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Thailand to welcome tourists with quarantine-free visas amid Omicron spread

Starting Tuesday, visitors of any nationality can apply for quarantine-free entry into Thailand, provided they are fully vaccinated. 200,000 and 300,000 travellers may take advantage of the so-called Test & Go program in February alone, with the numbers expected to swell in the following months.

Passengers look at the flight schedule screen at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok on February 1, 2022, as Thailand resumes its quarantine free-travel scheme for vaccinated travellers  (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)
Passengers look at the flight schedule screen at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok on February 1, 2022, as Thailand resumes its quarantine free-travel scheme for vaccinated travellers  (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)
Updated on Feb 01, 2022 11:49 AM IST

Thailand province shuts down restaurants and shops as oil slick hits beach

Some 20-50 tons of oil have leaked in the Gulf of Thailand and efforts to keep it from reaching the Mae Ramphueng beach in Rayong province, southeast of Bangkok, were unsuccessful. It may hit Koh Samet, a popular tourist island that's just beginning to recover from the coronavirus slump

Workers clean oil spill caused by a leak from an undersea pipeline 20 km (12.4 miles) off Thailand's eastern coast at Mae Ramphueng beach in Rayong province, Thailand  (REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun)
Workers clean oil spill caused by a leak from an undersea pipeline 20 km (12.4 miles) off Thailand's eastern coast at Mae Ramphueng beach in Rayong province, Thailand  (REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun)
Updated on Jan 30, 2022 09:05 AM IST

Thailand to resume quarantine-free tourism from February as Covid-19 eases

International travellers from all countries can apply for visas in Thailand under the so-called Test & Go entry program from Feb. 1. Visitors will be required to undergo two Covid-19 tests after arrival, one upon entry and another on the fifth day.

First group of foreign tourists arrive at Suvarnabhumi Airport during the first day of Thailands reopening campaign, part of the government's plan to jump start the pandemic-hit tourism sector in Bangkok.  (REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun)
First group of foreign tourists arrive at Suvarnabhumi Airport during the first day of Thailands reopening campaign, part of the government's plan to jump start the pandemic-hit tourism sector in Bangkok.  (REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun)
Updated on Jan 20, 2022 02:00 PM IST

Thailand considers easing Covid-19 travel curbs as coronavirus infections reduce

Among the travel measures being considered are establishing more "sandbox" areas for tourists, who can skip quarantine if they stay in specified areas for seven days and undergo two Covid-19 tests.

Thailand considers easing Covid-19 travel curbs as coronavirus infections reduce  (AFP)
Thailand considers easing Covid-19 travel curbs as coronavirus infections reduce  (AFP)
Updated on Jan 18, 2022 08:33 PM IST

Thailand may resume quarantine waiver for foreign travellers amid Omicron

Thailand reopened to vaccinated international travellers in November to help a vital tourism industry that collapsed during nearly 18 months of strict entry policies. Now, it mulls resuming quarantine waiver for foreign visitors

Thailand may resume quarantine waiver for foreign travellers amid Omicron  (REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha/File Photo)
Thailand may resume quarantine waiver for foreign travellers amid Omicron  (REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha/File Photo)
Updated on Jan 17, 2022 08:01 PM IST

Covid-19 travel update: Thailand to charge foreign tourists an entry fee of $9

The plan for entry fee comes as Thailand attempts to chart the course for its tourism sector after the pandemic. The Southeast Asian nation has been experimenting with various plans to revive its travel industry with limited success.

A tourist wears a face mask to prevent spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) during sunset near the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand, Covid-19 travel update: Thailand to charge foreign tourists $9 to enter the country (REUTERS/Chalinee Thirasupa)
A tourist wears a face mask to prevent spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) during sunset near the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand, Covid-19 travel update: Thailand to charge foreign tourists $9 to enter the country (REUTERS/Chalinee Thirasupa)
Updated on Jan 12, 2022 12:57 PM IST

Thailand opens 3 more beach destinations to tourists amid Covid spike

Starting Tuesday, vaccinated foreign tourists can enter Krabi, Phang Nga, and Koh Samui in addition to Phuket under the so-called sandbox program that won’t require them to go through quarantine, provided they spend at least a week in these destinations.

