News

Filter news by:  All  | Blogs  | Press Releases

Phuket launches Thailand’s first ‘Digital Yacht Quarantine’ project

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is pleased to announce that Thailand’s Digital Economy Promotion Agency (DEPA) together with Thai yachting organisations in Phuket, as well as key public ...
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is pleased to announce that Thailand’s Digital Economy Promotion Agency (DEPA) together with Thai yachting organisations in Phuket, as well as key public and private sector technology providers, are partnering to launch Thailand’s first ‘Digital Yacht Quarantine’ project.

The initiative is meant to stimulate yacht tourism to Phuket and allow visitors to conveniently complete their 14-day quarantine requirement in the comfort on their own yacht.

Digital Yacht Quarantine is based around smart watch health trackers using NB-IoT technology that will allow Thai medical officials to monitor the health of visitors up to 10 kilometres offshore. After arrival, visitors are to liaise with a representative from the Thai Yacht Business Association (TYBA), which will act as the coordinating agent between the Thai health authorities to arrange COVID-19 RT-PCR testing.

After testing, visitors will then be fitted with one of two smart watch health trackers, either the Active 10+ or the Smartwatch Active 30+ models, developed by PMH Holding Company Limited (POMO House).

The smart watch health tracker must be worn by visitors at all the times to measure the pulse, blood pressure, and body temperature. The information will be monitored in real time by relevant Thai health authorities via a dashboard at the Ao Po Pier. Both devises can also send out an emergency SOS signal if visitors need urgent medical assistance.

After the 14-day quarantine period is complete, all data will be analysed again before allowing visitors to embark and go ashore in Phuket.

Thailand first launched the yacht quarantine in October 2020, with no COVID-19 infections detected since then and expects the expanded digital project could attract more than 100 yachts and 300 to 500 visitors during 2021.

The Digital Yacht Quarantine project is led by Thailand’s Digital Economy Promotion Agency (DEPA), together with Advanced Info Service (AIS), PMH Holding Company Limited (POMO House), PMH-service providers, and the Thai Yacht Business Association (TYBA). The expanded project endeavours to build confidence in the Thai public health sector and create additional arrival and revenue streams for Phuket tourism operators as the destination gradually reopens to more international visitors.

Phuket rolls out new events and festivals for 2021

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Phuket Office, in cooperation with Phuket’s public and private sector partners, is pleased to announce a series of new events and festivals, scheduled bet...
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Phuket Office, in cooperation with Phuket’s public and private sector partners, is pleased to announce a series of new events and festivals, scheduled between now and November 2021.

Leveraging on Phuket’s outstanding beaches and charming Sino-Portuguese buildings as well as popular local delicacies, the events and festivals include:

Seafood festival: The first of the “Roi Rim Lay Phuket Festival” was held on 26-28 February, 2021, at Saphan Hin. The event featured more than 170 stalls, mostly offering renowned local delicacies, fresh and cooked seafood, as well as agricultural and tourism-related products at reasonable prices.

The next “Roi Rim Lay Phuket Festival” will be held at Patong Beach on 19-21 March, 2021, and at Laguna Grove in Cherng Talay on 10-12 April, 2021.

Sports event: The island’s first-ever Amazing Thailand Phuket Surfskate Series 2021 was launched on 20 February, 2021, at Phuket Old Town. Next events of this fast-growing street surfing sport are scheduled for 20 March at Kata Beach, 23 May at Karon Beach, 14 August at Patong Beach, and 13 November at Surin Beach.

Arts event: The Kata Karon Hotel Association has initiated the “Art Vasion” project featuring street art paintings by 35 artists from Phuket and Bangkok to create new ‘check-in’ points for visitors. The paintings can be found at five key locations: the canal-side area between Club Med Phuket and OZO Phuket; the beachside alleyway near The Boathouse Phuket; Kata’s beachfront wall near the Surf House Phuket; the wall in front of The SIS Kata, and The Pizza Company’s wall.

In addition, Laguna Phuket is staging the ‘Revive 555 Festival’, a series of events starting from 31 March to 18 April, 2021 (more details about the Revive 555 Festival here).

