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THAILAND AMID THE PANDEMIC
Thailand amid the pandemic covers the developments from the beginning of the crisis in March till present day focusing on the devastating impact of the lockdown and the ensuing emergency decree. Editors Pick
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KOH SAMUI POST-PANDEMIC 
Due to the devastating impact of the lockdown under the ensuing Emergency Decree many small businesses are now permanently closed. Editors Pick
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RUMOURS SPARKED OF POSSIBLE COUP D' ETAT
Army movements, political tension and a large scheduled student rally have sparked rumours of a possible coup d'etat. 15/09/2020 GO TO ARTICLE >

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THAI BANK FEARS STRUCTURAL ECONOMIC DISASTER
A worrisome report was published last week by Krung Thai Bank’s economic analysis unit which explored what leading economists have begun to flag in recent weeks.14/09/2020
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DEPUTY PM CONFIRMS PHUKET TRAVEL REGIME
The Deputy PM confirms Phuket travel model will go ahead, Phuket airport reherse for inbound international travellers, Phuket Govenor reveals 4 VIP tourists visited and departed Phuket in recent weeks.08/09/2020
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PATTAYA BUSINESS OWNERS FEAR A TOTAL COLLAPSE OF THE TOURISM INDUSTRY
Pattaya the world famous coastal city known for it's hospitality, nightlife and entertainment is among one of the most decimated in Thailand. 08/09/2020
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OPINION POLL
Should foreign nationals in Thailand be expected to return home to high risk contries during the coronavirus pandemic? 07/09/2020
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NATIONAL PARKS TO BE GIVEN BACK TO NATURE ON AN ANNUAL BASIS
Environment minister says natural habitat needs annual regular recovery breaks from (non-existant) tourism. The announcement came after two enthusiastic divers were arrested in Koh Phangan for encroaching on a protected area under the sea. 07/09/2020 GO TO ARTICLE >

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TAT-PLANS TO BOOST LONG DISTANCE DOMESTIC TOURISM IN THAILAND 
After a disappointing long weekend in Phuket, TAT plans to increase offers to boost long distance domestic tourism under the government's Rao Tiew Duay Kan (We Travel Together) campaign. 07/09/2020
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BANK OF THAILAND WARNS TOURISM SECTOR
Thailand's tourism industry will face greater meltdown next year if the government continues to restrict foreign travellers from entering the country, says the Bank of Thailand. 06/09/2020
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TAT-THE REALITES OF 'COVID ERA' TOURISM IN THAILAND
The Tourism Authority of Thailand has formulated a strategy to support domestic tourism and the challenge of bringing back international travellers.
06/09/2020
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COVID INSURANCE OFFICIALLY APPROVED FOR FOREIGNERS TRAVELING TO THAILAND
Thai insurance brokers set to cash in on manditory covid insurance for foreigners traveling to Thailand.
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THAILAND: VISA AMNESTY UPDATE 03 SEP. 2020
Despite rumors of the visa amnesty being extended until the end of December,stranded foreigners must get Embassy letter, new visa or leave Thailand.03/09/2020  GO TO ARTICLE>

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THE CONSEQUENCES OF VISA OVERSTAY IN THAILAND
Don’t expect any special treatment, sympathy, or leniency when breaking immigration laws.
03.09/2020
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HOW TO APPLY FOR PERMISSION TO ENTER THAILAND
From August 4, 2020 the Thai government added new groups of foreigners to be allowed to enter the country. 03/09/2020 GO TO ARTICLE >

