Thai government confirms re-opening the country for foreign yacht crews and tourists under Special Tourist Visa(STV)
Thailand is preparing to re-open the Kingdom for foreign yacht crews and tourists under Special Tourist Visa.
The STV has been started to rescue the alining Thai tourism industry, which has been severely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The foreign yacht crews and tourists who have been in Thailand’s waters prior to the declaring a state of emergency of Thailand in March, are eligible to apply for the STV. The cost of aquiring the visa is 2,000 baht and it permits tourists to stay up to 90 days. It can also be extended twice and the total period could be 270 days of stay.
Yacht crew and its tourists must stay on their vessels for 14 days fro quarantine, and all foreigners need to purcahse health insurance which covers Covid-19 treatment, and they also have insurance at least US$100,000 worth of coverage for the duration of their stay in the Kingdom.
Thai Immigration is warning about fines for late visa extension applicants
Thai Immigration Bureau is reminding foreigners who need to extend their visa by October 31. Late applicants will be fined.
If the visa is extended before the deadline, the visa will valid from November 1 and it allows a 60 day stay for the visa holders.
Since the recent amnesty period was put in place a few days after the initial September 26 deadline, those who paid 1,900 baht for 30 day visa extensions last month are now allowed to stay until November 30, but
Due to travel restrictions and the global spread of the coronavirus, there has been an amnesty which allowed foreign tourists staying in Thailand without visa until September 26. But after September 26, there still are lots of foreigners who can't leave Kingdom and the new amnesty period was put in place which allow foreigners to stay in Kingdom until October 31. Now the deadline is approaching and those who still need to extend staying need to paid 1,900 baht and get allowance to stay for more 60 days. But they need to go to immigration to get a stamp with the new expiration date.
See the website of Thailand Immigration for details.
Thailand start separate test for big size bike riders from 2021
From February 2021, a big size motorbike riders will be required to pass a separate driving test and training session to receive a motorbike licence. The regulation has approved in August and it will start in February 2021.
Thailand has the highest rate of motorcycle-related deaths and it's one of the world’s worst road safety records. The reglation will be put in force to reduce the traffic accidens of the big bike riders.
Anyone with a bike over 400cc will need to attend the training session and take the test in order to comply with the law from February 19.
Loy Krathong Festival 2020 will take place on October 31
Thai tradistional festival "Loy Krathong" will be held on October 31 this year. Loy Krathong normally happens on the Full Moon of the 12th month of the traditional Thai lunar calendar, so the date of Loy Krathong changes every year. Actually the Full Moon date of this year is October 30, but to rescue the alining Thai tourism industry the date of Loy Krathong 2020 was changed to October 31 which is Saturday and it's expected that lots of tourists living inside Thailand will travel to visit Loy Krathong Fetival of all over Kingdom.
In northern Thai districts, such as Chiang Mai, people release lanterns to the sky during Loy Krathong Festivel days. This lantern is called "Khom" in Thai and the event of realease of these lanterns is called "Khom Loy".
145 Chinese tourists from Gaungzhou with Special Tourist Visa has arrived into Bangkok
Accouding to Mr. Kittipong Kittikajorn Deputy Director of Suvarnabhumi Airport, 145 Special Tourist Visa (STV) Chinese tourists has arrived to Bangkok from Guangzhou on Octber 26, 2020.
China Southern Airlines flight CZ3081 to Suvarnabhumi Airport had a total of 279 passengers including 145 Chinese tourists with STV, the remainings are 118 foreign business men and Thais. All of these 145 Chinese tourists has already passed the quarantine test and they will stay an alternative state quarantine hotel (ASQ) for 14-days and they can travle in Kingdom after this quarantine.
Thai Officials started to select “low risk” countries for Covid-19
The Thai government is now listing the low risk countries for the Covid-19 virus. The low rist conntries will be reduced the mandatory quaratine perid wichi is now 14-days for foreign arrivals.
According to Danucha Pichayanan of the National Economic and Social Development Council, clear criteria have to be set to admit foreign visitors to the Kingdom.
