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TAT releases special 60th anniversary publications highlighting history of Thai tourism

Bangkok – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has uploaded three special publications to commemorate the 60th anniversary of its founding this year. They provide a fascinating look at the history of Thai tourism and TAT since 1960.

The first book, under the theme of “60 Years of Pride – The Journey of Thailand’s Sustainable Tourism” includes a number of historic images of the TAT offices, Thailand and Bangkok in the 1960s. The highlight is a montage of the visit by King Bhumibhol Adulyadej the Great (Rama IX) to the TAT offices and the full text of his address to the audience.

The bilingual Thai-English book also pays tribute to the TAT’s former Governors, highlights the many marketing campaigns; such as, the Visit Thailand Year, Amazing Thailand, Thailand: Happiness on Earth, Thailand Grand Invitation, Unseen Thailand, and Open to the New Shades, and cites the awards and accolades TAT has won over the years.

The second book “TAT the Journey” (in Thai only) offers a more detailed look at the TAT’s policy and planning perspectives, including statistical records, crisis management challenges, research projects and responses to changes in a global operating environment.

The third book, “Open to Panoramic Thailand” is full of spectacular images of Thailand, from forests and farms to temples, beaches and urban areas.

The publications can be downloaded FREE here:

“60 Years of Pride – The Journey of Thailand’s Sustainable Tourism”,  https://amazingthailandebook.com/issue/241

“TAT The Journey”, https://amazingthailandebook.com/issue/240

“Open to the Panoramic Thailand”, https://amazingthailandebook.com/issue/244

(tatnews.org) 


Bangkok Airways to resume domestic operations, reopens Samui Airport from May 15

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to provide the latest update from Bangkok Airways that it will resume domestic flight operations from 15 May, 2020, onwards with the Bangkok – Samui (round trip) twice daily service.

Samui Airport will also resume daily operations on 15 May, 2020, from 08.00 – 19.00 hrs.

The airline announced temporary suspension of all domestic flights from 7-30 April, 2020, as well as temporary closure of its three airports – Samui, Sukhothai and Trat, as part of the national and global efforts to curb the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

According to Bangkok Airways, all resumed flight operations will strictly comply with the safety measures and social distancing guidelines set by the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) and the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT).

The health and safety measures will include seat distancing onboard, suspension of the in-flight food and beverage service, and consumption of personal food and drink is not allowed onboard.

All crew members will be wearing masks and gloves when on duty and passengers are required to bring and wear a protective mask at all times during the flight.

Meanwhile, Samui Airport has put in place health and safety measures and social distancing practices in compliance with the regulations by the MoPH and the CAAT to ensure the highest level of safety for all passengers and staff.

The measures include passengers and staff screening, health and body temperature checks, staff wearing protective masks at all times when on duty, and social distancing arrangements at all service areas.

The reopening of airports in Sukhothai and Trat and Bangkok Airways’ other routes will be announced later.

Bangkok Airways has also reaffirmed its commitment that it prioritizes the health and hygiene of its passengers and staff and continues to implement necessary the health and safety measures during COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information, please visit www.bangkokair.com or contact call centre at 1771 and +662-270-6699 during operating hours.

(tatnews.org)


Bangkok Airways to resume Bangkok – Samui flights under hygiene standard

Bangkok –Bangkok Airways will resume its operation on two flights daily, Bangkok – Samui route, for passengers with necessary travels under the safety and hygiene standard from May 15. 

BANGKOK – Bangkok Airways will restart domestic flights on May 15, beginning with the Bangkok – Samui route. 

The airlines will operate two flights daily for passengers with necessary travels under the safety and hygiene standard. It will adopt social distancing measures, strictly required by the Public Health Ministry and the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT).

It plans to resume flight service for other destinations – Sukhothai and Trat later. Each flight will leave empty to enable safe distancing. No food or drink is to be served during flights and passengers are not allowed to bring their own food to eat on board. 

Passengers must wear face masks at all time while flying and cabin crew will also wear masks and gloves on duty.

At the airports, airline staff and passengers have to wear masks and undergo thermal screening. Service points and waiting areas will be arranged to maintain social distancing for the safety of passengers. (TNA)

 


Thai Health Min. issues guidelines for beauty clinics, massage spas

Massage spas and beauty clinics will be permitted to operate again under strict MOPH’s regulations.

BANGKOK - The Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) has established guidelines for beauty clinics and massage spas, as the restrictions and measures for preventing COVID-19 start to be eased.

Dr. Thares Krassanairawiwong, Director-General of the Department of Health Service Support, said that, now some of the COVID-19 lockdown measures are being eased, enterprises, such as massage spas and beauty clinics, will be able to operate again provided they strictly comply with the MOPH’s regulations by increasing the cleaning cycle, not flicking sheets to prevent diffusion and changing cushions and pillow cases for every customer. There must also be one room per client and curtains for massage spas. For foot massage, massage cushions must be placed 1.5 meters apart.

