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Thailand considers boosting tourism revenue by revamping immigration rules(Photo by Sara Dubler on Unsplash)

Thailand considers boosting tourism revenue by revamping immigration rules

Bloomberg |
UPDATED ON APR 12, 2021 04:06 PM IST
To smooth investment into Thailand and make it easier for foreigners to live and work, Thailand’s government could revamp immigration rules this year to boost tourism revenue once the Covid-19 pandemic eases.
Here's how foreign tourists can reduce the quarantine period in Thailand(Photo by Mathew Schwartz on Unsplash)
Here's how foreign tourists can reduce the quarantine period in Thailand(Photo by Mathew Schwartz on Unsplash)

Here's how foreign tourists can reduce the quarantine period in Thailand

Bloomberg |
UPDATED ON APR 10, 2021 09:42 AM IST
Thailand is betting on a return of foreign visitors to rescue its economy from its worst performance in more than two decades but here's what the tourists are required to do first to shorten the quarantine
People wearing face masks as a measure to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) are seen at a train station in Bangkok, Thailand.(Reuters)
People wearing face masks as a measure to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) are seen at a train station in Bangkok, Thailand.(Reuters)

Thailand households struggle with record debt, Covid-19 increases burden

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON APR 05, 2021 02:06 PM IST
  • The coronavirus outbreak in the country has shut a small construction firm where she worked for $10 a day for much needed extra income.
People receive the Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine as the Thai resort island of Phuket rushes to vaccinate its population amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak.(Reuters)
People receive the Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine as the Thai resort island of Phuket rushes to vaccinate its population amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak.(Reuters)

Island of Phuket ahead of the rest of Thailand in mass vaccination drive

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON APR 05, 2021 07:45 AM IST
  • The island of Phuket aims to deliver shots to at least 460,000 people - most of its population - as it gears up for July 1, when vaccinated overseas visitors will no longer be required to quarantine.
The geographical position, and a tradition of cautious diplomacy have been reasons for its particular care in remarks on the coup. REUTERS/Jorge Silva(REUTERS)
The geographical position, and a tradition of cautious diplomacy have been reasons for its particular care in remarks on the coup. REUTERS/Jorge Silva(REUTERS)

Myanmar's neighbour Thailand unlikely to toughen stance on coup

Reuters | , Bangkok
PUBLISHED ON APR 02, 2021 03:34 PM IST
  • Thailand potentially has more at stake in Myanmar than any other member of ASEAN, as it shares a 2,400-km border that is also Myanmar's longest with any neighbour.
Close to 20 pro-democracy protesters and student leaders are on remand in prison while fighting lese majeste charges, sedition and other offences.(AP file photo. Representative image)
Close to 20 pro-democracy protesters and student leaders are on remand in prison while fighting lese majeste charges, sedition and other offences.(AP file photo. Representative image)

Thailand: 5 pro-democracy activists charged for violence against the queen

AFP | | Posted by Harshit Sabarwal
PUBLISHED ON MAR 31, 2021 03:55 PM IST
If convicted, the group could face the death penalty or life in prison under a law that has not been used for decades and punishes any "act of violence against the queen or her liberty".
At least 510 protesters have been killed since the coup, according to Myanmar’s Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, which says the actual toll is likely much higher.(via Reuters)
At least 510 protesters have been killed since the coup, according to Myanmar’s Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, which says the actual toll is likely much higher.(via Reuters)

Thailand denies forcing fleeing villagers back to Myanmar

AP | | Posted by Harshit Sabarwal
PUBLISHED ON MAR 30, 2021 05:13 PM IST
“There is no influx of refugees yet. We asked those who crossed to Thailand if they have any problem in their area. When they say no problem, we just asked them to return to their land first. We asked, we did not use any force,”Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha told reporters.
An injured Myanmar refugee receives medical attention at Sop Moei Hospital in Mae Hong Son province on March 30, 2021, after crossing into Thailand via the Salween river following air strikes in Myanmar's Karen state. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)(AFP)
An injured Myanmar refugee receives medical attention at Sop Moei Hospital in Mae Hong Son province on March 30, 2021, after crossing into Thailand via the Salween river following air strikes in Myanmar's Karen state. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)(AFP)

