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)

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)

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)

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)

The Department of Disease Control is concerned about the health of teenagers and adults as the reports of COVID-19 infection show that 50% of infected patients are aged 20-39 years old, and most are asymptomatic. People at these ages are usually going outside to study or work and have a risk of spreading the virus to others. The department also emphasized that no reports of domestic infection doesn't mean that there are no infected people among the public, so everyone should always keep their guard up and protect themselves by wearing a mask, frequently washing hands, keeping the social distancing, and checking in via the Thai Chana application when visiting public places. (23/09/2020)

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