Those who use the service must wear a face mask, wash their hands and follow the facility’s instructions.

Dr. Phanphimon Wipulakorn, Director-General of Department of Health, said the Department of Health has developed the "THAI STOP COVID" platform, to allow operators of restaurants, hotels, beauty salons or shopping malls to assess their readiness before providing their services and to allow the public to inspect and report on whether each enterprise strictly adheres to the screening measures by visiting https://stopcovid.anamai.moph.go.th.(NNT)


Ton of ocean waste collected at Phi Phi Island - Krabi, Thailand

Activists and diving instructors collected ocean waste at Phi Phi Island as an environment conservation project during the COVID-19 lockdown.

KRABI - Over one ton of ocean waste is collected by activists and diving instructors at Thailand’s famous resort island of Phi Phi in an environment conservation project during the COVID-19 lockdown.

The “Clean Me Phi Phi Today” project will continue until May 12 when the lockdown of Phi Phi Island is expected to be lifted.

Participating activists, divers and business operators collected the likes of auto tires, glass and plastic bottles at the main pier of the Island.  They said some of the garbage was swept into the sea during the Indian Ocean Tsunami of 2004.  

Prasert Wongna, head of tourism business operators’ club of Phi Phi, said with the travelling ban it was a great opportunity to revive the environment of the island.

The project also draws Phi Phi community to improve waste management and sewage system of the island.(TNA) 

The “Clean Me Phi Phi Today” project will continue until May 12.


Pattaya, Jomtien see high waves, thunderstorms this weekend

Jomtien beach, Pattaya city, Chonburi province.

Chonburi and Eastern Part Weather

Scattered thunderstorms with gusty winds mostly in Chachoengsao, Nakhon Nayok, PrachinBuri, Sa Kaeo, Chonburi, Rayong, Chanthaburi and Trat. Minimum temperature 22-24 C. Maximum temperature 31-32 C. Southeasterly winds 15-30 km/hr. Wave height about 1 meter and about 2 meters in thundershowers areas.

During 24 – 26 Apr, isolated to scattered thunderstorms with gusty wind. Minimum temperature 23-27 C. Maximum temperature 32-37C. During 27 – 30 Apr, day hot. Isolated thundershowers. Minimum temperature 24-28 C. Maximum temperature 35-39C. Southeasterly wind 15-30 km/hr. Wave height about 1 meter and 1-2 meters in thundershower areas. 

Pattaya Weather Forecast


Thais return from Malaysia with Embassy assistance

Thai citizens return from Malaysia will be transferred to local quarantine facilities for 14 days.

KUALA LUMPUR - At the Thailand-Malaysia border checkpoint, Thai citizens return from Malaysia every day, and all of them will be transferred to local quarantine facilities for 14 days.

The Royal Thai Embassy in Kuala Lumpur and volunteers are providing aid and facilitating transport to Thailand.

 

The Royal Thai Embassy’s officers and Thai volunteer networks in Malaysia are helping the rest of the Thai people still in Malaysia, providing food and consumables to alleviate the crisis. The authority advised those who are in a more remote areas to report their address, so the authorities can send help.

People who applied to the Royal Thai Embassy to return to Thailand must have a medical certificate issued within 72 hours of travel. The bus will be available every day to transport them to 3 border checkpoints, namely Sadao, Betong and Sungai Kolok, free of charge.

Mr. Ekkarat Leesen, Narathiwat’s Governor, said Thailand’s southern topography is different and full of natural entrances with no marked border. It can be used to avoid a legal entrance and a quarantine. Therefore, security officials must strictly guard the possible ways to enter Thailand, to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on Thai territory.

Those who did not apply to the Royal Thai Embassy in Kuala Lumpur will need to pay a charge and undergo a diagnosis and history check. Such returnees will be separated into 3 groups, depending on their infection risk, and all will be transferred to quarantine facilities.

At the Central Screening Center for COVID-19 in Pattani Province, there are already 204 returnees who have been screened in the past 2 days. 6 were diagnosed at high risk and are waiting for lab test results.

In Satun province, at Tam Malang Pier checkpoint, there are 32 Thais registered to return to Thailand. 28 of them are Satun citizens and they have already transferred to their local authorities. The other 4 were transported by bus to Songkhla and Trang. (NNT)

 


TAT introduces ‘Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration’ certification

Bangkok, 20 April, 2020 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), in collaboration with the public and private sector partners, is introducing an “Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration: SHA” certification aimed at elevating the country’s tourism industry standards and developing confidence among international and domestic tourists.

