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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
Bloomberg |

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
Bloomberg |

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
Reuters |

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
Reuters | , Bangkok

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
AP |

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
Reuters | ByZarafshan Shiraz, Bangkok

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
Reuters | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz, Bangkok

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
Reuters | , Bangkok

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
Reuters | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz, Bangkok

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
Bloomberg | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz

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
Bloomberg | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz

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
Written by Harshit Sabarwal | Edited by Sohini Goswami, New Delhi

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
Reuters | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz, Bangkok

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
Written by Shubhangi Gupta | Edited by Avik Roy

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
Bloomberg | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz

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
AP | | Posted by Krishna Priya Pallavi, Nonthaburi [thailand]

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
Reuters |

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
ByDeutsche Welle

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
Bloomberg | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz, Delhi

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
ByTrisha Sengupta

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
Reuters | , Bangkok

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
BySrimoyee Chowdhury

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
Reuters |

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
Bloomberg | | Posted by Shanza Khan, Thailand

Second explosion at Bangkok chemical plant sparks new blaze, over 60 injured

A second chemical explosion at Bangkok triggered a new fire on Tuesday afternoon that burned for about an hour, the agency added.

Emergency personnel looks on as smoke rises from a plastic factory after an explosion in Samut Prakan, outside Bangkok, Thailand. (Reuters)
Emergency personnel looks on as smoke rises from a plastic factory after an explosion in Samut Prakan, outside Bangkok, Thailand. (Reuters)
Published on Jul 07, 2021 08:15 AM IST
By | Written by Joydeep Bose

Overseas tourists roam free on Thai island of Phuket without quarantine

Overseas tourists for the first time in more than a year were able to roam free without quarantine on Thailand's island Phuket, as Thailand launched a special programme for vaccinated visitors to the island.

Tourists from Israel, enjoy in a pool as Phuket reopens to overseas tourists, allowing foreigners fully vaccinated against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) to visit the resort island without quarantine, in Phuket,(REUTERS/Jorge Silva)
Tourists from Israel, enjoy in a pool as Phuket reopens to overseas tourists, allowing foreigners fully vaccinated against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) to visit the resort island without quarantine, in Phuket,(REUTERS/Jorge Silva)
Published on Jul 03, 2021 08:54 AM IST
Reuters |

Thailand sees record single-day spike of over 6,200 new Covid-19 cases

Around 90% of Thailand's over 271,000 reported coronavirus cases and 95% of the deaths have been recorded during a surge that began in early April. There were 992 deaths in June, more than 15 times Thailand’s total for all of 2020.

PM Prayuth has targeted mid-October for opening up the country to vaccinated visitors from abroad without quarantines.(Reuters)
PM Prayuth has targeted mid-October for opening up the country to vaccinated visitors from abroad without quarantines.(Reuters)
Published on Jul 03, 2021 07:22 AM IST
AP | , Bangkok

Thailand launches Phuket Sandbox plan for pandemic tourism. Who all are allowed?

While Thailand’s 'Phuket Sandbox' plan is to provide relatively free travel within the country, a fair amount of guidelines and paperwork is involved in it.

The first foreign tourists arrive at the airport as Phuket reopens to overseas tourists under Thailand's Phuket Sandbox plan.(Reuters)
The first foreign tourists arrive at the airport as Phuket reopens to overseas tourists under Thailand's Phuket Sandbox plan.(Reuters)
Updated on Jul 01, 2021 02:50 PM IST
Written by Kunal Gaurav | Edited by Avik Roy, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

'It came to cook again': Thai family gets repeat Elephant visitor in kitchen

Likely driven by the midnight munchies, the elephant pokes its head into the kitchen of a Thai family in the early hours of Sunday, using its trunk to find food.

The elephant had actually destroyed their kitchen wall in May, Kittichai Boodchan said.
The elephant had actually destroyed their kitchen wall in May, Kittichai Boodchan said.
Published on Jun 22, 2021 03:49 PM IST
AFP |

Covid-19 travel updates: Japan to end Tokyo emergency, France to open discos

From Japan ending Tokyo emergency ahead of Olympics to France allowing discos to reopen over the summer, Austria ending the daily Covid-19 curfew from July and Thailand planning to fully reopen to tourists in 120 days, catch the latest travel updates amid coronavirus pandemic here

Covid-19 travel updates: Japan to end Tokyo emergency, France to open discos(Photo by Clay Banks/Juliette F on Unsplash)
Covid-19 travel updates: Japan to end Tokyo emergency, France to open discos(Photo by Clay Banks/Juliette F on Unsplash)
Updated on Jun 17, 2021 04:26 PM IST
Bloomberg |
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