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The Department of Internal Trade has disclosed information about the situation of rubber prices saying that presently the rubber prices are rising as a result of the resolved situation of COVID-19. It has caused the demand for the rubber-related industry to increase continuously. In addition, the Government has negotiated with foreign traders and signed a rubber cooperation agreement with several foreign entrepreneurs. (04/11/2020)
The Cabinet has approved a budget that has been requested by the Ministry of Public Health and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for operating the new ASEAN Center for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases (APHEED). The center is expected to have prompt detection facilities and to react to health emergencies and emerging diseases in ASEAN and also to boost the confidence of investors and tourists in the healthcare system of Thailand. (04/11/2020)
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Ambassador of the Slovak Republic to Thailand has paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha on the occasion of his completion of tenure. The Prime Minister commended cordial relations between Thailand and the Slovak Republic, which has continued to grow during the past 40 years. Both parties also discussed trade and investment and agreed on promotion of tourism and exchange of culture, which would contribute well to the economic rehabilitation of the two countries. (04/11/2020)
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is pleased to announce that Thailand is now reopen to tourists and crews of foreign yachts, under the recently launchedSpecial Tourist Visa(STV) scheme. Initially being made available to long-stay visitors to Thailand of all types from tourists to business travellers, investors and others, under the conditions that they comply with Thailands strict public health rules, the STV is now being extended to tourists and crews of foreign yachts. The new permission was announced on 30 October, 2020, in the Royal Thai Government Gazette, the public journal and record where new or revised laws and regulations are published. Applications from tourists and crews of foreign yachts can be made within 30 days after the announcement, and is available through until 30 September, 2021. More information can be found attatnews.org. (03/11/2020)
Thai Airways International has launched a special flight for passengers who are interested in chanting Buddhist mantras over 99 holy sites in the Kingdom. The special flight, three hours on board, will take off from Suvarnabhumi Airport at 1:30 p.m. and return at 4:30 p.m. on 30 November 2020. Passengers will fly over 99 holy sites in the capital and 31 provinces, including Chon Buri, Rayong, Surat Thani, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Nakhon Pathom, Suphan Buri, Ayutthaya, Phitsanulok, Sukhothai, Chaiyaphum, and Nakhon Ratchasima, all without landing. Tickets for business-class seats start from 9,999 baht and economy-class seats from 5,999 baht. Interested persons can manage the booking through 02-356-1515 between 2 and 25 November (service hours from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., weekdays only). For more information, please find updates from thaiairways.com, or Royal Orchid Holidays on Facebook (facebook.com/ROHTHAIAIRWAYS/), or send email to pyxsd@thaiairways.com. (03/11/2020)
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The Government has approved in principle the Health Tourism Enhancement Project, making Phuket province a world-class health tourism city. The Prime Minister has emphasized short-term and long-term assistance to the tourism sector, along with a variety of tourism promotions, including tourism, health, sports, and large-scale conferences. To create a new dimension of sustainable tourism, the Government has placed importance on balancing of health care and economic promotion with appropriate measures in each period. (03/11/2020)
The Phuket Passport Office, under the Department of Consular Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, opened its new office at Central Phuket Festival on 2 November 2020. During the pandemic period, the office will be open for the public only on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (closed on public holidays). People may check the time of service before arriving by contacting the call center at 02-572-8442 (24-hour service) or https://www.facebook.com/ThaiConsular. (03/11/2020)
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The Prime Minister, General Prayut Chan-o-cha, has visited Samui Island, in Surat Thani province. He was there to evaluate the readiness of officials and equipment to cope with the arrival of foreign tourists carrying Special Tourist Visas (STV), as Thailand cautiously reopens to foreign visitors in bid to revive the economy devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic. (03/11/2020)
The diplomatic representatives making the journey are the Ambassador of the Republic of Peru; the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway; the Ambassador of the Republic of Panama and the Second Secretary of the Vatican City State. They have visited the "Nong Yai Area Development Project" which was established in accordance with His Majesty the late Kings royal initiative; listened to stories of natural monkey cheeks and guidelines for flood prevention in Chumphon, and visited island number 9 where people adhere to sufficiency economy principles. (03/11/2020)