Tourism operators in Phuket are also offering special discounts and privileges at www.phuketgreattime.com
                                              

Cabinet approves ‘special tourist visa’ for long-staying visitors

Bangkok, 16 September 2020 – The Thai Cabinet has approved in principle a proposal by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports to grant a special tourist visa (STV) for long-staying visitors. Under t...
Bangkok, 16 September 2020 – The Thai Cabinet has approved in principle a proposal by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports to grant a special tourist visa (STV) for long-staying visitors.
Under the STV scheme, long-staying visitors can stay in the country for 90 days, which can be extended twice, each for a further 90 days. The visa will cost 2,000 Baht per 90-day extension. 
The special visa scheme is expected to become effective after the official announcement and will be available until 30 September 2021. The STV will be granted to long-staying visitors who comply with Thailand’s COVID-19 control and preventive measures. They will be required to undergo a 14-day alternative local state quarantine (ALSQ) upon their arrival. They must also have proof of their long-term residence in Thailand such as, hotel reservation, rental contract, or evidence of ownership of a condominium. 

The policy is expected to become effective after the official announcement and will be available until 30 September 2021.
 
 

TAT Governor urges industry patience and solidarity to overcome the COVID-19 crisis

Bangkok, 12 September, 2020 – Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Governor Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn has appealed to the Thai tourism industry to be patient, united, and confident in weathering the ...
Bangkok, 12 September, 2020 – Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Governor Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn has appealed to the Thai tourism industry to be patient, united, and confident in weathering the current crisis, which under a best-case scenario will almost certainly be over by 2021.

Speaking to the Thai Hotels Association (THA), the country’s largest travel trade grouping, the Governor said that although this was the worst of the many crises that Thailand has experienced, it would be overcome with the same spirit of solidarity and unity like in the past.
 
He said TAT would lead the country’s largest foreign exchange earner and job-creating industry into a new future that would see creative and innovative solutions being applied to building a more sustainable and resilient industry.
 
The Governor said he did not want to focus on how much pain the industry had suffered, but rather on how to prepare positively for the time when a vaccine would be found and restrictions on international travel lifted.
 
He said that under a best-case scenario, if there are no more disruptions, TAT is projecting 20.8 million international visitors in 2021, which would be about half the record arrivals of 39.8 million arrivals in 2019. The primary source markets would be Northeast Asia and the ASEAN countries, with a customer target of people in good health and high-purchasing power.
 
The crisis had created an opportunity to deal with old problems; such as, illegal hotels, tour operators and guides, waste problem and tourist exploitation. “I would like to see these problems disappear along with COVID-19. Let’s rebuild the industry. How can we learn to play a new game? How do we create this new future together?”
 
Citing one positive outcome, he noted that national parks had now set strict limitations on the number of visitors in line with carrying capacity principles. He expressed hope this would remain in place after the COVID-19 crisis recedes. Another positive outcome is the new focus on improving the quality of hygiene and sanitation.
 
He said that TAT was working overtime to help hotel businesses tap the potential of domestic tourism and maintain an occupancy of at least 30%, not so much to enhance business profitability, but rather to help maintain employment levels.
 
Mr. Yuthasak said he had formulated a three-dimensional (3D) strategy for the transition to a new era.
1) Domestic tourism, which would now get more priority than previously. “It is clear that we have to stimulate and open up more opportunities to help each other, especially to tap the potential of the 12 million Thais who travelled abroad in 2019.”
2) Digitalisation of business processes would open up many new opportunities to find new customers, improve retention, cut costs, create value and grow revenue. TAT is very active on this front, and has many more projects in store for next year.
3) Dynamics: the industry as a whole has to create new dynamics and seek a better balance between creating efficiency and managing risk. “We don’t know what kind of crisis will happen next, but we have to be better prepared to deal with it. If there is ever a situation where we have to work from home, we will need a proper instruction manual on how to do it.”
 
Mr. Yuthasak said that nothing will be the same again, but that TAT is ready to help the industry adapt to new challenges and to support, encourage, motivate, and lead it towards a more promising future. “We are ready to be the wind beneath your wings. I believe we have to come back stronger. Never give up. You are not alone. TAT will help you all overcome the COVID- 19 crisis together.”
 
 

Covid-19 Update


For further information on Covid-19, please visit www.sacoronavirus.co.za


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.


.

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: 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/   
 

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. 
Please see below links to the latest information supplied by trusted sources:
 
 

TAT update: Summary of Phuket’s measures to combat the spread of COVID-19

Bangkok, 02 April, 2020, at 10.00 Hrs. – The Tourism Authority of Thailand would like to provide a summary of Phuket’s measures and restrictions to combat the spread of the Coronaviru...
Bangkok, 02 April, 2020, at 10.00 Hrs. – The Tourism Authority of Thailand would like to provide a summary of Phuket’s measures and restrictions to combat the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). TAT thanks all international and domestic tourists for their understanding of the situation and urges all to cooperate with the authorities to be a part of the nationwide effort to prevent and mitigate the spread of the virus.
 
