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The Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has approved six categories of foreigners who may enter Thailand: (1) foreign athletes who will participate in the Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn's Cup Tour of Thailand 2020 on 6-16 October 2020, (2) pilots and cabin crew of Thai Airways on repatriation flights, (3) foreigners who have non-immigrant visas, especially businesspersons who do not have a work permit (they must present bank statements for the six previous months), (4) long-stay tourists who have a special tourist visa, (5) APEC cardholders from low-risk countries, for example, New Zealand, Australia, and Singapore, and (6) non-Thai nationals who wish to stay in Thailand for 60 days (they can extend their period for an extra 30 days by presenting six previous months of bank statements, equivalent to at least 500,000 baht). Anyone who wishes to enter Thailand should kindly contact the Thai embassy in their country for more details. (29/09/2020)
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The Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has approved a proposal for the Badminton World Federation (BWF) tour in Thailand, which will be held in January 2021. Many famous badminton players from around the world will be attending this world competition and it will be a good opportunity to promote Thailands image on the prevention of COVID-19 to the public. Meanwhile, all participants will have to pass through the state quarantine process before attending the competition. CCSA also reiterated the importance of health publicity to ensure that concerned people, including all of the athletes, still keep their guard up against the disease, by continuing to wear masks, regularly washing hands, and focusing on physical distancing. The original name of BWF was the International Badminton Federation (IBF). At present, the BWF has 196 members. It was established in London in 1934 with nine founding member associations. (29/09/2020)
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The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), in cooperation with N.C.C. Exhibition Organizer Co., Ltd. (NEO), is organizing the Thailand Golf & Dive Expo 2020, a sports travel fair for golfers and divers. The event will bring together products and services that promote golf and diving activities for all kinds of people who are interested. The event will take a place at BITEC Exhibition and Convention Center on 1-4 October 2020. (29/09/2020)
The Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Public Health, Mr. Anutin Charnvirakul, has assured the public that the Ministry of Public Health is ready for various measures to open the country in terms of disease control, protection, and medical treatment. In order to drive the economy and allow the country to move forward, it is time to moderate the safety measures, which must be put in place at intervals as was done in the early stages of the COVID-19 outbreak. There will be emphasis on people who enter the country and consideration of the country of origin. If any country can control the infection well, there will be matching travel between it and Thailand. (29/09/2020)
The Government plans to drive forward the development of the Southern Economic Corridor (SEC), covering four upper southern provinces, namely Chumphon, Ranong, Surat Thani, and Nakhon Si Thammarat, in parallel with the development of the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC). SEC's development framework consists of four components: (1) development of the Western Gateway, (2) the Royal Coast and Andaman Route, (3) Bio-Based and Processed Agricultural Products, and (4) Green and Culture. Up to 111 projects under the SEC development plan (2019-2023) have been implemented. The Government continues to lay foundations for national development and investment in the long run, including the development of new economic zones and transport infrastructure development. (29/09/2020)
Airports of Thailand (AOT) is celebrating its 14th anniversary and promises to improve the quality of airports and retain high standards, even during the crisis of COVID-19. Also, AOT is working with efficiency in both supporting the mission of screening passengers who are allowed to enter Thailand, and coordinating with hospitals for Patient Under Investigation (PUI). In addition, AOT has practiced and followed recommendations and measures, for example, providing alcohol gel, deep cleaning every 24 hours, and requiring all officers to wear masks. For 14 years, AOT has been working with appreciation to be an important part of tourism mobility and looking forward to improve its services for Thailand's airports and sustainable growth. (29/09/2020)
On 28 September 2020, the 103rd anniversary of the Thai national flag. The current Thai flag is one of the world's oldest flags, officially adopted according to the royal decree issued by Rama VI on 28 September 1917. The national flag is locally known as Thong Trairong, which literally means "tricolor." The flag comprises five horizontal stripes in the colors red, white, blue, white, and red; the flag's central blue stripe is twice as wide as the other stripes. (28/09/2020)
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The Gem and Jewelry Institute of Thailand (Public Organization) joins hands with public and private organizations in Chantaburi province to hold the International Chanthaburi Gems and Jewelry Festival 2020 under the concept "Go Together: Chanthaburi City of Gems." The festival is aiming to provide a platform that will enable entrepreneurs to increase domestic sales during the COVID-19 crisis and to encourage people to shop for jewelry and accessories as New Year gifts, as well as stimulating travel to the province. The showcase will have more than 300 booths displaying and selling products from Thai and foreign entrepreneurs. The event will be held at the Chanthaburi - Gems and Jewelry Center, Chanthaburi province, from 18-22 December 2020. (28/09/2020)
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The Prime Minister, General Prayut Chan-o-cha, expressed agreement with the proposal made by representatives of the film industry to promote the countrys "soft power" through entertainment and film contents related to arts, culture, food, and tourism, as part of the Governments effort to restore the national economy and enhance peoples solidarity. He also hoped that the Thai film industry would regain its strength and create more revenue for the country after COVID-19. The Ministry of Culture was assigned to work with the Thai film industry to seek proper measures in accordance with related laws and budgets. The Prime Minister also suggested the categorization of films and series to attract the right targets. (27/09/2020)
The Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Tourism and Sports, the Director of the Foreign Office of the Public Relations Department, the Director of Bang Kapi District, and the Cultural Advisor of the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Thailand jointly presided over the mini-marathon event Thai-Chinese Friendship Run Bangkok 2020 on 27 September to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the establishment of Thai-Chinese diplomatic relations, along with express cooperation between the two countries during the COVID-19 pandemic. This event was jointly organized by the China Media Group (CMG) in Asia-Pacific, the China Cultural Center in Bangkok, the Thai-Chinese Commercial and Industry Trade Association, the Thai-Chinese Journalists Association, and related agencies. The event took place at the Livin Ramkhamhaeng Bangkok, with more than 200 participants. All income from the event has been donated to the Bangkapi District Office for further work in preventing the spread of COVID-19. (27/09/2020)
The Ministry of Public Health has held a workshop on drafting this years public health policies while addressing challenges to providing the greatest benefit to the general public. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Health Anutin Charnvirakul, stressed the success of Thailand's public health system over the past year, especially in managing the COVID-19 outbreak and affirming Thailand as a leader in health services in the South East Asia region. The Minister of Public Health said it will continue to promote a robust primary care system next year by providing all families with a regular primary care physician while positioning the country as an international healthcare hub, and promoting the use of cannabis and hemp for their health benefits, as well as further research and development to enhance their economic value. (25/09/2020)
The Health Service Support Department, Ministry of Public Health, disclosed that massage and spa businesses have been proposed to the CCSA for consideration as new alternative quarantine locations. After a study was made in southern provinces, such as Krabi province, it was found that spa businesses have a good quality standard. This model aims to attract tourists and develop medical tourism. The review process for this idea will take two weeks, and the application process may take one month. Guidelines for this alternative quarantine include rules, for example, that businesses should have sanitized separate areas, entering tourists should have certificates showing they were free of COVID-19 72 hours before traveling, and they should have insurance with health coverage. (24/09/2020)
The Thailand-Myanmar border in Kanchanaburi province has been ordered closed from September 21 to October 5 after 580 new confirmed Covid-19 cases have been reported in Myanmar since August 16. Kanchanaburi authorities said the Phu Namron and Phra Chedi Sam Ong border checkpoints will be closed for 14 days. (24/09/2020)
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The Ministry of Culture has updated the reclaiming process for historical objects from Prasat Nong Hong, in Buriram province, and Prasat Khao Lon, Sa Kaeo province, found in a museum in the United States. The museum is under legal action to transfer the ownership of two lintels to Thailand. The process is expected to be completed by March 2021. The ministry also aims to reclaim ten other historical artifacts, which have clear evidence of their origin in Thailand. (24/09/2020)
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The Cabinet has approved special holidays in Thailand during November and December this year. In November, the dates are on 19-22. In December, the dates are 10-13. This approval aims to encourage the public to travel more and stimulate the local economy. (24/09/2020)
The Immigration Bureau has indicated that more than 150,000 foreign nationals need to have their tourist visas renewed by September 26th or face overstay charges. Immigration Bureau Deputy Spokesperson Police Colonel Pakpong Sai-ubol warned that overstaying ones tourist visa is punishable by both a jail term and fine under the Immigration Act, adding that offenders would also be deported to their countries of origin. Additionally, anyone overstaying their visa for more than 90 days is barred from re-entering the kingdom for one year. (24/09/2020)
On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between the Kingdom of Thailand and the Republic of Indonesia, the Ministry of Culture of the Kingdom of Thailand, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia, are proud to present traditional performances of both countries. People can participate in Two Nations, One Dance: The Virtual Ramayana Joint Performance on 24 September 2020 at 7 p.m. (Bangkok and Jakarta time) through two online streaming networks: https://www.facebook.com/ThaiMCulture and https://bit.ly/33VfRHd. For more information, please contact 02-209-3653 or 02-209-3656. This event is also co-supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of Thailand in Jakarta and the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Bangkok. (23/09/2020)
Lets celebrate the 70th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between the Kingdom of Thailand and Lao People's Democratic Republic. The Ministry of Culture of the Kingdom of Thailand, in cooperation with the Ministry of Information, Culture, and Tourism of Lao PDR, will perform a musical and folk culture program from the two countries. This 70th anniversary event stresses the close relationship between both countries with the theme Share Love and Strong Relations and will be performed on 28 September 2020 at 7 p.m. at the National Theater near Thammasat University. The Thai performance will be live, while Lao PDR will present the show by video recording. The admission is free; please reserve your seat through https://bit.ly/33UUhSW. For more information, please contact 02-209-3653 or 02-209-3656. (23/09/2020)
Chiang Mai Night Safari has adopted a new normal style. All visitors are required to comply strictly with COVID-19 prevention measures. Chiang Mai Night Safari complies with measures to prevent COVID-19 according to the Amazing Thailand Safety & Health Administration which is aimed at raising standards in the tourism industry, along with sanitary safety assurances. (23/09/2020)
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The Department of Disease Control urges the public to be careful and protect themselves from being bitten by mosquitoes, as they may bring dengue fever and infectious diseases, especially in the rainy season. To prevent contagious diseases brought by mosquitoes, people are encouraged to explore areas with waterlogging and eliminate the mosquito breeding grounds around the house and in the community. The Department of Disease Control advises the public to maintain cleanliness in their home, and it has a the hotline number for people who would like to ask more information at 1422. (23/09/2020)

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