the recent Covid-19 outbreak south of Bangkok. Bangkok has another 38 local cases, 31 of which are…

  • Tourism News

    Thailand tourism is changed forever

    OPINION by Andrew J Wood Last week the Thai government Minister’s speech shows me that tourism will never be allowed to recover to previous levels. The writing is definitely on the wall, windows and front door, that there has been a major policy shift in government thinking by PM Prayut Chan-o-cha’s cabinet. In a deeply worrying development for Thailand’s massive…

  • Tourism News

    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…