Alcohol sales at Bangkok restaurants allowed until 11pm starting from December 1st
Currently, alcohol can be served at restaurants in Bangkok until 9 pm, but Bangkok Governor Asawin Kwanmuang signed and issued a city order permitting restaurants to serve alcohol until 11 pm. Alcoholic beverages will be available at the restaurant until 11:00 pm from December 1st. Unfortunately, entertainment venues such as bars and night clubs will continue to be closed at least until the end of the year 2021.
Blue Zone provinces, including Bangkok, Phuket and Krabi, which have been designated as tourism open pilot areas, are currently urged to accept foreign tourists under a pilot travel scheme. The restaurant in those provinces can also serve alcoholic beverages at restaurants. The Thai Ministry of Tourism is pushing to expand alcohol sales until midnight in the "blue zone" province for Christmas and New Year.
Thai government officials to discuss extending liquor sales at restaurants at 11:00 pm
From November 1st, Restaurants in Bangkok, Krabi, Phang Nga and Phuket are allowed to serve alcoholic beverages until 9pm, but restaurant owners are calling for further relaxation of alcohol sales rules.
Thai government officials are considering extending the sales hours of alcoholic beverages from 9 pm to 11 pm or midnight in preparation for the Christmas and New Year holiday seasons.
According to Tourism and Sports Minister Philiphat Rachakitprakarn, the extension of liquor sales hours will be discussed at a meeting between government agencies and the hospitality and tourism sectors on Monday, November 29th. He also said that in extending the sales time of alcoholic beverages, additional measures will be discussed at the meeting to prevent the spread of Covid-19 infections.
The results of this meeting will be reported to The Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) for further review.
Mr. Thanakorn Kuptajit, Secretary-General of the Thai Alcoholic Beverage Business Association (TABBA), said on Sunday, November 28, in addition to the provinces where the government is currently allowed to sell alcohol, it should be considered that alcoholic beverages at restaurants in 27 other provinces to be allowed.
Mr. Thanakorn Kuptajit said "We're not dead because of Covid-19, we're dying because of economic stagnation. We hope that CCSA further relaxes rules for selling alcohol as a New Year's gift to businesses and workers. The workers in this sector have not received sufficient financial compensation for their loss of income and are more hoping to return to work."
From December 16th, Thailand, "Test & Go" foreign tourists do not need to make a hotel reservation in advance.
From November 1st, Thailand started accepting vaccinated travelers without quarantine (Test & Go). However, in reality, you will have to stay overnight at a SHA Plus designated hotel to wait for the results of the PCR test on the first day of entry. This regulation will be relaxed.
According to The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), the foreign tourists who enter Thailand without quarantine by "Test & Go" scheme after December 16th, the test when arriving in Thailand will be simplified from PCR test to ATK (antigen test kit). As a result, tourists no longer have to stay overnight at the hotel, and they don't need certificates of hotel reservation, airport transfer booking, PCR inspection fee.
In addition, until now, entry without quarantine by "Test & Go" was limited to air routes, but entry by sea(from December 16th) and land (Nong Khai border, from December 24th) will be possible.
In addition, some rules have been relaxed regarding vaccination conditions for minors. Travelers aged 12 to 17 with their parents will not need to be vaccinated. In addition, unaccompanied travelers aged 12 to 17 can enter Thailand if they have been vaccinated at least once.
The main entry without quarantine conditions by "Test & Go" are as follows.
・ Vaccination completed (travelers over 18 years old)
・ 63 target countries / regions and stay there for the past 21 days or more
・ Negative PCR test within 72 hours before departure
・ Medical insurance that covers COVID-19 treatment costs ($ 50,000 or more) (excluding Thais and foreigners residing in Thailand who have already taken out insurance)
Currently, the acceptance of Thailand Pass registration for travelers planning to enter Thailand after December 16th has been temporarily suspended, but will be resumed on December 1st.
e-vaccine passport to be issued for free
The Paper Vaccine Passport, which began to be issued on March 2, 2021, and the electronic version of the e-Vaccine Passport for mobile use will soon be available in the MorPhrom application.
The Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said on Friday, November 26, that an electronic version of the Covid-19 vaccination certificate will be available by download from the MorPhrom application. The start date for this e-Vaccine Passport has not yet been determined, but will be announced later.
According to CCSA spokesman Taweesilp Visanuyothin, travelers need to make sure that the country they plan to enter accepts digital certificates.
On the other hand, you can continue to apply for and obtain printed certificates. The issuer fee is 50 baht. Currently, it is possible to obtain it by making an online reservation in advance and being been issued at the following four locations.
・ Banluck Building on South Sasorn Road, Disease Control Department
・ Bamuras Naradura Infectious Disease Research Institute
・ Urban Institute for Disease Prevention and Control
・ International Infectious Disease Control Office at Suvarnabhumi Airport
Bangkok's Red Line will start operating from November 29, fare is 12 baht
Currently, the population of Bangkok commuting by train from the suburbs is increasing, with an average of 8,817 people a day. In order to reduce the burden on people who commute long distances from these suburbs and improve convenience for them, the Thai Land Transport Department and the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) have announced they are improving the good connection between the electric commuter train Red Line and city bus at Bangkok Central Station(Bang Sue Grand Station).
The Red Line soft-opened in August 2021 and offered free rides during the soft-open period. According to the Thai Ministry of Transport, the Red Line will be charged from November 29th and will be set at 12 Baht for the first three years from 2022 to 2025, after that the fares will be raised up to 42 Baht.
Redline's monthly travel card costs 25-35 baht, with a 50% discount on special promotions for children under the age of 14, monks and seniors. Students also get a 10% discount, and children under 90 cm and people with disabilities are exempt from the fare and free of charge.
A mobile kiosk will be installed at Bansu Grand Station for the convenience of users.