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- December,2021(part4) -
25 Dec, 2021
Thai Covid-19 digital certificate to be available in EU
According to Giuseppe Busini, deputy chief of mission for the EU delegation to Thailand, Thailand's Digital Covid-19 Immunity Passport has been connected to the EU's Digital Covid-19 Immunity Passport System.

In addition to Thailand, the European Commission has announced that the EU's Digital Covid-19 Certificate Syste is connected to the Digital Covid-19 Certificate of Montenegro, Taiwan, Tunisia and Uruguay as well.

This will allow the certificate issued by the Ministry of Public Health of Thailand, known as the Vaccine Passport, to be used in the EU under the same conditions as the EU Digital Covid-19 Certificate. According to the Ministry of Public Health, the actual operation will start in January 2022, and the Thailand Digital Health Pass of the MorProm app will be used as a digital Covid-19 certificate.

Thailand also agrees that arriving EU citizens can use the EU Digital Covid-19 Certificate in Thailand as well.

This is expected to make traffic between the EU and Thailand more convenient.
25 Dec, 2021
Merry Christmas 2021
Phuket Sandbox Started
With love from Bangkok!

Thailand was severely damaged economically in 2020 and 2021. Although Thailand has not completely escaped from the COVID-19 disaster, we would like to make a wish for Christmas in 2021 that the day when all the cities of Thailand are full of smiles of many tourists will come back as soon as possible.

Let's celebrate Christmas in Bangkok on December 25, 2021.
24 Dec, 2021
New Year's countdown events of Bangkok Metropolitan were canceled, and events by private sector to be implemented
Amid concerns about a surge in the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 in Thailand, the city of Bangkok has decided to cancel all of its New Year's countdown events. On the other hand, for privately-sponsored events, the New Year's countdown event will be allowed under strict infection control measures.

According to Bangkok Vice Governor Kriengyos Sudlapha, Bangkok City (BMA) will cancel the official New Year's events in Bangkok, noting WHO's advice that countries should put the year-end and New Year celebrations on hold. On the other hand, this decision is not a decision from the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) of Thailand, but a decision unique to BMA, and CCSA permits privately-sponsored events under the strict infection prevention measures.

The Bangkok City Hall planned an overnight prayer ritual as a New Year's countdown event and a monk's morning alms at Larn Khong Muang, a public place in the city hall near the Giant Swing on New Year's Day. All of these events has been cancelled.

Two major privately-sponsored New Year countdown parties will be held in Bangkok, one at ICONSIAM and the other at CentralWorld. These events are scheduled to be held at this time.

According to the organizers of the event of BMA, it was initially estimated that the countdown event in Bangkok would earn more than 4 billion baht in the fourth quarter, but due to the cancellation of the events, 500 to 600 million baht losses can occur. Many retailers seem to want to prepare a virtual countdown event that doesn't physically get together, but they can't expect much profit compared to actually hosting the event.

Omicron has been reported in many countries to be highly infectious but mild in symptoms, and it has already been proven that a third vaccination with Pfizer, Moderna, or AstraZeneca has the effect of significantly preventing infection and aggravation. On the premise of thorough infection prevention, appropriate government policies are required in the future to minimize the impact on the economy.
20 Dec, 2021
Expanded Benjakitti Park in Bangkok, connected to Lumpini Park by elevated sidewalk
Benjakitti Park, which is adjacent to the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center in Bangkok, was built on the site of the Thai Tobacco Corporation's factory in 2004, a total of about 30 hectares of the pond and its surroundings were completed and opened.

Currently, construction is underway to expand the park by about 40 hectares, aiming for completion in April 2022. In addition, an elevated sidewalk and bicycle path with a total length of about 1.6 km connecting Benjakitti Park and Lumpini Park are under construction.

On December 17, Thailand's Prime Minister and Defense Minister Prayut visited the expansion of Benjakitti Park.

Lumpini Park and Benjakitti Park are both parks that can be run by bicycle, and if these two parks are connected by an elevated sidewalk after the expansion work is completed, a cycling road of 6 km per lap will be completed.

Currently, cycling is very popular in Thailand, but cycling on ordinary roads in central Bangkok are extremely dangerous in terms of traffic safety. You must also go near Suvarnabhumi Airport for safe cycling. Many cycling fan are waiting for the completion of the park expansion work.
19 Dec, 2021
Central World announced 11 groups of performing artists at their New Year's Eve Concert event.
Bangkok Central World will hold their annual free New Year's Eve concerts performed by famous artists.

The event named "CentralwOrld bangkOk cOuntdOwn 2022" will be held from December 25th to 31st, 2021. The performer lineup for the free concert to be held on New Year's Eve, the final day of the event, has been announced.