 

The project is part of TAT’s efforts to mitigate the impacts of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis and accelerate recovery in the travel and tourism sector. The Amazing Thailand SHA certification is to prepare Thai tourism operators to be ready for the return of tourism post COVID-19.

TAT is currently working on details of the Amazing Thailand SHA certification together with the Ministry of Public Health, Ministry of Tourism and Sports, Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau, Board of Trade of Thailand, Federation of Thai Spa and Wellness Association, Thai Retailers Association, Thai Hotels Association, Association of Domestic Travel, Thai Amusement and Leisure Park Association, Thai Restaurant Association, Thai Spa Association, Thai Boats Association, and Event Management Association.

Works in the process include establishing the SHA criteria, introducing the committee, preparing the application and selection process, and planning marketing and publicity for the SHA-certified tourism establishments and services.

The evaluation methods and methodology of assessment for tourism establishments and services to be certified with the Amazing Thailand SHA certification will cover five key areas.

-Tourism establishments and services must strictly follow the COVID-19 control guidelines by the Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health.

-The safety of attractions and facilities with development plans or operation procedures that focus on ensuring tourist safety while maintaining local culture and promoting interaction between local communities and tourists.

-Hygiene and sanitation in tourism establishments and services; such as, homestays, lodges, souvenir shops and restaurants.

-Convenience, cleanliness, and safety of linkages between communities and attractions, as well as the safety and health standards of transportation, including private cars, public buses, and airlines.

-The confidence in tourism personnel in tourism establishments, including tourist safety and security protocol.

The Amazing Thailand SHA project is a part of TAT’s realigned strategy amid the COVID-19 crisis, which also includes the plans to stimulate spending from domestic tourism.

 


TAT opens ‘Amazing Market’ Facebook group to support local communities and restaurants

Bangkok– The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has created a public Facebook group “Amazing Market” to offer a free platform for local communities, entrepreneurs and restaurants to generate revenue during the current Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis.

 

The group now has over 8,000 members comprising sellers, shoppers or both. The main language is Thai as the page is aimed at encouraging local Thais to support local communities and businesses during this difficult time.

The products available on the Amazing Market include restaurants, fruits and vegetables, processed food, seasonings, and ready meals. Shoppers can also look for local textiles and accessories, Thai fabric and cloth masks, as well as home decoration items and souvenirs made from local materials. All buying can be made online, and the delivery can be done via delivery or postal services.

Members can also review their favourite products or create posts seeking for interested items.

Hotel and accommodation establishments must be legally registered, and the promotional vouchers must have an expiration date of not less than one year. Package tours and car rentals are currently allowed for publicity only, not for selling.

Members are encouraged to use polite language, refrain from controversial or political comments, or dating posts, advertisement links from other online platforms are not allowed, do not post too frequently, and do not undercut prices.

Nong Sukjai (TAT’s mascot), the group’s admin will immediately delete the posts from illegal shops or products as well as unqualified or misrepresented products of any kinds.

The Amazing Market is not responsible for the quality of products or accuracy of information or any arguments from business negotiations.

TAT is encouraging all to continue to maintain social distancing and be a part of the nationwide effort to combat the COVID-19. TAT understands that maintaining social distancing can be inconvenient, but it is for the greater good.

As a state-run enterprise, TAT is doing our utmost to strictly implement preventive measures and heighten awareness for all tourists in Thailand to protect them from being exposed to the virus.

In the meantime, enjoy shopping for local products and food in the Amazing Market. Follow this QR code to join the group.

18 April, 2020 

 

 


Thai Airways International Response to COVID-19

In light of the current coronavirus outbreak worldwide and the ever-increasing travel restrictions in place, Thai Airways International (THAI) has had to make the difficult and unprecedented decision to gradually and temporarily suspend operations as follows:
- Regional and AUS/NZ flights from 25 March to 31 May 2020.
- European flights from 1 April to 31 May 2020
- Domestic flights from 31 March to 31 May 2020

We apologize for the disruption and inconvenience this is causing, and we would like to support you by offering the following THREE options to accommodate changes to your travel plans: 1. Ticket validity extension 2. Travel voucher 3. Refund for partially used tickets

If you have valid tickets with international flights (excluding group tickets), for travel between 25 March to 31 May 2020, you have the following THREE options available to you.If you have valid tickets with domestic flights only (excluding group tickets), for travel between 31 March to 31 May 2020, OPTION 1 only is available to you.

OPTION 1. Extend the validity of your ticket and rebook later (ticket number starting with 217-)

THAI will automatically change the validity of your ticket to 31 December 2020. However, if you do not wish to rebook your flights by 31 December 2020, we will automatically extend the final validity date of the international and/or domestic ticket to be 31 December 2021.
When you are ready to rebook, please:
a) contact your travel agent if your original booking was made through one
b) contact your local THAI office if you booked directly with THAI
Please note that passengers who extend the validity of their ticket must have completed their travels before 31 December 2021 on the same route (s) and the same class of service (THAI will waive its rebooking fee).

