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- June,2022(part4) -
20 Jun, 2022
Thailand exempt visas for tourists from Saudi Arabia
In Thailand, tourists who currently have a Saudi Arabian passport are exempt from obtaining a visa and can stay for 30 days when entering Thailand from all Thai international airports.

In Thailand, travelers from Saudi Arabia used to have to obtain a visa that would allow them to stay for 15 days upon arrival in Thailand, and the cost of obtaining a visa was 2,000 baht.

Since the Blue Diamond Affair in 1989, relations between Thailand and Saudi Arabia have continued to deteriorate. In the Blue Diamond Affair, a Thai employee working for the House of Saud in Saudi Arabia stole jewelry, including royal blue diamond jewelery. The case remained having a hostile diplomatic relationship between Thailand and Saudi Arabia for 30 years.

In the midst of this situation, Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-Ocha made an official visit to Saudi Arabia in January 2022. He met with Saudi Arabia's leader, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, to discuss improving relations between the two countries in order to build new diplomatic relations.

The visa exemption for Saudi passport holders is part of a series of efforts to improve relations between the two countries.

According to Thai Prime Minister's spokeswoman Trisuree Trisaranakun, about 30,000 tourists from Saudi Arabia visit Thailand every year, but it is expected that the visa exemption has increased the number of tourists to about 100,000 to 150,000, and tourism revenue to 5 billion baht increase.
19 Jun, 2022
Bangkok Airways announces significant increase in flights to meet increasing travel demand
As global deregulation, including Thailand, progresses rapidly, Bangkok Airways annouced on their official website that it will reopen and increase flights on the following domestic and international flights, including the new launch of two domestic routes in Thailand, in order to meet the rapidly increasing travel demand.

● Domestic flights
・ Samui-Chiang Mai (round trip) 1 flight per day (from July 1st)
・ Bangkok-Hat Yai (round trip) 2 flights a day (from July 16)
・ Samui-Hat Yai (round trip) 3 flights weekly (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday) (from July 16)

● International flights
・ Bangkok-Maldives (round trip) 4 flights weekly (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday) (from July 22)
・ Bangkok-Siem Reap (round trip) 1 flight per day (from August 1)
・ Bangkok-Da Nang (round trip) 1 flight per day (from September 1st)
・ Samui-Hong Kong (round trip) 4 flights weekly (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday) (From September 1st)

They also plan to increase the number of flights on the following routes in order to meet the travel demand that is expected to increase in the future.

・ Samui-Singapore route will increase from three flights weekly to one flight daily starting from July 1, 2022, and will be adjusted to two flights daily from September 1, 2022.
・ Bangkok-Samui route will increase from 98 flights weekly to 101 flights weekly starting from July 16, 2022, and Bangkok-Samui (one-way) route will increase from 98 flights weekly to 105 flights weekly starting from September 1, 2022
・ Bangkok-Phuket route will increase from three flights daily to four flights daily starting from August 1, 2022
・ Bangkok-Sukhothai route will increase from one flight daily to two flights daily starting from August 1, 2022.
・ Bangkok-Lampang route will increase from two flights daily to three flights daily starting from August 1, 2022.
・ Bangkok-Phnom Penh route will increase from three flights daily to four flights daily starting from August 1, 2022.
・ Bangkok-Krabi route will increase from one flight daily to two flights daily starting from September 1, 2022.
・ Samui-Phuket route will increase from two flights daily to three flights daily starting from September 1, 2022.

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18 Jun, 2022
From July, in Thailand, alcohol sales ban from 2 pm to 5 pm will be lifted at hotel
In Thailand, the sale of alcohol is currently banned from 2 pm to 5 pm at convenience stores, supermarkets and hotels. CCSA of Thailand has announced that the ban will be lifted only at hotels from July. However, it is decided at the discretion of the governor of each province whether or not to lift the ban.

Currently, Thailand is trying to ease restrictions on entry, such as from July 1, the abolition of the Thailand Pass and the abolition of the obligation to get medical insurance. In addition, the obligation to wear a mask will be abolished from July 1st.

The Minister of Tourism and Sports of Thailand, Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, predicts that these deregulations will bring an estimated 25-30,000 foreign tourists a day to Thailand from July 1st, and he also expect at least 7.5 million foreign tourists to come to Thailand at the end of 2022. Minister Piffat aims to increase the number of foreign tourists to 10 million by the end of the year by lifting the ban on the sale of alcohol at hotels from 2 pm to 5 pm.

