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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused people to lose their jobs in Phuket, resulting in many people needing to return home. One local municipality has arranged buses to transport those who want to leave. All persons who wish to travel from Phuket back to their hometown have to undergo a health screening, and are subject to a 14-day period of quarantine upon arrival there, in accordance with the Ministry of Public Healths measures. (08/05/2020)
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The Ministry of Public Health has mobilized plans for COVID-19 prevention, especially for groups and locations with more risks. There are three main screening points, which are International Communicable Disease Control port authorities, hospitals, and communities. Active case finding is the key to the success of this plan. In addition, the ministry will continue to expand laboratories in 77 provinces throughout the country. The target is to screen 170,000 cases within 1-2 months. (08/05/2020)
The Government is preparing for the second period of relaxed measures on 17 May. The hearing process will be in conjunction with the statistical and situational data on 8-12 May. The reviewing of information and implementation process will be on 13 May. The drafting of the guideline for relaxed measures will be done on 14 May. And the possible date to begin the second period of relaxed measures will be 17 May. But the Government will consider the issue based on the day-by-day situation. For more information, please contact 1111. (08/05/2020)
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The Department of Land Transport has announced that it will postpone the issuing of driving licenses, to reduce the spread of COVID-19, until further notice. Customers who have already booked their queue through the application "DLT Smart" or their website will keep the same queue number when the operation reopens, except for the customers who canceled it. For more information, please contact 1584. (08/05/2020)
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WHO has warned countries across the world about a possible second wave of the spread of COVID-19, as many countries have eased the strict measures. Relaxed restrictions must be carefully considered, and they must be complemented by hygiene measures, physical distancing, and community participation. (07/05/2020)
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Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin, the spokesperson of the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), has advised the public not to wear a face mask when doing hard exercises, because they will not get enough oxygen and it can be dangerous. Instead of running and jogging, he recommends exercising by walking for 30 minutes, while wearing the mask, and maintaining the proper distance from one another. (07/05/2020)
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Airports of Thailand (AOT) has provided travel advice and recommendations on how to prepare before boarding an aircraft during the COVID-19 outbreak. Body temperature will be screened and should not be more than 37.5 Celsius. Passengers must wear masks at all times in the airport area. Physical distancing of at least 1 meter is required.Advice from the officers should be followed. (07/05/2020)
The Ministry of Culture's Department of Religious Affairs has organized the "Vesak Day 2020 Exhibition" to display the Buddha's relics on loan from Wat Bowonniwet Vihara in its exhibition hall, where Buddhists may pay their respects to them. The event takes place from now until 15 May, and all visitors must follow the physical distancing regulations. Children and the elderly are not advised to come. Leaves of the Bodhi tree in India are also given to the visitors as souvenirs. (07/05/2020)
A model farm project under a royal initiative provides agricultural knowledge for local residents who have been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. The project aims to provide careers and alleviate the burdens of daily life, by having these citizens learn specialized agricultural methods and be able to adapt them for use in their households, helping them become better able to support their families and develop new products for further study and for sale. (05/05/2020)
The Department of Health advised against wearing a face mask when exercising. You are not getting enough oxygen into your lungs and heart, so your body has to work harder, which is more dangerous. When you do outdoor exercises, try to maintain at least six feet of distance between you and other people. (05/05/2020)
The Department of Airports has emphasized that the public should carefully check with the provincial measures before traveling to other provinces, after the resumption of domestic flights on 1 May. Each province might have different measures for travelers. Some currently allow only local people to travel back, and some require a quarantine for 14 days. So please contact the provincial authority before traveling. (05/05/2020)
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The Department of Health, Ministry of Public Health, has introduced the "2+3 guideline" for clean taxis in Thailand during the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidelines include two suggestions for drivers: have good personal sanitation and go to hospital if they have fever symptoms. Three recommendations in vehicles are providing alcohol gel in their car, frequently clean the car, and provide masks for passengers who are coughing or sneezing. (05/05/2020)
The Public Health Ministry, the World Health Organization (WHO), and several health organizations in Thailand and other countries have been working hard to develop vaccines to deal with COVID-19. Currently there are 70 candidate vaccines that are registered with WHO. After effective tests on humans are conducted, the vaccine will be put in for registration with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). (05/05/2020)
The Department of Disease Control (DDC), Ministry of Public Health (MOPH), is collaborating with the World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners to launch the COVID-19 Migrant Hotline in three languages, providing COVID-19 information to migrants in Thailand. This hotline can be reached at 1422 (Department of Disease Control Hotline), then dialing 81 for Cambodian, 82 for Lao, and 83 for Myanmar. (05/05/2020)
AIS, one of the major mobile phone operators in Thailand, in cooperation with the National Broadcasting Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), has extended its offer of 100 minutes of free air time for 45 days to foreigners. This program will cover foreigners who are working in Thailand or those who are still not be able to return to their country. To join the scheme, foreign AIS customers may apply by sending their passport number by SMS to 170 between May 1 and 15. Confirmation will be sent to the customers via text message. (05/05/2020)
The spokesperson for the Social Security Office (SSO) explained the relief measures for migrant workers in Thailand. If their employers shut their businesses temporarily because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the migrant workers will receive 62 percent of their daily wage for up to 90 days. They should visit the SSOs website at to submit their unemployment claims and complete an e-form for SSO benefits. They are required to provide copies of their passports and the first page of their bank passbooks for verification. (01/05/2020)
The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has issued an announcement that it had to extend the closure of Phuket International Airport for 15 more days, until 15 May 2020. The decision is based on the report from Phuket province citing new cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), as infections are still being reported in the province on a daily basis. (01/05/2020)
According to the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), six types of venues will be allowed to reopen. Their reopening will also follow the Government's strict health measures and guidelines, as Thailand continues its efforts to limit the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).These businesses and public activities include 1) fresh, flea, floating, and community markets, as well as walking streets and vendors' stalls, 2) food, beverage, dessert, and ice cream shops outside shopping malls, as well as food stalls, food trucks, and hawkers, 3) retail and wholesale businesses (supermarkets, convenience stores, community shops, and IT or telecom product shops, or grocery trucks), 4) recreational and sports activities, such as walking,tai chi,and non-team and non-competitive sports, namely tennis, shooting, archery, cycling, and golfing at courses and driving ranges), 5) barbers and hair salons (only for hair washing, cutting and drying), 6) pet grooming shops and pet care centers. (01/05/2020)
Labor Day is celebrated on 1 May in many nations around the world, including Thailand, to recognize and honor the nation's workers and their many contributions to the country. We truly appreciate the ways your work has made our country a better place, every day. (01/05/2020)
In southern border provinces, officers at COVID-19 screening checkpoints continue to monitor and screen people entering Thailand to prevent the viral spread. The southern provinces have also eased lockdown restrictions in some villages that have no new COVID-19 cases. The officials are offering moral support and have provided the officers with face masks, alcohol-based hand sanitizers, and face shields, which will help protect them from COVID-19. (01/05/2020)
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