Alcohol service started and conditions for moving out of the provice shortened to 7 days in Phuket
From October 1st, restriction on Phuket will be further relaxed.
Phuket has been accepting foreign tourists who have completed two vaccinations under the "sandbox" scheme that started on July 1. However, three months have passed since the reopening, and local private section of tourism industry says that the number of tourists expected at the time of the reopening has not returned to Phuket yet.
The reason why foreign tourists do not return to Phuket as much as they expect is that the remaining restrictions are considered to be strict for foreign tourists, especially It has been said that ban of alcohol provision at restaurants is a major factor.
The Thai government has decided to relax some of the restictions for measures against the spread of infectious diseases mainly in the area of the dark red zone from October 1, but at the CCSA meeting chaird by prime minister Prayut, it was decided to further relax the restrictions for sandbox in Phuket.
The content of the deregulation is that alcoholic beverages are allowed to be served at restaurants. It is expected that tourists will return to Phuket by lifting the ban on the provision of alcoholic beverages, which has been the biggest factor for tourists not to visit Phuket.
Also, in the past, if a person who entered Phuket by sandbox moved to another province, they were required to stay in Phuket for 14 days, but this period will be shortened to 7 days. For many people enter Thailand from Phuket by sandbox, Bangkok could be their final destination. This shoten period has a considerable impact on foreign tourists to attract them to return to Thailand.
On the other hand, short-term foreign tourists can not be expected to come back at all because the regulation of staying obligation for 7 days remains. And Phuket is currently trying to increase domestic tourists, but when entering Phuket from other provinces, domestic tourists are required to take an antigen test (ATK) in addition to the two vaccinations. The obligation of this antigen test is a major complaint from domestic travelers.
Currently, the vaccination rate of the COVID-19 in Thailand is accelerating, and the number of new infections is declining. As a result, the Thai government is gradually deregulating, but it seems that the situation is balancing the speed of deregulation and the confirmation of the status of infection control.
In the future, it is hoped that the infection will be further suppressed, the deregulation will be further accelerated, and that foreign tourists will return to Thailand during the high season of tourism in Thailand after November.
Public transportation in the Bangkok metropolitan area will be extended from October 1st to 10:00
In Thailand, the curfew issued in Bangkok etc. will be shortened and time will be from 10 pm to 4 am from October 1st.
In response to this, major transportation systems in the Bangkok, such as BTS, MRT, Airport Rail Link, Gold Line, BRT and Red Line, announced that they will extend the operating hours by one hour to 10 pm from October 1st.
The operation hours of each Public transportation are as below.
BTS Sukhumvit Line: 5:15 am to 10 pm (Last train departs from the first station at 9 pm)
BTS Silom Line: 5:30 am to 10:00 pm (Last train departs from the first station at 9:00 pm)
MRT Blue Line: 6 am-10pm
MRT Purple Line: 5:30 am to 10:00 pm
Airport Rail Link: 5:30 am to 10:00 pm (Last train departs from the first train station at 9:30 pm)
Gold Line: 6:00 am to 10:00 pm (Last train departs from the first train station at 9:30 pm)
BRT: 6 am-10pm (last bus departs at 9:30 pm)
Red Line: 6:00 am to 8:00 pm (free operation)
Thai government decided to extend the "special tourist visa" program by 1 year
The Thai government has decided to extend the "Special Tourist Visa" program, which was launched in October 2021 for foreigners staying in Thailand for a long period, until the end of September 2022.
The "Special Tourist Visa" is for tourists from countries with a low risk of infection with COVID-19, and issuance conditions include insurance and proof of hotel / residence while staying in Thailand. The period of stay is 90 days from the time of entry. The Visa can be extend twice. Since one extension period is 90 days, a total stay of 270 days is possible. So far, there are 5,609 users, including Chinese and Singaporeans.
Quarantine period when entering Thailand reduced to 7 days
The government's Center for Covid-19 Situation Administraton (CCSA), chaired by Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, decided at a meeting on Monday, September 27, that the quarantine period for foreign tourists who completed two COVID-19 vaccinations to be shortened from the current 14 days to 7 days.
For visitors who have not completed two vaccinations, the quarantine period is 10 days for air and water arrivals and 14 days for land arrivals. Activities such as movement within the quarantine facility are permitted.
The shortening of the quarantine period is a big step toward the resumption of the country, but if the quarantine period is even one day, it will be a big barrier for foreign tourists to return to Thailand, and it won't revive Thai tourism industry. Five provinces including Bangkok are scheduled to reopen on November 1st without a quarantine period. For those involved in the tourism industry, more deregulation is awaited, including the reopening on November 1st and permission to serve alcoholic beverages at restaurants.
Thailand CCSA approved a four-step reopening plan from October 2021 to January 2021. Bangkok and Pattaya will reopen in November.
According to the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), at the meeting on September 27, the center for COVID-19 Situation Administratito (CCSA) approved a four-step reopening plan to revive the tourism industry throughout Thailand.
Step 1: Pilot Phase (October 1-31, 2021)
This Phase has already reopened four beach resorts in Phuket, Surat Thani (Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, Koh Tao), and Krabi and Phang Nga since July 1st. In this pilot phase, Klong Muang and Tapkek in Krabi are scheduled to resume by using the 7 + 7 extension scheme.
Step 2: Phase 1 (November 1-30, 2021)
In this phase, more 10 of the most important tourist destinations in Thailand will be reopened. The 10 tourist destinations are Bangkok, Krabi and Phang-Nga, and designated areas in Buri Ram (Mueang), Chiang Mai (Mueang, Mae Rim, Mae Taeng, and Doi Tao), Chon Buri (Pattaya, Bang Lamung, Na Jomtien, and Sattahip), Loei (Chiang Khan), Phetchaburi (Cha-Am), Prachuap Khiri Khan (Hua Hin), and Ranong (Ko Phayam).