However, for the time being, sales are permitted only at hotels, and it seems that sales at convenience stores and supermarkets are not permitted this time.
17 Jun, 2022
[Breakin News]Thai CCSA to lift mask obligation and entertainment facility business hours restrictions
The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration of Thailand (CCSA) met with Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and the Ministry of Public Health on the afternoon of June 17 to make decisions on Thailand Pass, Zones, entertainment facility closure times, face masks and temperature checks.

The outline of each decision is as follows.

● Thailand Pass
From July 1st, the Thailand Pass will be completely abolished. Currently, Thais do not need a Thailand Pass to enter Thailand, but foreigners are required to pre-register for a Thailand Pass. Starting July 1st, all foreigners will no longer need a Thailand Pass, which will also eliminate travelers from purchasing Covid-19 insurance that can be used in Thailand.

Travelers entering Thailand after July 1st instead of the Thailand Pass must present a certificate of vaccination history. Unvaccinated people are required to show a formal negative certificate of the ATK test tested at hospitals or clinics etc. However, even if you do not have a vaccination history certificate or an ATK negative certificate, you can enter Thailand by undergoing an ATK test at the airport and getting a negative result when you arrive in Thailand.

It seems that the Thailand Pass will be changed to the purpose of reporting symptoms using the Thailand Pass website in the future, such as when a foreign traveler is infected with Covid-19 while traveling in Thailand. However, the details have not been announced yet.

● Zone
Thailand divides provinces nationwide into several zones according to the infection situation. The color of the zone decides the strictness of regulations on restaurants and entertainment facilities.

After July 1st (scheduled), all 77 provinces in Thailand will be changed to "green" zones (or surveillance areas). This will make it possible to operate entertainment facilities in all 77 provinces throughout Thailand.

● Business hours of entertainment facilities
Currently, the entertainment facility is allowed to open until 24:00, but it will be allowed to open until 2am from 1st July (scheduled). (In some areas, it may be allowed to open until 1 am).

● Obligation to wear a mask
CCSA does not make a clear statement about the requirements for wearing a mask, but they ask people to decide if they should wear mask or not in their own discretion. This means they will remove the obligation to wear a mask. CCSA advises people over the age of 60 to continue to wear masks.

● Body Temperature check
Thermometers to check body temperature are no longer needed everywhere in Thailand. However, it may continue to be used in some "high risk" locations.







17 Jun, 2022
Thai government plans to sell two new lotteries within 2022
Thai lottery tickets used to have been sold as paper tickets on the streets of Thailand. However, the vendors who sell good numbers at unreasonably high prices has become a major problem.

To address this issue, the Thai government has announced that it will sell two new lottery tickets within 2022.

One of the new lotteries is a new reworking of the existing 6-digit government lottery. The other is reported to consist of two-digit and three-digit lottery tickets, but details have not been disclosed. In the future, a new reworking on the new lottery will be organized, and the new lottery will be considered in discussion with Khon Kaen University and others.

These lotteries are strictly in compliance with existing lottery laws and are strictly prohibited from being sold to younger people who are not authorized to buy.

In Thailand, digital lottery tickets using mobile apps "Paotang" have recently begun to be sold in order to crack down on unreasonably high-priced lottery tickets. All lottery tickets are sold at a list price of 80 Baht. The digital lottery has sold 5 million copies in 4 days from the first day of sales, and the start is well evaluated.

Mobile apps are expected to be used for new lottery tickets that will be released later this year, but the challenge with digital lottery is that it is difficult for elderly people who are unfamiliar with using mobile apps to purchase.
16 Jun, 2022
Lao Airlines resumes Bangkok-Luang Prabang route
Laos Airlines resumed direct flights from Bangkok to Vientiane on Friday, January 7, 2022, but so far the only direct flights between Thailand and Laos have been this Vientiane flight. The direct flight from Bangkok to Luang Prabang, which will resume on June 17, 2022 (Friday), will be the second stage of the resumption of direct flights between Thailand and Laos.

Luang Prabang is located in the valley of the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers in northern Laos, and the city itself has been registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as a cultural heritage and is an ancient city with a long history of thousands of years.

There are three weekly flights from Bangkok to Luang Prabang on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The flight schedule is as follows.

Luang Prabang ⇔ Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) (June 17, 2022 ~)
QV633 LPQ10: 00 BKK12: 00 Mon / Wed / Fri
QV634 BKK13: 00 LPQ15: 00 Mon / Wed / Fri

Direct flights from Bangkok to Luang Prabang have not yet resumed by other airlines, and until now it was necessary to go via Vientiane with Thai Airways, but with the resumption of direct flights from Laos Airlines, it will be easier to travel to Luang Prabang.

For details and reservations, please visit the Lao Airlines official website.







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