Yes its frustrating Malc ive been behind School kids riding past a Traffic cop no point in even pulling them cos they don't have money for the fine so there ignored. i have even witnessed cops riding without there Helmet straps fastened.
No, they're saying that the current waiting time for a CoE is 3-6d, while with the new Thailand Pass- system, they claim it'll be cut to 1-3d. But of course, it's just plain rubbish, and it won't make any impact at all on a tourists decision whether to travel to Thailand or not.
The processing time is very different on embassies around the world, and I can't see why this new system would be better. The requirements are basically the same as before. And the more applications, the longer processing time, I would've thought. I know people who've waited for weeks and even missed their flights. While in my case, I got a CoE twice, and on both occasions it took less than 12h. They don't know what they're talking about.
The PCR testing on arrival is even more obscure, will it be done at the airport, or on arrival at a SAH+ hotel? How many SAH+ nights do you need to pre-book for your Thailand Pass? Let's say its 1 night, what happens if the result is delayed? No one knows.
If you ask me, it would've been better if they just kept the current CoE system as it is, until 70% of the population is vaxxed, then just scrap the whole thing.
There are actually several additional hoops, like a fully booked stay in advance, that non-Special tourists don't have to bother with.
These are the same group who predicted ฿30/US$ by the end of the year back in June.