Thai PBS World Daily – Your news roundup of the day (21st September 2022)
Thai PBS World Daily is here to provide you with a daily news roundup of the top stories in Thailand. Here’s what you need to know for today.
Thailand to issue COVID-19 reclassification measures this Friday
Thailand will officially move into a post-pandemic era, as COVID-19 will no longer be classified as a dangerous infectious disease from October 1st, according to the Public Health Ministry.
The CCSA is expected to announce a series of measures this Friday, in line with the reclassification of the disease. The cabinet also decided to remove COVID-19 from the list of forbidden diseases among arriving foreign visitors.
Thai cabinet approves 45-day stay for tourists entitled to visa exemption and 30 days with Visa on Arrival
The cabinet approved an edict of the Interior Ministry yesterday, extending the period of stay, from 30 to 45 days, for tourists from countries and territories entitled to visa exemptions and from 15 to 30 days for those eligible for a Visa on Arrival.
The extension is, however, only temporary, from October 1st until the end of March next year, to coincide with the tourism high season in Thailand, when people are expected to escape the cold weather elsewhere and head to Thailand.
Thailand sets May 7th 2023 as the tentative date of next general election
The Election Commission has tentatively designated May 7th next year as the date for the next general election, if the House of Representatives is not dissolved by the prime minister before the end of its four-year term on March 23rd.
According to the current Constitution, a general election must be held within 45 days of the end of the House’s term, which would be May 7th next year, and registration for candidacy will be held from April 3rd to 7th.
Police officer killed and four injured in explosion in Pattani
A policeman was killed and four others injured when a pickup truck was struck by a roadside bomb in front of Mai Kaen district hospital in Thailand’s southern province of Pattani Tuesday night.
Police said that the improvised explosive device was planted at the roadside and, when the patrol vehicle passed the spot, insurgents hiding in the area detonated it remotely.