The Royal Gazette published an announcement by the Government to tighten COVID-19 measures, starting from 20 July for at least 14 days or until 2 August 2021, when they will be reviewed again. The number of dark red provinces (maximum and strictly controlled areas) has been expanded to 13 provinces with the three newly added provinces including Chachoengsao, Chonburi and Ayutthaya. In these 13 provinces, the public is advised to stay at home at all times, except for making necessary trips to purchase food or basic necessities, medicine or medical supplies, for doctor appointments, medical treatments or vaccines, or to perform job duties which are not possible from at home. Curfews are still in place from 21.00 hrs to 04.00 hrs. There are exceptions to those providing necessary public services in public health, transportation, post offices, banking, energy and fuel, public transportation and agriculture. (20/07/2021)

Inter-provincial travel particularly those from dark red zones will be strictly restricted. Essential travel across dark red zones will require prior approval. Public transportation will limit passengers to 50 percent of normal maximum capacity. Also, the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) announced that domestic flights to and from Bangkok and other high-risk provinces will be suspended starting from 21 July 2021. Exceptions are being made for medical flights, emergency landing aircrafts and flights in connection with the Governments tourism reopening programmes. Other domestic fights can only fly at 50% capacity. (20/07/2021)

Thailands government has revealed that a potential COVID-19 vaccine, derived from plant protein, or subunit vaccine, which uses the same technology as Novavax, could be ready for production in a few weeks. Deputy government spokesperson Ratchada Thanadirek said the vaccine has been developed by Baiya Phytopharm Co Ltd, a Thai startup company. A subunit vaccine presents one or more antigens to the immune system without introducing pathogen particles, whole or otherwise. (20/07/2021)

Thailands government has extended the curfew and other tight restrictions in Greater Bangkok and four southern border provinces until 2 August. The restrictions will be evaluated after a week and the lockdown measures could stay in place beyond 2 August, if the pandemic continues to worsen. (20/07/2021)

The Thai government ensures equal access to the COVID-19 vaccine for all foreign nationals residing in Thailand, as well as the Thai people. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is cooperating with the Ministry of Public health to open an online platform this month for vaccination registration for expats who wish to be vaccinated. Additional details will be announced in due course. (20/07/2021)

The new restrictions on inter-provincial traveling limit the number of passengers on public transport to 50% of normal maximum capacity. Relevant authorizes will impose stricter regulations on travel and set up checkpoints to minimize people's movement from the dark red zone. The public is advised to follow updated provincial measures, as provinces that are not in the dark red zone can adjust the disease control measures as they consider appropriate. (20/07/2021)

The Department of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, announced that the office will be temporarily closed between 19 and 30 July 2021 except for urgent cases. For legalization services, please contact the office at MRT Khlong Toey branch. People must submit the documents first via email to consular04@mfa.mail.go.th and check the result on hotline 02-575-1055 or 02-575-1058 Monday to Friday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Those who submitted documents before 18 July may collect their documents at the appointment date already given. For passport services, the office will open for urgent and necessity cases. The registration must be made on https://bit.ly/36KkkOQ, mentioning the purpose or objective, and the documents must be sent. For more information, please phone 080-913-2278 or 093-010-5248 weekdays only from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., or by email at passportbookingthailand@gmail.com (19/07/2021)

The CCSA urges the public, including all foreign nationals, to seek out information from official websites and sources, such as thailandintervac.com, as well as announcements from the CCSA, Public Health Ministry, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and WHOs websites and social media accounts in order to avoid receiving fake news and unreliable information. (19/07/2021)

News has been circulating around social media that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will be providing free vaccinations for foreign nationals and those who want to get the jabs must register their personal information via an online form. This report, however, is false. The real pre-registration for vaccinations for foreign nationals is currently only available through the thailandintervac.com. Applicants must then wait for confirmation for an appointment from the hospital to get vaccinated. (19/07/2021)

The Department of Rail Transport has requested cooperation from all rail transport providers on limiting passengers using their service to not more than 50% of capacity. Following strict COVID-19 measure while using the services, passengers must keep practicing physical distancing between 0.50 to 1 meter, no face to face standing, wearing masks properly, and avoiding speaking on the train. Moreover, people should refrain from unnecessary travel between cities. The highly strict measures will start from 21 July 2021. (19/07/2021)

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