Thai AirAsia Announces Domestic Flight Sale. Price Starts at THB 99.
Thai AirAsia will hold a sale for domestic flights boarding from September 1, 2021 to December 16, 2021. The sale period is 3 days from May 24th to 26th. Fares vary by route and range from 99 Baht to 299 Baht (for BIG members).
The target routes and sale prices are as follows.
Departure and arrival at Don Muang Airport, Bangkok
99 Baht: Phuket, Chiang Rai, Konken, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Surat Thani
199 Baht: Chiang Mai, Phitsanulok, Ubon Racha Thani, Udon Thani, Hat Yai, Krabi
299 Baht: Nan, Loei, Trang
Departure and arrival at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
99 Baht: Chiang Mai, Hat Yai, Phuket, Nakhon Si Thammarat
199 Baht: Nan
In addition, except for departures and arrivals in Bangkok, Chiang Mai-Hua Hin and Udon Thani-Hua Hin are 199 baht. Please check the official website of Thai AirAsia for details.
Thai private hospital orderd 5 million doses of Moderna vaccine
The Thai Private Hospital Association plans to vaccinate Moderna as its own vaccination program, in addition to the AstraZeneca of Siam Biotech vaccines that the Thai government is trying to deploy in large numbers.
A group of more than 200 private hospitals now states that they plan to order 5 million doses of Moderna vaccine through the Government Pharmaceutical Organization.
In Thailand, Thai Government approved the domestic vaccination of the Moderna vaccine on May 13 as the fourth vaccine after Sinovac, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson. The government is currently dependent on the Sinovac and AstraZeneca vaccines, but private companies and hospitals are now able to sell alternative vaccines.
The Thai government plans to launch a large-scale vaccination program on June 7, and has set a goal of administering 100 million doses by the end of 2021.
Thai AirAsia Extends 21 Flight Suspensions from June 1st to 13th
Thai AirAsia has decided to suspend flights on 21 domestic routes due to the spread of Covid-19 infection in Thailand. The routes that were suspended are as follows.
1. Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi Airport) – Nan
2. Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi Airport) – Nakhon Si Thammarat
3. Bangkok (Don Muang Airport) – Ranong
4. Bangkok (Don Muang Airport) – Chumphon
5. Bangkok (Don Muang Airport) – Sakon Nakhon
6. Bangkok (Don Muang Airport) – Loei
7. Bangkok (Don Muang Airport) – Buri Ram
8. Chiang Mai – Pattaya
9. Chiang Mai – Phuket
10. Chiang Mai – Khon Kaen
11. Chiang Mai – Krabi
12. Chiang Mai – Hat Yai
13. Chiang Mai – Surat Thani
14. Pattaya – Hat Yai
15. Udon Thani – Phuket
16. Udon Thani – Pattaya
17. Khon Kaen – Phuket
18. Khon Kaen – Hat Yai
19. Pattaya – Phuket
20. Chiang Mai – Hua Hin
21. Udongtai – Hua Hin
Thai AirAsia used to suspend regular flights during the second wave of Covid-19 infection, but after the second wave converged, all scheduled flights suspended had been resumed in late April. However, the third wave of infection spread occurred in late April, it was decided to suspend regular flights again.
If you need to fly within Thailand, please be aware of the regular flight status.
Vaccination for foreigners in Thailand will start registration on June 7
Foreigners living in Thailand will be registered for Covid-19 vaccination from June 7th.
Foreigners can register for the vaccine at the hospital. Foreign Ministry spokesman Natapanu Nopakun recommends vaccination registration at hospitals where health records are submitted. To register for a foreigner's vaccine, you will need your passport, work permit or social security number ID.
In Bangkok, Vimut Hospital and Bangrak Hospital are currently designated as vaccination centers.
The registration plan for future vaccinations for each type of foreigner staying is as follows.
Thai spouses and families, retirees, businessmen and investors working in Thailand and their spouses:
On-site registration at the Vaccination Center will begin on June 7th. The Ministry of Public Health assigns vaccines to local vaccination centers. Foreigners are required to register at the hospital where their health records are submitted.
