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The governor of Tak has imposed strict rules to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The province is now restraining people from coming in and out at the permanent border crossing with Myanmar. The transport vehicles that go between Thailand and Myanmar are allowed only one driver on board and must go through testing from the disease control officers at the border pass. (06/10/2020)
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The Third Army Area has strengthened its forces along the border to prevent illegal entry from Myanmar. The army has observed the border closely with patrol units -- both land and water -- drones, surveillance units, checkpoints, and infrared drones, which will be used during the night time. The army forces will monitor all along the Thai-Myanmar border in Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Mae Hong Son, and Tak, 24 hours a day. (06/10/2020)
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Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha presided over a meeting with CEOs and executives of leading Thai and foreign corporations. He welcomed investor representatives and thanked them for having confidence and expanding their investments in Thailand, especially in the EEC area. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic challenge, the Government strives to drive forward national development and infrastructure development plans for the benefit of Thai people of all generations. It is also committed to promoting investment by both Thai and foreign investors, both in the EEC and in future economic corridors, in a fair and transparent manner. (06/10/2020)
The Medical Hub Board is to propose that the government allow direct international flights to quarantine spa and resort locations in facilitation of medical tourists, adding to Special Tourist VISA (STV) visitors being allowed into the country to stimulate its economy. The meeting agreed to suggest Samui, Phuket, Chiang Mai and U-Tapao airports as additional direct destinations for medical tourists, after Suvarnabhumi and Don Muang airports in Bangkok. (05/10/2020)
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The 25th Book Expo Thailand 2020 is drawing huge interest from the public, hungry for knowledge and entertainment. More than 250 publishers are at the event, which gathers just about every kind of book for sale at special prices, such as children's books, foreign books, technical books, novels, and many more. Most of the people who come to visit are young people. Anyone who is interested may join the 25th Book Expo Thailand from today until 11 October 2020 at Challenger Hall, Impact Muang Thong Thani. (05/10/2020)
The Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning organized a meeting to launch the national greenhouse gas reduction performance monitoring system. This project implements the goal of achieving the country's greenhouse gas reduction. The purpose of this meeting is to launch a web-based system for monitoring and evaluating the country's greenhouse gas reduction performance and a mobile application to communicate information about the reduction of greenhouse gas operations for all related sectors. Another purpose is to exchange opinions from all sectors in order to make the system more effective. (05/10/2020)
Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha has concerns over easier access of users to online gambling websites, which is a major social problem. He has ordered strict control and suppression of betting, and particularly any gambling-related activities on the Internet that target children and youths. In addition, the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society, in cooperate with the National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Commission (NBTC) and the Royal Thai Police, has sought cooperation from all ISP providers and mobile phone operators to expedite blocking of access to 1,202 online gambling sites, following related court orders which rule that those sites have violated the Computer Act and the Gambling Act. (04/10/2020)
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has launched Thailand NOW, a new local information platform consisting of a website and social media outlets that specialize in providing information about the Kingdom. According to the ministry, Thailand NOW is one of the first english-language platforms covering exclusive content such as business and investment, education, lifestyle and culture. Those interested can reach Thailand Now at the website thailandnow.in.th or search the phrase Thailand Now on Facebook and Instagram. (03/10/2020)
Hat Wanakon National Park, Prachuap Khiri Khan, has announced that it is open for diving with the "new normal" scheme from 1 October. The Department of National Parks, Wildlife, and Plant Conservation urges visitors to reserve their place in the queue via the QueQ application, because the park has to limit the number of visitors. The mobile application is available on both Android and iOS. (02/10/2020)
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The Phuket provincial administration has announced it is now ready to welcome international visitors with stringent disease control measures in place, as the governments Special Tourist Visa (STV) scheme went into effect earlier on October 1st. Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew has announced that the province has prepared measures to welcome international visitors holding the STV, by requiring all visitors to take a COVID-19 test upon arrival at Phuket International Airport, even with a medical certificate from their country of origin. The first group of international visitors reportedly comprise 150 people from Guangzhou, China, arriving in Phuket and will arrive on October 8th. (02/10/2020)
The Ministry of Digital Economy and Society has stated that it has been working to address the problem of inaccurate news, particularly regarding the COVID-19 outbreak. Digital Economy and Society Minister Buddhipongse Punnakanta said the ministrys anti-fake news center is currently examining more than 6,400 cases of suspected misinformation -- more than half of which are health-related. He added that members of the public can pass on information about reports they suspect to be fraudulent to the center at its hotline 1111, extension 87, while urging members of the media to combat the proliferation of inaccurate news by helping disseminate correct information to the general public. (02/10/2020)
