Thailand's state of emergency ends at the end of October. COVID-19 removed from list of prohibited diseases for foreign travelers
A Thai government decision on September 20, 2022 decided to remove COVID-19 from the list of prohibited diseases for which foreign travelers are prohibited from entering the country. The new measures will come into force upon publication in the Official Gazette.
On September 23, 2022, the Thai government announced that the state of emergency, which had been extended 19 times, would end at the end of October. Thailand's Covid-19 task force, the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), will be dissolved at the same time.
In addition, Public Health Minister Anutin Chambirakul said after a meeting with Thailand's National Commission on Communicable Diseases on Sept. 23, it is planed that people with mild or no viral symptoms of COVID-19 will no longer be required to enter quarantine. According to Minister Anutin, it is said the measures would be adopted that COVID-19 infected people will continue to be advised to use face masks, hand washing and social distancing for 5 days, but after 5 days they will not be required to be tested for COVID-19.
The move comes as the Department of Disease Control deputy director-general concluded that current coronavirus symptoms are not appearing to be severe, with many infected people displaying only cold-like signs.
The Thai government is soon considering changing from pandemic to endemic and plans to move into a new era after COVID-19.
Thai government officially approves extension of stay in Kingdom for foreign tourists
According to a Thai government spokesperson on September 20, 2022, it officially stated that the Thai government had approved on September 19, 2022, the extension of the number of days allowed for foreign tourists to stay in Thailand. rice field.
The term of this measure will be from October 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023.
The details of the extension period are as follows.
・For those who arrive with a visa on arrival, the length of stay has been extended from 15 days to 30 days. Open to passport holders from 19 countries.
・Extension of visa exemption stay period from 30 days to 45 days for arrivals who are eligible for short-term visa-free stays under bilateral agreements with Thailand. Open to passport holders from 64 countries.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) expects the extension will increase the average length of stay for foreign tourists in Thailand by five days. TAT estimates that if each tourist spends an average of 4,000-5,000 baht per day, an extension of stay of 5 days will generate 20,000 baht additional tourism revenue per foreign tourist.
The Thai government is trying to revive the Thai economy by boosting the tourism industry with various measures in order to recover the tourism industry, which is Thailand's main industry damaged by the pandemic.
Red Lobster expands to Thailand with discount promotion
Red Lobster opened its first store in Thailand on September 14, 2022.
The venue is the G floor of the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center in Bangkok, which is famous as an exhibition venue. 70 seats are available.
Red Lobster is a lobster-based seafood restaurant chain founded in Lakeland, Florida, USA. Under the slogan "For the seafood lover in you.", the company is headquartered now in Orlando, Florida, and operates directly managed stores throughout the United States (no franchise stores). They also have over 720 branches around the world, including the United States, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Ecuador, China, Puerto Rico, and the United Arab Emirates etc.
In Thailand, Red Lobster Retail Asia Company Limited is operating Red Lobster Thailand.
There is a 10% discount promotion going on from September 14, 2022 to September 30, 2022. For more information, please visit Red Lobster's official Facebook.
11:00 – 22:00 (last order 20:30)
Queen Sirikit National Convention Center (QSNCC), G floor
Thai taxi fares to rise to 45-50 baht for first ride
The President of the Thai Public Taxi Association, Sadit Jaitiang held a meeting with Sirirat Weerasarn, Deputy Director of the Land Transport Department, on September 13, 2022 to discuss the increase in taxi fares. At this meeting, Mr. Sadit proposed the following new fares to the Land Transport Department.
・1,600 to 1,800 cc taxi: basic fare from 45 baht
・2,000cc taxi: basic fare from 50 baht
・For both types of taxi vehicles:
10 Baht per km from 2 to 20 km
11 baht per km for 21-40 km section
12 baht per km for the 41-60 km section
13 baht per km from 61 km or up
・5 baht per minute regardless of the distance traveled at a speed of approximately 25 km/h in a traffic jam
・Additional charge of 75 to 90 baht for taxi at the airport depending on the engine size of the car
The Land Transport Department has granted the request and fares will be considered at a future meeting, according to the report, with another meeting between the association and the Land Transport Department expected in early October to set new fares.
Over 5 million foreign tourists has arrived in Thailand for 9 months in 2022
According to information released by a Thai government spokesman on September 18, more than 5 million foreign tourists entered Thailand between January 1 and September 8, 2022.
According to the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), the ranking of visitors by country is as follows.
1st place Malaysia 751,397 people
2nd place India 480,825 people
3rd place Laos 310,464 people
4th place Cambodia 249,084 people
Based on flight and hotel reservations for the remaining three months of 2022 (October to December), TAT estimates that the number of foreign tourists entering the country will reach 10 million in 2022.
The ranking of the number of immigrants by country in August 2022 was as follows.
1st place Malaysia
2nd place India
3rd place Laos
4th place Singapore
5th place UK
As you can see from these data, there are currently many tourists from Malaysia. This is because Thailand and Malaysia share a border, making it easy to enter the country. A shuttle train service connecting Hat Yai, Thailand and Padang Besar, Malaysia also resumed operations in July, making it easier to travel between the two countries. It takes an hour and costs just 50 baht (7 Malaysian ringgit).
In this way, currently, most of the foreign tourists visiting Thailand are from neighboring countries in Southeast Asia.
As for Japan, which had many tourists visiting Thailand before the pandemic, the number of tourists is still sluggish. This is because the demand for overseas travel by Japanese people has not increased due to strict immigration regulations in Japan. However, Japan is finally starting to ease immigration restrictions, and many Japanese tourists are expected to visit Thailand during the best season from October to the end of the year. There is a tendency to increase the number of flights to Bangkok from Japan.