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- January,2022(part5) -
24 Jan, 2022
About 430,000 foreign tourists visited Thailand in 2022
The Ministry of Tourism and Sports (MOTS) has released 2021 foreign tourist statistics.

A total of 427,869 foreigners visited Thailand for sightseeing from January 1st to December 31st, 2021.

The top 10 nationalities of the year
1st place Germany (45,874 people)
2nd place England (38,663 people)
3rd place America (37,880 people)
4th place Russia (30,759 people)
5th place France (23,461 people)
6th place Sweden (17,094 people)
7th place Israel (14,038 people)
8th place China (13,043 people)
9th place South Korea (12,077 people)
10th place Switzerland (11,429 people)

The number of tourists by month is as follows.

Number of foreign tourists by month
January 7,694 people
February 5,741 people
March 6,737 people
April 8,529 people
May 6,052 people
June 5,694 people
July 18,056 people
August 15,105 people
September 12,237 people
October 20,272 people
November 91,255 people
December 230,497 people

There are a total of 9,461 Japanese tourists annually. Japan was 12th after Australia (9,577). The number of Japanese tourists by month is as follows.

Number of Japanese tourists by month
January 193 people
February 223 people
March 212 people
April 304 people
May 211 people
June 274 people
July 611 people
August 560 people
September 673 people
October 306 people
November 2,238 people
December 3,656 people
23 Jan, 2022
Entertainment facilities in Bangkok continue to be closed
Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) announced on January 22 that indefinitely extend the closure of bars, pubs, karaoke, nightclubs and other nightlife and entertainment venues in accordance with the rules of the Thai Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA). There is no specific end date for this closure.

The BMA has repeatedly commented that they made this indefinite closure decision after the CCSA warned that there was concern about the spread of Omicron variant infections in entertainment facilities.

On the other hand, the restrictions on the provision of alcohol in restaurants, which had been restricted by 9 pm, will be relaxed, and it will be possible to serve alcohol by 11 pm. In addition, entertainment facilities that meet either the Ministry of Tourism and Sports’ SHA+ certification or the Ministry of Public Health’s Thai Stop COVID 2 Plus standard can open a restaurant on site and serve alcohol until 11:00 pm.
22 Jan, 2022
Thai Government approved "Wellness Sandbox"
According to government spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana, the Centre for Economic Situation Administration (Cesa) in principle approved to designate the Hua Hin district of Prachuap Khiri Khan and the Cha-am district of Phetchaburi as "Thai Wellness Sandboxes" on Friday, January 21.

This proposal was proposed by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and aims to attract health-conscious tourists from all over the world.

According to government spokesman Thanakorn, Hua Hin and Cha-am are popular destinations for wellness tourism not only from neighboring countries in ASEAN, but also from tourists from Europe, the Middle East, the United States and Canada.

Following the trend of wellness tourism among health-conscious tourists around the world, Cesa directs TAT ​​to extend wellness promotion not only to the Hua Hin and Cha-am districts, but to other regions as well.

There are already many hotels in Hua Hin that are highly regarded for their health and wellness, such as Chiva-Som International Health Resort, and Hua Hin is already highly regarded by health-thinking tourists. Hua Hin is also popular as a settlement for elderly foreigners, and it is expected that this "Wellness Sandbox Scheme" will meet the needs of elderly foreigners.

In Thailand, the Test & Go scheme, which allows entry without quarantine, will resume on February 1, and many foreign tourists are expected to visit Thailand. Currently, the tourism industry in Hua Hin and Cha-am districts has been devastated, but the “Thai Wellness Sandbox” is expected to revive the tourism industry in Hua Hin and Cha-am districts.
21 Jan, 2022
Thai Test & Go resumes from February 1st
On January 20, Thailand CCSA approved to resumes the Test & Go program, which allows vaccinated travelers to enter the country without quarantine, from February 1st, and also resumes registration of the Thailand Pass, which is necessary for Test & Go.

The new Test & Go program has slightly revised rules and travelers are required to prove their SHA + hotel reservations to take the RT-PCR test on the first and fifth days of their stay in Thailand. In the original Test & Go program, travelers only had to do one PCR test on arrival, but the new Test & Go program requires them to take the RT-PCR test on the first and fifth days. Therefore, you must stay at the designated hotel for at least one night on the first day.

Whereas the previous Test & Go program only allowed entry from a limited number of designated countries, the new Test & Go program is available to travelers from all countries around the world.

The details of Test & Go requirements are as follows.
Proof of hotel reservation for 1st and 5th day in Thailand
SHA + Approved Hotel Payment Confirmation
Prepaid for two RT-PCR tests
Vaccination certificate or vaccine passport
Proof of negative results from RT-PCR tests issued within 72 hours of departure
Thailand Pass QR Code (Click here for the official website operated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Thailand Pass is free. Please be careful of other fraudulent sites that ask for payment.)

CCSA has also decided to add Trat's Koh Chang, Chonburi's Pattaya, Ko Sichang, Nachom Tien and Bansare to the sandbox entry program. Sandbox entry allows vaccinated travelers to enter designated areas and roam freely for a week instead of going through a quarantine period at a hotel or facility.

Regulations will also be relaxed in the "blue zones" of Bangkok, Chonburi, Kanchanaburi, Krabi, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Phang Nga, Phuket, etc., which are approved by the Pilot Tourism Program. Currently, alcohol sales are allowed until 21:00 at the restaurants in the "Blue Zone", but alcohol sales will be permitted from January 24th to 11:00 pm.
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