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The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has issued the Notification on Conditions for Aircraft Permission to Enter Thailand (No. 3), effective from 4 August, 2020. The CAATs third revised notification adjusted its No. 2 announcement to be in line with the Royal Thai Governments fourth extension of the Emergency Decree. The ban on international commercial aircraft remains in place. (04/08/2020)
According to Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization, Thailand is one of the countries that has carefully and consistently followed the WHO's guidelines and suggestions to prevent COVID-19. He stated that when the public follows preventive measures, for example, keeping physical distancing, wearing masks, and washing hands, new cases in that country go down. Therefore, informing, engaging, and listening are key pillars that will help us get through this worldwide crisis together. (03/08/2020)
The Bank of Thailand disclosed that the proportion of business entrepreneurs whose businesses are affected by the spread of COVID-19 in Thailand decreased in July, when compared with the data recorded in June. In July, 21 percent of logistics and export entrepreneurs were found not to be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, compared with 17.2 percent in June, and 33.4 percent of import entrepreneurs were found not to be affected, in comparison with 25.9 percent in June, for example. (31/07/2020)
The Cabinet has approved a budget of 171 million baht for the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives for promoting legal fisheries both in Thai and international territorial waters. Furthermore, the budget will be also used for reforming illegal fisheries and enhancing the quality of fishery products, which will prevent being given a yellow card for illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing by the European Union. (30/07/2020)
Phuket is planning to hold three major tourism events to promote tourism and the economy in the province. The events will start in August with the Phuket Seafood & Gastronomy Festival, followed by a surfing competition in September, and the traditional Vegetarian Festival in October. They're expected to stimulate tourism in the province after many businesses have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. (30/07/2020)
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According to the Ministry of Public Healths policy, a COVID-19 laboratory is planned to be constructed in every province of the country. At present, Sawang Daen Din Crown Prince Hospital, in Sakon Nakhon province, is the first model in the Northeast of Thailand to give COVID-19 assessments and prepare rooms for COVID-19 patients. With its effective equipment, the hospital and laboratory can assess COVID-19 infections with real-time RT PCR, giving results within 3-5 hours after the test. Sawang Daen Din Crown Prince Hospital is one of the local hospitals under the Ministry of Public Health working to help the public and develop the healthcare system in Thailand. (29/07/2020)
After the lockdown and preventive measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 have been relaxed, the Department of Business Development (DBD) has given a rehabilitation plan that will help MOC Biz Club entrepreneurs to revive their businesses. The five core activities that are contained in the rehabilitation plan include (1) regional trade expositions, (2) business matching domestically and internationally, (3) business consultancy, (4) network connection building, and (5) expansion of various marketing channels. The plan will begin in late July to rehabilitate MOC Biz Club business networks, which currently include 11,034 entrepreneurs nationwide. (29/07/2020)
Thailand is one of the worlds largest producers and exporters of coconut milk. Thailand exported $411 million worth of coconut milk in 2019 to more than 119 countries around the world. The UK imported around $33 million worth of Thai coconut milk in 2019, making it one of the top three importers of coconut milk from Thailand. Coconuts are an integral part of not only Thailands agricultural economy but also its culture. The market for coconuts in Thailand underpins a network of industries from farmers at the beginning of the chain to end consumers and factories who use the crop to produce a huge range of products. (29/07/2020)
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The Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has revealed the new guidelines of relaxed measures to allow groups of foreigners to come to Thailand. There are six groups that will be allowed under the conditions: (1) Special agreement; (2) Migrant Workers Management (low-skill workers from Cambodia, Lao PRD, and Myanmar); (3) Foreigners who hold exhibitions; (4) Crew members for the shooting of foreign films; (5) Foreigners in the Medical and Wellness program; and (6) Foreigners who hold a Thailand Elite Card. The relaxed measures will be deployed when the agencies that in charge are ready. (27/07/2020)
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The visas of foreigners who are stranded in Thailand will be extended until 26 September. But it is not an automatic extension. Foreigners are required to apply for the extension at the Immigration Bureau. The bureau may be contacted for more information at 1178. (24/07/2020)