Thailand added three popular beach destinations to a visa program that allows foreign visitors to bypass a mandatory isolation, throwing a lifeline to its Covid-hit tourism industry seen as key to a nascent economic recovery.(Unsplash)
Thailand added three popular beach destinations to a visa program that allows foreign visitors to bypass a mandatory isolation, throwing a lifeline to its Covid-hit tourism industry seen as key to a nascent economic recovery.(Unsplash)
Published on Jan 11, 2022 01:41 PM IST

Thailand suspends quarantine-free visas to fight Omicron spread

The virus task force appealed to people to avoid domestic travel and to work from home until the end of January after the Health Ministry on Thursday raised the nation’s Covid alert level to the second highest. 

Thailand indefinitely suspended a quarantine-free visa program for vaccinated visitors and ordered a ban on the sale of alcohol at restaurants in areas deemed at high risk of Covid infections to curb the spread of the omicron variant.(Unsplash)
Thailand indefinitely suspended a quarantine-free visa program for vaccinated visitors and ordered a ban on the sale of alcohol at restaurants in areas deemed at high risk of Covid infections to curb the spread of the omicron variant.(Unsplash)
Published on Jan 07, 2022 07:42 PM IST

Thailand allows visitors back to Maya Bay after more than 3 years

Authorities shut the whole of Maya Bay to the public in 2018, saying coral reefs and beach areas had been damaged by constant tourist activities. But since the start of this year some visitors have been allowed to return.

Thailand has reopened Maya Bay, a white sand beach made famous by the 2000 film The Beach starring Leonardo DiCaprio, more than three years after closing it to allow its ecosystem to recover from the impact of thousands of visitors each day.(Unsplash)
Thailand has reopened Maya Bay, a white sand beach made famous by the 2000 film The Beach starring Leonardo DiCaprio, more than three years after closing it to allow its ecosystem to recover from the impact of thousands of visitors each day.(Unsplash)
Updated on Jan 04, 2022 08:30 PM IST

After "super-spreader" event, Thailand warns of spike in Covid-19 cases

With more than 740 cases of the highly transmissible Omicron reported in Thailand, health official Opas Karnkawinpong briefed people saying “During the New Year, if you visit any place and it does not look safe, just don't go."

After detecting the first local Omicron infection last week, Thai authorities reinstated mandatory quarantine for foreign arrivals and suspended a
After detecting the first local Omicron infection last week, Thai authorities reinstated mandatory quarantine for foreign arrivals and suspended a "Test & Go" programme that allowed vaccinated travellers to avoid quarantine.(VIA REUTERS)
Published on Dec 29, 2021 03:31 PM IST

Thailand reimposes quarantine for travellers as concerns grow over omicron

Government spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana also announced the suspension of “sandbox” programs that allow visitors to remain and move around specific locations, except for the resort island of Phuket, where he said it will stay in effect.

Thailand on Tuesday decided to immediately reimpose a mandatory quarantine for visitors and suspend a “test-and-go” scheme for fully vaccinated arrivals as concerns grow over the spread of the omicron variant of the coronavirus, the government said.(Unsplash)
Thailand on Tuesday decided to immediately reimpose a mandatory quarantine for visitors and suspend a “test-and-go” scheme for fully vaccinated arrivals as concerns grow over the spread of the omicron variant of the coronavirus, the government said.(Unsplash)
Published on Dec 21, 2021 11:11 PM IST

Thailand eyes reinstating Covid quarantine as first local Omicron case reported

Thailand's public health ministry will propose scrapping a Covid-19 quarantine waiver for vaccinated visitors and revert to hotel quarantine and a "sandbox" programme, which allows free movement in specific locations as first Omicron case emerges

Thailand eyes reinstating Covid quarantine as first local Omicron case reported(REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha)
Thailand eyes reinstating Covid quarantine as first local Omicron case reported(REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha)
Updated on Dec 20, 2021 01:30 PM IST

Thailand sees gradual tourism recovery after a month of reopening

Thailand expects only 200,000 foreign tourists this year, and 5 million in 2022. Thinner crowds and discounts make for a more pleasant experience

People take pictures inside a decorated tunnel linking a train station to a department store amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic in Bangkok, Thailand(REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha)
People take pictures inside a decorated tunnel linking a train station to a department store amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic in Bangkok, Thailand(REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha)
Updated on Nov 25, 2021 02:20 PM IST

Thai activists iPhones may have been targeted: Apple 

Prajak Kongkirati, a political scientist at Bangkok's Thammasat University, said he had received two emails from Apple warning it believed his iPhone and iCloud accounts had been targeted, along with a "threat notification" on his Apple account.