International Students Foreign Students:
Arranged by the Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation. Vaccination centers for students are determined by the University Presidents' Meeting at each university.
The Social Security Administration coordinates with the employer regarding vaccination.
Japanese government refuses entry from 7 countries including Thailand from May 19th
On May 19, the Japanese government decided to deny foreigners who have stayed in seven countries, including Thailand, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, and Mongolia, where the new coronavirus infection is spreading, within the past 14 days. Special permanent residents are not eligible. Conducted from midnight on May 21st.
Plan to vaccinate 50,000 people a day in Bangkok Aiming for herd immunity
To curb the spread of COVID-19 infection in Bangkok, health authorities will work with private agencies to set up 25 vaccination centers by the end of May. Health officials are aiming for herd immunity by vaccination of 50,000 people per day.
There are currently only three vaccination centers in Bangkok. He works from 8:30 am to 5 pm daily and is vaccinated about 1,200 people a day. At this time, healthcare professionals are vaccinated by front-line workers at risk of infection, such as bus drivers, teachers, garbage collectors, and nursery staff.
The 25 new centers will be able to vaccinate 38,000 to 50,000 people per day. This will significantly advance the Thai government's goal of achieving herd immunity to vaccinate 5 million people in Bangkok within the next two months and 50 million people nationwide by the end of the year. According to the Bangkok government, the 25 vaccination centers planned are:
Bhumirajanagarindra Kidney Institute Hospital
Big C Romklao
Big C Bangbon
Central Festival Eastville
Central Plaza Ladprao
Central Plaza Pinklao
PTT Station, Rama II
Robinson Lifestyle Lat Krabang
Siam Commercial Bank Head Office
True Digital Park
Tesco Lotus Minburi
Tesco Lotus Rama IV
The Mall Bang Kapi
The Mall Bang Khae
University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce
The Thai government plans to vaccinate 50 million people by the end of the year, and since few people are enrolled in the mass vaccination scheduled for June, we are considering a walk-in vaccination. There is. A total of 100 million COVID-19 vaccines have been secured and the government plans to obtain an additional 50 million.
Thailand mass vaccination roll out will start next week. The vaccination registration process for foreigners is under discussion.
Mor Prom, a free Covid-19 vaccination booking app, has already started to register for Thais. The Thai government is planning to start registration for foreign residents as well.
Foreign Ministry deputy spokesman Natapanu Nopakun said the vaccine arrived earlier than expected and mass vaccination could begin as early as next week. Vaccination will begin as soon as it is distributed to the walk-in center, the venue for vaccination.
For foreign residents, in order to make an appointment for vaccination, they plan to register with Mor Prom, which will be upgraded to foreigners in the future, or visit the walk-in center at the vaccination site to receive vaccination. is. It is believed that inoculation can begin as soon as the walk-in center is ready.
Currently the English and other language versions of Mor Prom is under development.
Vaccination registration for foreigners in Thailand starts from August
According to Thai government spokesman Ratchada Thanadirek, it was announced that all Thais between the ages of 18 and 59 will be able to register for Covid-19 vaccination from 31 May.
Vaccination registration can be done via the MorPrompt app, Line account, public hospitals, health volunteers, or any other method. Walk-in registration is available according to province announcements. Registration and vaccination for people aged 60 and over and people with chronic diseases has already started, but due to the recent spread of virus infection, vaccinations for 18-59 years old have been advanced in July, so registration has also been advanced. Registration started on May 31st.
Meanwhile, according to the Ministry of Public Health, foreigners in Thailand are scheduled to register for vaccination after August.
Moderna vaccine wiil be imported to Thailand by October
The COVID-19 vaccine of AstraZeneca and Sinovac, which has already been approved and started to be inoculated in Thailand. In addition, Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine will be available in Thailand by October. Sinovac plans to deliver an additional 2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to Thailand later this month.
