The CCSA General Meeting has decided to adjust a number of measures from the 1st of October 2021. The quarantine measures for those traveling into the country will be separated into two groups. First, those who have vaccine certificates and have duly been vaccinated for over 14 days will be subject to a minimum of 7 days of quarantine with two RT-PCR tests, one conducted on the first day of arrival and the second on the sixth or the seventh day of quarantine. The other group -- those who have not received full vaccination and travel into the country via sea or air -- will be subject to a minimum of 10 days of quarantine and two RT-PCR tests. Persons who have not received full vaccination and who are entering the country by land will be subject to a minimum of 14 days of quarantine with two RT-PCR tests. (27/09/2021)

Thailand has received another 300,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine donated by Japan, which arrived in Bangkok on 26 September 2021 as the third lot of AstraZeneca vaccine to Thailand, to commemorate the 134th anniversary of Thailand-Japan diplomatic relations. So far, Japan has already provided 1.65 million vaccine doses to Thailand. Meanwhile, Deputy Government Spokesperson Ratchada Dhnadirek appealed for volunteers to test the Baiya Vaccine, Phase 1. The project is accepting additional volunteers to test the vaccine Baiya Sars CoV-2 Vax 1 Phase 1 at Chulalongkorn Hospital and the Saowapa Institute of the Thai Red Cross Society. The volunteers must be healthy, aged between 18 and 75 years, and should not have received any COVID-19 vaccine before. (27/09/2021)

From 1 October 2021, all travelers into Phuket must register their entry in advance via the website www.gophuget.com and be ready to show their registration to a disease control officer before entering Phuket. People are also asked to continue abiding by the health and safety measures in place, such as wearing a face mask at all times while outside of their residence, regularly washing hands with soap and water or cleaning alcohol, and avoiding unnecessary close contact with others. (27/09/2021)

Phuket Governor Mr. Narong Woonciew, has signed the Phuket Provincial Order No. 5745/2564, that reopens all points of entry for domestic arrivals at the Tha Chatchai checkpoint, all ports and piers, and Phuket International Airports Domestic Terminal. (27/09/2021)

Phukets communicable diseases committee has agreed to lift entry restrictions on October 1st, allowing travelers to enter the resort island via air, sea and land. Passengers arriving by air will be required to show proof that they have completed their COVID-19 vaccinations, or recovered from COVID-19 within six months of their date of arrival. They must also show a negative coronavirus test result, using the RT-PCR or antigen test method, taken no more than seven days before arriving on the island. (23/09/2021)

Krungthai Bank has opened new and convenient international money transfer and payment services using QR code between Thailand and Singapore. Customers of participating banks in both countries can now make cross-border payments faster with just a QR code scan. The new service is now available on the Krungthai NEXT mobile application, allowing users to make or receive payments to and from Singapore, simply making a scan. Mr Payong Srivanich, Krungthai Bank President, said the bank is the first in Thailand to offer the QR Cross-Border Payment facility with Singapore. (22/09/2021)

The Department of Business Development (DBD) has launched the DBD Franchise Virtual Event, held in an online format this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This first-ever virtual event for franchises held by the DBD allows successful franchises to present their businesses in the online space for prospective investors, with 80 franchises participating this year, double the number present in conventional events in previous years. The DBD hopes the event will help promote income distribution and create new business opportunities for entrepreneurs during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. The virtual event is now open to interested persons and those seeking to invest in franchises at - www.dbdfranchiseexpo1.com, and www.dbdfranchiseexpo2.com websites. (22/09/2021)

The government has started distributing free Antigen Test Kits (ATKs) for people deemed high risk of contracting COVID-19. A pharmacist working at a Bangkok drugstore affiliated with the National Health Security Office has said it will provide free ATKs to those who registered to receive the kits via the Pao Tang app -- the governments portal for COVID-19 financial relief. The app allows users to choose a nearby retailer to pick up their test kits. Those who test positive will be guided through their treatment and isolation. (21/09/2021)

PTT Group and the Bangpakok-Piyavate private hospital chain have officially opened a 120-bed temporary intensive care unit for COVID-19 patients with severe conditions, located in front of Piyavate Hospital in Bangkok. Each of its 120 beds is housed in a separate negative pressure chamber and equipped with its own oxygen supply. A digital monitoring system has also been established, allowing health professionals to continually monitor patients' symptoms, similar to how ICUs operate. This field hospital will remain open until the COVID-19 situation in the country is under control. (21/09/2021)

Chiang Mai's Public Health Office has provided information in several languages for the benefit of non-Thai nationals residing in Chiang Mai who wish to receive a COVID-19 vaccination, so that they are aware of the steps that need to be taken before, during, and after vaccination. Please visit this website for the handbook, "A guide to vaccinations for COVID-19 for non-Thai national living in Chiang Mai": www.chiangmaihealth.go.th. (17/09/2021)

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