Now the government’s Centre for Economic Situation Administration started to consider easing up on some of entry restrictions for foreign investors and businesspeople, and the easing up restrictions includes a reduction in the quarantine period.
TAT announces medical insurance for foreign visitors into Thailand
Thailand’s Office of Insurance Commission(OCI) now started COVID-19 medical isurance for overseas travellers. The medical insurance is available online at the website of OIC.
Now all foreign visitors to Kingdom are required to purchase a medical insurance with at least USD $100,000 coverage for possible COVID-19 treatment, There are few insurances to cover such a high price, and it is a big burden for the visitors.
Foreign travellers will enjoy the following advantages of purchasing an OIC-endorsed medical insurance policy, which is available online at https://covid19.tgia.org/:
The price of The OIC-endorsed COVID-19 insurance package
30 days : from 1,600-4,800 Baht
60 days : from 2,880-8,640 Baht
90 days : from 3,840 – 12,160 Baht
120 days : from 7,680 – 23,040 Baht
1 year : from 14,400 – 43,200 Baht
- The insurance policy has been approved by the Thai government officialy. It can be used when visitors apply the Thai visa. Coverage begins immediately after arriving in Thailand.
- When travelers admitted at any private hospitals nationwide Kinddom, thet don't need for advance payment or out-of-pocket expenses, but the insurance coverage does not exceed USD $100,000.
- In the case of death by COVID-19 infection, the insurance company will provide a life insurance benefit of USD $100,000 to the beneficiary.
- Vistors can purchase the insurance online at OIC website and the insurance premium cost is very reasonable.
39 Chinese tourists arrived in Thailand tested negative for Covid-19
According to the Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, 39 Chinese trourists with Special Tourist Visa arrived in Bangkok from Shanghai on October 20 and they have been isolated in designated quarantine hotel for 14 days in Bangkok. Thay have no symtoms of Covid-19 and all of they were negative for Covid-19 test.
They would stay at the alternative state quarantine hotel(ASQ) for 14 days and they will be able to travel Thailand after they will be confirmed negative for Covid-19 coronavirus tests.
CCSA of Thai government is planning that they accept the foreign tourists with this Special Tourist Visa first and confirm no one is positive in this process, and then they will consider easing restrictions on all foreign tourists entering Thailand to restore ailing Thai tourism after being badly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Cool season begins in Thailand
According to the Meteorological Department, Thailand officially ended the rainy season and entered the cool season on October 22,2020.
The department warned that some provinces will continue to experience heavy rainfall and storms and it will result in floods.
The cool season is the high season for tourists in most provinces in Thailand, but the kingdom has been shutdown since March and the trourism of Thailand is completely ailing now. The first tourists from foreign country just arrived into Bangkok on October 20 last Tuesday, but it was just 39 tourists from Shanghai, China and The small number of tourists alone has a limited impact on Thailand's tourism industry.
It's hoped that the day will come as soon as possible for many foreign tourists to enter Thailand without any restrictions.
First group of Chinese tourists arrived at Bangkok
According to the Tourism Authority of Thailand(TAT), The first foreign tourists since Thailand's borders was shutdown in March arrived at Suvarnabhumi airport from Shanghai, China on October 20.
The 41 Chinese trourists with which
Thai cabinet recently approved a Special Tourist Visa (STV) to rescue the country's ailing Thai tourism industry. TAT governor Yuthasak Supasorn said that the Chinese tourists on STV arrived at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport on a special Spring Airlines flight at 5.10pm yesterday.
These tourists have to enter the 14-day mandatory quarantine in Bangkok. Upon arriving, the tourists were required to download a tracking app on their smartphones.
More 147 Chinese tourists from Guangzhou, China are expected to arrive at Suvarnabhumi airport on Oct 26. Accouding to the TAT's estimatiton, each of these tourists would spend around 800,000 baht during their stay in Thailand.
10 international airlines now offer flights to Thailand
Thailand started easing up Covid-19 travel restrictions. According to the Ministry of Transport, 10 international airlines have started selling flights to Thailand.
The 10 international airlines are Emirates, Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways, Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines, Lufthansa, Swissair, Austrian Airlines, Eva Air and KLM.
