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- June,2022(part1) -
05 Jun, 2022
Thai AirAsia opens Kuala Lumpur route on June 20 to / from Suvarnabhumi
LCC Thai AirAsia has announced that it will operate a new route between Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from June 20, 2022.

Thai AirAsia is already operating the Don Muang-Kuala Lumpur route. From now on, there will operate Kuala Lumpur route from two airports in Bangkok, Don Muang and Suvarnabhumi. Please be careful when making a reservation.

The flight schedule between Suvarnabhumi and Kuala Lumpur is as follows.(from June 20).

Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) ⇒ Kuala Lumpur
FD410 BKK07: 10 KUL10: 20 every day
FD419 BKK17: 10 KUL20: 25 Monday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday

Kuala Lumpur ⇒ Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi)
FD411 KUL10: 50 BKK12: 50 every day
FD420 KUL20: 55 BKK22: 10 Monday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday

As a commemorative sale, tickets are on sale at a discounted price of 1,790 baht from Bangkok and 179 ringgit from Kuala Lumpur (both include expenses, for BIG members).

For details, please refer to the official website of Thai AirAsia.

04 Jun, 2022
Phuket to relax the obligation to wear masks, Bangkok to start discussions on similar relaxation

The legislation to lift the obligation to wear masks in Phuket, which started on June 1, has been revoked on June 3.

Please note that as of June 3rd, it is mandatory to wear a mask in public places in Phuket.

From June 1st, a decree exempting people from wearing masks came into effect in Phuket.

The decree is officially enforced on June 2, when Governor Narong Woonciew signed a provincial order based on a resolution made at a meeting of the the provincial communicable disease committee.

According to the decree, masks are exempt from wearing masks when eating, drinking, beaches, public parks, and people more than 2 meters away from each other, when exercising outdoors and when provincial authorities ask you to identify you.

Therefore, wearing a mask is not exempted in all places, and it is still necessary to wear a mask in a closed place with poor ventilation or in a place where a large number of people gather.

In addition, masks will continue to be recommended for people with an underlying illness or the elderly who are at high risk of becoming more severe after infection.

Anyone who violates this order will be fined up to 40,000 baht or imprisoned for up to 2 years or both.

When asked to comment on Phuket's decision, Bangkok's new governor, Chadchart Sittipunt, said Bangkok would like to ease its masking obligations as soon as possible.

Mr. Chadchart also said he would discuss with officials about extending the opening hours of pubs, bars and karaoke stores soon.

Many people want to extend the business hours of restaurants in Bangkok.
03 Jun, 2022
On June 1, Thailand further relaxed entry restrictions. Approximately 18,076 people enter Thailand at Suvarnabhumi Airport and Phuket Airport alone
Thailand has been gradually deregulating entry restriction, and from June 1st, further deregulation was implemented.

Vaccinated persons do not need PCR tests before or after entry and quarantine after entry.

In addition, even if you have not been vaccinated, if you have a negative certificate of PCR test or ATK test issued by a formal laboratory 72 minutes before entering Thailand, you can also enter Thailand without PCR tests before or after entry and well as vaccinated person.

For Thais, it is no longer necessary to apply for a Thailand Pass, but foreign tourists still need to pre-register for a Thailand Pass.

The number of people entering Thailand by air on June 1, the first day of these deregulations, was 19,713.

The number of immigrants at each major airport is as follows.
Suvarnabhumi Airport 14,790 people
Phuket Airport 3,286 people
Don Muang Airport 1,435 people
256 people at other airports

Of the 19,767 people who entered the country by air, 19,713 have already been vaccinated. It seems that almost everyone chose to enter the country with vaccination.

02 Jun, 2022
Thai AirAsia X resumes regular flights to South Korea for the first time in two years
Low-cost carrier Thai AirAsia X has resumed regular flights between Bangkok and Seoul on June 1, 2020 for the first time in about two years and two months.

The company has posted on its official Facebook and offcial website with acknowledgments that its ground staff and flight attendants are welcoming passengers with placards that guide flights to Seoul at Suvarnabhumi Airport and on board.

It is said that the first flight after resuming the flight was almost full of passengers with a load factor of 95%.

The flight schedule for Seoul flights is as follows.
Seoul ⇔ Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) (June 1, 2022 ~)
XJ700 ICN11: 15 BKK15: May / Wednesday / Saturday
XJ701 ICN02: 35 NRT10: May / Wednesday / Friday

The company has announced that it would resume regular flights from Bangkok to Tokyo (Narita) in the future. However, at the time of the initial announcement, it was announced that the resumption of Tokyo flights would start on June 5, 2022, but later it has been changed that the resumption date would be postponed to July 1, 2022.

