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Half of New Kalasin Cases ‘Likely Omicron’

Kalasin authorities said half of 64 new cases of Covid-19 could be caused by the new omicron variant. The Kalasin cluster has been linked to...
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Thailand Bans Indoors New Year’s Events

The Ministry of Public Health is prohibiting indoor New Year's celebration activities staged by public organizations and advising them to instead host open-air events...
Ohad Baruch, 29, surrenders to police at his Koh Samui guesthouse Wednesday. (Photo: Supapong Chaolan)

Israeli Sends Thailand into ‘Omicron OhMyGod’ Panic, But Likely Was Harmless

An Israeli tourist accused of spreading the coronavirus omicron variant from Bangkok to Pattaya to Koh Samui may not have the virus at all...
Arriving passengers wait to have their Thailand Pass QR code scanned at Suvarnabhumi International Airport. (Photo: Bangkok Herald)

Thailand Suspends ‘Test & Go’, Reimposes Quarantine Amid Omicron Threat

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha today rolled back Thailand’s reopening to foreign tourists, reimposing mandatory seven-day quarantine for all international arrivals who haven’t already been...
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Thailand Approves Pfizer Comirnaty Covid-19 Vaccine for Children 5-11

The Food and Drug Administration approved the administration of the Covid-19 vaccine made by Pfizer Inc. for children ages 5-11. Secretary-General Paisarn Dunkum said the...
Other Hajj pilgrims return from Saudi Arabia.

7 Hajj Pilgrims Among Thailand’s Latest Omicron Cases

Seven hajj pilgrims tested positive for the omicron variant of Covid-19 after returning from Saudi Arabia and were admitted to the hospital. Preeda Chueaphudee, advisor...
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CCSA to Weigh Reimposing Mandatory Quarantine for Foreign Arrivals, Crushing Tourism...

The Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration this will will consider a proposal to reimpose mandatory quarantine for all arrivals due to the coronavirus omicron...
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Bangkok Covid-19 Vaccination Center to Close for New Year’s Holiday

The primary vaccination center managed by City Hall at the Thai-Japanese Youth Center will close from Dec. 29-Jan. 4 for the New Year holidays. According...
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Thailand New Year’s Open Only to Fully Vaxed, Tested

If you plan on attending a big New Year’s Countdown event, bring your vaccine card and a negative Covid-19 test. The Center for Covid-19 Situation...
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Chulalongkorn Produces Cheaper Covid-19 Ventilators

The Faculty of Medicine at Chulalongkorn University will produce high-flow oxygen respirators for hospitals nationwide to save patients with lung inflammation. The faculty already received...
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Omicron Cases Seen Growing After New Year

The Public Health Ministry expects the country to record more omicron coronavirus cases in the middle of January. Dr. Somsak Akksilp, director-general of the ministry’s...
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CCSA OKs New Year’s Boozing ’til 1, Makes All of Chonburi...

The Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration ended all “red” maximum disease control zones and will allow New Year’s countdown drinking to continue until 1...

New Year’s Countdowns on Monday’s CCSA Agenda

The Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration meets today to consider further easing of disease-control measures, including the reopening of border checkpoints in the South...
Arriving passengers wait to have their Thailand Pass QR code scanned at Suvarnabhumi International Airport. (Photo: Bangkok Herald)

Omicron Be Damned, Ease Entry Rules for Tourists, Pattaya Hotel Boss...

Refusing to submit to omicron panic, the Pattaya-area chief of the Thai Hotels Association said Thailand should stick to an earlier plan to ease...
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PM: No Plans for New Restrictions; All Tests for Omicron Contacts...

. So far, new variant much ado about nothing. As you were...
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Thailand Reports Fewest Covid-19 Cases in 5 1/2 Months as 1st...

. All the coronavirus stats are good, but all anyone can talk about is another lockdown
Issuing free e-vaccine passports

Free e-Vaccine Passports Available Through Dec. 31

The Ministry of Public Health will issue the e-Vaccine Passports for those who have been vaccinated in Thailand, free of charge. Anyone who wishes to...

650 African Arrivals Found; 0 Test Positive for Omicron

More than 60 percent of foreigners who arrived in Thailand last month from eight African countries where the coronavirus omicron variant is spreading have...

Thai Reporters Freak Over 1st Post-Omicron Flight to Samui

Koh Samui’s airport officials welcomed the first international flight since the emergence of the omicron coronavirus variant – from Singapore – and Thai media...
The Carousel beer bar n Pattaya's Walking Street sits empty and for sale. Nightlife could be shut even longer than Jan. 16, PM Prayut Chan-o-cha said Thrusday. (Photo: Bangkok Herald)

PM: Nightlife Reopening May Be ‘Put on Hold’ Due to Omicron

The much-anticipated Jan. 16 reopening of bars and clubs may be delayed further by the emergence of the coronavirus omicron variant, Prime Minister Prayut...
Detainees arrested and held by immigration police in Thailand during one of the Immigration Bureau's regular crackdowns on Africans, who the Thai media and government love to demonize. Omicron is just the latest example.

1,000+ African Arrivals Sought for Omicron Testing

. Immigration Bureau stokes racial panic by dodgy claim of 783 missing 'Africans'

Thai Coronavirus Test Kits Will Detect Omicron, Or Perhaps They Won’t

. The Public Health Ministry can't make up its mind.
Thailand Covid-19 Coroanvirus Test Testing Tourists

Cabinet Overturns CCSA Vote to Switch to Antigen Tests for Arriving...

The on-arrival RT-PCR Covid test requirement for international travelers entering Thailand via the deceptively named Test & Go pathway will remain in place due...
Just what you want: Crowds of unvaccinated people waiting for jabs at Bang Sue Grand Station.

Crowds Return to Bang Sue for Free Pfizer, Moderna Jabs

People flocked into the Bang Sue Grand Station to receive Covid-19 vaccines made by Pfizer Inc. and Moderna Inc. after free jabs became available...
Coronavirus Covid-19 Omicron Variant

Border, Not Omicron, Biggest Threat, But PCR Tests May Remain for...

. Doctors say antigen tests insufficient, but even PCR tests may not detect variant
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