1.      Closure of all types of hotels and similar establishments which have permits according to the Hotel Act 2004, with the exception of hotels designated as hospitals and emergency venues. Hotels currently occupied, which are to be closed after the last guests have checked out, must report details of all guests to the local authorities. Effective from 4 April, 2020, until further notice.
 
2.      Local residents and tourists are kindly asked and sought collaboration to remain in their residence from 20.00 – 03.00 Hrs. with the exception of urgent errands, until further notice.
 
3.      People and all kinds of vehicles and vessels are prohibited from entering and leaving the province via the Tha Chat Chai Checkpoint and all marine transportation channels, except for vehicles and vessels transporting consumer goods, medical supplies and essential items, rescue and emergency vehicles and vessels, and state vehicles and vessels, until 30 April, 2020. Phuket International Airport will be closed from 10-30 April, 2020.
 
4.      All beaches, zoos, animal shows, boxing stadiums, all types of sports stadiums, fighting cock and fish facilities, and water parks are to be closed until further notice.
 
5.      Bang La Street in Area 2 of Kathu district is closed to people and vehicles, except for those who live in the area, until 10 April, 2020.
 
6.      The following venues and services are closed until 30 April, 2020, with some exceptions for certain essential services:
    • Traditional Thai massage parlours.
    • Entertainment venues, theatres and playhouses.
    • Entertainment venues and other similar venues not stated in Section 3 of the Entertainment Act 1966.
    • All types of body massage establishments stated in Section 3 of the Health Establishment Act 2016, which includes spas, health and beauty massage establishments, excluding physiotherapy provided in hospitals or public health centres as stated in the law.
    • Sports facilities; such as, fitness, yoga and aerobics centres or outdoor fitness classes.
    • Boxing and martial arts schools (Wushu, Taekwondo, Thai boxing, boxing, judo, aikido, etc.)
    • Children’s recreation facilities, including in any department stores, public parks or other places.
    • Games and Internet shops.
    • Some areas in department stores, shopping centres, large retail shops, hyper marts or stores which are of the same category, with the exception of supermarkets, pharmacies, and stores which sell miscellaneous goods necessary for daily use, banks, financial institutes, money exchange points, service centres for payment and mobile phone repair, or communication network systems of all concessionaires, and food outlets, which are permitted only to provide takeaway services.
    • Restaurants, bars and food and beverage shops with the exception of food outlets or restaurants, which provide only takeaway services and restaurants in hotels for which service is permitted only for hotel guests.
    • Fresh markets, flea markets and walking streets are only permitted to sell fresh, dried or cooked food for takeaway only or sell animal feed, pharmaceuticals, and other consumer goods, which are necessary for daily life.
    • Seating areas in convenience stores, food shops, and supermarkets, which provide services to seated or standing clients.
    • Tattoo and body piercing services, fortune telling, exorcising, horoscopes, worshipping establishments, or similar such activities.
    • Amulet and small Buddha image centres or similar establishments.
    • Snooker or billiard establishments.
    • Golf courses and driving ranges.
    • Pet services; such as, bathing, grooming, shelters, spas, or similar services.
    • Beauty clinics, beauty institutes or shops or establishments, slimming establishments, barbershops and hair salons.
    • Shrimp fishing and fishing ponds
    • Public and private swimming pools, government operated swimming pools, and swimming pools in hotels including swimming pools in private hotel rooms.
    • Dental clinics that are outpatient clinics.
    • Public spaces that can be accessed for conducting group activities, including playgrounds, public parks, avenues alongside dams or reservoirs, the Saphan Hin Sports Centre, etc.
    • Bike rental shops or similar services.
    • All 24/7 convenience stores are to be closed nightly from 20.00 – 03.00 Hrs.
Penalties for any persons who violate or fail to comply with the measures range from less than one year in prison or a fine of up to 100,000 Baht or both.TAT is constantly providing updates on the tourism-related COVID-19 situation in Thailand at the TAT Newsroom (https://www.tatnews.org/). For additional information and assistance relating to Thailand’s tourism, contact the TAT Contact Centre 1672 or Tourist Police 1155.For constant updates of Thailand’s COVID-19 control measures for travellers, please visit https://ddc.moph.go.th/viralpneumonia/eng/index.php
 
 
x
Loading...