Researcher prepare samples of human sweat for a Labrador Retriever, to detect the COVID-19 coronavirus at a mobile canine unit in Bangkok, Thailand. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Thailand sees rise in severe COVID-19 cases after easing of restrictions

The sub-committee of the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has expressed concern over a spike in lung infections among COVID-19 patients and those needing ventilators, said CCSA Assistant Spokesperson…

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‘Thailand Pass’ for non-Thais scrapped, new guidelines issued for masks

Non-Thais arriving in Thailand will no longer be required to apply for the “Thailand Pass” before their departure, nor will they be required to have insurance coverage of US$10,000 from…

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No lifting of Thailand’s face masks in public mandate, some places may be exempted

The mandate requiring the wearing of face masks in public will not be lifted outright when the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) meets tomorrow (Friday), but guidance will be…

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FILE / International visitors await instructions from health officials inside the arrival terminal at Suvarnabhumi International Airport / AFP

No quarantine on entry to Thailand, partial reopening of bars begins Wednesday

Thailand has further eased COVID-19 restrictions by scrapping quarantine for international arrivals and allowing the partial reopening of pubs, bars and other entertainment venues, including soapy massage parlours, from today…

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Relaxation of mask requirement may start in provinces with improved COVID status

Some provinces in the “Green” and “Blue” zones, where the COVID-19 situation has improved satisfactorily, should be the pilot areas for the relaxation of the requirement to wear face masks…

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Thailand’s face mask requirement in public may be eased in mid-June

The Ministry of Public Health will consider relaxing the mandatory wearing of face masks in public in some areas, tentatively by the middle of next month, as Thailand moves towards…

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Thailand scraps quarantine for air, land arrivals from June 1, ‘Thailand Pass’ only for non-Thais

From June 1st, Thais returning to Thailand need not apply for a “Thailand Pass”, but foreigners are still required to do so, but the process for foreigners to enter Thailand…

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Thailand to consider further easing of COVID-19 restrictions on Friday

The easing of restrictions on entertainment venues, such as bars and pubs, readjustment of COVID zoning and the lowering of the national alert level, from Level 3 to 2, are…

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Over 21,000 overseas passengers arrive in BKK, Phuket, on 1st day without ‘Test & Go’

Over 120 international flights, carrying 21,268 passengers, arrived at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi and Phuket international airports yesterday (Sunday), the day after the government’s anti-COVID-19 “Test and Go” scheme ended, no longer…

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Government in no rush to end ‘Thailand Pass’ scheme, boosters may be required

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said that Thailand must proceed cautiously before scrapping the “Thailand Pass” scheme, as is being demanded by the private sector, to make sure that there…

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A woman wears a protective facemask as she walks in Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok / AFP

Thailand prepares for further easing of COVID restrictions on arrivals on May 1

Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob will visit Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi international airport this Friday to check the preparedness to cope with the easing of restrictions on overseas arrivals from May 1st, as…

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A man wearing a mask passes by a folklore Chinese guardian lion statue often found outside buildings to protect it from harmful spirits or threats on Wednesday, April 20, 2022, in Beijing. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Shanghai allows 4 million out of homes as virus rules ease

BEIJING (AP) — Shanghai allowed 4 million more people out of their homes Wednesday as anti-virus controls that shut down China’s biggest city eased, while the International Monetary Fund cut…

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Next fortnight will determine adjustments of COVID-19 measures in Thailand

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said today (Monday) that the ministry will closely monitor and assess the COVID-19 situation over the two weeks following the Songkran holiday, to determine whether…

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Thailand drops pre-departure RT-PCR tests for overseas arrivals, allows Songkran celebrations

The Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has agreed to cancel the requirement for pre-departure RT-PCR tests for international arrivals, effective from April 1st, and is to allow some celebrations…

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Thai ministry of health seeks end to pre-departure RT-PCR tests for international arrivals

The Ministry of Public Health will propose that the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) further ease COVID-19 restrictions, by doing away with the requirement for arrivals from overseas to…

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Alcohol may be served until 11pm at events in Bangkok from Tuesday

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has announced the further easing of COVID-19 restrictions. Meetings, conferences and events can now be held in hotels, convention and exhibition centres and shopping malls…

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International visitors follow a health official inside the arrival terminal at Suvarnabhumi International Airport / AFP

Thailand to relax rules for international arrivals from March 1 despite COVID surge

Thailand is set to relax rules for international arrivals from March 1st despite the continual surge in COVID-19 infections in the country. The Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has…

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Promthep cape viewpoint at sunset in Phuket, Thailand / Photo from tawatchai07 /

Phuket ‘sandbox’ attracts over 330,000 visitors to date

The Phuket “sandbox” has attracted more than 330,000 international travellers since July 1st, 2021, and has generated 43 billion baht for Thailand. Government Spokesperson Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana said that the prime…

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Thailand’s eateries under close watch as alcohol rules relaxed

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has instructed the police, the military and local administration officials to ensure that certified eateries and converted pubs which serve alcohol close at 11pm, as the…

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Eateries in Bangkok can serve alcohol until 11pm from December 1

Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang issued an announcement today (Monday), further easing restrictions on eateries in the capital, by allowing them to serve alcohol to customers up to 11pm from December…

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FILE / Employees wait for customers outside a bar along the Soi Cowboy touristic street / AFP)

Thailand’s nightlife venues to reopen on Jan 16, subject to assessment

Pubs, bars and karaoke bars in Thailand’s COVID-19 restricted zones and “sandbox” provinces may be allowed to reopen from January 16th, on the condition that they meet the required criteria…

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Thailand’s night-time curfew shortened as country’s COVID restrictions eased

Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has announced an adjustment to the list of COVID-19 “dark red” provinces, a shortening of the night curfew to 11pm-3am, while convenience stores…

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CCSA to consider limited easing of restaurant dine-in restrictions

Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health will seek approval from the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), at its meeting this Friday, of guidelines for restaurants and other eateries in COVID-19…

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People relax at outdoor dining areas on the South Bank, as lockdown restrictions continue to ease amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in London, Britain May 28, 2021. REUTERS/Toby Melville/File Photo

UK delays COVID reopening by a month, citing Delta variant risk

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Boris Johnson delayed his plans to lift most remaining COVID-19 restrictions by a month on Monday, warning that thousands more people might die if he did nothing because of the…

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