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- February,2022(part4) -
20 Feb, 2022
Thailand's immigration scheme Test & Go expands to entry by sea and cruise ship
Thailand is currently allowed to enter without quarantine by the Test & Go scheme, but this scheme is limited to air and land entry.

Thai authorities have begun to consider extending this Test & Go scheme to entry by sea (including rivers).

The expansion plan will begin with allowing entry by sea from Laos to tour groups passing through the First Friendship Bridge. This First Friendship Bridge spans Mekong and connects Laos and Nong Khai of Thailand .

Tourists arriving by sea take the first test on board and the second test at the hospital in Thailand. Both tests are based on RT-PCR and follow the same procedure as when entering Thailand by air. Also, when entering the country by sea, it is necessary to obtain a Thailand Pass as well as by air.

Thai authorities will announce more details on Friday, February 25th.

Currently, Thailand's tourism industry has been severely damaged, and in order to revive the tourism industry, the Thai government tourism sector is demanding a complete reopening of the country in March 2022.
19 Feb, 2022
Yellow Line and Pink Line in Bangkok might be delayed its open
The new railways Yellow Line and Pink Line, which are currently under construction in Bangkok, were originally scheduled to open in mid-2022, but It is reported that due to construction delays, opening may be delayed next year.

According to the Bangkok Mass Transit System (BTSC), which manages the new railway, construction of the Yellow Line and Pink Line has been delayed due to problems in procuring construction materials.

The main reason for the delay in procuring construction materials is that the pandemic that has disrupted the world over the past two years has taken longer than expected to deal with imports of construction materials from other countries. At the moment, BTSC is requesting a delay of 677 days and is aiming for opening by the end of 2022, but the worst estimate is that opening may be postponed until 2023.

The opening of the Yellow and Pink lines will significantly improve the convenience of transportation in Bangkok. It is hoped to open as soon as possible.
18 Feb, 2022
Flight without quarantine from Thailand to Singapore expand to all Thai cities
The Singaporean government currently allows vaccinated flights from Thailand (VTL flights) only for flights departing from Bangkok, but from March 4th, VTL flights will expand to all cities in Thailand and VTL flights departing from all cities in Thailand will be available.

Following this announcement, Singapore Airlines announced that it will begin VTL flights from Phuket to Singapore on March 4. The flight schedules for Singapore Airlines flights from Bangkok to Singapore and from Phuket to Singapore are as follows.

Singapore Airlines
Vaccinated Travel Lanes (VTL) | Singapore Airlines
Bangkok ⇒ Singapore
SQ705 BKK09: 50 SIN13: 15 every day
SQ707 BKK12: 15 SIN15: 45 every day
SQ709 BKK15: 40 SIN19: 15 every day
SQ711 BKK18: 05 SIN21: 35 every day
SQ713 BKK20:00 SIN23: 35 every day

Phuket ⇒ Singapore
SQ727 HKT11: 35 SIN14: 25 every day
SQ735 HKT19: 05 SIN22: 05 every day

Low-cost carrier Scoot also announced that it will operate VTL flights from Phuket, Chiang Mai and Krabi to Singapore.
Each flight schedule is as follows.

Vaccinated Travel Lanes (VTL) | Scoot
Phuket ⇒ Singapore
TR653 HKT20: 45 SIN23: 35 every day

Chiang Mai ⇒ Singapore
TR675 CNX14: 55 SIN19:00 Mon / Thu
TR677 CNX12: 25 SIN16: 30 Tue / Sat

Clubby ⇒ Singapore
TR689 KVB09: 10 SIN12: 05 Tue / Fri / Sat
17 Feb, 2022
Official name of Bangkok changed to "Krung Thep Maha Nakhon"
For foreigners, the name of the capital of Thailand is Bangkok, but almost all Thais call Bangkok "Krung Thep Maha Nakhon".

The official name of Bangkok is
Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharatratchathaniburirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphimanawatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit.

This means "City of angels, great city of immortals, magnificent city of the nine gems, seat of the king, city of royal palaces, home of gods incarnate, erected by Vishvakarman at Indra’s behest." However, the names "Krung Thep" and "Krung Thep Maha Nakhon" are short abbreviations of this official name.

The name "Bangkok" has been used since November 2001 and is derived from the old areas' name of the capital known as Bangkok Noi and Bangkok Yai.

In recent years, Thailand’s Office of the Royal Society has requested that the English name of Bangkok be changed from "Bangkok" to "Krung Thep Maha Nakhon", and on February 15, the Thai Cabinet approved this request. As the result, the official English name of Bangkok has become "Krung Thep Maha Nakhon".

However, this change is a only the change of the official name in the official text of the government etc., and in daily life "Bangkok" can still be used officially.
16 Feb, 2022
Thai Smile's flights will be back to Don Muang Airport
Thai Airways International subsidiary Thai Smile announced that they currently operates regular flights only at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, but they will resume regular flights at Don Muang Airport in Bangkok from February 25th. It will be the first time in about five years since January 2017 that regular flights at Don Muang Airport will be in service.

Thai Smile is scheduled to operate the Don Muang Airport-Chengmai route twice a day from February 25th.

The flight schedule for the Don Muang-Chiang Mai route is as follows (both are code-share flights with Thai Airways International).
Bangkok (Don Muang) ⇒ Chiang Mai (February 25, 2022 ~)
WE1176 DMK10: 25 CNX11: 35 every day
WE1174 DMK18: 25 CNX19: 35 every day

Chiang Mai ⇒ Bangkok (Don Muang) (February 25, 2022 ~)
WE1175 CNX08: 30 DMK09: 45 Everyday
WE1173 CNX16: 30 DMK17: 45 every day

At Don Muang Airport, rows 14 (A to C) are check-in counters for Thai Smile.

Thai Smile operates at two airports, Suvarnabhumi Airport and Don Muang Airport, so please be aware of which airport you are departing from or arriving at when booking your flight.
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