OPTION 2. Travel Voucher for fully-unused tickets (ticket numbers starting with 217-)

If you are holding a Thai Airways ticket for international flights, you can request a travel voucher for the equal value of the current ticket.
Please note that if you booked your original ticket through a travel agent in Europe, Australia or New Zealand, you must contact your travel agent for assistance with travel vouchers.
Notes:
a) The Travel voucher is valid for ticket (s) with International flights only.
b) The Travel voucher must be requested before 31May 2020.
c) The Travel Voucher can be used as credit towards any future travel on THAI or THAI Smile to / from any worldwide destinations.
d) The Travel Voucher will be sent to the email address you provide.
e) The Travel Voucher is valid for 12 months from the date of issue.
f) Please contact your local THAI Office to rebook using the Travel voucher before it expires.
g) Fare/tax/surcharge differences may apply to the new itinerary.
h) The Travel voucher can be transferred
i) The Travel voucher cannot be exchanged for cash.

OPTION 3. Refund for partially-used tickets ticket number starting with 217-)

If you are holding a valid ticket for an international flight and you have already used part of your ticket, a refund amount will be calculated. Refunds are estimated to take at least 180 days to process from the date of request

Please note that if you booked your original ticket through a travel agent in Europe, Australia, New Zealand or Japan, you must contact your travel agent for assistance with refunds.

To refund partially-used domestic flight tickets, please contact your original THAI issuing office.

We are currently experiencing a high volume of requests, and the processing time is estimated to be longer than usual. Please be assured that we will contact you as quickly as possible. Our apologies in advance.

We will continue to review our policies based on the latest developments and will consider extending the flexible options beyond 31 May 2020 if required, as we assess the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak situation.

Thank you for your support and understanding during this challenging time. (Thaiairways.com) 

 


Thailand has strong control measures for COVID-19 in all ports

The Department of Disease Control (DDC) has the strong measures for prevention and control for COVID-19 in all ports(airports, seaports and groundports).

The Department of Disease Control (DDC), Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) revealed the strong measures for prevention and control measures for COVID-19 in all ports to bring Thai nationals back to the country by following a definite quota for the number ofpeople each day. Now, every province is preparing designated quarantine places to quarantine Thai people for 14 days under the governmental prevention and control protocols.

18 April 2020, Dr. Sopon Iamsirithawon, Director of Division of Communicable Diseases, as the Incident Commander of Emergency Operations Center, Department of Disease Control stated about the permission for Thai citizens to enter across Permanent Crossing Point in the areas of border provinces.

DDC has strictly operated the COVID-19 prevention and control measures by integrating cooperation from all sectors i.e. international communicable diseases control at point of entry (airports, seaports and ground ports), hospitals (private and government sectors) and community-based surveillance.

For Thai people who are traveling back to Thailand by passing through the permanent crossing points in the border provinces in this period, there is a pre-specified number of travelers each day and at point of entry along the border crossing points.

Everyone will have to pass the screening protocol including screening, temperature measurement, and symptom monitoring in accordancewithCOVID-19 prevention and control measures in Thailand.

Those returning to Thailand must have two important documents which are 1) the medical certificate or fit to travel and 2) the official letter for entering the country issued by the Embassy or the Consulate -General of the departing country (the said official letter shall specify the personal information of travelers, the location of point of entry, date of departure, the province or hometown of travelers in Thailand, travelers' signature agreeing to be quarantined at the State Quarantine or Local Quarantine for 14 days in accordance with the disease control standard.

This information will ensure the safety of people in the country and be beneficial for travelers in case they get the infection and need to receive diagnosis and treatment.Dr. Sopon said that each province has prepared to screen and arrange designated quarantine areas specified by the government for 14 days in accordance with the determination of preventive and control measures with good cooperation from all sectors including government, local, private and community sectors.

All have the same goal of providing optimized care among travelers so that Thailand can prevent and control COVID-19 effectively. (ddc.moph.go.th)

 


Phuket revises COVID-19 measures, with end date on April 30

 

TAT will constantly monitor the situation and provide more updates as soon as new information becomes available.

Bangkok– The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to inform international and domestic tourists that the end date on 30 April, 2020, has been specified in the last order issued by Phuket province.

Despite the end date stated on 30 April, 2020, this TAT update does not imply that Phuket will lift its unprecedented Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) control measures thereafter. TAT will constantly monitor the situation and provide more updates as soon as new information becomes available.

Phuket’s newly rectified order summed up all unprecedented measures previously announced by the province. The order, signed on 16 April, 2020, was announced on 17 April, 2020, on the Facebook page: phuketanticovid19, one of Phuket’s public relations channels, especially set up to communicate with the public on all matters regarding the COVID-19.