Step 3: Phase 2 (December 1-31, 2021)
In this phase, more 20 tourist destinations known as arts, culture and borders will be reopened. 20 tourist destinations are Ayutthaya, Chiang Rai, Khon Kaen, Lamphun, Mae Hong Son, Nakhon Ratchasima, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Narathiwat, Nong Khai, Pathum Thani, Phatthalung, Phetchabun, Phrae, Rayong, Samut Prakan, Songkhla, Sukhothai, Trang, Trat, and Yala.
Step 4: Phase 3 (after January 1, 2022)
In this phase, more 13 border areas will be reopened. The 13 border areas are BBueng Kan, Chanthaburi, Kanchanaburi, Mukdahan, Nakhon Phanom, Nan, Ratchaburi, Sa Kaeo, Satun, Surin, Tak, Ubon Ratchathani, and Udon Thani.
CCSA has already ordered all relevant government agencies to prepare for the execution of Phases 1-3.
Thailand's tourism industry continues to be dying as the country's reopening has been delayed many times due to delayed vaccinations roll-out. It is hoped that Thailand will make thier best of best efforts with nationwide so that the plan will proceed according to this 4 steps timeline and that there will be no further delays.
Curfew has been shortened and Bangkok spas, gyms and movie theaters will reopen in October
The Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration(CCSA) has approved the reopening of 10 industries in Bangkok and other Dark Red Zones. From Friday, October 1st, spas, cinemas, indoor gyms, kindergartens, museums, tattoo shops, massage parlors, etc. will be reopened.
Meanwhile, bars and clubs did not be approved to be reopened and will continue to be closed.
At the CCSA afternoon meeting on October 27, the reopening of the following 10 industries was approved.
Museums and historic sites
Learning Center, Science and Culture Center, Art Center
Indoor gym and sports arena
Spa and massage parlor
Live music in a restaurant
CCSA has also adjusted the curfew to enforce from 10 pm to 4 am, but shopping centers and department stores must close at 9 pm.
Businesses such as bars and nightclubs in Bangkok, which closed earlier than any other industry, are more likely to be reopened last than any other industry. Many bars and nightclubs are not government-sponsored, so many are completely closed.
Only about 24% of the population of Thailand has been fully vaccinated, but since Friday, September 24, Thai government have been speeding up vaccination with a goal of 10,000 vaccinations per day.
Many workers in the bar and club industry are forced to lose their jobs as they have been forced to be closed. It is hoped that they will resume as soon as possible to save the unemployed
New car sales in Thailand in August, down 39% year-on-year to 42,000 units, the lowest in the last 15 months
The number of new vehicles sold in Thailand in August 2021 compiled by the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) Automobile Subcommittee decreased by 38.8% from the same month of the previous year (down 19.6% from the previous month) to 42,176 units, it is the number the lowest sales in the past 15 months.
Domestic automobile production also fell 11.2% from the same month of the previous year (down 15.4% from the previous month) to 104,144 units in August, it's also the lowest in the past 13 months.
Total automobile-related exports, including finished vehicles and parts, increased 19% from the same month of the previous year to 56.73 billion baht in August, and January-August increased 47.2% year-on-year to 52.624 billion baht.
While exports of finished vehicles and parts are increasing, both production and sales in Thailand are decreasing significantly, which is affected by the strict restriction measure in Thailand due to the spread of the COVID-19 infection. It can be understood that the economic situation in Thailand is deteriorating compared to the improvement in overseas economic conditions.
Thailand has a serious economic deterioration due to the restriction for COVID-19. Five cities, including Bangkok, used to plan to reopen their borders to foreign tourists on October 1, but the schedule has been postponed to November 1, and there are concerns that the Thai economy will worsen further. It is hoped that Thailand will resume as soon as possible and that the Thai economy will recover.
Thailand's first virtual influencer by Ai debuts
AI Ailyn, Thailand's first Ai-powered virtual influencer developed by SIA Bangkok, has debuted. According to the company, she is 21 years old, 165 cm tall, and has a blood type of AB. She has a cool personality and she is confident.
Like Gen Z (born in the mid-1990s to 2012), she is a realist, extrovert, and quest for the unknown.
She poses. She talks She inspires you to buy something you didn't know you needed. And she asks for nothing in return.
Advertising on digital media is booming now, as traditional old media advertising continues to decline. SIA Bangkok hopes that many companies and brands that are feeling the limits of advertising effectiveness in the old media will be interested in this new digital advertising by AI Ailyn.
Digital advertising billing in 2020 will increase 8% to THB 21 billion and is projected to grow another 11% to THB 23.3 billion this year. By segment, influencer-related bills accounted for 9%, or 2.1 billion baht, second only to Facebook and YouTube.
Virtual influencers are a global trend in influencer marketing.
For example, Lu Do Magalu is the most famous virtual influencer in the world. She first appeared on YouTube in 2009 to promote iBlogTV on behalf of Magazine Luiza.
Lu Do Magalu is an active social media account engaged in unpacking videos, product reviews and many other activities. She also helped Adidas in promoting consumer involvement.
Currently, Lu Do Magalu has 5.5 million followers on Instagram and Tik Tok has 4.2 million followers.
Even in Thailand, it is expected that advertising activities by virtual influencers will become active in the future due to the debut of AI Ailyn.