According to Paiboon Aeksaengsri, Secretary-General of the Private Hospital Association, 50-6 million doses of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine are expected to be shipped to Thailand later this year.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last week approved the registration of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine. This is the fourth FDA-approved vaccine after AstraZeneca, Shinovac and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.
Mr. Paiboon said the price of Moderna's vaccine is set by the Government Pharmaceutical Organization (GPO). Inoculators are believed to be charged a standard price for vaccines and service charges. The private hospital claimed that it did not consider the benefits form distributing and inoculating the COVID-19 vaccine.
As of May 14, a total of 2,218,420 COVID-19 vaccines were administered to Thais throughout Thailand.
Thai government ordered relevant parties to resume international flights in November
On Friday, Thailand's Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob ordered the Thai Civil Aviation Authority (CAAT) and officials to prepare for the opening of international flights as scheduled in November.
The Airports of Thailand, U-Tapao International Airport and Bangkok Airways have been ordered to draft response procedures for international travelers when resuming international flights in accordance with the guidelines issued by the Covid-19 Situation Management Center.
Hua Hin will start vaccination of residents from next month in preparation for the reopening of the border in October
A Covid-19 vaccine dose of 350,000 will be sent to Hua Hin next month and residents and people working in the tourism industry will begin vaccination. As part of the Hua Hin Recharge Project, vaccinations will be initiated to prepare for reopening Hua Hin to foreign tourists.
The Committee of National Tourism Policy recently approved plans for vaccinated foreign tourists to travel to Hua Hin. Under this plan, the tourism committee of Hua Hin is encouraging to reopen Prachup Kiri Khan, Bangkok, Petchaburi and Buri Lam for vaccinated foreign tourists from October. It is the model similar to the sandbox model in Phuket.
If it goes according to plan, it is expected that at least 100,000 tourists will visit Hua Hin from October to December, generate more than 1.2 billion baht and about 100,000 will be able to get their jobs back.
Thailand will obtain 10 to 20 million doses of Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine
According to the Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul, the minister said in a meeting between the minister and Pfizer representative that Thailand would obtain 10 to 20 million doses of Pfizer vaccine.
According to Anutin, the Thai Food and Drug Administration will accelerate the registration process as soon as possible, and the Pfizer vaccine will arrive in Thailand in the third or fourth quarter of this year.
Currently, the Chinese Shinovac vaccine, also known as Coronavac, has already been vaccinated for adults aged 18 to 60 years, and the AstraZeneca vaccine for adults and the elderly.
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine was approved by the Thai FDA, and the Modana vaccine was also approved by the FDA yesterday, May 13.
TAT expects 129,000 foreign tourists in Phuket
The Thai Tourism Board estimates that 129,000 tourists will arrive in Phuket in the first three months of the reopening of the border. Authorities still insist that foreign tourists vaccinated from 1 July will be able to enter the island without quarantine. .. According to the Bangkok Post, TAT will also subsidize 100,000 domestic airline tickets and partner with domestic airlines.
Authorities are currently in talks to provide a subsidy of THB 1,000-2,000 for domestic airfares for tourists participating in the Thai Airways, Thai Smile Airlines and Phuket Sandbox schemes. This subsidy is expected to extend to other local carriers.
Besides Phuket, there are nine other sandbox areas, but if all nine areas are reopened, we expect 3-4 million tourists in the fourth quarter of 2021.
COVID-19 has been re-emerged in Thailand since April, but TAT is not expected to have a significant impact on tourism. Meanwhile, travel agencies have expressed concern that the virus infection situation could affect the border reopening timeline and urged TAT to ensure that everything was done as planned.
Phuket border reopening plan on July 1st mat delay
The surge in Covid-19 infection reduces the likelihood that Phuket will reopen its tourist border on July 1 without quarantine. The Governor of Phuket today warned that the border reopening plan could be jeopardized if the goal of reducing infections to less than 10 people a day by May 15 was not achieved. Governor Naron Unchiu urges everyone to work together to control the infection. The current daily rate is 10 to 15, and the sandbox plan to arrive in Phuket without quarantine in July is almost certainly delayed.