Thailand says it does not push back refugees from Myanmar

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 30, 2021 04:06 PM IST
  • “There is no influx of refugees yet. We asked those who crossed to Thailand if they have any problem in their area. When they say no problem, we just asked them to return to their land first. We asked, we did not use any force,” Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha told reporters.
Thailand has until now made entry requirements strict, including mandatory quarantine, which has devastated tourism.(Reuters)
Thailand has until now made entry requirements strict, including mandatory quarantine, which has devastated tourism.(Reuters)

Thailand approves quarantine waiver for tourists, orders more vaccines

Reuters | , Bangkok
PUBLISHED ON MAR 26, 2021 03:27 PM IST
Tourism-reliant Thailand is racing to secure vaccines for its population and reopen the country to foreigners in a pilot project for vaccine passports.
A vendor prepares freshwater fish at a roadside market in southern Thailand's Narathiwat province.(AFP)
A vendor prepares freshwater fish at a roadside market in southern Thailand's Narathiwat province.(AFP)

Thailand unveils financial support for Covid-hit enterprises

Bloomberg | | Posted by Harshit Sabarwal
PUBLISHED ON MAR 23, 2021 04:44 PM IST
The cabinet approved a 250 billion baht ($8.1 billion) soft loan program that will allow small and medium enterprises to access credit at below-market rate.
The home-grown vaccine candidate is being developed by state drug maker, the Government Pharmaceutical Organization (GPO), with Mahidol University's Tropical Medicine Department and an American non-profit and uses an inactivated virus to trigger immunity. (Representative Image)(AP)
The home-grown vaccine candidate is being developed by state drug maker, the Government Pharmaceutical Organization (GPO), with Mahidol University's Tropical Medicine Department and an American non-profit and uses an inactivated virus to trigger immunity. (Representative Image)(AP)

Thai-developed Covid-19 vaccine starts human trials

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 22, 2021 02:32 PM IST
Thailand's vaccination drive is targeting the inoculation of half of its adult population by the end of the year using 61 million doses of AstraZeneca's vaccine, which will be locally produced from June.
The city's emergency medical service Erawan reported 33 people, including 13 police, were injured by rubber bullets, rocks and tear gas.(Reuters Photo)
The city's emergency medical service Erawan reported 33 people, including 13 police, were injured by rubber bullets, rocks and tear gas.(Reuters Photo)

Bangkok: Police use tear gas, rubber bullets to break up pro-democracy protest

AP | | Posted by Harshit Sabarwal, Bangkok
PUBLISHED ON MAR 21, 2021 12:15 PM IST
The rally outside Bangkok's Grand Palace was a continuation of student-led protests that began last year and have rattled Thailand's traditional establishment, which is fiercely opposed to change, especially with regard to the monarchy.
More than two dozen ethnic armed groups are active in Myanmar's borderlands, and the KNU is among those that have condemned the coup and vowed to support the resistance. (Representative Image)(AFP)
More than two dozen ethnic armed groups are active in Myanmar's borderlands, and the KNU is among those that have condemned the coup and vowed to support the resistance. (Representative Image)(AFP)

Thailand braces as refugees from Myanmar coup flee to border regions

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 18, 2021 07:37 PM IST
An official from the Karen National Union (KNU), which has been fighting the Myanmar army for decades, said almost a thousand people were sheltering inside KNU-controlled territory.
A child feeds an elephant during Thailand's National Elephant Day celebration in the ancient city of Ayutthaya.(REUTERS)
A child feeds an elephant during Thailand's National Elephant Day celebration in the ancient city of Ayutthaya.(REUTERS)

Annual event of Elephant Day celebrated in Ayutthaya, Thailand. See pics

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 13, 2021 05:30 PM IST
Elephants are a source of national pride and cultural identity for Thailand.
A vial of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine at the Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute in Nonthaburi, Thailand, on Friday, March 12, 2021. (Andre Malerba/Bloomberg)
A vial of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine at the Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute in Nonthaburi, Thailand, on Friday, March 12, 2021. (Andre Malerba/Bloomberg)

Thailand puts off AstraZeneca's Covid-19 shot after blood clot reports in Europe

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 12, 2021 11:03 AM IST
The Asian nation is the first country outside of Europe suspending the use of the AstraZeneca shot, while several countries including Canada, Australia, the Philippines and South Korea said they would go ahead.
A man holds a baby at the Klong Toey fresh market after it was temporarily shut down amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak in Bangkok, Thailand. (Reuters)
A man holds a baby at the Klong Toey fresh market after it was temporarily shut down amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak in Bangkok, Thailand. (Reuters)