This latest order replaces all previous announcements and orders, and covers five key topics:

-Temporary closure of venues as appearing in Appendix 1, which includes an expanded list of business establishments, hotels, shopping malls, markets, sports and related facilities, entertainment venues, some government services, and more. Supermarkets, pharmacies, food takeaways and deliveries, banks and ATMs, and other essential services used in daily life remain open, in accordance with the nationwide curfew from 22.00-04.00 Hrs.

-Closure of entry and exit points (land and sea) as appearing in Appendix 2, including the Tha Chat Chai Checkpoint and all marine transportation channels, with exceptions for vehicles and vessels with emergencies or necessities.

-Closure of all local borders between each sub-district and surveillance, control and prevention measures as appearing in Appendix 3, asking cooperation from residents to remain in their residence and ordering local authorities to conduct active case finding among the residents of all districts.

-Measures regarding boats leaving ports and going to sea as appearing in Appendix 4, banning all boats from leaving ports excepts fishing boats, medical and emergency related boats, logistics boats, and vessels used for official purposes.

-Control and preventive measures to combat the spread of the COVID-19 infection as appearing in Appendix 5, including hygiene measures and social distancing rules.

Under the Communicable Diseases Act 2015, penalties for non-compliance range from less than 20,000 Baht, or less than 100,000 baht or one year in prison or both. Violators may face other penalties under the Emergency Decree on Public Administration in Emergency Situation 2005.

 


Bangkok faces scattered clouds, hot and humid this week

 


Pattaya City partly cloudy Mon-Wed, thunderstorms Thursday

Jomtien Beach, Pattaya City, Chonburi Province

Eastern Part Weather Forecast

Hot to very hot with isolated thundershowers mostly in Chachoengsao, Nakhon Nayok, PrachinBuri, Sa Kaeo, Chonburi, Rayong, Chanthaburi and Trat. Minimum temperature 26-29 C. Maximum temperature 33-37 C. Southeasterly winds 10-30 km/hr. Wave below 1 meter and about 1 meter in thundershowers areas.

During 20 – 22 Apr, hot to very hot during the day. isolated thundershowers. Minimum temperature 25-29 C. Maximum temperature 34-40C. Southeasterly wind 10-30 km/hr. Wave height below 1 meter and about 1 meter in thundershower areas. During 23 – 25 Apr, isolated to scattered thunderstorms with gusty wind and hails. Minimum temperature 23-26 C. Maximum temperature 29-34C. Southeasterly wind 15-30 km/hr. Wave height about 1 meter and 1 – 2 meters in thundershower areas.

Pattaya Weather Forecast


Chiang Mai sunny Mon-Wed, thundershower on weekend

Bo Sang Umbrella and San Kamphaeng Handicraft Festival, Chiang Mail. (File Photo)

Northern Part of Thailand Weather Forecast

Hot and very hot with Isolated thundershower mostly in Chiang Mai, Lamphun, Lampang Kamphaeng Phet, Phichit, Phitsanulok and Phetchabun. Minimum temperature 24-27 C. Maximum temperature 37-41 C. Southwesterly winds 10-20 km/hr.

During 20 – 23 Apr, hot to very hot during the day. Minimum temperature 22-27C. Maximum temperature 37-43C. Southwesterly wind 10-20 km/hr. During 24 – 25 Apr, isolated thunderstorms with gusty wind and hails. Minimum temperature 21-25C. Maximum temperature 36-40C. Southwesterly wind 10-30 km/hr.

Chiang Mail Weather Forecast

 


Thailand extends ban on inbound flights to April 30 to curb Covid-19

The ban on inbound flights has been extended to April 30 for continuation of measures to curb the Covid-19 outbreak.  

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has extended the ban on inbound flights to April 30 for continuation of measures to curb the Covid-19 outbreak.  

The ban was first imposed on April 3 and was later extended to April 18.

CAAT's director-general Chula Sukmanop said the third announcement on Wednesday extended the ban on inbound passenger flights from April 19 to 30 for continuation of measures to curb the Covid-19 outbreak.

The ban does not apply to state or military aircraft, emergency landing, technical landing without disembarkation, humanitarian, medical or relief flights, repatriation flights and cargo flights.

The passengers on board the aircraft will be subject to the measures under communicable disease law, such as 14-day state quarantine, and the regulation under the Emergency Decree on State of Emergency. (TNA)


Thais stranded 4 nights at Haneda Airport returned home via All Nippon Airways

Returnees were informed that they would enter the 14-day state quarantine upon their arrivals.

BANGKOK – The Thai embassy in Tokyo has assisted 32 Thai people stranded in Japan, including those at Haneda Airport to return home on Wednesday.

