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Old Jul 23rd, 2020, 05:45 PM
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Really?? You pick nits like that? Have you ever sent back an electronic gizmo because the owners manual/directions was translated weirdly. That fight would be OK in the Lounge . . .
Lots of miserable ppl in the DC area like her. Pity is your best response!
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Old Jul 24th, 2020, 07:29 PM
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The amnesty for those "trapped" in Thailand us extended to 26th September.

Here is an outline of requirements as far as I understand it...Tourist visas VOA and 30 day can stay until 26th Sept.

If for some reason you still cannot leave you may get 30 day extension with letter from your embassy.

For long visas...O, B, Ed etc, you have time to get your extension etc sorted at local immigration by 26th Sept. Extensions will start on 27th

Be aware that 90 day sign-on start up again from the 1st of August.

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Old Jul 25th, 2020, 01:17 AM
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Here is the Nation's take on entry requirements for foreigners

https://www.nationthailand.com/news/...ernal_referral


A lot of extra layers of bureaucracy with little thought as to how they will be implemented.

https://www.nationthailand.com/news/...ernal_referral

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Old Jul 25th, 2020, 09:21 AM
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those who want and extension after 26th Sept, th regs are thus according to Phuket News.

"The "automatic visa extension" continues until Sept 26. In order for short-term visa holders to remain in Thailand after that date, they must apply for an extension to stay before Sept 26. For that, they must have a letter from their embassy or a letter from a doctor (in case illness is preventing travel). The 30-day extension, if granted, will become effective from Sept 27"
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Old Aug 4th, 2020, 07:57 PM
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Here is an infographic that lays out the 11 categories of foreigners allowed into Thailand... dated August 4


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Old Aug 5th, 2020, 06:50 PM
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Looks like tourists and other non immigrant visa holders are going to have to wait a little longer.

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"No Immediate Plan’ to Permit More Foreigners Into Thailand" - https://www.khaosodenglish.com/news/...-thailand/amp/


"said only four groups of non-Thai nationals announced in the latest regulation are permitted into the Kingdom at the moment. They include those holding a certificate of permanent residency, a work permit, those who have a special arrangements with the government, and migrant workers."
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Old Aug 5th, 2020, 08:59 PM
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People arriving in Thailand are required to quarantine for 14 days.
This is usually at a state facility.
If you dont like that idea, there are hotels that are officially recognised..... they have contracts with hospitals. .the guests foot the bill.


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Old Aug 7th, 2020, 02:16 AM
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I guess it comes as no surprise to hear that THailand has scrapped the "Travel Bubble" concept..... as it takes 2 to tango and other (target) countries are experiencing 2nd and 3rd waves of infections.

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-he...-idUKKCN2520UN


the situation for Thai tourism is nothing short of desperate

"The island of Phuket has instead proposed receiving direct flights from those countries, with tourists and business executives doing two-week quarantines in their hotels before going out.." - I'm not sure tourists will be I=nterested in that especially the accompanied by preflight medical checks and movement restrictions even after 2 weeks quarantine.

Officially arrivals are 66% down so far on the previous year's total of 40 million...... in reality this means they are down to just about zero from April on
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Old Aug 9th, 2020, 12:11 PM
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Thank you for the updates and sorry to hear how depleted income must be from the huge drop in tourism.
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Old Aug 10th, 2020, 08:26 PM
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They are now talking of a 75% reduction.
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Old Aug 11th, 2020, 03:54 PM
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Thailand’s international borders not re-opening for tourists until 2021 – TAT

https://thethaiger.com/coronavirus/t...until-2021-tat
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Old Aug 13th, 2020, 10:02 PM
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Song Khran "compensate" holidays will be 4th and 7th Seotember.
So the country will have a long weekend then
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Old Aug 13th, 2020, 10:08 PM
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Yes...this is very gloomy. However it is the assessment of one man
"the deputy governor for international marketing at TAT, Chattan Kunjara Na Ayudhya"
His announcement could well be contradicted later.