The flight schedule (planned) for Tokyo flights is as follows.
Narita⇔Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) (July 1, 2022 ~)
XJ601 NRT09: 15 BKK14:00 Mon / Tue / Thu / Sat
XJ600 BKK23: 55 NRT08: 00 (+1) Mon / Wed / Fri / Sun

The company is in the process of business revitalization under the Corporate Rehabilitation Law. When the postponement of the Bangkok-Tokyo (Narita) flight was announced, there was a scene where speculation that "it might be impossible to resume" was whispered on the internet, but this time the Bangkok-Seoul flight was successfully resumed, and it seems that some of those anxiety has been dispelled.

Currently, immigration restrictions are still strict in Japan, and not only AirAsia but all airlines are stepping on the full-scale resumption of Japanese flights.

Thai AirAsia X recently announced that it plans to resume regular flights between Bangkok and Osaka, but the schedule is scheduled to resume after October, and this has revealed that airlines are reluctant to resume Japanese flights because the Japanese government's deregulation of entry restrictions is very slow.

The number of Japanese visiting Thailand is still very small, mainly due to the entry restrictions of the Japanese government, but on the other hand, Japan is still a popular travel destination for Thais, and many Thai people are waiting the deregulations of entry to Japan.

We would like to wait for the safe resumption of the company's Bangkok-Tokyo (Narita) flight on July 1.

In addition, Thai AirAsia X pays attention to the health and safety of passengers, and in addition to regular in-flight disinfection, they equipped HEPA filter which can remove 99.99% of viruses, bacteria and particles in the passenger space of all aircraft. In addition, all staff, including ground staff and flight attendants, have been completely vaccinated, including booster vaccination.

01 Jun, 2022
The night light is back in Thailand! Pubs, clubs and entertainment facilities will reopen in 31 provinces including Bangkok from June 1st today!
Today, June 1, 2022, nightlife will resume in 31 "Green Zone" and "Blue Zone" provinces, including Bangkok, Phuket and Chiang Mai.

Until now, pandemic restaurant regulations have banned the operation of pubs, clubs and other alcohol-providing stores and entertainment facilities in Thailand, and only stores that are licensed as restaurants implementing infection prevention measures are relieved has been licensed for business.

Due to the significant improvement in the infection situation in Thailand, the Thai government officially allowed the reopening of entertainment facilities such as pubs and clubs from June 1.

In addition to entertainment facilities such as pubs and clubs, massage parlors, tattoo businesses, hairdressers, beauty salons, nail salons, folk shows, gyms, theaters and saunas are also permitted to reopen.

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) in Bangkok provides entertainment facilities with infection control guidelines to be followed as these businesses resume.

According to reports, in Bangkok, only facilities that have been issued Thai Stopcovid 2 Plus certification by the Thai Ministry of Public Health are allowed to reopen, and employees have been fully vaccinated, including booster vaccinations. Employees are also required to have regular ATK antigen tests and wear face masks at all times. Customers entering the store must have been completely vaccinated, including booster vaccinations, as well as employees. People with underlying illness, or other high-risk groups such as the elderly and pregnant women, are still recommended to avoid these nightlife locations.

Outside of Bangkok, in Chiang Mai, only business approved by the provincial infectious disease committee can resume. Musicians and other staff working in the store must be fully vaccinated, including booster vaccinations, and regular ATK antigen testing is also required.

On the other hand, on the southern island of Phuket, many nightlife businesses are already operating as restaurants with a business license. It seems that these entertainment facilities will continue to operate as restaurants for the time being. On the other hand, entertainment facilities that could not be reopened before must be officially approved for reopening after undergoing a safety assessment by local health authorities.

Pubs, clubs and other entertainment venues still need to be closed by midnight, but people welcome entertainment back to Thailand again.
01 Jun, 2022
Thai Airways International Announces Extension of expiration date of THAI TRAVEL VOUCHER
Thai Airways International has announced that the expiration date of THAI TRAVEL VOUCHER, which will expire on December 31, 2022, will be automatically extended by December 31, 2023. Voucher holders do not need to take any action to extend the expiration date, and the expiration date will be automatically extended.

THAI TRAVEL VOUCHER is a voucher sent to passengers who have been canceled due to a pandemic in lieu of a refund, and can be used to pay for ticket reservations (including taxes and fuel surcharges).

THAI TRAVEL VOUCHER can only be used by the person named on the voucher, but with the consent form, it is possible to purchase another person's ticket.

Royal Orchid Plus members traveling within July 31, 2022 will also benefit from using THAI TRAVEL VOUCHER to earn additional bonus miles for their bookings.

Please refer to the official website of Thai Airways International for reservations using THAI TRAVEL VOUCHER.
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