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The Prime Minister has ordered every governor, especially in provinces that share a border with neighboring countries, to prevent illegal entries. Security departments and residents are also required to cooperate with one another to report any suspicious activities, after illegal workers were found to have been smuggled into the country, causing deep concern about COVID-19 infections. The Prime Minister also lauded the efforts of officials in all sectors, including local security, public health, the police department, soldiers, and volunteers, for their hard work since early this year. (30/11/2020)
Phuket Province has reopened its waters to international yachts, on the strict condition that passengers and crew members be allowed to disembark only after completing 14 days quarantine on board. Following a resolution from the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) which allows foreign yachts to sail into the waters of Phuket and Chonburi; three Australian yachts have so far sailed into the waters of Phuket province. They are now docked close to Ko Nakha Noi for a compulsory 14-day quarantine before disembarkation. (30/11/2020)
The National Health Security Office (NHSO) has announced that people under the Gold Card health scheme will be allowed to change their hospital or clinic without having to wait 15 days from January onwards. According to NHSO Secretary-General Dr. Sakchai Kanjanawatana on Friday, the move would significantly improve access to medical services. The NHSO has also upgraded the registration system to prevent abnormal and repeat registrations, such as by using the same house registration. (29/11/2020)
Embassies from a hundred nations are set to showcase their unique cultures through the utilization of Thai Silk at the 10th Celebration of Silk, Thai Silk Road To The World event. During the event, each embassy will need to work with designers to turn silk provided by the SUPPORT Foundation into fashion apparel, using the essential design patterns of each participating nation. The event will be held on December 6th at the Thai Naval Auditorium of the Royal Thai Navy in the Bangkok Yai district of the capital, and will be aired on the NBT Facebook Fanpage from 7 p.m. onwards. (28/11/2020)
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has reassured the public that it will continue to assist Thai citizens who wish to travel back to Thailand during the COVID-19 pandemic. It has also relaxed measures for foreign nationals traveling to Thailand, which will stimulate the economy. So far, they have already issued 40,401 certificates of entry (COE) for foreign nationals entering Thailand. The groups of foreign nationals who have traveled to Thailand the most are (1) foreign nationals who hold a valid work permit, (2) foreign nationals who are the spouse, parent, or child of a Thai national, and (3) students in educational institutions. All of them have been in quarantine in accordance with the Government's measures. (28/11/2020)
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Bangkok traffic police and several other governmental units have launched an operation to detect vehicles emitting black fumes, as the government steps up measures to address air pollution. Officials at the Pollution Control Department (PCD) and the Department of Land Transport (DLT) used opacity meters to detect the quality of exhaust smoke emitted from personal cars, as well as larger vehicles such as trucks and buses.The operation -- conducted in front of Chatuchak Park in Chatuchak district -- found three pick-up trucks emitting black exhaust gas. The vehicles have since been declared temporarily out of service and their owners handed engine maintenance manuals. (28/11/2020)
Lets head south, specifically to Trang province where many people from around the country go to enjoy beautiful scenery and natural attractions. The seawater is crystal clear, while the weather is not too hot, and the wind is a welcome breeze; the beach inside the cave is stunning. Meanwhile, coral reef diving near Koh Chuek is also an exciting pastime for visitors, and surprising too, as divers unexpectedly witness groups of giant squid swimming close to them. (27/11/2020)
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The Ministry of Finance said that next year, the Thai economy is expected to grow by 3.5 - 4.5 percent. The Permanent Secretary has pointed out that the economy has already passed the lowest point and has started to recover. The ministry will continue to promote economic growth, maintain the employment rate, and expedite government spending. The ministry believes that its measures will help rebuild confidence among international companies to encourage them to invest in Thailand once again. (26/11/2020)
Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha has ideas for following up the success of Thailand in dealing with COVID-19. The overall plan is to stimulate the economy and continue projects that can help the people to spend more and inject money into the local economy, for example, the half-half project, the "Shop Dee Mee Khuen" project, and the "We Travel Together" stimulus package. (26/11/2020)
The National Vaccine Institute has revealed that the Cabinet approved the plan to supply 26 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine from AstraZeneca. It is estimated to cover 13 million people in Thailand by mid-year 2021. The accessibility of vaccines is expected to decrease the infection and fatality rate, including the expense of taking care of COVID-19 patients. According to the report, the COVID-19 vaccine AZD1222 from AstraZeneca showed the efficacy of 90% when it was given first as a half dose, followed by a full dose one month later. No serious safety events related to the vaccine have been confirmed. (26/11/2020)