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VIETNAM PLAN TO RESUME INTERNATIONAL PASSENGER FLIGHTS MID SEPTEMBER
Vietnam’s Civil Aviation Authority is working on a plan to resume international flights, after being grounded for the past five months. 01/09/2020 
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SIEM REAP-BARS & CLUBS ORDERED TO CLOSE DURING CELEBRATIONS OF THE KHMER NEW YEAR
On the opening night of the holidays, August 17, police shutdowns saw bars and restaurants put their businesses back to sleep. 31/08/2020
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NINE MONTH VISA UNDER NEW 'LONG-STAY' TRAVEL MODEL FOR FOREIGNERS
A nine month tourist visa for visitors entering the Kingdom under Thailand's new 'Long-Stay' travel model.
31/08/2020
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THAILAND LONG-STAY THE NEW TRAVEL MODEL FOR FOREIGN TOURISM
Thai Minister of Tourism and Sports, has given assurances that the reopening of Thailand to foreign tourism is going ahead. 30/08/2020
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INTERIOR MINISTER PLDGES TO HELP CHIANG MAI DOMESTIC TOURISM
The Minister of the Interior, has pledged to help support a drive to invite domestic tourists to Chiang Mai. 29/08/2020 GO TO ARTICLE >

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ONLY PHUKET REOPENING FOR GENERAL TOURISM 
Government spokesperson says Thailand will not be fully reopened to foreign tourists along the lines of Phuket’s safe and sealed model. 29/08/2020 GO TO ARTICLE >

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PHUKET OPEN FROM OCTOBER TO FOREIGN TOURISM
The Thai PM, Prayut Chan-o-cha, has agreedl that international tourists can return to Phuket from October. 22/08/2020 GO TO ARTICLE > 

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MASSIVE STUDENT-LED PROTEST DEMANDS GOVERNMENT QUITS 
More than 12,000 student-led protesters gathered at Bangkok's Democracy Monument demanding the government quit. 17/08/2020 
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SAMUI TOURISM ASSOCIATION SEEKS GOVERNMENT HELP TO BRING BACK FOREIGN TOURISTS
The president of the Tourism Association of Koh Samui set to meet with the CCSA to come up with guidelines to allow foreign tourists to visit Samui. 16/08/2020 
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MEDICAL EXPERT WANTS TO BAN ALL FOREIGNERS ENTERING THAILAND 
A Thai medical expert wants the Thai government to stop the current influx of foreigners into the kingdom. 16/08/2020 GO TO ARTICLE >

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THAILAND BANS INTERNAIONAL COMMERCIAL FLIGHTS INDEFINATELY
A ban on international scheduled flights into Thailand remains in force indefinately.13/08/2020
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TOURISM MINISTER URGES GOVERNMENT TO RECONSIDER TRAVEL BUBBLE SCHEME
Thailand’s Tourism Minister, Pipat Ratchakitprakan, is once again floating the idea of ​​”travel bubbles” with low-risk countries. 27/07/2020 
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CHINA: US CONSULATE ORDERED TO CLOSE IN CHENGDU
The lowering of the flag at the US consulate ordered to close in Chengdu, should signal a warning to all foreigners inside or outside of Thailand.
29/07/2020 GO TO ARTICLE >

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VIETNAM EVACUTES 80,000 FOLLOWING NEW OUTBREAK OF COVID-19 IN COASTAL CITY
Vietnam officials announced they are evacuating 80,000 people from the central coastal city of Da Nang following 3 new cases of covid-19. 27/07/2020 GO TO ARTICLE >

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IMMIGRATION BUREAU WILL ALLOW ONE LAST EXTENSION TO OCTOBER 26TH
Immigration Bureau confirms amnesty extension, also allows one last extension to October 26th.
27/07/2020 GO TO ARTICLE >

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FOREIGNERS ON SHORT-TERM VISAS WARNED MUST LEAVE THAILAND SEPTEMBER 26TH
Thai Immigration officials are warning foreigners on short-term visas that they must make arrangements to leave the country before September 26.
27/07/2020 
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CAMBODIA: BARS FORCED TO REMOVE SIGNAGE 
The Public Order Office forces bars to remove signage, awnings, verandas, chairs, flower pots, as well as barriers blocking public sidewalks. 24/07/2020 
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TOURISM SECTOR FACING MASSIVE CLOSURES
Thailand’s tourism sector, long seen as a lifeline for the nation’s battered economy, is in a meltdown.
23/07/2020 GO TO ARTICLE >