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has joined with six food delivery services under the New Normal Food Delivery with Environmental Care Memorandum of Understanding. Food delivery services under the MOU are to add an opt-in button to their applications that will allow customers to decline single-use plastics as well as work with their restaurants to incorporate more environmentally friendly packaging. PTT Global Chemical CEO Kongkrapan Intarajang outlined his companys production of compostable bioplastic as an alternative for the food industry. The minister noted measures to reduce the capital cost of producing environmentally friendly goods are being sought to help operators and the public. (02/10/2020)
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The Department of Disease Control has proceeded with more measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in ten provinces that border Myanmar, namely Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Mae Hong Son, Tak, Kanchanaburi, Ratchaburi, Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon, and Ranong. The measures are adding more patrol forces at the border, limiting land transportation across the border, limiting ATM services and closing border passes, and preparing evacuation plans and state quarantine to cope with the spread of the virus in case the second wave of COVID-19 occurs. (02/10/2020)
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Six zoos nationwide, operated by the Zoological Park Organization, will fully reopen from 1 October 2020 under the hygienic safety standard for visitors. Each one has a cleaning system, to prevent the spread of diseases among staff members and visitors. Registration desks will provide health checking in front of the main gates. The limited visitor system, different numbers for each zoo, will be used to control the total number of people each day. The maximum numbers by zoo are as follows: Khao Kheow Open Zoo allows max. 3,000 visitors; Chiang Mai Zoo allows 2,500 visitors; Nakhon Ratchasima Zoo allows 3,000 visitors; Khon Kaen Zoo allows 3,000 visitors; Songkhla Zoo allows 2,000 visitors, and Ubon Ratchathani Zoo allows 2,000 visitors. Tickets are available by booking online on eventpop.me or directly through the zoos. (30/09/2020)
Airports of Thailand (AOT) will provide discounts and fee suspensions until March 31st, 2022 to airlines and operators using its facilities. AOT President Nitinai Sirismatthakarn said after a board meeting that AOT would provide relief to six airline operators by suspending rental space fees, building usage fees and monthly payments until March 31st, 2022. Nitinai said operators and airlines who continue to use AOT facilities will receive a 50% reduction in rental fee for all tenants until March 31st, 2022, with the service fee collection for building usage slashed by 50%, and parking charges waived. There will also be a 50% discount on landing charges while charges for airlines still operating will be at 50 percent for all routes -- including domestic, international and charter flights -- until March 21st, 2022. (30/09/2020)
The Ministry of Culture gave awards to movie scripts about the COVID-19 situation under the theme of new normal. This project was launched for the development of the Thai film industry. The ministry will also produce movies from these scripts with a professional production studio. The movies will be aired both in Thailand and abroad. Recently, the Thai film industry has generated at least a hundred billion baht and generated large economic value for Thailand. There are plans to promote the potential of the Thai film and TV industry by establishing a database website at www.contentthailand.com, as a source for resources needed to make movies, including scripts, crews, directors, and others. (30/09/2020)
The Government is advancing its development of the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC). The Cabinet has approved investments in the Smart Park industrial estate development project in Rayong province, total area 1,383 rai (553 acres), worth approximately 2,370 million baht. The project was proposed by the Ministry of Industry, in response to the Government's policy for investing in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) development areas. The Smart Park industrial estate development project will be divided into an industrial area, commercial area, public area, and green areas and buffer lines. The goal of the project is to focus on the target industries (New S-Curve). The results of analysis of the financial and economic feasibility of the project for a period of 30 years show that it will be financially cost-effective and economically worthwhile. In addition, the Prime Minister also urged all ministries and agencies to hold to the principles of environmental protection and human rights. All agencies must be strict in monitoring and evaluation. (30/09/2020)
The Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has reassured the public that Thailand has enough medical equipment, supplies, and the capability to cope with the spread of COVID-19. So far, Thailand has 2.7 million N95 surgical masks, 1.1 million coverall suits, 430,000 surgical gowns, and 590,000 doses of favipiravir medicine, which is enough to handle all infected patients. Moreover, Thailands also willing to cooperate with and assist neighboring countries to prevent the spread of the virus. (30/09/2020)
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The Prime Minister has instructed officials to suppress online gambling websites, deeming them a threat to all Thais due to their ease of access to people of all ages. Over the past week, the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society, the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission, and the Royal Thai Police have sought court orders to compel all internet service providers (ISPs) and mobile carriers to block access to online gambling websites. So far, the court already ordered ISPs to block access to about 1,200 of these online gambling websites. (30/09/2020)
The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) announced that the government has extended the visa amnesty for foreigners stranded in Thailand to October 31 after it expired on September 26. Stranded foreigners who wish to stay in Thailand after October 31 must submit an application to an Immigration office by October 31. (29/09/2020)

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