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The Ministry of Public Health has proposed to the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) a motion to cut the quarantine duration for arrivals in Thailand from 14 days to 10 days. The proposal is now awaiting the CCSAs approval. (03/11/2020)
The industrial sector has reported a shortage of laborers despite increased unemployment brought on by COVID-19, as many migrant workers have been unable to return to the Kingdom. Private sector entities via the Thai Chamber of Commerce have proposed four possible ways to aid unemployed individuals and the industrial sector, to the Senate Committee on Labor. The four proposals as encouraging businesses to offer flexible working hours starting from a minimum four hours, in order to retain workers and draw in new employees; maintaining rights and benefits for migrant workers to reinforce international confidence, which will have positively effects on exports; enhancing worker skills through e-Learning; and creating a big data-powered digital platform to help businesses match available positions to domestic as well as foreign laborers. (03/11/2020)
Phuket International Airport is preparing to welcome foreigners who would like to enter Thailand. There are several measures for persons entering, which are traveler screening, document screening, immigration process, and keeping the samples or specimens from COVID-19 tests at X-Terminal building, and then the visitors go to stay in Alternative Local Quarantine (ALQ). There are five points for sample testing, including three Royal Mobile Units for COVID-19 tests and two rooms for collecting samples. Travelers move to ALQ with private transportation and by specific routes, following a system to prevent the risk of spreading the virus. (03/11/2020)
The Deputy Minister of Education has visited flood victims in Non Soong district, Nakhon Ratchasima province. She brought supplies and survival bags to help the people affected by the flooding. In addition, she also instructed relevant agencies to survey all educational institutions damaged by the floods in order to expedite aid and rehabilitation. (03/11/2020)
The Government Spokesperson disclosed that Thai workers are now in great demand in foreign countries. The main reason comes from Thailands good management of the COVID-19 epidemic. This makes other countries that want to import workers have confidence in workers from Thailand. It is a good opportunity to allow Thais to work aboard. Recently, Thai workers went to collect wild fruit in Sweden and Finland in the 2020 season, which ran from July to September, generating a minimum estimated income of over 618 million baht on this trip alone. The Department of Employment has strict measures to protect Thai workers from the COVID-19 situation. (02/11/2020)
The Ministry of Digital Economy and Society, in cooperation with Thai startups, has revealed the smartband that will be used for tracking foreign travelers who visit Thailand. The wristband can track their locations and measure the body's temperature, blood pressure, and heart rate. It can also help the wearers with various problems, such as asking for directions when they get lost. It will be used from 1 November 2020 onward. (29/10/2020)
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According to the governments plan, the traffic infrastructure under-construction in the North-Eastern region will be a key tool to stimulate the economy, especially tourism and border trade, bringing benefits to people in the area. The infrastructure being constructed comprises the 196 kilometer-long Bang Pa-In - Nakhon Ratchasima Motorway, the 202 kilometer-long Nakhon Ratchasima- Khon Kaen road, the 6th Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge Ubon Ratchathani-Salawan, which will interconnect with the dual-track and high-speed train systems. (29/10/2020)
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The Government is campaigning to encourage everyone to organize events for the Loy Krathong Festival this year under the concept of the "new normal," following the Ministry of Public Health's efforts to prevent COVID-19. In addition, the Government also recommends that the public use natural materials that are easily degradable for making krathong, as well as asking for cooperation in not selling alcoholic drinks at the events. (29/10/2020)
During the extraordinary parliamentary session on 26-27 October 2020, Prime Minister and Defense Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha reaffirmed the Governments support for constitutional amendments. He told the parliamentary session that the National Assembly would begin to discuss constitutional draft amendments in November 2020. An amended draft is likely to pass its first, second, and third readings within December. (29/10/2020)
Officials have stepped up COVID-19 prevention measures along the Thai-Malaysian border, with emphasis placed on preventing illegal entries via natural border areas. (29/10/2020)
Their Majesties the King and Queen have graciously bestowed 1,000 kits containing essential supplies for flood victims in Sa Kaeo and other areas, where many residents are suffering from the worst flooding in many years. (29/10/2020)

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