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TOURIST HOTSPOTS DESERTED AND DESPERATE
Thailand’s borders remain largely shut to almost all foreigners, the pandemic is expected to cause a 80% fall in revenues. 23/07/2020 
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FOUR TYPES OF FOREIGNERS TO BE ALLOWED TO ENTER THAILAND
The CCSA has in principle approved the sixth phase of lifting restrictions on some groups of foreigners seeking entry to Thailand. 22/07/2020 
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THE CCSA ADMIN PLEASED WITH NIGHTLIFE AND BAR INDUSTRY
Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin, spoke about the results of Phase five easing of restrictions at a Covid-19 press conference. 21/07/2020 
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VISA AMNESTY EXTENDED SEPTEMBER 26. 2020
After a cabinet meeting what has been agreed is a simple extension to the amnesty which will mean no requirement to foreigners to attend their local immigration office. 21/07/2020 GO TO ARTICLE >

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VISA AMNESTY UPDATE: 
JULY 21. 2020
It was good news for foreigners stranded in Thailand when the cabinet finally approved an automatic extension to the visa amnesty until September 26th.  21/07/2020  GO TO ARTICLE >

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THAI IMMIGRATION OFFICERS SUSPENDED FOR ASKING FOR BRIBES
Nonthaburi Immigration department, Immigration officers suspended for asking for cash to speed up visa process. 22/07/2020 
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THAILAND: VISA AMNESTY UPDATE 14/07/2020
Stranded foreigners must get Embassy letter, new visa or leave Thailand to avoid arrest by Police. 14/07/2020 
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CAMBODIA: SIEM REAP HIT HARD BY THE PANDEMIC
The mass exodus of foreign arrivals – due to the ongoing pandemic – arguably has hit the town worse than any other part of the Kingdom. 13/07/2020 GO TO ARTICLE >

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CAMBODIA: KAMPOT THE KINGDOM'S LATEST HOTSPOT
Expatriates and locals alike have decided to head to one of the country’s most renowned beauty spots.
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CAMBODIA: THE CHALLENGES OF RETURNING THE KINGDOM'S HERITAGE
Khmer history is one of the most fascinating in the world and stretches from the ninth century to the modern-day constitutional monarchy we know today. 07/07/2020 
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CAMBODIA: THE NEW INSURANCE REQUIREMENT FOR FOREIGNERS
The Ministry of Economy and Finance and the Ministry of Health have collaborated with local insurance companies to issue the $50,000 insurance certificate required for foreign travellers. 06/07/2020 
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VISA AMNESTY & TRAVEL UPDATES JULY 3. 2020
The Visa Amnesty in place until July 31 could be extended.Should the government extend the emergency decree, the visa amnesty will be extended as well. 03/07/2020 
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THAILAND'S WORLD FAMOUS NIGHTLIFE REOPENS WITH 'NEW NORMAL' RULES
July 1, throw open the doors of massage parlours, pubs, clubs and go-go bars in red light districts across the country. 02/07/2020  GO TO ARTICLE >

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THE THAI CHANA CONTACT TRACING APP EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW
The CCSA in its latest decree mandates its use to check in and out at all pubs, bars, karaoke joints, beer halls and other entertainment venues as well as massage parlours. 1/07/2020
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PLANS TO REOPEN SOUTHERN ISLANDS
Plans to reopen Southern islands by August , a month ahead of a previously proposed schedule. 30/06/2020 
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THAILAND REOPENS BORDERS TO CERTAIN GROUPS
Thailand reopens borders to certain groups. Travel Ban extended to 'general' tourism. 30/06/2020
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NIGHTLIFE REOPENS JULY 1 MUST CLOSE MIDNIGHT
All remaining entertainment facilities to reopen from July 1. including bars, and massage establishments.The Emergency Decree extended, Bars in Pattaya not bothering to open. 29/06/2020 GO TO ARTICLE >