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H.E. Mr. Tahamoana Aisea Cluny MacPherson, Ambassador of New Zealand to Thailand, paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister and Defense Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha.Both parties discussed the COVID-19 pandemic. The Prime Minister lauded New Zealand for its success in curbing the situation, while New Zealand Ambassador reciprocally commended the Thai public healthcare system in response to the disease outbreak. The Prime Minister and New Zealand Ambassador agreed to strengthen comprehensive cooperation after COVID-19, especially in trade and investment, for the rehabilitation and economic growth of the two countries. (24/07/2020)
The Thailand Research Expo this year will be organized in a New Normal form under the concept of research for national development for stability, prosperity, and sustainability. More than 300 exhibits on research, technology, and innovations will be presented.Visitors can attend the conferences, observe online exhibitions on various channels, and register free of charge on www.researchexpo.nrct.go.th and www.nrct.go.th until 31 July. This year, on-site and walk-in registration will be canceled in all cases. The event features Am AtichatChumnanon as the first research ambassador of Thailand 2020. The event will be held on 2-6 August at Centara Grand and Bangkok Convention Center, Central World. (24/07/2020)
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Dr. Taweesilp Visanuyothin, the Spokesperson of the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), has revealed that the 12 persons who had close contact with an infected patient in Rayong have been in quarantine for more than 10 days and retested for the second time. The results of all 12 cases are negative. The group will be released from the quarantine on 25 July 2020. (24/07/2020)
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The Fine Arts Department and the Department of Thai Traditional and Alternative Medicine have made an MOU in order to work together on surveying, collecting, checking, recording, and categorizing antique typical Thai formularies and traditional medicine from numerous sources, especially palm-leaf scriptures, antique Thai books, and other documents. The principal aim of this MOU is to preserve and make this Thai wisdom available for the public good. The departments will register and store these valuable antique documents in national archives and museums, as well as preventing piracy by patenting this special Thai knowledge for further use in the future. (24/07/2020)
Dr. Taweesilp Visanuyothin, the Spokesperson of the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), has updated the progress on COVID-19 vaccines in the daily press conference. One vaccine is a collaboration between the Thai government and the British government. It is in the process of being tested in humans. Meanwhile, there is also a collaboration in the private sector in Thailand by Siam Bioscience Co., Ltd. It is expected that the collaboration will provide a chance for the public to get access to the vaccine and help improve healthcare. (24/07/2020)
The Spokesperson of the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) revealed that, because of the latest lockdown relaxation, laborers from three nations (Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar) will be allowed to enter Thailand. However, to comply with the COVID-19 preventive measures, they need to stay in an organizational quarantine facility for 14 days, two persons per room, with standard COVID-19 testing processes, after entering the country. (23/07/2020)
Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam presided over the meeting of the National Culture Commission.The meeting acknowledged the Home-Temple-School Network On Tour, a scheme aiming to empower communities through Thai cultural assets in accordance with the Royal Wisdoms and Sufficiency Economy Philosophy. The splendor of each community, in terms of arts and culture, tradition, way of life, and natural beauty, etc., would attract tourists, and help generate income and employment in the community. (23/07/2020)
The Department of Disease Control has revealed the results of COVID-19 investigation from the incident in Rayong province. The 12 high-risk persons who had close contact with the patient have had negative results. Also, the low-risk persons who visited the same places the patient went to and others who were concerned about getting infected with the disease and were tested, in total 6,780 persons, have negative results. To build confidence among visitors and stimulate the tourism industry in the province, the Government plans six activities to attract visitors. (23/07/2020)
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The Tourism Authority of Thailand has compiled more than 200 of its amazing destination brochures, leaflets, books, maps, and media covering all aspects of Thai tourism into one easily-searchable eBook platform to make it easy for visitors to find their place and activity of interest. The application can be downloaded for immediate use or accessed via the websitewww.amazingthailandebook.com. (22/07/2020)
The World Health Organization (WHO) has explained that there are three main risk factors that people should avoid to stay safe during the COVID-19 outbreak, which are crowded places, close-contact settings, and confined and enclosed spaces. When these all risks overlap, they will lead to higher risks. Therefore, members of the public are recommended to avoid crowded areas, follow good hygiene, and keep physical distancing. (22/07/2020)

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