Thailand Travel Restrictions and Info

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Re: Thailand Travel Restrictions and Info

Post by God'sGift » Mon Sep 28, 2020 1:20 pm

after spending up to 10K USD just for getting in to the country and doing quarantine, who's gonna have any money left over to have a 'holiday' with? I guess could doss down for a few days at KSR then fly home....sounds good
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Re: Thailand Travel Restrictions and Info

Post by DaveG » Mon Sep 28, 2020 9:07 pm

The 26th September is now the 31st of October
what did they expect, that people would walk it back to Europe, maybe they have just realised that they don't have the capacity to lock up 150 thousand people and feed them
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Re: Thailand Travel Restrictions and Info

Post by phuketrichard » Mon Sep 28, 2020 9:16 pm

6 new groups will be admitted;
Dr Thaweesin Visanuyothin, CCSA’s spokesperson, said that all travellers permitted to enter the country must abide by the strict 14 days of state quarantine measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Notice # 6.
could this be the new norm for thailand?
1. Foreign athletes who participate in the Chalerm Prakiat International Cycling Race from Samut Songkhram to Suratthani on October 6-16. The group will be under 14 days of state quarantine at the local hotel.

2. A group of 340 Thai Airways pilots and cabin crew on the repatriation flight to Thailand. The group will be under state quarantine as they operated in the US.

3. Holders of non-immigrant types of visa, who are businesspeople without a work permit and are willing to enter Thailand for business purposes by providing a six-month bank statement, equivalent to at least 500,000 baht.

4. Holders of Special Tourist Visa which the prime minister will discuss with the Ministry of Tourism and Sports and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and related agencies for the policy.

5. Approximately 100,000 of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Business Travel Cardholders from low-risk countries such as New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea, Japan, China, and Hong Kong.

6. Foreigners who wish to stay in Thailand for 60 days can extend the duration for an extra 30 days by providing a six-month bank statement, equivalent to at least 500,000 baht, to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for permission.
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amnesty till oct 31st and than 60 days tourist visa available;
Thailand on Monday extended a grace period for visa renewals for foreigners stranded in the country due to the coronavirus pandemic until the end of October, as travel restrictions remain in place and new infections climb globally.

The extension will allow foreigners to remain in Thailand until Oct 31, Taweesin Wisanuyothin, a spokesman for the government's coronavirus taskforce, told Reuters.

The matter is subject to cabinet approval on Tuesday.
https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/ge ... foreigners
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Re: Thailand Travel Restrictions and Info

Post by popping in » Mon Sep 28, 2020 9:46 pm

phuketrichard wrote:
Mon Sep 28, 2020 9:16 pm

4. Holders of Special Tourist Visa which the prime minister will discuss with the Ministry of Tourism and Sports and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and related agencies for the policy.

5. Approximately 100,000 of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Business Travel Cardholders from low-risk countries such as New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea, Japan, China, and Hong Kong.

Marvellous. Does this mean they've had a change of heart on the STV route and are going to go does the APEC Cardholders route ? Looks like it to me on the face of it. 100k v 1.2k. Seems pretty clear what they priority is going to be.

Thanks for the update again anyway.
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Re: Thailand Travel Restrictions and Info

Post by phuketrichard » Tue Sep 29, 2020 2:45 pm

update on the latest extension
PHUKET: Foreigners who had already paid B1,900 and been approved an extension to stay of 30 days from Sept 27 under the previous ‘visa amnesty’ will be allowed to stay in Thailand until Nov 30 at no extra cost.

“Right now in Thailand there are two groups of foreigners: People who already applied for extensions before Sept 26, and those who did not,” Maj Gen Pornchai said.

“Today Cabinet will approve the second group of people to stay until Oct 31,” he explained.

“But for the first group, the Immigration Bureau will extend their stay until Nov 30,” Maj Gen Pornchai said.

“However, these foreigners [already approved an extension of 30 days’ stay from Sept 27] must present themselves at their nearest Immigration Office to have the correct stamp entered in their passports,” he added.

After that, foreigners can apply to extend their stay for 60 days at a time,” Maj Gen Pornchai noted.
https://www.thephuketnews.com/visa-exte ... mCGkMUtIQc

Not bad, takes them up to Jan 31st and than????
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Re: Thailand Travel Restrictions and Info

Post by DaveG » Wed Sep 30, 2020 12:22 pm

The first load of Chinese disaster capitalists on their way then to buy up all the near bankrupt properties,

Tourists, yeh right....

https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/ge ... to-open-up
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Re: Thailand Travel Restrictions and Info

Post by phuketrichard » Wed Sep 30, 2020 12:27 pm

DaveG wrote:
Wed Sep 30, 2020 12:22 pm
The first load of Chinese disaster capitalists on their way then to buy up all the near bankrupt properties,

Tourists, yeh right....

https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/ge ... to-open-up
I am currently forming a FB group to welcome the first batch of 120 Chinese to our lovely island
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Re: Thailand Travel Restrictions and Info

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Re: Thailand Travel Restrictions and Info

Post by popping in » Sun Oct 04, 2020 10:37 pm

Can we say with confidence yet that this STV is going to be of no benefit to westerners during the next 6 months ?
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Re: Thailand Travel Restrictions and Info

Post by Jamie_Lambo » Sun Oct 04, 2020 11:09 pm

popping in wrote:
Sun Oct 04, 2020 10:37 pm
Can we say with confidence yet that this STV is going to be of no benefit to westerners during the next 6 months ?
yeah i initially had high hopes, then i saw them talking about it being available only to risk free countries, might set my sights back on getting a visa for Cambodia instead again
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