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Thailand allows resumption of inflight services on domestic routes

Bangkok, 4 September, 2020 – The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has announced guidelines on resumption of inflight services on domestic routes, as part of the its relaxation measure...
Bangkok, 4 September, 2020 – The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has announced guidelines on resumption of inflight services on domestic routes, as part of the its relaxation measures implemented to curb the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
 
As of 3 September 2020, airlines operating domestic flights in Thailand are now allowed to resume their inflight food and beverage services as well as onboard sales. These activities, however, must adhere to the rules and regulations or measures on disease prevention as stipulated by the relevant authorities. Meanwhile, all domestic flight passengers are required to wear a surgical or cloth mask at all times, except when eating or drinking.


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Thailand ranked number one on the Global COVID-19 Recovery Index

Bangkok, 29 July, 2020 – Thailand has ranked number one in the world out of 184 countries for its ongoing COVID-19 recovery effort, according to the Global COVID-19 Index (GCI). Published ...

Bangkok, 29 July, 2020 – Thailand has ranked number one in the world out of 184 countries for its ongoing COVID-19 recovery effort, according to the Global COVID-19 Index (GCI).

Published on 28 July, Thailand received an index score of 82.06, putting it on top of the global chart as an example of best practices in tackling the ongoing global pandemic.

As of today, the number of confirmed cases in Thailand stood at 3,298, with 129 currently being treated, while 3,111 have recovered and 58 have died. South Korea ranked second with a recovery index of 81.09, followed by Latvia (80.81), Malaysia (79.37), Taiwan (78.94) and New Zealand (78.55). Australia, which used to be number one in previous months, fell to sixth, with a recovery index of 77.18.

In the previous GCI ranking published on 14 June, Thailand came in second for its COVID-19 recovery work among 184 nations across the globe. The GCI bases 70 per cent of its calculation on big data and daily analysis from 184 countries, while the other 30 per cent comes from the Global Health Security Index, an assessment of global health security in 195 countries prepared by the Johns Hopkins Centre for Health Security in the United States.

For more information visit: https://www.tatnews.org/2020/07/thailand-ranked-number-one-on-the-global-covid-19-recovery-index/

TAT update: TAT receives massive support from Indian social media influencers

Bangkok, 15 July 2020 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) recently organised an online contest to stay connected with Indian social media influencers encouraging them to create a nice...
Bangkok, 15 July 2020 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) recently organised an online contest to stay connected with Indian social media influencers encouraging them to create a nice video or photo story from their stock of materials of a fond #ThrowbackThailand memory.

The one-week online contest, initiated by the TAT New Delhi and Mumbai Offices, represented a token of gratitude that TAT wanted to convey to Indian social media influencers. In a normal situation, they would usually travel to various parts of Thailand and share their experiences during the year. But this year, making trips to Thailand has not been possible due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mr. Vachirachai Sirisumpan, Director of the TAT New Delhi Office, said the activity was conceptualised with the Millennials in mind, considering that they would be the early travellers once the situation returned to normal. 

“We would like to thank all participants for joining this online event and keeping the spirit of travel and tourism moving during this challenging period,” Mr. Vachirachai said.

Taking place during the last week of May 2020, the online contest attracted over 100 high-quality unique entries, including many top award-winning ones. The contest was a huge success in terms of reaching out to the public through India’s social media influencer community, achieving more than 2.4 million impressions across the country.

After a very careful selection process considering both quality and engagement, the winners were picked by the appointed committee. Out of the hundreds of participants, five were selected as Grand Winners and each received a GoPro Hero 8 Sports and Action Camera while 10 were chosen runner-up winners who also received gifts.

Ms. Cholada Siddhivarn, Director of the TAT Mumbai Office, extended her warmest congratulations and appreciation to all social media influencers who participated in the activity and shared their memorable experiences of Thailand.  

“Although the world has experienced several pandemics, life in Thailand has never gone out of style. We are very adept at taking our daily life to the next level of the new normal. Thus, whenever travel resumes, Thailand will be waiting to welcome all tourists and social media influencers to enjoy the nature, culture, food, shopping and more”, Ms. Cholada said.

TAT’s pan-India contest saw winners from all over the country. The top five Grand Winners shared their experiences on the excitement of participating in the contest and how they see post-pandemic travel and Amazing Thailand as a preferred destination.

For more information visit: https://www.tatnews.org/2020/07/tat-receives-massive-support-from-indian-social-media-influencers/  

TAT update: More than 211 tourism businesses in Chon Buri awarded Amazing Thailand SHA certificate

Bangkok, 19 July 2020 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) recently presented the Amazing Thailand Safety and Health (SHA) certificate to more than 211 tourism businesses in Chon Buri ...
Bangkok, 19 July 2020 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) recently presented the Amazing Thailand Safety and Health (SHA) certificate to more than 211 tourism businesses in Chon Buri province.