But at present it sdoesnt look good even for Chinese new year.
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Old Aug 17th, 2020, 09:19 PM
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Every day TAT publishes a colourful infographic, that says nothing more that the basic numbers involved in Covid. Pretty meaningless for those wanting to visit Thailand as it's without comment or analysis.
This is very much the Thai way...lots of facts and no explanations. Their version of freedom of information.
I notice also that there is a note on the newly re-opened national parks.....(yes they're letting the vandals back in), apparently you need to book on the QueQ app.
Let's hope this works better than anything the DNP has done online before!

https://vimeo.com/448073066


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Old Aug 19th, 2020, 02:02 AM
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So now travel bubbles have been diced - that's official?
The "travel bubble" plans have been binned - now "twin countries" are on the table. What they are ,nobody knows yet.
The aim is to open the country to tourists by October 1st
Restrictions will apply.
sounds as if there really isn't a plan yet and when it comes it will be full of holes.

but...October 1st is in time for high season.....if it proves practical
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Old Aug 19th, 2020, 03:20 PM
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Today have read that two Thai nationals, released from quarantine after arriving from o'seas, are reported positive for corona virus. Such a picture will surely upset the idea that 2 weeks of quarantine will be ample to stop the spread of the virus.
The Thai folks are very reluctant to permit entry of foreigners now.
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Old Aug 19th, 2020, 10:18 PM
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Today have read that two Thai nationals, released from quarantine after arriving from o'seas, are reported positive for corona virus. Such a picture will surely upset the idea that 2 weeks of quarantine will be ample to stop the spread of the virus.
The Thai folks are very reluctant to permit entry of foreigners now.
I couldn't find that story in recent media. Maybe apochryphal.
There was a Thai national found to test positive whilst IN quarantine this month

However there is certainly a rise in xenophobia amongst the rank and file in Thailand.
Despite this, the balance Thailand has to make is between encouraging foreigners back or the total collapse of the tourist industry.
There are millions of individuals and small businesses that simply can't survive for this length of time without income.
most can't find work elsewhere either.
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Old Aug 22nd, 2020, 01:42 AM
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Now, according to Reuters, Phuket is going to allow longer term visitors from October.

but...with a barrel-load of butts...."Tourists will have to stay for at least 30 days, with the first 14 days in quarantine in a limited vicinity of their hotel, before they can visit other areas, Tourism Authority of Thailand governor Yuthasak Supasorn told Reuters.

The announcement comes after authorities suspended plans to create ‘travel bubbles’ with partner countries as the number of coronavirus cases in Asia rose.

“On Oct. 1 we will start in Phuket,” Yuthasak said.

Visitors will have to take two coronavirus tests during quarantine before they are able to travel to the rest of the island, Minister of Tourism and Sports Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, said on Thursday.

Staff will also have to remain in the hotel, he added. Visitors will have to take an additional test and remain within the province for another week before they can travel to other parts of the country.

Thailand has gone nearly three months without a confirmed case of a local COVID-19 transmission. It has recorded over 3,300 cases.

The government’s coronavirus taskforce on Friday extended a state of emergency for another month until the end of September to control the outbreak. "

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Old Aug 23rd, 2020, 03:02 PM
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Bloomberg's take on the new plan.
"Thailand may allow some foreign visitors into the country as early as October. Tourists from countries with limited infections will probably be required to wear wristbands with GPS tracking systems and will need to be quarantined in a hotel for the first 14 days, Saksiam said. The plan is likely to be tested in Phuket province, he said."


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Old Aug 31st, 2020, 01:57 AM
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Yet another plan to "revive" tourism

"the government is developing a new ‘visa’ for sunseekers. If adopted it could allow foreigners to stay in Thailand on a long-stay visa for up to 9 months. Nothing has been finalised as yet but Boon Vanasin, the chairman of Thonburi Healthcare Group, says the special visa would help reboot the country’s devastated tourism industry." - Thaiger
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