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This is Ban Phe seafront in Rayong. This is the pier where people catch boats to Koh Samet. As this popular island is mainly a national park, the general public cannot go there yet. All national parks in Thailand remain closed #VirtualTour #VirtualThailand #Thailand
“I miss you daddy. When are you coming home?” Thai families with foreign fathers plead to the Thai government in this video for them to be reunited once again: #Thailand #COVID19
Thai Smile is ready to start flying domestic routes from 1st June onwards: Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Ubon Ratchathani, Udon Thani, Khon Kaen, Phuket, Krabi, Surat Thani & Hat Yai. Please note, it’s not confirmed yet that Phuket airport will re-open in June #Thailand #ThaiTravelNews
Bangkok Airways has announced that they will resume flying on an additional four domestic routes from 1st June onwards: Chiang Mai, Lampang, Sukhothai and Phuket. However, please note, it is not confirmed yet that Phuket airport will re-open for sure #Thailand #ThaiTravelNews
WARNING: If you’re flying out of #Thailand with an expired “visa” it is important that you check in at least three hours before your flight. More so if it is a repatriation flight. This is because at Immigration you have to queue up twice. The second queue is for #COVID19 cases.
When you check-in or out by scanning the QR CODE for the ThaiChana website, you can now change the language by scrolling to the bottom of the page and choosing English. At the moment, only Thai and English is available. But soon they will add Chinese #Thailand
From my own experience, some shops no longer have someone by the door making sure everyone does a check-in. Some people just walk in now. But really, if you do check-in, you get contacted if someone had #COVID19 at the same time that you visited AND you get free testing #Thailand
The number of people using the ThaiChana website to check-in when visiting shops is rising every day. So far, 11.7 million people have used the website and 106,235 shops have registered. However, there is a problem. There have been 27.1 million check-ins but only 19.2 check-outs.
IMPORTANT: Be very careful when you check-in using the QR-CODE for ThaiChana website when you visit shops. There are apparently fake sites that ask you to download something which then hacks your cellphone. For the real one, you don’t download anything #Thailand
Official #COVID19 update in #Thailand on Monday:
??3,042 people infected (+2)
??2,928 discharged from hospital (+7)
??57 still in hospital
??57 dead (+1)
There is one death. Of the new cases, one is the wife of the Italian in Phuket and the other is a Thai in state quarantine.
In conclusion, the earliest that foreigners will be allowed back into #Thailand is on 1st July. And the fact is, the only groups on the approval list at the moment are diplomats & work permit holders. People with other visas might not be able to enter until later. Then tourists.
Even if they reverse the ban on international flights to #Thailand in July, or allow foreigners on repatriation flights (which I think is unlikely), the only foreigners on the approval list are work permit holders. No-one knows when they will update this list. It may be months.
What next? Will the flight ban be extended again? My gut feeling is yes because there is still a daily quota for arrivals. I'm told all repatriation flights in June are fully booked. So, still more Thais to be repatriated in July. The government will look after their own first.
The only foreigners still allowed to enter #Thailand are diplomats & work permit holders. However, due to the continuing ban on international flights to Thailand and the fact foreigners are not allowed on repatriation flights, this means it's almost impossible for them to come.
The only passenger planes that are allowed to land in #Thailand are repatriation flights with Thai nationals. Sadly, foreigners with Thai families are NOT allowed on these flights. This is because there is a daily quota and there are thousands of Thais waiting to be repatriated.
Unknown at the time, the window for foreigners with work permits was small. A week later, CAAT announced that from 3rd April there will be a temporary ban on international flights to Thailand. It was supposed to last 3 days, but it keeps being extended. It now expires 30th June.
The emergency decree started on 26th March. This closed all points of entry into #Thailand. However, there were some important exceptions. Diplomats & foreigners with work permits were allowed to enter with an easy to get fit to fly certificate. All other foreigners were banned.
Things became very difficult for foreigners to return to #Thailand starting from 21st March. Any foreigner landing after midnight had to show a certificate to say they were free from #COVID19. This was almost impossible to get. I was so lucky to get back before this started.
I am very sympathetic about foreigners stuck abroad. I was nearly in their position. I had flown back to the UK to sell the family home in early March. I was following the news closely & decided to cut my trip short. I got a standby seat & returned to #Thailand on 19th March.
One of the most common questions that I get, is one of the hardest to answer. "When will foreigners be allowed back into #Thailand?" No-one knows for sure as a decision hasn't been made yet. But, by looking at the facts and the timeline, we can make some educated guesses [THREAD]
Boxing stadiums, massage parlours & cinemas are expected to be allowed to reopen. They also might shorten curfew again. However, pubs, bars & night entertainment venues will remain closed. So this might mean drinking alcohol in restaurants will continue to be prohibited #Thailand
Bangkok Post infographic: Some businesses and activities considered to have medium to high risk of transmitting Covid-19 may be allowed to reopen in the third stage of lockdown easing. The CCSA will consider the matter this week #COVID19 #?????19 #Thailand
Bangkok Post headlines on Monday:
??Further reopenings set for June https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/1923524/further-reopenings-set-for-june
??Cops to test chemicals found in 'bleach mum' house https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/1923576/cops-to-test-chemicals-found-in-bleach-mum-house
?? Five tipped to lead THAI comeback https://www.bangkokpost.com/business/1923572/five-tipped-to-lead-thai-comeback #COVID19 #?????19 #Thailand
Khao Ngu Stone Park in Ratchaburi province, to the west of Bangkok #VirtualTour #VirtualThailand #Thailand
Dillon’s wife & kids have now been back in #Thailand for 2 weeks. He doesn’t know when he will be allowed to see them again. His pleas, and that of 100’s of other families that have been separated, have so far fallen on deaf ears. Their story needs telling. Please share.
Dillon & his wife tried with all their might to persuade the embassy officials to allow them to travel back as a family. But to no avail. Foreigners were not allowed, even ones with Thai families. Dillon then had to make the hard decision to separate the family for their safety.
The cost of the repatriation flight back to #Thailand was a steep US$1,000 each for both adults and children. But, Dillon thought it was well worth it to get everyone back home. But then he was told that his wife and kids could go, but he couldn’t as he wasn’t a Thai citizen.
This is a heart-wrenching story that deserves to be shared far & wide. This Thai family were on holiday in South Africa when their world was turned upside down by #COVID19. They were trapped there for 7 weeks until they heard about a repatriation flight back to #Thailand [THREAD]