Thailand to cut quarantine for vaccinated foreigners to 7 days from April

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 08, 2021 08:48 PM IST
  • Vaccinations must be administered within three months of the travel period and travellers will be required to show negative Covid-19 test results.
Mathawee Sithijirawattanakul, sister of anti-government protester Panusaya "Roong" Sithijirawattanakul, reacts after her sister was denied bail and transferred to prison after being charged with insulting the monarchy, at the Criminal court in Bangkok, Thailand.(Reuters)
Mathawee Sithijirawattanakul, sister of anti-government protester Panusaya "Roong" Sithijirawattanakul, reacts after her sister was denied bail and transferred to prison after being charged with insulting the monarchy, at the Criminal court in Bangkok, Thailand.(Reuters)

Thailand charges more activists with sedition, royal insults

AP |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 08, 2021 05:17 PM IST
  • The sedition charges, which carry a maximum penalty of up to seven years in prison, stem from an antigovernment rally in September, though details on the alleged offenses were not immediately clear.
Vaccine Passport: Thailand backs digital travel pass before easing quarantine(Photos by Gareth Harrison and Sumit Chinchane on Unsplash)
Vaccine Passport: Thailand backs digital travel pass before easing quarantine(Photos by Gareth Harrison and Sumit Chinchane on Unsplash)

Vaccine Passport: Thailand backs digital travel pass before easing quarantine

Bloomberg |
UPDATED ON MAR 08, 2021 04:55 PM IST
Ahead of wider reopening plans and easing of quarantine for vaccinated tourists, Thailand backs the proposal to issue vaccine passports to boost tourism amid Covid-19
Anti-government protesters gesture, outside the Criminal court during a protest in Bangkok, Thailand.(AP)
Anti-government protesters gesture, outside the Criminal court during a protest in Bangkok, Thailand.(AP)

Hundreds of Thai protesters rally to demand leaders' release

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2021 07:43 PM IST
  • A youth-led protest movement sprang up last year calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, a former junta leader, and reform of the powerful monarchy. Thai courts have denied recent requests for bail for some of the jailed protest leaders.
Four separate groups of protesters were planning demonstrations on Saturday, while a counter-protest by a pro-royalist group was also planned.(AP file photo. Representative image)
Four separate groups of protesters were planning demonstrations on Saturday, while a counter-protest by a pro-royalist group was also planned.(AP file photo. Representative image)

Thai police warn protesters risk arrest ahead of planned demonstrations

Reuters | | Posted by Harshit Sabarwal
PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2021 03:01 PM IST
A youth-led protest movement sprang up last year calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, a former junta leader, and reform of the powerful monarchy, and a clash between police and protesters last week was the most serious so far.
A 3D plastic representation of the Facebook logo(Reuters)
A 3D plastic representation of the Facebook logo(Reuters)

Thai military denies involvement in network removed by Facebook

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 08:42 PM IST
  • Marking the first time it had taken down Thai accounts alleged to be linked to the government, Facebook said on Wednesday it had removed a Thailand-based network that included 77 accounts, 72 pages and 18 groups on Facebook and 18 accounts on Instagram, citing "coordinated inauthentic behaviour".
The Facebook report says the network posted primarily in Thai about news and current events, including content in support of the Thai military and the monarchy.(Reuters)
The Facebook report says the network posted primarily in Thai about news and current events, including content in support of the Thai military and the monarchy.(Reuters)

Thailand probes Facebook's removal of 185 army-linked accounts and groups

AP | , Bangkok
PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 01:26 PM IST
  • Facebook says the network of accounts originated in Thailand and targeted domestic audiences in its southern provinces, where the army faces a longstanding insurgency movement.
Thailand Reopening Looks More Promising After Virus Wave Tamed(Unsplash)
Thailand Reopening Looks More Promising After Virus Wave Tamed(Unsplash)

Thailand might be reopening for international tourists soon

Bloomberg |
UPDATED ON MAR 04, 2021 07:27 AM IST
The authorities in Thailand have taken out a national inoculation program and are looking into coronavirus vaccine passports so that they are able to welcome back international tourists soon.
Siriporn Niamrin with the whale vomit.(Image via Twitter)
Siriporn Niamrin with the whale vomit.(Image via Twitter)