The presentation of the Amazing Thailand SHA logo was held as part of a meeting to discuss tourism promotions of Chon Buri in the ‘new normal’ reality, following the effective nationwide effort to control the spread of the COVID-19 in the country.

Attending the meeting were officials and figures from TAT, Pattaya City, Chon Buri Public Health Office, Chon Buri Tourism Council, and many other tourism-related associations and entrepreneurs.

The Amazing Thailand SHA certification is a unique certification scheme aimed to prepare the Thai tourism industry for the recovery period post-COVID-19 pandemic and enhance confidence among international and domestic tourists.

Being awarded with the Amazing Thailand SHA certificate means that the tourism businesses or services have undergone a strict inspection and passed the SHA’s basic standards of hygiene, health and cleanliness in accordance with the nationwide measures to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

For more information visit https://www.tatnews.org/2020/07/more-than-211-tourism-businesses-in-chon-buri-awarded-amazing-thailand-sha-certificate/

TAT update: Sattahip City promoted as a model tourism city for “New Normal” travel in Thailand

Bangkok, 10 July, 2020 – Sattahip City, a small fishing town some 30 km south of Pattaya and the headquarters of the Royal Thai Navy, is being promoted as a model tourism city for “Ne...
Bangkok, 10 July, 2020 – Sattahip City, a small fishing town some 30 km south of Pattaya and the headquarters of the Royal Thai Navy, is being promoted as a model tourism city for “New Normal” travel in Thailand, having been the nation’s pilot state quarantine centre as well as home to four pristine natural attractions and conservation projects.

The Royal Thai Navy, as well as Sattahip as a destination, has played a pivotal role in the nationwide effort to curb the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

From the early days of COVID-19, the Navy was assigned by the Royal Thai Government to establish a state quarantine facility and perform surveillance duties, as well as take care of Thai returnees from high-risk countries before allowing them to return home to their relatives.

The Navy’s state quarantine facility is considered the first of such establishments in Thailand that has also acted as a model project for other areas to follow the management guidelines.

Leveraging on Sattahip’s readiness and capability to provide safe and healthy travel, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) in collaboration with the Royal Thai Navy and Chon Buri Province have jointly launched a project to promote Sattahip as a model city to travel during the “New Normal” and invite people to return and travel in the area again.

As part of the collaborative effort between the three partners, four natural attractions and conservation projects in Sattahip have undergone a strict inspection and passed the Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration’s (SHA) basic standards of hygiene, health and cleanliness, as part of the nationwide effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The four tourist attractions are the Sea Turtle Conservation Centre, Thai Island and Sea Nature History Museum, Sai Kaeo Beach, and Nang Ram – Nang Rong Beaches; all of which are located in the naval base area. The Sea Turtle Conservation Centre is located within the compound of the Air and Coastal Defence Command. The Centre provides biological knowledge on the life cycle of sea turtles, as well as encourages the conservation of sea turtles. It also serves as a nursery with correct academic practices and is able to return raised sea turtles back to the sea.

Thai Island and Sea Nature History Museum comprises five exhibition halls: The Great Honour; The Philosophers’ Collaboration; Always Learn, Be smart; The Building of Destroying Bad Things; and To Protect the Thai Sea’s Potential. The Museum is under the supervision of the Royal Thai Fleet.

The Sai Kaeo Beach Service Centre is under the supervision of the Naval School. The Nang Ram – Nang Rong Beaches are located in the Royal Navy Base, Sattahip.

For more information visit: https://www.tatnews.org/2020/07/sattahip-city-promoted-as-a-model-tourism-city-for-new-normal-travel-in-thailand/

TAT update: TAT launches first “Amazing Thailand eBook” of all destinations, special interest activities and maps nationwide

Bangkok – The Tourism Authority of Thailand has compiled more than 200 of its amazing destination brochures, leaflets, books, maps, and media covering all aspects of Thai tourism into one easi...
Bangkok – The Tourism Authority of Thailand has compiled more than 200 of its amazing destination brochures, leaflets, books, maps, and media covering all aspects of Thai tourism into one easily-searchable eBook platform to make it easy for visitors to find their place and activity of interest.
 
The Amazing Thailand eBook allows both domestic and foreign tourists an easy one-stop opportunity to explore all 77 provinces as well as Emerging Provinces, Top Destinations, Special Interest activities and Thai culinary locations including 12 Tourist Maps and guidebooks. Designed both as an app and website, the Thai-English guidebook can be accessed via smartphone and tablets with clear categorisation for searching and downloading the information. 
 
Mr. Vinid Rangpueng, Director of the Marketing Service Department, TAT said, “These are all part of the preparations we are making for a projected return to normal travel and tourism flows in the next few months. Due to our high rate of success in curbing the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and the positive publicity it is attracting, we expect Thailand will be in big demand as a priority destination.
 
