The Thai economy is heavily dependent on tourism as a major employment generator. Businesses have been hit hard by the prolonged pandemic situation and the fallout of lockdown restrictions since 2020.(Photo by Richard Balog)

2021: Economic recovery stuck in pandemic quicksand

After the sharp economic contraction triggered by the pandemic in 2020, hopes were high that Thailand’s economy would stage a recovery in 2021.  The COVID-19 outbreak in early 2020 had…

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A man walks through the arrival gates at Suvarnabhumi International Airport as Thailand welcomes the first group of vaccinated tourists without quarantine in Bangkok on November 1, 2021. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Omicron casts shadow over Thailand’s economic revival

The recent discovery of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus has made global stock markets highly volatile — sharply down in late November and rebounding in early December. Thai stocks…

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Reopened Thai schools face biggest test as COVID fear stalks classrooms

Of the 12,000 or so Thai schools that resumed onsite learning in November, 71 per cent have successfully ensured that students can sit in class and study with their friends at least half of…

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Starting again: Thailand’s reopening gives hope despite challenges and risks

Many operators in the hospitality sector have gone through the worst of their business lives due to the pandemic but now, with Thailand once again open to visitors, they are…

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As Thailand reopens, signs of economic recovery are visible

The tourism industry is showing initial signs of recovery, but Thailand’s small businesses and households are still struggling to survive as uncertainty about COVID-19 gnaws at the local and global…

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Thailand Pass or Certificate of Entry: Clearing confusion for travelers

When Thailand opened its doors to vaccinated travelers from 63 nations this month, it also launched a new system for them to gain entry. From November 1, tourists flying into…

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Thailand is lifting quarantine restrictions and allowing fully vaccinated foreign visitors from 63 countries and territories to enter. (Photo of Praseban by Veena Thoopkrajae)

Thailand set to welcome visitors after almost two years

With an economy almost entirely dependent on the tourist industry, Thailand is today lifting quarantine restrictions and allowing fully vaccinated foreign visitors from 63 countries and territories to enter in…

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Fever of excitement and anxiety as Thailand goes back to school

Like many Thai children, 12-year-old Thayan “Fhan” Wirojsakulchai can’t wait to get back to school, the joy of studying at home having long since evaporated. For Thayan, it’s great news…

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Indonesia’s international airport in Tuban on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali. (Photo by SONNY TUMBELAKA / AFP)

Indonesia set COVID19 Quarantine set to five days

The Indonesian government has officially cut the quarantine period from eight days to five days, following the Circular of the Covid-19 Task Force Number 20 of 2021 concerning International Travel…

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New Zealand’s Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield receives his first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at the Pipitea Marae vaccination centre in Wellington on August 22, 2021. (Photo by Ross Giblin / POOL / AFP)

New Zealand sets 90% vaccine target to end lockdown

New Zealand set a 90-percent vaccination target Friday for scrapping lockdowns as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern unveiled a plan to open up despite the stubborn grip of the Delta variant….

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A woman wearing a protective face mask walks along a deserted city bridge during morning commute hours on the first day of a lockdown as the state of Victoria looks to curb the spread of a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Melbourne, Australia, July 16, 2021. REUTERS/Sandra Sanders//File Photo

Sydney to open for international travellers without quarantine

SYDNEY, Oct 15 (Reuters) – Sydney will open up to fully vaccinated international travellers from Nov. 1 without the need for quarantine, the country’s most populous state said on Friday,…

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Thailand’s Similan Islands reopen with limited tourist numbers allowed

Mu Koh Similan National Park, in the southern province of Phang-nga, has reopened to tourists under its “new normal” measures, with no more than 3,850 visitors allowed per day. The…

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Changi Airport in Singapore. (Photo by CNA)

More than 2,400 vaccinated travelers are now approved to enter Singapore without quarantine from next Tuesday

More than 2,400 vaccinated travelers from eight countries like the UK, France, and the US are now approved to enter Singapore without quarantine, from next Tuesday. Applications under these new…

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A person in protective face mask walks along the harbour waterfront across from the Sydney Opera House during a lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Sydney, Australia, October 6, 2021. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

‘Freedom Day’: Sydney reopens as Australia looks to live with COVID-19

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Sydney‘s cafes, gyms and restaurants welcomed back fully vaccinated customers on Monday after nearly four months of lockdown, as Australia aims to begin living with the coronavirus and gradually reopen the…

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BTS train station in Bangkok on October 4, 2021. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)

Life in Thailand getting back to normal – but only if you are vaccinated

If you haven’t had your COVID-19 jab yet, then your life in Thailand may be very different from those who have already been vaccinated. This is because of new “COVID-Free Setting”…

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Tough test ahead as Thailand mulls reopening schools

The second semester for most Thai students will start on November 1. But whether their classes are held online or onsite will depend on what schools and parents say. “We…

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The research team from Chulalongkorn University’s chemistry department collecting sweat samples from vendors in a fresh market as they develop a novel device that detects the Covid-19 coronavirus through specific odors, in Bangkok. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Thailand nears deadline to reopen – but Bangkok needs more time

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s 120-day deadline to reopen the country is approaching fast – but few provinces are ready to welcome international visitors without quarantine from October 15. Bangkok, the…

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Bangkok postpones reopening to visitors from abroad to October 15

Bangkok will postpone its reopening to fully vaccinated and COVID-negative visitors from abroad, scheduled for October 1st, to October 15th, as the authorities want at least 70% of the city’s…

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A beach in Phu Quoc island in southern Vietnam. (Photo by Hoang Dinh Nam / AFP)

Vietnam to reopen resort island to foreign tourists to boost economy

Vietnam plans to reopen the beach-fringed island of Phu Quoc to foreign tourists from next month, authorities said, as the country looks at ways to revive an economy suffering from…

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Reopening of Phuket and Surat Thani to foreign tourists confirmed for July

Thailand’s cabinet has confirmed that Phuket will reopen to fully vaccinated tourists on July 1st, under the “Phuket Sandbox” project, as planned. Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao, in…

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Joggers resume their routine this morning as Bangkok parks reopen

As Bangkok’s parks have reopened, many joggers were able to resume their outdoor exercise routine for the first time this morning (Tuesday), following some confusion yesterday that saw many parks…

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(Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Private sector in Phuket wants quick, self-funded vaccinations so it can reopen

The private sector on Phuket has joined forces to push for a self-funded vaccination program, to inoculate up to 70% of its population, in the hope that the resort island…

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OBEC to propose to CCSA this Friday that its 4,500 schools reopen

Thailand’s Office of Basic Education Commission (OBEC) will, on Friday, propose to the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) that all the 4,500 schools under its supervision resume classes. Since…

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Phuket beaches to reopen on Tuesday

After more than two months’ of closure, all beaches on the island of Phuket will be reopened to the public on Tuesday. Phuket Provincial Governor Pakkapong Thaweepat said the provincial…

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File Photo (Agence France-Presse/AFP / Kena Betancur)

New York may partially reopen May 15: Cuomo

New York, which has ground to a halt to stop the coronavirus pandemic, may start reopening manufacturing and construction after May 15, Governor Andrew Cuomo said Sunday. Cuomo, however, said…

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(Photo) Passengers queue at Cathay Pacific’s counters a day after the airport was closed due to a protest, at Hong Kong International Airport, China August 13, 2019/ Reuters (Issei Kato)

Hong Kong’s airport reopens on Tuesday after unprecedented closure

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong’s airport reopened on Tuesday but its administrator warned that flight movements would still be affected, after China said widespread anti-government protests that halted flights…

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