Thai gornment recently approveed the new Tourist Visa which is called "Special Tourist Visa(STV). The visa allows a 90 day stay and can update twice and the tourist with STV can stay at Thailand up to about 9 months.
Any kind of Tourists still required to stay at alternative state quarantine (ASQ) accommodation for quarantine for 14 days and have to pass quarante tests 2 times during the period. It is still not easy to enter Thailand yet, but Thailand is certainly taking the step to reopen the country to rescue the dying tourism industry and Thai economy.
41 Chinese tourists will arrive into Thailand
41 Chinese tourist who got Special Tourist Visa(STV) will arrive in Thailand from at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi airport. This the first foreign tourists after Thailand locked down the country.
According to Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Governor Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, 41 Chinese tourists from Shanghai, China will arrive at Suvarnabhumi Airport around 17:00 on October 20th. They will stay at a designated hotel(ASQ:Alternative State Quarantine hotel) for 14 days and will stay in Bangkok for total 30 days. Furthermore, about 100 Chinese tourists from Guangzhou, China will arrive in Bangkok on October 26.
After confirming the success of this reopening the country, Thailand is planning to accept more foreign tourists by quarantine-free process.
Thailand started to talk with China to establish a quarantine-free trave process by January 2021
According to Tourism Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, Thai government just started to talk with Beijing to establish a quarantine-free trave process between Thailand and China by January 2021. China accounted for a quarter of Thailand’s tourist arrivals in 2019. To rescue ailing Thai tourism industry, China will be the first low-risk country and Chinese tourists can enter Thailand by quarantine-free process.
This agreement will be subject to the success of a limited reopening of the Thai tourism industry to foreign travelers with special travel visa this month.
Thailand Gin Jay Festival(Vegetarian Food Fest) 2020
Gin Jay Festeval(Vege Fest) has been held from 17 to 25 October in 2020 all over Thailand. Over 130 restaurants will provide vegitarian foods on Yaowarat Road in China Town in Bagkok.
120 special visa Chinese tourists from Guangzhou will arrive to Suvarnabhumi airport Bangkok on October 20
The General Manager of Suvarnabhumi Airport confirmed that The first group of 120 tourists traveling under the ‘Special Tourist Visa’ (STV) from Guangzhou China is going to arrive in Suvarnabhumi airport Bangkok on October 20.
Suvarnabhumi Airport and the Public Health Ministry is preparing for re-opening the country under strict health measures to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 and to save Thailand's economy being hit hard by the country's shutdown.
The tourists under STV visa are from only low risk countries and will be tested for infections raight after entering Thailand following national health restrictions.
These 120 tourists from Guangzhou will be required to have Covid-19 test when they enter Thailand.
Bangkok Airways resumes in-flight food services
Some airlines eliminated in-flight food services since the start of spreading Covid-19 this March. However, lots of airlines are resuming their in-flight food and beverage services now. Thailand’s Bangkok Airways just announced that they will resume thier in-flight food service for its domestic routes starting from 15 October, 2020.
"Thai Bridge" between Pattaya and Hua Hin. Government started to discuss 900 billion baht investment
The Thai government announced that they stated to plan to build a so-called “Thai Bridge” which would connect Pattaya to Hua Hin. The estimated amount of investment would be about 900 billion baht.
The 900 billion baht investment is expected to take 10 years to financially implement
The transport distance by a car between Hua Hin and Pattaya is 400km now. When the "Thai Bridge" is completed, the travel distance between them will be reduced to only 100km. The bridge would likely increase tourism in Hua Hin, because Pattaya has a larger crowd than Hua Hin with 10 times more tourists.
Foreign trourists from China will arrive in Phuket with Special Tourist Visa on October 26th, 2020.
120 Chinese foreign tourists from China will arrive in Phuket on October 26th. It's the first foreign tourists who arrive in Thailand from foreign country since Thailand effectively closed down country and refuse its foreign tourists in April. This shutting down country resulted in a projected loss of up to ฿8 billion a day and it have been damaging its tourism industry.