Alcohol regulations will be relaxed in Bangkok from November 16th
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration will further relax alcohol sales restrictions starting Tuesday, November 16th, allowing more restaurants to sell alcohol.
Venues that have obtained Thai Stop Covid Plus certification will be able to serve alcoholic beverages until 9 pm, similar to restaurants etc. that have obtained SHA certification. This mitigation measure will be implemented until November 30, and Thai Government authorities will determine how much it will affect the Covid-19 infection rate and will reconsider subsequent mitigation measures.
According to Suwanchai Wattanayingcharoenchai of the Ministry of Health, Thai Stop Covid Plus certification has been introduced to help prevent the spread of the virus and help reopen the business safely. Proper ventilation, regular inspection of staff using antigen test kits, cleaning of tables and chairs every time used, regular disinfection of toilets, etc are required to obtain Thai Stop Covid Plus certification.
The Thai Restaurant Association welcomed deregulation and urged restaurants to comply with disease prevention measures, but they also mentioned that the deregulation is not sufficient and urged the government to allow the sale of alcohol until 11:00 pm. According to the Thai Restaurant Association, more than 30,000 restaurants are currently Thai Stop Covid Plus certified, and the number of infections has not increased since the recent deregulation in Bangkok.
Currently, SHA and Thai Stop Covid Plus certified restaurants in Bangkok, Phuket, Phang Nga and Krabi can sell alcohol until 9 pm, but more than not only from the Thai Restaurant Association but also from restaurants. Further deregulation is eagerly awaited.
Thailand flight increased 25% in November Experts suggest travel bubble, cheaper Covid test
Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport, Thailand's largest airport, has been requested by 60 airlines to land 2,008 international commercial flights this month. After Thailand's reopening on November 1, Thailand experienced a 25% increase in air traffic compared to last month.
During the first 10 days of November, a total of 8,894 flights, including 2,243 international flights and 6,651 domestic flights, departed and arrived in Thailand. The average number for the next few months is projected to reach 30,000 to 32,000 per month.
Thai AirAsia is expanding its domestic flights, operating 23 of its 36 regular routes. It currently operates more than 60 flights per day and plans to fully reopen all routes by January. They also plan to resume international flights by the end of the year.
In the future, the challenge for the reconstruction of airlines and the tourism industry is how to reduce the cost of entering Thailand. Currently, entering Thailand costs a lot of extra fees, such as health insurance and advance reservations for more expensive certified hotels, in addition to the cost of expensive RT-PCR tests before and after the flight, as well as flight tickets. Eliminating, or at least reducing, these costs is believed to make traveling to Thailand much easier and attract tourists to Thailand.
In addition, experts have proposed a system that allows tourists to travel freely between the two countries without inspection or quarantine by conducting a travel bubble between the countries, such as within ASEAN countries or some other low risk counties.
Bangkok Airways resumes flight between Suvarnabhumi and Phnom Penh
Bangkok Airways has announced that they will resume flights between Suvarnabhumi Airport and Phnom Penh in December. The aircraft will be Airbus A320, and it will be scheduled to operate four times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
Thailand began accepting vaccinated foreign tourists without quarantine on November 1, but is limited to entry from 63 countries designated by the Thai government as low risk countries/reagions. Cambodia is included in these 63 countries, and this deregulation has led to the resumption of this flight.
The flight schedule is as follows.
PG931 Suvarnabhumi 8:50 - Phnom Penh 10:05
PG932 Phnom Penh 10:55 - Suvarnabhumi 12:10
Bangkok Airways currently operates flights to 10 destinations, eight of which are domestic and two are international. After resuming the first international flight between Samui and Singapore in August 2021, this international flight between Bangkok and Phnom Penh will be the second reopening of the international flight.
1. Bangkok – Samui 6 flights daily (Excluding Samui sealed routes flights that accommodate international passengers – 2 flights daily)
2. Bangkok – Chiang Mai 3 flights daily
3. Bangkok – Phuket 3 flights daily
4. Bangkok – Lampang 2 flights daily
5. Bangkok – Sukhothai 1 flight daily
6. Samui – Phuket 2 flights daily
7. Samui – Singapore 3 flights per week (Monday, Thursday, and Sunday)
8. Bangkok – Trat 1 flight daily
9. Phuket – Hat Yai 1 flight daily
10. Bangkok – Phnom Penh 4 flights per week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday)
Cambodia is now the most vaccinated country in Asia, with approximately 82% of the population receiving at least two Covid-19 vaccines. Meanwhile, Thailand is also vaccination at a rapid pace, with more than 80% of residents in Bangkok and several other provinces already vaccinated, officials said.
For details, please refer to the official website of Bangkok Airways.
The schedule for Asia's 7th largest Japan Expo has been decided
The schedule for the Asia's 7th largest Japan exhibition "JAPAN EXPO THAILAND 2022" has been decided.
The schedule is 3 days from Friday, January 21, 2022 to Sunday, January 23, 2022. The venue is Central World Shopping Center, hosted by GU Creative Co., Ltd.
The theme is "Be Strong, Be United". J-Pop, cosplay, Japanese food, education, travel, fashion, and lots of other Japanese content! Co-starring Japanese and Thai artists through the internet.
Details will be announced on the official event website and official SNS account.
Thai Airways International is offering One-day Special Sale
Thai Airways International is holding a special sale limited to November 11th.
The applicable boarding period is from December 1, 2021 to July 11, 2022.
You can change the boarding date as many times as you like (up to 72 hours before the flight departs). There is no additional charge for checked baggage up to 35kg even in economy class. Tickets are valid for one month. Royal Orchid Plus boarding sector miles are accrued by 25%.
Regarding domestic flights in Thailand, subsidiary Thai Smile will also hold a limited sale today.
For details, please check the official website of Thai Airways International.
Thai Cabinet approves procurement of Molnupiravir
The Thai Cabinet has approved the Ministry of Public Health to purchase 50,000 courses of treatment for the antiviral drug Molnupiravir of Merck, a US manufacturer. Molnupiravir is the world's first oral treatment for Covid-19 and has been shown to reduce the risk of hospitalization if given within a few days of onset of symptoms.
Health Minister Anutin Charnviracle says the drug will be used to treat patients in a high-risk group, including patients over the age of 60 and those with an underlying disorder who are at high risk of developing serious symptoms. On the other hand, mildly ill patients are said to be given the antiviral drug Favipiravir in the early stages.
Mr. Anutin said "A course of The Favipiravir costs more than 1,000 baht when imported, while a course of the Molnupiravir costs about 10,000 baht. The doctor will decide on the administration. Quality confirmation when purchasing."
There are no specific dates for when to order Molnupiravir or when to arrive in Thailand, but there are some reports that it will arrive later this year. Since oral treatment is said to be one of the definitive solutions to converge the pandemic of the COVID-19, we hope that Molnupiravir will be distributed in Thailand as soon as possible.