The perfomer lineup is as below.

• Ice Paris
• Billkin
• PP Krit
• NONT TANONT
• INK WARUNTORN
• BOWKYLION
• Three Man Down
• getsunova
• Zom Marie
• 4EVE
• PixxiE

If you want to join this "Central World Bangkok Countdown 2022" you need to register prior to the event . You must be vaccinated twice more and must be negative on the AKT test within 48 hours before the participation.

Details will be announced on the Central World Facebook page at a later date.

Central World
[address]
4 4 / 1-4 / 2 Rama I Rd, Pathum Wan, Pathum Wan District, Bangkok 10330
[phone]
02 640 7000
[web]
Central World Official Website
18 Dec, 2021
Thailand resumes acceptance of fully vaccinated foreign tourists by land at the Laos border
Thailand has already resumed acceptance of fully vaccinated foreign tourists by air as a mitigation of preventive measures against COVID-19 infection, and will resume acceptance of foreign tourists by land from December 24th.

Resuming acceptance of foreign tourists by land will be carried out in stages, and as the first step, the Nong Khai border (Thai-Laos 1st Friendship Bridge) will be resumed from December 24th, and fully vaccinated foreign tourists will be able to enter Thailand without quarantine under Test & Go scheme.

In the future, other land borders between Thailand and Laos, such as Nakhon Phanom and Ubon Rachathani, will be gradually reopened. The border with Malaysia (Songkhla, Yarra, Narathiwat, Satun) is also planned to accept tourists by mid-January next year.

On the other hand, Laos, which has not accepted foreign tourists so far, will start accepting fully vaccinated travelers from January 1st under the scheme named "Green Travel Zone".

Target countries from January 1, 2022 are Japan, Thailand, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, France, United Kingdom, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Italy, United States, Canada and Australia. Sightseeing is restricted to tours and will be arranged by a licensed tour operator.

The conditions for entering Laos under the scheme "Green Travel Zone" are that tvaccination has been completed fully 14 days before arrival, a health insurance contract with coverage of US $ 50,000 or more, and negative proof of RT-PCR test within 72 hours is required. In addition, a RT-PCR test will be performed upon arrival in Laos, and the tourists will be quarantined for 24 hours at the hotel until a negative result is obtained.
17 Dec, 2021
The complete closure of Hua Lamphong Station on December 23 was cancelled
With the completion of the new Bangkok Central Station in Bang Sue, Hua Lamphong Station has finished its role as Bangkok Central Station. The other day, it was reported that all train services at Hua Lamphong Station will be terminated on December 23, 2021, and the station will also be completely closed, but there are many opposition to the closure, and it seems that the complete closure will be postponed.

We will never destroy Hua Lamphong Station, and Hua Lamphong Station has never been closed, but its role will be reduced, there used to be 118 trains a day at Hua Lamphong Station, but from December 23, 22 trains a day will be adjusted. said Mr. Pichet Kunathamrak Deputy Director-General, Department of Rail Transport of Thailand, on December 14, 2021
16 Dec, 2021
The number of entrants to Thailand in December exceeded 100,000, and 86% of all entrants entered without quarantine.
Thailand has allowed vaccinated people to enter the country without quarantine since November 1. Currently, Thailand is actively accepting foreign tourists to revive the tourism industry.

According to the data released by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) on December 14, the total number of entrants from December 1 to 14 has been 103,263 (50,074 in the same period of November). It has already exceeded 100,000, and it has become clear that it has doubled from the same period of the previous month.

The breakdown by entry type is 88,985 people without quarantine (Test & Go), which is the largest number, accounting for about 86% of the total. Other than that, 11,714 people entered the country using the sandbox program, and 2,736 people entered the country with quarantine (7 to 14 days).

The top 10 by departure country are as follows.
1. Germany (8,739 people)
2. United Kingdom (6,818 people)
3. Russia (4,549 people)
4. UAE (3,966)
5. America (3,705 people)
6. France (3,702 people)
7. Sweden (3,637 people)
8. Singapore (3,260 people)
9. Israel (3,000 people)
10. South Korea (2,813 people)

Regarding the above countries, the number of entrants has increased in almost all countries compared to last month. On the other hand, tourists from Japan are not in the top 10 and the number of Japanese overseas travelers is not increasing because the immigration restrictions on the Japanese side have not been relaxed. In addition, the number of entrants from the United States has halved (7,999 in the same period of November).

In Thailand, a year-end countdown event has been approved by the Thai government. It is expected that the number of foreign tourists entering Thailand, especially from Europe, which is approaching winter, will increase toward the end of the year. It seems to be a very promising situation for the Thai tourism industry.
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