Prajak Kongkirati, a political scientist at Bangkok's Thammasat University, said he had received two emails from Apple warning it believed his iPhone and iCloud accounts had been targeted. (REUTERS)
Prajak Kongkirati, a political scientist at Bangkok's Thammasat University, said he had received two emails from Apple warning it believed his iPhone and iCloud accounts had been targeted. (REUTERS)
Published on Nov 24, 2021 06:51 PM IST

Thailand pins hope on luxury travel, long stays to help in tourism recovery

‘Tourist behaviour is changing - there are longer stays with a focus on well-being ... not only bringing back good memories but also feeling refreshed and healthy’: Thailand's AWC Chief Executive Wallapa Traisorat

Thailand’s reopening to vaccinated visitors that started this month has boosted economic activities(MINT_PRINT)
Thailand’s reopening to vaccinated visitors that started this month has boosted economic activities(MINT_PRINT)
Updated on Nov 22, 2021 06:59 PM IST

Asia's tourism hotspots open doors to restart travel but Covid-19 curbs linger

Thailand, which led Asia with a pilot program for travel to Phuket, just reopened its doors to more than 60 countries. Indonesia is welcoming some travellers back to Bali and the Riau Islands while Malaysia will reopen the sugar sand beaches of Langkawi to quarantine-free travel

Asia's tourism hotspots open doors to restart travel but Covid-19 curbs linger(Photo by Milada Vigerova on Unsplash)
Asia's tourism hotspots open doors to restart travel but Covid-19 curbs linger(Photo by Milada Vigerova on Unsplash)
Updated on Nov 06, 2021 02:51 PM IST

Covid-19 travel update: Thailand reopens, UK to have lockdown-free Christmas

From Ireland and Russia reporting record coronavirus cases to Thailand ending quarantine for vaccinated visitors from more than 60 countries, Australia reopening for New Zealand tourists and UK gearing up for a lockdown-free Christmas, catch all the latest travel updates amid Covid-19 pandemic, here

Covid-19 travel update: Thailand reopens, UK to have lockdown-free Christmas(Photo by Rey Melvin Caraan/Lucas Davies on Unsplash)
Covid-19 travel update: Thailand reopens, UK to have lockdown-free Christmas(Photo by Rey Melvin Caraan/Lucas Davies on Unsplash)
Updated on Oct 31, 2021 12:47 PM IST

Come November 1, Thailand to allow quarantine-free travel from 46 nations

On Thursday, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said travellers from these 46 countries can skip mandatory quarantine as long as they arrive via air, are fully inoculated and have a document to show they are Covid-19 free.

An airport staff practices departure protocols during a readiness inspection in preparation for the country's reopening on November 1, at Don Mueang International Airport in Bangkok.(Reuters Photo)
An airport staff practices departure protocols during a readiness inspection in preparation for the country's reopening on November 1, at Don Mueang International Airport in Bangkok.(Reuters Photo)
Updated on Oct 22, 2021 09:45 AM IST

Thailand prepares airports for quarantine-free travellers after 2 years of Covid

From November1, Thailand will allow vaccinated arrivals from low risk countries to return to its popular destinations like Pattaya, Chiang Mai and Bangkok.

An airport staff practices departure protocols during a readiness inspection in preparation for the country's reopening on November 1, at Don Mueang International Airport in Bangkok, Thailand(REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha)
An airport staff practices departure protocols during a readiness inspection in preparation for the country's reopening on November 1, at Don Mueang International Airport in Bangkok, Thailand(REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha)
Updated on Oct 21, 2021 07:38 AM IST

Thailand lifts curbs for vaccinated visitors from low-risk nations Nov 1 onward

Currently, vaccinated tourists need to undergo at least seven days of quarantine in a hotel after their arrival in Thailand.

Thailand lifts curbs for vaccinated visitors from low-risk nations Nov 1 onward. (File photo)(@picture alliance/dpa)
Thailand lifts curbs for vaccinated visitors from low-risk nations Nov 1 onward. (File photo)(@picture alliance/dpa)
Published on Oct 11, 2021 10:11 PM IST

Thailand scraps mandatory quarantine for vaccinated visitors to boost tourism

With countries such as Singapore, Australia and the UK moving to ease travel curbs on international travellers in recent weeks, Thailand could no longer delay its reopening and plans to ease rules for vaccinated visitors to boost tourism

Thailand scraps mandatory quarantine for vaccinated visitors to boost tourism(@picture alliance/dpa)
Thailand scraps mandatory quarantine for vaccinated visitors to boost tourism(@picture alliance/dpa)
Updated on Oct 11, 2021 07:35 PM IST

Flood dining at riverside restaurant becomes a hit among tourists in Thailand

The restaurant, in Nonthaburi near Bangkok, opened in February in a riverside location that perfectly complements its antique architecture and décor.

