Thailand, 2022 New Year Countdown Event Summary
In Thailand, where there are concerns about the spread of Omicron variant, all official government-sponsored countdown events have been cancelled.
On the other hand, privately-sponsored countdown events are permitted, and today, December 31, 2021, New Year's Eve, a countdown event across Thailand is scheduled.
This article introduces countdown events in Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya and Koh Phangan.
● Central World Bangkok Countdown 2022
CentralWorld previously planned a countdown event at the venue, but has changed its plans to offer a 3D virtual countdown event. From 10:15 pm to 12:15 am on December 31, 2021. A virtual countdown event will be held through all branch official Facebook pages, One 31 TV Channel, Viu Thailand, Bangkok Post, Post Today, Thai Rath Online, Khaosod, and Workpoint Entertainment.
● ICONSIAM Amazing Thailand Countdown 2022
ICONSIAM will hold a countdown event at the venue. The event will also be broadcast on Tyrus TV and official Facebook. Those who wish to participate must pre-register at the 5th entrance of the shopping center by 4 pm on December 31st. Participants must present an ID card, proof of complete vaccination, and a negative ATK test result. The ATK test is available free of charge at the shopping center. The riverside restaurant is open until 1 am.
A countdown event will be held at Spanhin Park. Andrea Bocelli, an Italian tenor, plays the leading role. All participants must show proof of complete vaccination and have a negative Covid-19 test result performed within 72 hours.
Held Pattaya Countdown 2022 at Bali Hai Pier. Due to Covid-19 infection prevention measures, the number of visitors is limited to 2,500 each day. To attend the event, participants must present vaccine certification along with Covid-19 test results (PCR or ATK).
A full moon countdown party will be held at Haad Rin Beach. Participants are required to have proof of vaccination and a negative ATK test result. Reusable buckets serving alcohol at full moon parties are banned and only disposable cups are used.
Currently, in Thailand, alcohol is allowed to be served until 11 pm for SHA-certified restaurants, but only on New Year's Eve, at the countdown venue and SHA-approved restaurants will be specially permitted lto offer alcoholic beverages until 1 am on January 1st the next day.
Koh Samui's tourism industry seeks revival of Test & Go
The Thai government recently announced that they will suspend entry to Koh Samui under the Test & Go scheme to prevent the spread of the Omicron variant. As a result, foreign tourists who were supposed to visit Koh Samui are now canceling hotels on Koh Samui one after another.
In response, Koh Samui tourism operators are urging Thai government to reconsider the suspension of the Test & Go entry scheme. They also requested that foreign tourists be able to enter Koh Samui using the sandbox scheme which is currently limited to Phuket.
Thailand has just reopened on September 1st. After the resumption, the tourism industry is still far from what it was before, with little profit. The Thai government's suspension of the Test & Go scheme has been strongly dissatisfied by tourism operators all over Thailand. They say that tourists may end up deciding to abandon travel to Thailand for long time, which will have a long-term impact on tourism revenue.
According to Suparerk Thongsuk of the Surat Thani Tourism Council, it is currently a high season for foreign tourists living in cold countries to travel to tropical countries, and missing foreign tourists during this season is enormous bad impact for the Thai tourism industry. He says it will do a lot of damage and will make Thailand pay more costs in the future.
Last week, Chonburi business leaders also demanded that the government include Pattaya in its sandbox program.
Many Thai tourists are very dissatisfied and disappointed that the Thai government has suspended the Test & Go scheme, allowing only Phuket a sandbox scheme, and only Phuket can receive foreign tourists.
While Omicron variants are spreading worldwide, most infected individuals are also reported to be mild or asymptomatic. The Thai government is expected to take appropriate measures in light of the facts to protect Thailand's tourism industry.
Free ATK inspection at Hua Lamphong Station and Mo Chit Station
The Department of Disease Control of the Ministry of Public Health of Thailand, together with the Ministry of Transport of Thailand, will provide free inspection for the COVID-19 using the Antigen Test Kit (ATK).
Inspection locations are Hua Lamphong Station and Mo Xhit Station. Inspections will be conducted at the station, assuming that those who visit Bangkok during the New Year holidays and those who return to Bangkok after returning home can be inspected easily at those stations.
The free period is from December 28, 2021 to January 3, 2022. Inspection hours are from 10:00 to 18:00 at Hua Lamphong Station and from 12:00 to 20:00 at Mo Chit Station.
If the test result is positive, RT-PCR test is performed, and if it is positive, treatment is started.
Thailand Pass Approver, No Deadline for Entry to Thailand
In order to enter Thailand under the Test & Go or Sandbox entry scheme, you must obtain a Thailand Pass. Some reports have reported that even travelers with a Thailand Pass will not be able to enter Thailand after January 10, 2022. This "January 10, 2022 deadline" has been reported by many media in both Thai and English, such as the National News Bureau of Thailand operated by the Thai Government Public Relations Office and Thai PBS World owned by the Royal Thai Government.
However, a Thai Foreign Ministry spokesman said the January 10 deadline was incorrect and there is no immigration deadline at this time. The Consular Section of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand operates the website of Thailand Pass, and the website does not officially indicate the specific entry deadline.
The reason why this false news of "January 10, 2022 deadline" was reported is that the last scheduled entry date of the current Thailand pass holder is January 10th, so it is thought that such a false news was reported.
Currently, the new application for the Thailand Pass for entry by TEST & GO has been stopped, but entry into Thailand by the Phuket Sandbox is still possible. In addition, the regulation of suspension of application for Thailand Pass will be reviewed by the Thai Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) on January 4th.
Most of Omicron patients in Thailand are mild or asymptomatic
According to the report from Tha National Thailand, about 200 Omicron patients are currently detected in Thailand, most of which are mild or asymptomatic.
Assoc Prof Dr Nithipat Jearakul, chief of Siriraj Hospital’s Department of Respiratory Disease and Tuberculosis, said on Saturday, December 24, It has been detected that about 3% of all Covid-19 infections in Thailand were omicrons as of December 19, and most of them are stated to be mild or asymptomatic.
Meanwhile, in early 2022, the number of infected people surged, and daily new infections could peak at 10,000 to 20,000. However, the number of patients who become severely ill is about 2% (about 200 to 400) of all infected people, and the medical department says that they can handle it sufficiently.
This prediction is just an estimate, and it is necessary to continue to prevent infection by ourselves until the actual condition of the Omicron variant becomes clearer, but it is reassuring information that patients infected with Omicron have mild or asymptomatic. It is also reported that all hospitals in Bangkok are already well prepared for the increase in Omicron patients.
Bangkok public transport, credit and debit cards to be available
According to Thailand's Minister of Transport Saksayam Chidchob, payments with Europay Mastercard and Visa (EMV) cards will be available on public transport in Bangkok, which consists of trains, electric boats and buses.
By March 2022, MRT Purple Lines, MRT Blue Lines, and SRT Red Lines Urban Trains will be payable by these credit and debit cards. You can also pay for the fare of buses and electric boats operated by Bangkok Mass Transit Authority. these credit and debit cards will be also available for paying tolls on the highway.
This new system, jointly developed by the Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand and the Krungthai Bank, aims to provide a seamless, cashless payment infrastructure in Bangkok metropolitan areas.