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The Director-General of the Pollution Control Department (PCD) has indicated that the soon-to-be implemented 3-month ban on heavy trucks in Bangkok will significantly mitigate the air pollution issue. PCD Director-General Atthapol Charoenchansa said that the measure was necessary in addressing the PM2.5 situation in the capital, noting that the the Traffic Police Division will implement a ban on 6-wheelers and larger vehicles from entering Bangkok between 6AM to 9PM, from December 1st of this year until the end of February 2021.The measure is expected to reduce airborne particles by 39 percent. (26/11/2020)
PTT Group and its partner agencies will organize the 2020 Annual Petroleum Outlook Forum on the topic of The Great Reset: Whats Next for Oil Markets? with presentations by experts in the petroleum industry. This event aims at presenting the direction of the world's oil prices and the future energy challenge, as well as strategic approaches to sustainable energy. The forum will be beneficial for both the public sector and private sector, and for banking and educational institutions, as well as individuals. It is scheduled to be broadcast live on PRISM Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/PrismThailand/) and YouTube on 26 November 2020 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. For registration and more information about the forum, please visit: https://prism.pttgrp.com/en/events/detail/51#fileDownload. (25/11/2020)
The Cabinet has approved three new job and income promotion campaigns in communities. The first will further promote of the existing One Tambon One Product campaign with a new normal implementation. Second, the community herb cultivation and processing promotion campaign will help train farmers in how to create innovations and add value to locally grown and processed herbs, and develop them into an export-grade product. The third campaign is the Thai massage occupational workshop to help provide people with occupational skills. (25/11/2020)
His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Phra Vajiraklaochaoyuhua has granted royal land title deeds to various government agencies for state and educational purposes. Prime Minister and Defense Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha and heads of relevant government agencies were granted an audience with Their Majesties the King and Queen in a handover ceremony on 22 November 2020, when the land title deeds were given for public benefit. (25/11/2020)
Following better than expected feedback on the government's Co-pay general purchases subsidy campaign, the Ministry of Finance is now considering offering this benefit to more than 10 million people in the campaigns second phase. The campaign is an economic stimulation measure introduced by the government in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. The campaign is intended to help small vendors and businesses, and help cut down the general publics cost of living, while at the same time promoting the use of electronic transactions through the governments mobile wallet app. The Co-pay campaign targets people who have income; it is one of the three economic measures recently introduced, the other two being an allocation of additional benefits for 14 million government welfare card holders and an income tax subsidy campaign for buyers of certain goods and services. The Ministry of Finance says each of these campaigns targets different segments of the population, reflecting the governments intention to help people of all groups. (24/11/2020)
Prime Minister and Defense Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha expressed profound appreciation toward the royal benevolence of His Majesty the King and Her Majesty the Queen to grant an audience of the Prime Minister and chiefs of 9 Government agencies to bestow title deeds of the royal properties for public use and benefit. (24/11/2020)
The Prime Minister took part in promoting Thai silk alongside organizers from a foundation of diplomats and their spouses that was formed to aid tourism and promote Thai culture, in the 10th Thai Silk Festival: Thai Silk to the World. Students of fashion design were tapped this year to create silk outfits for foreign ambassadors to Thailand. The festival will take place on 6 December at the Royal Thai Navy Conference Hall. (24/11/2020)
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The Royal Gazette has published an announcement to permit an additional luggage charge for taxis. Taxi drivers may charge passengers between 20 to 100 baht for luggage. Taxi drivers and passengers have to reach an agreement on the charge before the service is provided. The announcement applies to extra charges only for taxi services that are registered in Bangkok and provide service from/to Don Muang Airport and Suvarnabhumi Airport. (24/11/2020)
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According to The Tourism Authority of Thailand, the Center for COVID-19 Administration (CCSA) has approved a package for foreign tourists who quarantine and travel in Thailand with the "Amazing Thailand Plus Special Package." Visiting tourists can also book air tickets, apply for visas, and book the quarantine hotels through the Thai Airways website or the Tourism Authority of Thailand's website. There are several packages, for example, staying 2 days plus one free day in Bangkok. These packages will start being offered from 1 December 2020 to 31 March 2021, and participants can travel until 30 April 2021. The Tourism Authority of Thailand will also support a travel allowance for Thailand Elite card members. (24/11/2020)
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and ICONSIAM, together with the public and private communities and entrepreneurs, are organising a mega Amazing Thailand Countdown 2021 event on 31 December at River Park of ICONSIAM on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. Mr. Supoj Chaiwatsirikul, Managing Director of ICONSIAM Company Limited, said, In addition to multiple entertainment acts throughout New Years Eve by top artists, the highlight is a dazzling showcase of over 20,000 fireworks made from Thai sticky rice an eco-friendly innovation from Japan. These will light up the sky along the majestic Chao Phraya River and are expected to be seen by more than three million viewers within a five-kilometre radius of the venue. (23/11/2020)

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