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- May,2022(part6) -
31 May, 2022
From June 15th, the number of Thai-Laos buses will be expanded to 10 routes.
The Thai-Laos bus route has already started between Mukdahan and Savannakhet in early May 2022.

According to Sanyalux Panwattanalikit, President of Transport Co Ltd, nine new Thai-Lao buses will operate from June 15th in addition to the above routes.

The new routes are the following 9 routes.
Nong Khai-Vientiane route
Udon Thani-Vientiane route
Ubon Ratchathani-Vientiane route
Konken and Vientiane route
Bangkok-Vientiane route
Nakhon Fanom and Thakhek route
Chen Lai and Bokeo route
Roy and Luang Prabang route
Routes between Udon Thani, Udon Thani International Airport, Nong Khai and Vang Vieng

To buy a bus ticket from Thailand to Laos, you can buy it from this website.

On domestic buses, those who have a membership card of the company will receive a 5% discount, and students and Ministry of Transport staff will receive a 10% discount. For more information, please visit the company's official website or call 1490.
30 May, 2022
"Spotlight Koh Tao @ World Oceans Day 2022" Held on Koh Tao
The event "Spotlight Koh Tao @ World Oceans Day 2022" for the conservation and revitalization of the land and sea of ​​Koh Tao will be held on Koh Tao for two days on June 7th and 8th, 2022.

Various workshops and exhibitions will be held at "Spotlight Koh Tao @ World Oceans Day 2022" with the theme of environment, and not only industry people but also general tourists can participate together.

Spotlight Koh Tao @ World Oceans Day 2022 will host 10 different activities and workshops to introduce conservation activities over a two-day period.

On the evening of June 8th, all participants will meet on the beach to celebrate the event with a luxurious international beachside buffet.

Event organizer comments
During the last few years, there have been times when it has felt like the earth is standing still(due to a pandemic). But mother nature never rests. In these times, more than ever, it has been important for the Koh Tao community to drive forward with land and sea revitalization projects, so that generations can enjoy the beaty and natural wonder of our island for generations to come.

Event participation fee
Tickets including land-based activities: 2,500THB
Tickets including marine-based activities: 3,000THB
Tickets including any 2 activities: 4,000THB

For more information on "Spotlight Koh Tao @ World Oceans Day 2022", please refer to the official website.
Tickets can be purchased from this website.






29 May, 2022
The number of foreign tourists visiting Thailand in April 2022 increased by about 83,000 from March.
Ministry of Tourism and Sports (MOTS) released the statistics of foreign tourists in March 2022.

According to the data released by MOTS, the number of foreigners entering the country in April 2022 was 293,350.

The number of foreigners entering the country in March 2022 was 210,836, which means that the number of foreigners has increased by about 83,000 in one month. The increase from February to March was about 58,000, which means that the increase ratio has also increased.

In Thailand, the PCR test in the country of departure became unnecessary from April 2022, and the PCR test on the 5th day was already abolished in March, so the only PCRT test on arrival isnecessary at the time of entry in April. Looking at the trend of the increase in the number of foreign tourists each month, it is clear from the data that the number of foreign tourists will increase if deregulation regarding entry progresses.

The country ranking of the number of immigrants in April 2022 is as follows.
1. United Kingdom 29,647
2. India 27,309
3. Germany 19,769
4. Singapore 17,943
5. Australia 17,182
6. USA 17,116
7. France 14,132
8. Japan 11,164
9. Malaysia 10,793
10. Israel 9,850
11. China 8,728
12. Korea 8,720
13. Netherlands 5,390
14. Myanmar 5,296
15. Vietnam 5,287
16. Russia 5,223
17. Cambodia 5,130
18. Switzerland 4,751
19. Denmark 4,619
20. Sweden 4,225

For comparison with the previous month, the country rankings of the number of immigrants in February and March 2022 are listed below.
Number of Thai arrivals by country in March 2022
1. United Kingdom 19,717
2. Germany 17,096
3. USA 14,185
4. France 12,562
5. India 12,142
6. Russia 9,197
7. Australia 8,417
8. Singapore 7,954
9. Israel 6,557
10. China 5,730
11. Japan 4,704
12. Malaysia 4,548
13. Sweden 3,910
14. Denmark 3,760
15. Bangladesh 3,737
16. Korea 3,539
17. Myanmar 3,504
18. Netherlands 3,125
19. Vietnam 2,916
20. Switzerland 2,874

Number of Thai arrivals by country in February 2022
1. Russia 17,862
2. Germany 13,381
3. France 12,217
4. United Kingdom 11,789
5. USA 8,244
6. China 4,898
7. Sweden 4,788
8. Australia 4,737
9. Israel 4,675
10. Denmark 3,437
11. Singapore 3,096
12. Switzerland 2,759
13. India 2,646
14. Finland 2,532
15. Korea 2,369
16. Netherlands 2,287
17. Japan 2,136
18. Malaysia 2,120
19. Italy 1,911
20. Canada 1,793

In Thailand, PCR tests at the time of departure and entry have been abolished from May 1, and all tests to enter Kingdom have been abolished, and entry deregulation is progressing significantly.

It is felt that the number of foreign tourists seen in Bangkok and Pattaya in the city is also visibly increasing, and it is expected that the number of foreign tourists will increase more and more in the future.