Daily infections are increasing in Phuket. This is believed to be due to parties and social gatherings that violate the current Covid-19 restrictions.
Under the current restrictions of the Covid-19 Emergency Decree, a rally in which two people who do not belong to the same household participate together is considered subject to legal action and will be punished. The other day, a group of six British and Thai people investigated by police were found drinking at a party, and two British citizens each cost 6,000 baht as a breach of Covid-19 safety measures. I was fined.
Health officials inoculate 3,000 people a day to vaccinate 70% of Khlong Toei's slums
On April 27, in the Bangkok metropolitan area, 19,983 people tested for COVID-19 infection in the Clone Toy area, 654 were positive, 5,700 were waiting for results, and others were negative.
Health officials are urgently immunizing 70% of the inhabitants of Bangkok's Clone Toy district, Bangkok's largest slum, with the aim of vaccination. Hundreds of people have been positive for Covid-19 in the area since April this year. Living in a very crowded environment and many unable to quit their jobs due to self-isolation, Thai authorities are conducting aggressive Covid-19 testing and mass vaccination campaigns to contain the virus. doing.
Inoculation was done at the Tesco Lotus Rama IV and Wat Khlong Toey School, in addition, an inoculation site was set up in the Port Authority Stadium. Approximately 50,000 of the 80,000 inhabitants of the area need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to obtain herd immunity.
Thailand advances plans to reopen tourist destinations
The Thai government is planning to abandon the current mandatory quarantine of Bangkok for vaccinated visitors and five other major tourist destinations from October this year, and is working to reboot the country's ailing dying tourism industry.
Dr. Traisulee Traisoranakul of CCSA said the new measures will make it easier to access major attractions such as Pattaya, Phang Nga, Koh Samui, Krabi and Bangkok from October 1st.
Tourism and government officials in Phuket also claim that the pilot's "sandbox" scheme is preparing to open to vaccinated travelers from July 1. The positive move will take place from May 14 when local authorities announce a 14-day forced quarantine period to replace rapid antigen testing. The quarantine period is for all arrivals who are not fully vaccinated or who can provide a negative PCR Covid test within the last 72 hours. “No quarantine” is an important change for Thailand's new resumption policy.
Meanwhile, Tourism and Sports Minister Fifat Rachakitoplakhan reiterated this week that the island must register for zero new infections before a quarantine-free resumption is possible. In addition to the previous provision, the vaccination as much as 70% of the island's population is required. As of today, only 22% of Phuket's population is vaccinated, but new registrations are taking place next week. Phuket is vaccinated at this stage and is ahead of the rest of Thailand.
Covid-19 rapid antigen testing to the visitors to Phuket may end May 15th
Phuket Vice-Governor Piyapong Pue Won said he would consider discontinuing the Covid-19 rapid antigen test for people arriving in Phuket after May 15.
Entry into Phuket after April 22 is limited to travelers from the Red Zone states and requires proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test within the last 72 hours. Those who arrive without any of these is required the rapid antigen test. Thai people would be free and 500 baht would be tested for foreigners, and it caused the controversy over the Thai two-price system.
Current tests find no new cases for several days, and Phuket is urging the government to reconsider whether the amount spent is worth it. Since the program began on April 22nd to May 5th, up to the current figures, more than 40,000 people have been tested and only 22 enthusiastic infections have been identified. In addition, five of these infections were found to be false positives.
Phuket struggles towards herd immunity
So far, 22% of Phuket's population has been completely vaccinated against Covid-19.
The island provinces are running a mass vaccination campaign to administer a double-dose vaccine to 70% of the population by the end of June in order to reach herd immunity and resume foreign tourists. Tourism officials is also working to reopen Krabi, Phang Nga, Koh Samui, Pattaya and Chiang Mai.
Kiattiphum says the rest of the country will receive 160,000. Provincess with less than 1 million people receive 800 doses, provinces with a population of 1 to 1.5 million receive 1,000 doses, and larger states receive 1,200 doses. Priority is given to medical staff and frontline workers.