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THAILAND : WHO'S ALLOWED IN, WHO'S BEING CONSIDERED
The government plans to allow seven groups of foreigners to enter the country, spokesman of the CCSA announced today (June 22). The committee has divided these into two main groups. 22/06/2020 
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CAMBODIAS NEW REQUIREMENTS FOR ENTRY
Escaping the 'Pandemic' to Cambodia? Entry to the Ancient Kingdom is NOT as straight forward as it once was. Cambodias new rquirements for entry. 22/06/2020
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BARS ALLOWED TO OPEN JULY 1. BUT WITH STRICT NEW RULES
The CCSA's special taskforce and entertainment venue operators resolved that pubs, bars & entertainment venues could be allowed to open. 22/06/2020
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HEALTH MINISTER SAYS TOURISTS BANNED IN FIRST WAVE OF 'TRAVEL BUBBLE'
Health Minister & Deputy PM Anutin Charnvirakul confirms the 'Travel Bubble' scheme will be available first to business groups and international-school teachers only but not general tourists. 20/06/2020 
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THAILAND'S TOP HEALTH OFFICIAL APOLOGIZES TO TOURISTS
The Thai Public Health Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, Anutin Charnvirakul apologizes for using a vulgarity to disparage white tourists.
07/02/2020 GO TO ARTICLE >

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THAI GOVERNMENT CONSIDERING UNLOCKING LIVE MUSIC VENUES
The CCSA will directly address when and how Live Music entertainment venues can reopen after 3 months of being shutdown. 20/06/2020 
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INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS UNLIKELY BFORE SEPTEMBER
Thailand’s senior civilian aviation regulator says that International passanger flights are likely to resume as late as September. 20/06/2020 
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THAILAND REJECTS MASS TOURISM IN NEW REVIVAL-STRATEGY
Thailand’s tourism-revival strategy is to target BIG spenders seeking privacy and social distancing, NOT large numbers of visitors in the post-pandemic era. 19/06/2020 
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PATTAYA OFFICIALS THREATEN BARS WITH PERMMANENT CLOSURE
Bars starting to serve up food as a way to ‘comply’ with the current restrictions now face fines, even permenant closure. 18/06/2020 
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THREE MONTHS OF SHUTTERED BARS & NIGHTLIFE
The industry that was originally told to close “for 2 weeks” has been shutdown now for 3 straight months and without any indication to when it can resume. 
18/06/2020 
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INTRUSIVE CHECKPOINTS TO REMAIN DESPITE LIFTING CURFEW
More than 500 checkpoints that were set up nationwide to catch curfew violators will now focus on criminal activities, accidents and illegal gatherings at night. 17/06/2020 
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THE RETURN OF INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS
Aviation authorities talk to international airlines about resuming flights into Thailand, business trips will be first.
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CURFEW END CONFIRMED, BARS TO REMAIN CLOSED
End of curfew confirmed June 15, bars and entertainment areas must remain closed.15/06/2020 
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PHUKET AIRPORT IS OPEN AGAIN FOR BUSINESS
Phuket International Airport is open from 13 June 2020. This island’s airport, closed from the start of April, re-opened just after midnight. 14/06/2020 
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BUS SERVICES TO THAILANDS SOUTH RESUMES
The Transport Co., Ltd. has announced the resumption of interprovincial bus services on the Southern routes from today, 9 June, following the government’s relaxations for public transport. 12/06/2020 
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ALCOHOL ASSOCIATION BEGS GOVERNMENT TO REOPEN BARS 
The president of the Alcohol Association expects about half of the country’s 10,000 pubs and bars will end up being closed permanently. 12/06/2020
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KOH SAMUI AS YOU'VE NEVER SEEN IT BEFORE
What was once referred to as 'The Jewel of the Gulf of Thaiand', Koh Samui post-pandemic has been reduced to a reminiscence of a bygone era. 
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PHUKET AS YOU'VE NEVER SEEN IT BEFORE
Phuket, one of Thailand’s most popular tourist destinations, has never been so empty,now we see what the bustling island looks like without all the people.
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