The registration of application for Thailand Pass and the obligation to purchase health insurance remain, there was a report that they will be abolished on June 1, but according to the latest report, they will not be abolished at least until the end of June. If the obligation of applying Thailand Pass and purchasing health insurance will be abolished, it is expected that the number of foreign tourists will increase furthermore.
28 May, 2022
Japanese government relaxes travel adovisory in 36 countries including Thailand
On Thursday, May 26, the Government of Japan downgraded adovisory travel level from Level 2 to Level 1 for 36 countries and regions, including Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and Hong Kong.

Janan Travel advice and Warning
Level 1:Exercise caution Japanese nationals traveling to and residing in the country or area are advised to stay alert to the security situation.
Level 2:Avoid Non-essential travel Japanese nationals are advised to avoid non-essential travel, and to stay alert to the security situation and to take appropriate safety measures should they decide to travel.
Level 3:Avoid all travel All Japanese nationals are urged to avoid all travel regardless of purposes. Japanese residents might be advised to consider the possibility of evacuation or to prepare for evacuation.
Level 4:Evacuate and Avoid all travel All Japanese nationals are urged to evacuate immediately from the country or the area and urged to avoid all travel regardless of purposes.
Level 1:Exercise caution Japanese nationals traveling to and residing in the country or area are advised to stay alert to the security situation.
Level 2:Avoid Non-essential travel Japanese nationals are advised to avoid non-essential travel, and to stay alert to the security situation and to take appropriate safety measures should they decide to travel.
Level 3:Avoid all travel All Japanese nationals are urged to avoid all travel regardless of purposes. Japanese residents might be advised to consider the possibility of evacuation or to prepare for evacuation.
Level 4:Evacuate and Avoid all travel All Japanese nationals are urged to evacuate immediately from the country or the area and urged to avoid all travel regardless of purposes.

So far, the Government of Japan has urged not to make unnecessary and urgent trips to Level 2 areas, but with the relaxation of this travel adovisory, Japan will not ask anymore to avoid unnecessary trips to these 36 countries. This measure will only advise Japanese travelers to Level 1 areas to "stay fully alert.".

Japan have also downgraded the travel advisory level from level 3 to level 2 for 15 other countries. The target countries include seven in the Middle East and Africa, six in Europe, and two in Latin America. For Level 2 areas, Japan warn Japanese travelers to avoid all trips to these areas.

Around the world, the number of cases and deaths of new infectious diseases is declining, and the risk of suffering from serious symptoms and death is decreasing, the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a press release.

Meanwhile, 109 countries and territories remained on Level 2 adovisory, including 30 Asian countries such as China, South Korea and India, and 35 European countries such as Germany, France and Italy. At the same time, 41 countries were unchanged at level 3.

For Level 3 countries and regions, Japanese government recommend that you "stop traveling to that country or region for any purpose."
27 May, 2022
Ministry of Health, Thailand, "only designated area" to lift the obligation to wear a mask
As reported on this site the other day, Dr. Kiattiphum Wongrajit, Deputy Secretary of Public Health of Thailand, said on May 24 that the obligation to wear masks will be lifted throughout Thailand in mid-June.

In a follow-up report, Dr. Kiattiphum Wongrajit explained that it would be premature to lift the obligation to wear masks throughout Thailand in mid-June and would only apply to certain areas of Thailand.

According to Dr. Kiattiphum Wongrajit, the infection situation in Thailand improved faster than expected, and the Thai Ministry of Public Health believes that the endemic declaration can be made as planned. However, he states that even after the epidemic declaration, it is necessary to protect the citizens and take measures to ensure that they can live safely.

Dr. Kiattiphum Wongrajit states that mandate mask will be lifted only in areas where infection rates are low and most people are fully vaccinated. The Thai Ministry of Public Health also states that certain high-risk groups, such as groups over the age of 60, people with underlying illnesses, and pregnant women, may continue to be obliged to wear masks. He also states that wearing a mask may be mandatory even in crowded areas.

According to Dr. Taweesap Siraprapasiri of the Thai Disease Control Agency, the lifting the obligation to wear masks is for the time being 31 provinces, including 14 areas newly classified as "green zone" and 17 areas classified as tourism "blue zone". These 31 provinces include Bangkok, Phuket, Krabi, Chiang Mai and Chonburi. In these areas, at least 60% of the population must get booster dose and fully vaccinated. Thai Ministry of Public Health is encouraging early booster vaccination, especially for those who belong to high-risk groups.

Dr. Prasit Watanapa of Mahidol University School of Medicine, Siriradi Hospital, points out that in the countries where most of population have completed booster vaccination have lifted their masking requirements and relaxed entry requirements.

Dr. Prasit Watanapa also said that if booster vaccination progresses in Thailand, Thailand may abolish from June 1st the Thailand Pass which requires foreigners to apply for registration.
26 May, 2022
Thailand, mandate to wear mask ends in mid-June
According to a statement made by Dr. Kiattiphum Wongrajit, permanent secretary for public health of Thailand, in Surat Thani Province on May 24, Thailand is preparing to lift the mask wearing obligation in mid-June.

In Thailand, compulsory wearing of masks began in public in early 2021 and fines of up to 20,000 baht are imposed on those who violate it.

According to Dr. Kiattiphum, the infection situation is improving faster than expected in Thailand now, and Thailand will be able to make an endemic declaration on July 1st to end the pandemic on schedule. In addition, local health authorities across Thailand are currently preparing to advise people about the methods to live safely after the endemic declaration.

In mid-June, wearing masks will not be required anymore in Thailand in principle, but people with underlying illnesses, the elderly, pregnant women, etc. may continue to be required to wear masks. In addition, it is recommended to wear a mask even in poorly ventilated or crowded places.
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