Flood dining at a riverside restaurant becomes a hit among tourists in Thailand(AP)
Flood dining at a riverside restaurant becomes a hit among tourists in Thailand(AP)
Updated on Oct 09, 2021 07:31 AM IST

Thailand seeks to reduce quarantine period for visitors

Thailand is keen to welcome back foreign visitors, after nearly 18 months of strict entry policies caused a collapse in tourism, a key sector that drew 40 million visitors in 2019.

Thailand seeks to reduce quarantine period for visitors.(Unsplash)
Thailand seeks to reduce quarantine period for visitors.(Unsplash)
Published on Sep 23, 2021 03:46 PM IST

Thailand desperate for tourists following Covid-19 slump

Thailand's tourism industry is reeling from the pandemic and officials want to open more destinations to tourists, despite rising Covid-19 cases.

Thailand desperate for tourists following Covid slump(@picture alliance/dpa)
Thailand desperate for tourists following Covid slump(@picture alliance/dpa)
Published on Sep 21, 2021 04:11 PM IST

Malaysia to re-open Langkawi Islands under travel bubble, uses Phuket ‘sandbox'

Malaysia's Langkawi Islands in the state of Kedah will re-open to locals under a travel bubble, mirroring Thailand’s tourism-reopening plan based on a pilot project in the popular resort island of Phuket. Other destinations will be allowed to operate when the locality’s vaccination rate hits 80%

Malaysia to re-open Langkawi Islands under travel bubble, uses Phuket ‘sandbox'(Twitter/JustTraveI)
Malaysia to re-open Langkawi Islands under travel bubble, uses Phuket ‘sandbox'(Twitter/JustTraveI)
Updated on Sep 03, 2021 07:39 AM IST

Man separates snake and gecko engaged in a fight with bare hands. Watch

The incident involving the snake and the gecko took place in Thailand.

The image shows the snake and the gecko tangled together.(Jukin Media)
The image shows the snake and the gecko tangled together.(Jukin Media)
Published on Aug 30, 2021 05:50 PM IST

Thailand develops robotic system to squeeze out more AstraZeneca vaccine doses

Using a robotic arm, the "AutoVacc" system can draw 12 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine in four minutes from a vial

The prototype
The prototype "AutoVacc" machine costs 2.5 million baht ($76,243), including other materials like syringes REUTERS/Juarawee Kittisilpa(REUTERS)
Published on Aug 25, 2021 01:37 PM IST

Tiny puppy falls asleep in its food bowl while eating. Watch

There is a chance that the super sweet video will make you say 'aww.'

The image shows the tiny puppy sleeping in a bowl.(Jukin Media)
The image shows the tiny puppy sleeping in a bowl.(Jukin Media)
Published on Aug 25, 2021 10:28 AM IST

Philippines to suspend travel from Malaysia, Thailand from Sunday

To try and prevent further domestic transmission of the Delta variant, President Rodrigo Duterte has placed the capital region, an urban sprawl of 16 cities that is home to more than 13 million people, and four provinces under stricter coronavirus curbs until the end of July.

The Philippines will suspend travel from Malaysia and Thailand, as well as tighten restrictions in the Manila area.(AP file photo)
The Philippines will suspend travel from Malaysia and Thailand, as well as tighten restrictions in the Manila area.(AP file photo)
Published on Jul 24, 2021 09:07 AM IST

Thailand switching to Chinese vaccines due to lack of AstraZeneca supplies

Thailand’s latest vaccine strategy is a departure from its original plan of solely relying on Astra vaccine

Thailand’s latest vaccine strategy is a departure from its original plan of solely relying on Astra vaccine, which is being locally produced by Siam Bioscience Ltd.(REUTERS)
Thailand’s latest vaccine strategy is a departure from its original plan of solely relying on Astra vaccine, which is being locally produced by Siam Bioscience Ltd.(REUTERS)
Published on Jul 19, 2021 04:44 PM IST
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