An All Nippon Airways flight from Tokyo arrives at Bangkok's Survanabhumi International Airport in June. Japanese travelers will be able to return to Thailand in November without undergoing quarantine under a plan by Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. (Photo: Bangkok Herald)

Thailand’s Nov. 1 Reopening: Devil Will Be in Details

CoE? Insurance? SHA+? Prayut laid out a vision, but bureaucrats may add conditions. How many will determine how successful reopening is.
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U.K. ‘Red List’ Removal Seen Spurring Immediate Boost in U.K. Tourism...

Government officials are betting that Thailand’s removal from the United Kingdom’s “red list” and the U.K.’s acceptance of several vaccines administered here will spark...
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Subsidized Travel Scheme for Thais Resumes, But Bookings Must Be Made...

The government’s promotional campaigns for domestic tourism officially resumed Friday, allowing eligible Thais to book hotel stays and tour packages at subsidized rates. The government...

Prayut Touts ‘Phuket Transformation’ Plan to Draw 1 Million Tourists by...

Thailand is gearing up to promote Phuket as a world-class tourist destination, hoping to welcome a million foreign visitors over the next six months...
Thailand finally has ditched its list of “safe” countries from where it will accept fully vaccinated travelers for the Phuket, Surat Thani, Phang-Nga, and Krabi “sandbox” programs.

Thailand Dumps ‘Safe Countries’ List; Sandboxes Now Open to Travelers Worldwide

Thailand finally has ditched its list of “safe” countries from where it will accept fully vaccinated travelers for the Phuket, Surat Thani, Phang-Nga, and...
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Failed, Forgotten Special Tourist Visa Extended for Another Year

The forgotten and failed Special Tourist Visa will live to see another year. The Cabinet this week extended the STV for another year, although virtually...
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TAT, Thai Navy to Stress Marine Safety, Conservation to Push Sustainable...

The Tourism Authority of Thailand and Royal Thai Navy will promote marine safety and conservation of marine natural resources to fuure tourists to further...
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With Reopening Delayed, Thailand Instead Moves to Shorten Quarantine to 7...

Having all but officially postponed the reopening of five provinces by a month, Thailand instead is looking to shorten the quarantine for fully vaccinated...
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Failed ‘Samui Plus’ Scheme Drew only 786 Tourists in 2 Months

The failed Samui Plus program drew only 786 fully vaccinated foreign tourists between July 15 and Sept. 20, the Tourism Authority of Thailand said. TAT...
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Subsidized Travel Programs for Thais Resume in Oct.

The Cabinet has endorsed a third phase of the “We Travel Together” hotel-subsidy scheme and people can exercise their right to the subsidy in...
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Thai Airports to Use Advance-Screening System to Verify Tourists Vaccination Records

The Airports of Thailand will use a passenger-screening system designed to check passengers’ criminal records to verify their Covid-19 vaccination certificates. AoT said Tuesday it...
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Ranong’s Koh Phayam Added to ‘Andaman Sandbox’ Scheme

Koh Phayam in Ranong Province will be included in the “Andaman Sandbox” scheme, joning Phangnga and Krabi provinces in the expanded “Phuket Sandbox” program. Commerce...
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Thailand Takes Step Toward Carbon-Neutral Tourism; Aims for Net Zero Emissions

The Tourism Authority of Thailand has signed a Memorandum of Understanding to drive Thailand towards zero-emission tourism with seven partner public and private organizations. The...
PM Prayut Chan-o-cha, left, and Bangkok Gov. Aswin Kwanmuang

Bangkok Gov. Pisses in Prayut’s Sandbox, Says Only He Can Decide...

But Aswin Kwanmuang seemed to have forgotten that he’s been overruled before.
'Sandbox' tourists arrive at Phuket International Airport.

Phuket ‘Sandbox’ Draws 33,059 Visitors, 1/3 of Original Plan

The Phuket “sandbox “ program welcomed 33,059 international arrivals in the its two-and-a-half months, a a third of what was hoped for. From July 1-Sept....
Canceled Flights at Suvarnabhumi Airport Bangkok Thailand

‘No One Said the Country Would Reopen Oct. 1’ – So...

First, it’s Oct. 1. Then it’s Oct. 15. Some “academics” say it should be Nov. 1. Now? No one can really say.

Common Sense Finally? TAT Boss Says Cities’ Quarantine, ‘Sealed Routes’ Plans...

Instead of letting cities create differing, overly restrictive models, CCSA mulling standardized, national plan, Yuthasak says
A solitary tuk-tuk driver scans an empty Sukhumvit Road in Bangkok for customers as Thailand imposes a national night-time curfew to arrest the spread of the coronavirus pandemic and the Covid-19 pulmonary disease it causes.

Thailand to ‘Reopen’ 5 Destinations Oct. 1 … With Quarantines, Closed...

'Reopen' is the wrong word, as it means neither quarantine-free travel for tourists nor full resumption of all businesses.
A Indian tourist on Walking Street in Pattaya, Thailand has a hard time distinguishing his own forceful feelings around a group of Russian women. (Photo: Bangkok Herald)

Indians List Thailand in Top 3 Places to Visit in 2021-22

Thailand is one of the Top 3 destinations Indians say they want to visit soon, according to surveys on Subcontinent’s travel preferences. The most recent...
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Oct. 1 Sees Thai Junkets Resume, But ‘Reopening’ of 5 Cities...

Calling it a 'reopening' is a joke. Welcome to Thailand, where you still do quarantine, have movements limited for weeks.
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Phuket to Allow Fully Vaxed Domestic Tourists from Sept. 8

Those who plan to stay a week or more must pay for Covid-19 test on Day 5.

Bangkok Airways to Resume Phuket-Koh Samui Flights Wednesday

Bangkok Airways on Wednesday will resume flights between Phuket and Koh Samui to support the Surat Thani island’s vaccinated-tourism program. Surat Thani Gov. Witchawut Jinto...
Wat Phra Singh Temple Chiang Mai Thailand

Chiang Mai Reopening May Be Delayed Until Oct.

TAT suggests postponement as central government has failed again to vaccinate 70% of the local population against Covid-19.
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TAT Blows More Hot Air Into Failed ‘Travel Bubble’ Idea

The Tourism Authority of Thailand on Friday resurrected the idea of forming “travel bubbles” with Asian countries with low Covid-19 infection rates, including China,...
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Phuket ‘Sandbox’ Adds ‘7+7 Extension’

CCSA endorsed an upgraded measures for the Phuket Sandbox program to offer a 7+7-night stay in Phuket and selected areas in Krabi, Phangnga or Surat Thani.
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