The embassy posted on its Facebook that a group of Thai passengers, who were stranded during the transit at Haneda Airport for four nights would arrive around 3.30 pm. on Wednesday (April 8) on a special repatriation flight, arranged by All Nippon Airways (ANA)

The NH 847 flight was allowed to fly to Thailand for a special purpose after the Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) extended a ban on all commercial flights to the country until April 18 to support the government’s policy in a bid to contain the spread of Covid-19.

All returnees were informed about the 14-day state quarantine upon their arrivals. (TNA)


Thailand increases bus, train frequencies before night curfew

Transport Minister,Saksayam Chidchob said more buses and electric trains day services must be on duty to cope with the night curfew at 10 pm.

BANGKOK, April 7 (TNA) - Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob ordered the increase of buses and electric trains before the start of the night curfew at 10 pm. following complains by passengers.The Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA), the Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA) and SRT Electrified Train, which operates the Airport Rail Link were instructed to increase the number of buses and trains before and after the night curfew from April 7. 

 

MRTA governor, Pakapong Sirikantaramas said a normal train can carry 1,000 passengers at maximum but due to the social distancing measure, it can carry only 100 passengers.

Passengers have to spare their travel time to catch the train and arrive home before the curfew, he said.

Suthep Panpeng, director-general of SRT Electric Train Co said the company would increase the frequency of the train from every ten minutes to eight minutes. 

It has adopted the social distancing measure, so the maximum passenger capacity of each train is reduced to 130 passengers from 745 passengers.

BMTA Deputy Director Prayoon Chuaykaew said the bus frequency is increased to 5-10 minutes before the service closing. The last bus leaves the terminal at 8 pm.

He said sublicensed bus operators normally run on 70-80 routes but they stopped service because a drop in passengers during the outbreak and insufficient income to cover operating cost. 

These private operators were transferred to be under the responsibility of the Department’s Land Transport.

Meanwhile, the Department of Land Transport's director-general Jirut Wisanjit said he would discuss the problem with the BMTA.

Private bus operators would be asked to resume service at least before and after the night curfew to help commuters. (TNA)


Thais from Malaysia & Qatar arrive at Suvarnabhumi Airport, enter state quarantine

51 Thais from Malaysia and 47 more from Doha, Qatar, placed in the quarantine system for a 14 days observation.

BANGKOK - A group of Thai people from Malaysia and Qatar arrived in Thailand on Saturday and have entered the quarantine system at a place provided by the government.

51 Thais from Malaysia arrived at Suvarnabhumi Airport on a Malaysia Airlines’ special flight organized by the Malaysian government.

After being screened at the International Disease Control Checkpoint, military officers from the Royal Thai Armed Forces Headquarters led by Gen. Pariphat Phalasin, Deputy Chief of Joint Staff, led them to the quarantine center.

Then, military officers from the Royal Thai Armed Forces Headquarters accompanied a group of 47 Thais who had arrived on Qatar Airways’ flight QR7511 from Doha, Qatar, to a quarantine center not far from the airport.

This morning, MrAnutin Charnvirakul, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Health, inspected a quarantine center for those who return from foreign countries at Kamphaengsaen Flying Training School, Kamphaeng Saen District, Nakhon Pathom.(NNT)


Thailand’s KhonKaen implements strict measures to prevent coronavirus outbreak

KhonKaen Governor Somsak Jangtrakul ordersresident to wear face masks, convenience stores to close during curfew hours, and suggested more than 400 hotels to close.

BANGKOK - The provinces have implemented intensive measures to prevent the Covid-19 outbreak spreading. They include spraying disinfectant, closing places where people gather and refraining from organizing events.

KhonKaen Governor Somsak Jangtrakul has ordered everyone to wear a face mask while they are outside. Convenience stores have been ordered to comply with the curfew announcement. Meanwhile, more than 400 hotel operators in the province have suggested closing all hotels. The hotel operators say they are ready to control the disease and will request inspection by the district office of public health on a case-by-case basis. The order will come into effect on April 7. There is also an order to cancel all types of traditional events.

In Phang Nga, the authorities have sprayed highly efficient disinfectant at the Tha Nun Village Checkpoint, Khok Kloi subdistrict, Takua Thung district, because there are more than a thousand people from Phuket in Phang Nga, and germs may have accumulated at various points. Disinfectant has also been sprayed at the dormitory of the Sports School, the Provincial Administrative Organization Office, fitness centers and various public service points. Mr Bamrung Piyanamwanit, President of Phang Nga Provincial Administrative Organization, said today that he was ready to dispatch authorities to spray disinfectant at all agencies at their request.

