Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) asks companies in Bangkok to work from home until October 7th in preparation for heavy rains
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has urged businesses in Bangkok to encourage their employees to work from home as much as possible, as heavy rain is expected in Bangkok from 5th to 7th October 2022.
A BMA official said, "Heavy rain is expected in Bangkok from October 5th to October 7th. People in specific flood-prone areas of Bangkok should be aware of the heavy rain. In order to reduce the burden of traveling, BMA asks the businesses in Bankgok to cooperate with encouraging their employees to work from home or returning them home early as much as possible."
Now, heavy rains continue to fall throughout Thailand every day, and in Bangkok, heavy traffic jams occur especially in the evenings. It seems that there are many cases where it took 3 to 4 hours to get home after work. In addition, it is a serious situation that ambulances cannot access hospitals due to traffic jams. In order to avoid such problems, BMA has decided to ask people who work in Bangkok to work from home.
If foreigners staying in Thailand are affected by flooding and need urgent assistance, the Thai Tourist Police can provide assistance in English. The phone number is 1155. They can be contacted from all over the country.
Maya Bay on Phi Phi Leh reopens to public
Maya Bay on Phi Phi Leh Island in Krabi Province, which was temporarily closed to the public for two months from August 1st to September 30th, 2022, reopened to the public on October 1st, 2022.
Maya Bay was the filming location for the 2000 movie "The Beach" starring Leonardo DiCaprio, attracting 6,000 people to the bay every day and it has become a world-famous tourist spot, gathering millions of tourists to see this natural beauty every year at this place. As a result, the natural environment of Maya Bay was severely damaged, resulting in the destruction of 50% of Maya Bay's corals.
Maya Bay closed in 2018 to protect and restore nature from this environmental destruction. This closure restored the nature of Maya Bay, and Maya Bay reopened in January 2022 for the first time in about three and a half years.
The national park authorities have also decided to close Maya Bay for two months every year during the rainy season when there are few tourists in Thailand, with the aim of preserving the nature of Maya Bay. Maya Bay was temporarily closed for two months from 1 August to 30 September. This temporary closure ended on September 30th, and Maya Bay reopened to the public on October 1st as planned.
Thai VietJet Air launches new direct flights from Bangkok to Phu Quoc Island from October
Thai Vietjet Air, a low-cost airline, has announced that it will launch a new direct flight from Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) to Vietnam's tropical paradise Phu Quoc Island on October 12, 2022.
The Bangkok-Phu Quoc Island route operates four times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. The flight takes approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.
The planned flight schedule is as follows.
Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) ⇔ Phu Quoc Island (From October 12, 2022)
VZ981 BKK09:45 PQC11:00 Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun
VZ981 PQC12:00 BKK13:20 Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun
Phu Quoc Island is a Vietnamese island off the coast of Cambodia in the Gulf of Thailand. Since its designation as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2005, it has been protected by Vietnamese conservation efforts. It is also famous for its highly transparent seawater. With 150 kilometers of coastline, mountains, food, culture, evergreen forests, waterfalls, caves, water sports and history, Phu Quoc Island is full of attractive tourism resources. Also on the island is the unique Cao Dai Temple, where believers integrate Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, Confucianism, Hinduism and Taoism.
The tropical paradise of Phu Quoc is warm all year round, but the ideal time to visit is during the dry season, from October to March. The weather will be a little cooler and it will be a very comfortable climate.
For details and reservations, please check the official website of Thai VietJet Air.
From October 1st (Saturday), restrictions on entering Thailand has been relaxed, and presentation of vaccination certificates and negative certificates is no longer required.
From October 1, 2022, Thailand has eased immigration restrictions related to the COVID-19. Regarding the specific details, the Embassy of Japan in Thailand has sent an email to 101 Premier.
Below is an English translation of the email from the Embassy of Japan in Thailand.
(The following is an English translation of email from the Embassy of Japan in Thailand)
The Thai government has announced that from October 1st (Saturday), restrictions on entering Thailand is relaxed as follows.
1. Relaxation of regulations when entering Thailand
(1) It is not necessary to present a vaccination certificate or a negative certificate when entering Thailand.
(2) Extension of the period of stay for travelers from visa exempt countries/regions from 30 days to 45 days (measures until the end of March 2022).
2. Relaxation of infection control measures in Thailand
(1) Wearing a mask is recommended in crowded or poorly ventilated areas, but is no longer mandatory. (Note: When the embassy confirmed with the public transportation (train/bus) operating company, it is no longer obligatory to wear a mask when boarding, but they are asking for cooperation in wearing a mask.)
(2) People with mild or no symptoms among those infected with the COVID-19 can go out without self-isolation. However, DMHT measures (Distancing: Keeping distance, Mask Wearing: Wearing a mask, Hand Washing: Testing, Testing (if symptoms appear)) are recommended for 5 days.
(3) Elderly people and high-risk infected people with specific diseases are recommended to self-monitor their health for 10 days (testing with ATK on days 5 and 10).
(4) Companies and organizations are encouraged to monitor their employees regularly (if the number of infected people increases significantly, immediately report to the relevant authorities).
(5) Continued vaccination is recommended.
3. The state of emergency that has been applied nationwide since March 2020 will be lifted on September 30, 2022. In addition, the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has been dissolved, and from Saturday, October 1, the Ministry of Health is taking necessary measures based on the Infectious Diseases Control Law.
○ Consular Section of the Embassy of Japan in Thailand
Phone: (66-2) 207-8500, 696-3000
Fax: (66-2) 207-8511
Address: 177 Witthayu Road, Lumphini, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330
Thailand to lift all entry restrictions related to COVID-19 from October 1, 2022
Today, October 1, 2022, Thailand has lifted all immigration restrictions that have been in place to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 infection.
Due to the lifting of immigration restrictions, from October 1st, it will no longer be necessary to present a vaccination certificate or a negative certificate for the COVID-19 when entering Thailand. In addition, people infected with the COVID-19 will be able to enter the country, and there is no obligation to self-quarantine after entering the Thailand.
The pandemic began about three years ago, and the world has been forced to divide by national borders. In Thailand, most of the COVID-19-related restrictions in daily life have been lifted, and today, all immigration restrictions have been abolished. With this, today marks a historic day for Thailand to return to its pre-pandemic Thailand. We think this is the fruit of the patience and efforts that all the people living in Thailand have made to fight the COVID-19.
October 1, 2022. Let's make this day the anniversary of the reunion of men and women who were separated across the border. We are looking forward to welcoming many people from all over the world to visit Thailand casually and happily, just like before the pandemic.
All the staff of 101 Premier Massage would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations on this anniversary today.