Thailand to consider further easing of COVID-19 restrictions on Friday

Thailand to consider further easing of COVID-19 restrictions on Friday

The easing of restrictions on entertainment venues, such as bars and pubs, readjustment of COVID zoning and the lowering of the national alert level, from Level 3 to 2, are expected to be considered by the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) tomorrow (Friday). Government Spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana said today that, as the COVID-19 situation steadily improves, with fewer infections and deaths, the CCSA will consider easing of restrictions in…

TAT heads strong Thai delegation to leading South Asia travel show SATTE 2022

Bangkok, 18 May, 2022 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is prominently presenting the Thailand Stand at the 29th edition of South Asia’s Travel and Tourism Exchange (SATTE) 2022, with high-ranking Thai tourism officials and travel operators participating in the three-day event from 18-20 May, at the India Expo Mart, Greater Noida, New Delhi. The Thailand Stand at the SATTE 2022 reflects the ‘Visit Thailand Year 2022: Amazing New…

NATO chief hails ‘historic moment’ as Finland, Sweden apply

NATO chief hails ‘historic moment’ as Finland, Sweden apply

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday that the military alliance stands ready to seize a historic moment and move quickly on allowing Finland and Sweden to join its ranks, after the two countries submitted their membership requests. The official applications, handed over by Finland and Sweden’s ambassadors to NATO, set a security clock ticking. Russia, whose war on Ukraine spurred them to join the military organization, has warned that…

Bangkok suffers flooding, traffic jams, due to heavy rain Tuesday night

Bangkok suffers flooding, traffic jams, due to heavy rain Tuesday night

Many parts of Bangkok experienced severe traffic congestion last evening and today (Wednesday), due to flooding caused by heavy rain throughout the night, exacerbated by the reopening of most schools yesterday. Areas heavily impacted included Ladprao, Vibhavadi, Chaeng Wattana, Phahonyothin, Ratchadapisek intersection, Khae Rai and Bang Khen. Earlier this morning, the Ladprao 5-way intersection was flooded, after four hours of heavy downpours. Floodwater in the area rose over the pavements…

Japan to accept small-scale tours from 4 countries

Japan to accept small-scale tours from 4 countries

Japan will trial small group tours with travelers from the US, Australia, Thailand, and Singapore from this month, the government said, as it experiments with easing strict Covid border rules. The country’s borders have been closed to almost all arrivals since the spring of 2020 in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. Authorities only recently began allowing some students and business visitors to enter. There are no plans to lift border…

Excise tax on diesel cut by five baht/litre for two months amid high prices

Excise tax on diesel cut by five baht/litre for two months amid high prices

The Thai cabinet decided to slash excise tax on diesel by 5 baht/litre for two months today (Tuesday), effective from May 21, to help ease the financial burden on consumers. The government previously cut excise tax on diesel by 3 baht/litre, a measure which is due to expire on May 20. Diesel prices at the pumps are currently capped at 32 baht/litre, an increase of two baht since the end…

TAT strengthens presence in the Middle East market to boost tourism to Thailand

TAT strengthens presence in the Middle East market to boost tourism to Thailand

Bangkok, 17 May, 2022 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is strengthening Thailand’s presence as the preferred tourist destination among Middle East travellers to drive interest in returning to Thailand in the post COVID-19 situation. This has come about through the recent participation in the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2022, latest partnerships with Qatar Airways and Almosafer – one of the region’s top three largest online travel agents, and…

No closure of or school in Thailand if COVID-19 infection is detected

No closure of class or school in Thailand if COVID-19 infection is detected

The Department of Health has clarified that no class or school will be shut down if a student, teacher or member of school staff is found to be infected with COVID-19 or if a high-risk person is exposed to an infected individual, according to the department’s Deputy Director-General Dr. Sarawut Boonsook, as Thailand’s new school term starts tomorrow (Tuesday). Dr. Sarawut said that, in case a student, a teacher or…

Thai Commerce Ministry to put child car seats on “products under watch” list

Thai Commerce Ministry to put child car seats on “products under watch” list

The Ministry of Commerce is to include car safety seats in their “product under watch” list to prevent profiteering, after the Land Traffic Act has made it mandatory for children under 6 and those whose height is 135cm or less to be placed in safety seats and secured with a seatbelt from September 5th. Violators will face a fine up to 2,000 baht on conviction. Inclusion on the “products under…