Meanwhile, the Governor of Chonburi received 10,000 face masks from a group of Taiwanese business operators and 1,400 face masks, 500 face shields and 20 aerosol boxes from Chonburi Technical College. They will be given to medical personnel and hospitals during equipment shortages. There are currently more than 60 Covid-19 patients in Chonburi.(NNT)

 


State Railway of Thailand cuts capacity, cancels 22 trains from Bangkok

Passengers can request a refund at any ticket office or call the 24-hour hotline 1690 or ask to travel on other trains serving their destination instead of seeking a refund.

BANGKOK- Long distance trains are still running at limited capacity, with some destinations cancelled until the spread of COVID-19 can be contained. The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) has cancelled 22 trains so far on the northern, southern, and northeastern lines.

Ten trains originating in Bangkok and going to Hat Yai, Surat Thani, Trang, Nakhon Si Thammarat, and vice versa on the southern line have been cancelled. However, this line and these stations are still being served by other trains, except for Yala and Su-ngaiKolok stations which have been closed. As announced earlier, trains from Bangkok as well as 16 local trains from Hat Yai are no longer running to the two stations.

On the northern line, six trains from Bangkok to Sawankhalok, to Chiang Mai, and to Sila At, and vice versa have been cancelled.

On the northeastern line, six trains from Bangkok to Ubon Ratchathani, and to NongKhai, and vice versa have been cancelled.

Passengers who have already purchased tickets can request a refund at any SRT ticket office across the country, or call the 24-hour hotline 1690. Passengers booked on cancelled trains can ask to travel on other trains serving their destination instead of seeking a refund.

Meanwhile, Thai Airways has grounded all its domestic and international flights from today in the wake of global travel restrictions introduced by many countries due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The airline’s domestic flights are now being operated by its sister airline, Thai Smile Airways. (NNT)

 


Thailand expand halt to 44 commercial trains, Bangkok’s MRT services reduced

Bangkok’s Hua Lamphong railway terminal.

BANGKOK - The State Railway of Thailand suspended the service of its 44 commercial trains today due to the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

The SRT stated that the suspension covered 44 commercial trains. Earlier it had announced to suspend 22 commercial trains because the number of their passengers dropped by half.

The impact is worse as some provinces are locked down to control COVID-19 and the SRT is unable to operate trains there, it said. The state enterprise promises to fully refund money for the people who earlier booked tickets for the affected commercial trains.

At the Hua Lamphong railway terminal, fewer people were catching trains. They had to undergo body temperature checks and fill in health questionnaires. At waiting areas, they were seated well apart from one another to comply with the government’s social distancing policy to curb the disease.

 

 Bangkok’s Mass Rapid Transit blue line set a distancing for passengers.

Meanwhile, Pakapong Sirikantaramat, governor of the Mass Rapid Transit Authority, said the MRTA planned to reduce its train trips as the number of passengers fell from 400,000 to 98,000 a day on its Blue Line and from 70,000 to 13,000-14,000 on its Purple Line. (TNA)

 


Bangkok and neighboring provinces step up coronavirus control measures

 Bangkok, 01 April, 2020, at 14.00 Hrs. – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to provide further update on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) control measures issued by Bangkok and its neighboring provinces.

Bangkok has ordered all restaurants and beverage shops, roadside shops and street stalls as well as convenience stores and supermarkets to be closed from 00.01 – 05.00 Hrs., effective from 2-30 April, 2020 (except takeaway and restaurants and beverage shops serving food for hotel guests, and restaurants and beverage shops in hospitals and airports). All public and private parks are also ordered to be closed from 2-30 April, 2020.

Nonthaburi has asked for cooperation from its residents to remain indoors from 23.00 – 05.00 Hrs., with immediate effect until further notice. Exceptions are allowed for product transporters, food deliveries, and those with urgent errands. The province has also ordered all 24/7 convenience stores to be closed from 23.00 – 05.00 Hrs., effective from 1-30 April, 2020.

Samut Prakan has also ordered all 24/7 convenience stores to be closed from 23.00 – 05.00 Hrs., effective from 1-30 April, 2020.

Across all three aforementioned provinces, store attendants and customers are also asked to strictly follow the social distancing rules and sanitary measures, as well as wear surgery or cloth masks at all times.

TAT is constantly monitoring announcements from Bangkok’s three other neighboring provinces – Nakhon Pathom, Pathum Thani and Samut Sakhon – whether a similar order for convenience stores to be closed at specific times will be imposed.

The above order is in addition to previous announcements on a blanket closure of an expanded list of shopping malls, markets, sports and related facilities, entertainment venues, and more in Bangkok and its five neighboring provinces until 30 April, 2020 or further notice.   

Supermarkets, pharmacies, food takeaways and deliveries, banks and ATMs, and other essential services used in daily life remain open.

Elsewhere in Thailand, provincial governors have issued measures in accordance with their respective local situations. Key tourist destinations; such as, Phuket has now closed all entry and exit points and an extended list of venues and services until further notice, while Chon Buri has imposed temporary closure of venues and activity restrictions with immediate effect until further notice.

