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A passenger reacts after taking a Covid-19 test following his arrival under the Phuket "sandbox" scheme at Phuket International Airport.

70-80% of Covid-Infected Phuket Arrivals Have Omicron

The Phuket Tourism Association said 70-80% of international arrivals who test positive for Covid-19 are infected with the omicron coronavirus variant. The PTA noted, however,...
Antigen tests being performed to enter Khao San Road.

Thailand Thinks Dragging Out Pandemic, Restrictions Will Make Covid-19 Endemic

. Futile effort to slow omicron by forcing antigen tests on everyone everywhere has corrupt cops rubbing hands
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Thailand Lifts Ban on Travelers From Africa Tuesday

Tourists from Africa and Thais returning from the region from where the omicron coronavirus variant began again can enter Thailand starting Tuesday. Foreign Ministry spokesman...
While beer bars and brothels are open around Pattaya, the large go-go bars on Walking Street will remain closed after Jan. 16. (Photo: Bangkok Herald)

‘Zero Chance’ Bars Reopen Jan. 16 as Thailand Begins to Shut Down Again Over...

Restrictions on bars and nightclubs won’t be lifted on Jan. 16 and, in fact, could go the other way, with alcohol again banned, as...
Suvarnabhumi International Airport staff check Thailand Pass QR codes for arriving passengers. (Photo: Bangkok Herald)

Thailand ‘Test & Go’ Suspension Extended to Jan. 31 Under Health Ministry Proposal

. Anutin flip-flops again, now says approved T&G tourists must enter Thailand before Jan. 10 or face quarantine
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Thailand Expecting 10,000-30,000 Daily Omicron Cases by Late Jan.

The Public Health raised Thailand’s Covid-19 alert to Level 3 amid rising omicron coronavirus infections, while warning that new daily cases could reach as...
Pattaya Walking Street Bars For Rent Closed Thailand Coronavirus Covid-19 Lockdown

Business Leaders Warn Gov’t Not to Lock Down Thailand Over Omicron

. Don't Just Pay Lip Service to 'Living With Covid'; Actually Do It, Execs Demand
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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...
Retail Shopping Mall Store Market Thailand Bangkok

Omicron Lockdown Fears Push Holiday Spending to 12-Year Low

Thailand’s struggling economy is facing another major threat amid the rapidly spreading omicron coronavirus variant, with holiday spending expected to drop to a 12-year...
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...
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CCSA to Weigh Reimposing Mandatory Quarantine for Foreign Arrivals, Crushing Tourism Industry

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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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...
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 Tells Prayut

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 Negative

. So far, new variant much ado about nothing. As you were...

TAT: New Year’s Countdowns to Proceed; CCSA: ‘We’ll See’

The Tourism Authority of Thailand said New Year’s countdown events will be held as planned in five provinces, although the final decision isn’t up...
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Thailand Reports Fewest Covid-19 Cases in 5 1/2 Months as 1st Omicron Case Found

. All the coronavirus stats are good, but all anyone can talk about is another lockdown

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

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