“Our tourism products, facilities and services are reopening at a rapid pace, and this eBook will act as a one-stop-shop to help visitors easily and efficiently find their destination and activity of choice. In line with our commitment to sustainability, the eBook offers the environmental benefit of eliminating all paper.” Tablet and smartphone users can either scan the QR code or visit the App Store for Apple iPhone users and Google Play for Android users. Then, type the word amazingthailandebook (no space between the letters). The application can be downloaded for immediate use or accessed via the website www.amazingthailandebook.com.

Special kiosks with the QR code have also been placed at the TAT offices at the Head Office building, Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang International Airports.

   

TAT update: Thailand allows entry to several groups of foreigners from 1 July

Bangkok, 30 June 2020, at 10.00 Hrs. – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is pleased to share the latest announcement from the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) that several group...
Bangkok, 30 June 2020, at 10.00 Hrs. – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is pleased to share the latest announcement from the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) that several groups of foreigners will be allowed entry into the kingdom from tomorrow, 1 July 2020, onwards.
CAAT’s “Notification on Conditions for International Flight Permit to Thailand” dated yesterday, 29 June, 2020, referred to its previous notifications issued since 3 April, 2020, imposing a temporary ban on all international flights entering Thailand for the prevention and control of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID – 19) pandemic.
According to CAAT, as the present situation of COVID–19 in many foreign countries remains severe, it is necessary to impose measures to restrict the travel to Thailand in accordance with the screening capability of the competent officers or the communicable disease control officers in order to efficiently control and prevent the new epidemic in the Kingdom.
CAAT hereby issues the notification on the conditions for permitting aircrafts to fly over, fly into or out of, and take off or land in the Kingdom, from 1 July 2020, onwards as follows:
1. The following aircraft will be allowed to fly over, fly into or out of, and take off from or land at an international airport in the Kingdom when permission is given by the CAAT:
State or military aircraft
Emergency landing flights
Technical landing flights without disembarkation
Humanitarian aid, medical and relief flights
Repatriation flights
Cargo flights
2. Permission for passenger aircraft will be given by the CAAT for flying over, flying into or out of, and taking off or landing at an international airport in the Kingdom only if the passengers or persons on board are one of the following categories:
Thai nationals.
Persons with exemption or persons being considered, permitted, or invited by the Prime Minister, or the head of responsible persons accountable for resolving state of emergency issues to enter the Kingdom, as necessary. Such consideration, permission or invitation may be subject to specified conditions and time limits.
Non-Thai nationals who are a spouse, parents, or children of a Thai national.
Non-Thai nationals who hold a valid certificate of residence, or permission to take up residence in the Kingdom.
Non-Thai nationals who hold a valid work permit or are allowed to work in the Kingdom, including their spouse or children.
Carriers of necessary goods subject to immediate return after completion.
Crew members who are required to travel into the Kingdom on a mission, and have a specified date and time for return.
Non-Thai nationals who are students of educational institutions approved by Thai authorities, including the parents or guardians of the students.
Non-Thai nationals who need medical treatment in Thailand, and their attendants. However, this shall not include medical treatment for COVID–19.
Individuals in diplomatic missions, consular affairs, international organizations, government representatives, foreign government agencies working in Thailand, or individual in other international agencies as permitted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including their spouse, parents, or children.
Non-Thai nationals who are permitted to enter the Kingdom under a special arrangement with a foreign country. 
 
3. Aircraft and passengers or persons entering the Kingdom under Item No. 2 must comply with the conditions, time limits and rules of the authorised persons under the Thai immigration law, communicable diseases law, air navigation law, and the Emergency Decree on Public Administration in Emergency Situation in force, for prevention of the disease and the organisation of the number of persons entering Thailand in accordance with the screening capability of the competent officers or the communicable disease control officers, and the arrangement of quarantine facilities.
For more information visit: https://www.tatnews.org/2020/06/thailand-allows-entry-to-several-groups-of-foreigners-from-1-july/   
 

TAT update: Thailand extends temporary ban on all international flights to Thailand until 30 June 2020

Bangkok, 16 May, 2020, at 19.00 Hrs. – The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has announced an extension of temporary ban on all international flights to Thailand until 30 Jun...
Bangkok, 16 May, 2020, at 19.00 Hrs. – The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has announced an extension of temporary ban on all international flights to Thailand until 30 June 2020.

The CAAT said all flight permits granted for such period will be cancelled.
The ban does not apply to state or military aircraft, emergency landing, technical landing without disembarkation, humanitarian aid, medical and relief flights, repatriation flights and cargo flights.
 
The passengers on board the aforementioned aircraft will be subjected to the measures under communicable disease law, such as 14 days state quarantine, and the regulations under the Emergency Decree on State of Emergency.
 

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VISA Extension Relief Measures

As the South African Marketing representative office for the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), The Thai Government has officially announced that foreigners within the country from as of 26 Mar...
As the South African Marketing representative office for the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), The Thai Government has officially announced that foreigners within the country from as of 26 March 2020 will have their VISAS automatically extended until 31 July 2020. 
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