Lucky haul: Thai woman finds lump of whale vomit, worth over $250,000

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Mallika Soni
UPDATED ON MAR 03, 2021 04:15 PM IST
  • When Niamrin inspected the mass, she found that it smelled like fish. Unaware of what the mass was, she brought it back home with her. The mass could be worth over $250,000
Musician and activist Chaiamorn "Ammy" Kaewwiboonpan, 32, receives roses as he arrives to report himself on royal insult charges, at the Attorney General's office in Bangkok, Thailand February 17, 2021. Picture taken February 17, 2021. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha(REUTERS)
Musician and activist Chaiamorn "Ammy" Kaewwiboonpan, 32, receives roses as he arrives to report himself on royal insult charges, at the Attorney General's office in Bangkok, Thailand February 17, 2021. Picture taken February 17, 2021. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha(REUTERS)

Thai activist Chaiamorn, accused of burning king's portrait, arrested

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2021 01:31 PM IST
  • Chaiamorn is charged under a strict lese majeste law that carries a penalty of up to 15 years in prison if found guilty, as well as arson and trespassing on government property.
Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha (R) looks at a vial of the Coronavac Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine, developed by China's Sinovac firm, beside Yang Xin, Chargé d'Affaires of the Chinese embassy. (AFP)
Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha (R) looks at a vial of the Coronavac Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine, developed by China's Sinovac firm, beside Yang Xin, Chargé d'Affaires of the Chinese embassy. (AFP)

Thailand starts Covid-19 vaccination campaign with China's Sinovac vaccines

Reuters | , Bangkok
PUBLISHED ON FEB 28, 2021 08:43 AM IST
Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, 66, attended the event, although his age falls outside the range of 18 to 59 suitable to receive SinoVac's CoronaVac vaccine, so he did not get it.
Protesters display a banner outside the Criminal Court in Bangkok on February 24, 2021, during a demonstration calling for the release of pro-democracy activists held under Thailand's lese-majeste royal defamation laws. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)(AFP)
Protesters display a banner outside the Criminal Court in Bangkok on February 24, 2021, during a demonstration calling for the release of pro-democracy activists held under Thailand's lese-majeste royal defamation laws. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)(AFP)

Thai court ousts 3 cabinet members found guilty of sedition

AP |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 07:58 PM IST
The verdicts can be appealed to a higher court but under the law the Cabinet ministers must relinquish their jobs immediately.
A healthcare worker takes a nasal swab sample from a migrant worker during proactive testing at their work place, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Samut Sakhon province, Thailand.(Reuters)
A healthcare worker takes a nasal swab sample from a migrant worker during proactive testing at their work place, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Samut Sakhon province, Thailand.(Reuters)

Thailand to start first coronavirus vaccinations this week

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 23, 2021 06:46 PM IST
Thailand will receive the first 200,000 of two million doses of Sinovac Biotech's CoronaVac on Wednesday. The Chinese vaccine was given emergency use authorisation on Monday.
Thailand extends emergency to contain Covid-19, bars and nightclubs to reopen(Photo by Florian Wehde on Unsplash)
Thailand extends emergency to contain Covid-19, bars and nightclubs to reopen(Photo by Florian Wehde on Unsplash)

Thailand extends emergency to contain Covid-19, bars and nightclubs to reopen

Bloomberg |
UPDATED ON FEB 22, 2021 04:40 PM IST
While Thailand approves a proposal for the 10th extension of the nationwide state of emergency to contain the Covid-19 outbreak ahead of coronavirus vaccination drive, bars and nightclubs can now reopen and serve liquor to patrons until 11 pm
Thailand Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha smiles in parliament after a no-confidence vote against him was defeated in Bangkok, Thailand Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021.(AP)
Thailand Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha smiles in parliament after a no-confidence vote against him was defeated in Bangkok, Thailand Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021.(AP)

Thailand's prime minister survives no-confidence vote

AP | , Bangkok
PUBLISHED ON FEB 20, 2021 10:38 AM IST
It is the second no-confidence test Prayuth’s govt faced since taking office in July 2019, following a contested election after Prayuth seized power in a 2014 coup as the army chief.
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