TAT is constantly providing updates on the tourism-related COVID-19 situation in Thailand at the TAT Newsroom (https://www.tatnews.org/). For additional information and assistance relating to Thailand’s tourism, contact the TAT Contact Centre 1672 or Tourist Police 1155.

For constant updates of Thailand’s COVID-19 control measures for travelers, please visit https://ddc.moph.go.th/viralpneumonia/eng/index.php.

This press release is published on 01 April, 2020, at 14.00 Hrs. All information is accurate at the current time but can be changed depending on the situation. The TAT Newsroom will not be updating this press release but will issue new updates as soon as further information becomes available.


Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) situation in Thailand

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) situation in Thailand as of 1 April 2020, 13.00 Hrs. (TAT)


Pattaya turns into ghost town after coronavirus shutdown

Bars, restaurants, arcades, and other tourism-based businesses are closed down due to the curfew.

CHONBURI - The coronavirus pandemic has turned Thailand’s seaside resort city of Pattaya into a ghost town as businesses shut their doors after worldwide travel restrictions.

Since March 18 when the government imposed a ban on most services, the vibrant entertainment scene of Pattaya has depleted.

 

Pattaya beach is seen empty after 8 P.M. deadline.

A business leader of Pattaya Sinchai Wattanasartsathorn said Pattaya faced an unprecedented crisis that turned it in to a “dead city.”  But he believed the city awaits the right time to resurrect.

Over 90 percent of hotels in the world-famous tourist hotspot are forced to announce temporary closures, beginning April.

 

Local businessman, Sinchai Wattanasartsathorn, tells how shaken the businesses are right now after the lockdown.

Currently, none of the hotels had guests more than four percent of their capacities, said Pakamon Wongyai, a leading hotelier of Pattaya.Hotel closures mean thousands of staffers need to pack up and head home during the Covid-19 pandemic, she said.

 

Pattaya city hotelier, Pakamon Wongyai, said visitors’ number had plunged to almost none since the air, sea, and land lockdown in March.

Pattaya’s beaches, bars and cabarets are now deserted, reflecting economic devastation to over 100,000 more people in the city workforce who also have to leave for their hometowns as their only option for survival. (TNA) 

 

No tourists are seen at Pattaya beach even during day light.

 

A speed boat is seen deserted perhaps for already longer than a month as all of the Chinese tours were canceled to zero number since March


Over 300 commercial airplanes grounded at Thailand’s airports

The coronavirus outbreaks had caused airliners, national and international, to cancel their flights and submitted their business halt requests to the CAAT.

BANGKOK - Over 300 commercial airplanes have been grounded at two major airports of Thailand, Don Mueang and Suvarnabhumi, due to novel coronavirus outbreak.

The pandemic has caused plummeting demand for air travel around the globe and forced airlines based in Thailand to cancel some of their routes.

Thai Airways, Thai Smile, Bangkok Airways and Thai VietJet Air have requested Suvarnabhumi Airport to park their planes after halting their flights due to the Covid-19 crisis, said Airport Authority of Thailand officials. 

Thailand’s largest airport has the parking capacity for 138-150 planes.

According to the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT), nine airlines have submitted requests to temporarily halt their flights.

For Don Mueang Airport which mostly serves low-cost airlines, Thai AirAsia, Thai AirAsia X, Thai Lion Air, Nok Air and Nok Scoot have asked for permission to park their grounded planes.(TNA)


Bangkok Airways suspends all domestic flights April7-30

Bangkok, 31 March, 2020, at 17.00 Hrs. – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to inform foreign and Thai travelers that all domestic flights during 7-30 April, 2020, operated by Bangkok Airways will be suspended.

The temporary suspension of its domestic flights followed the previous announcement on the suspension of all international flights from 22 March, 2020, until further notice.

Passengers can request for a full refund via www.bangkokair.com/refund or contact the airline’s ticketing offices or Bangkok Airways Call Centre 1771 or Tel. +662 270 6699. For passengers who purchased their tickets via a travel agency, please contact their travel agency directly.

TAT is constantly providing updates on the tourism-related COVID-19 situation in Thailand at the TAT Newsroom (https://www.tatnews.org/). For additional information and assistance relating to Thailand’s tourism, contact the TAT Contact Centre 1672 or Tourist Police 1155.

For constant updates of Thailand’s COVID-19 control measures for travelers, please visit https://ddc.moph.go.th/viralpneumonia/eng/index.php.

This press release is published on 31 March, 2020, at 17.00 Hrs. All information is accurate at the current time but can be changed depending on the situation. The TAT Newsroom will not be updating this press release but will issue new updates as soon as further information becomes available..
 


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