Thailand extends visa amnesty for foreigners until 31 October 2020

Bangkok, 1 October, 2020 – The Royal Thai Government has extended visa amnesty for foreigners, who are unable to leave Thailand due to the country’s COVID-19 control measures, until 31 October, 2020. 

This makes the fourth extension of the policy, which first took effect from 26 March to 30 April, 2020. The second extension was from 1 May until 31 July, 2020, and the third extension from 1 August to 26 September, 2020.

The Royal Thai Government cited the COVID-19 pandemic remained severe in several countries, and the number of new cases globally continued to rise. International travel restrictions – land, water and air – are still in place in several countries. This affects forei

Thailand extends Emergency Decree for the sixth time to the end of October

Bangkok, 30 September, 2020 – The Royal Thai Government has approved the extension of the Emergency Decree nationwide for another month for the sixth time, from 1-31 October, 2020.

According to the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), imposing another month of the state of emergency will allow the authorities to effectively control and prevent the spread of COVID-19. This is especially as Thailand is in the process of gradually opening up the country, including the plan to grant a special tourist visa (STV) aimed at long-staying visitors.

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Thai Cabinet approves ‘special tourist visa’ for long-staying visitors

Bangkok, 16 September, 2020 – The Thai Cabinet has approved in principle a proposal by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports to grant a special tourist visa (STV) for long-staying visitors.

Under the STV scheme, long-staying visitors can stay in the country for 90 days, which can be extended twice, each for a further 90 days. The visa will cost 2,000 Baht per 90-day extension. 

The special visa scheme is expected to become effective after the official announcemen

Thailand tops the list of the world’s safest destinations during COVID-19

Bangkok, 19 August, 2020 – Thailand has topped the list of the world’s safest destinations to visit during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a study by Germany-based travel company Tourane.

Thailand was considered the world’s safest travel destination during the COVID-19 pandemic based on various criteria including the 14-day notification rate of new COVID-19 cases and deaths per the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), International Health Regulations score, population density of the country, hours of sunshine per day for outdoor activities, and flight connections with Germany.

Thailand recorded a low number of COVID-19 cases and was scored 85 for International Health Regulations. These coupled with m

Thailand ranked number one on the Global COVID-19 Recovery Index

Bangkok, 29 July, 2020 – Thailand has ranked number one in the world out of 184 countries for its ongoing COVID-19 recovery effort, according to the Global COVID-19 Index (GCI).

Published on 28 July, Thailand received an index score of 82.06, putting it on top of the global chart as an example of best practices in tackling the ongoing global pandemic.

As of today, the number of confirmed cases in Thailand stood at 3,298, with 129 currently being treated, while 3,111 have recovered and 58 have died.

South Korea ranked second with a recovery index of 81.09, followed by Latvia (80.81), Malaysia (79.37), Taiwan (78.94) and New Zealand (78.55). Australia, which used to be number one in previous months, fell to sixth, with a recovery index of 77.18.

In the

Thailand’s 127 national parks to reopen on 1 July

Bangkok, 15 June, 2020 – The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has announced the scheduled reopening of 127 national parks across Thailand from 1 July, following the temporary closure from 25 March as part of the nationwide effort to contain the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

From 1 July, a total of 64 national parks will be fully reopened and another 63 will partially reopen. 

The reopening will be under strict COVID-19 control measures including advance entry reservations to limit the number of visitors to reduce overcrowding, and the use of the Thai Chana online platform for check-ins and check-outs. Social distancing will be enforced at all parks.

Among the 64 parks that will be fully reopened include Khao Yai National P

Thailand’s 127 national parks to reopen on 1 July

Bangkok, 15 June, 2020 – The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has announced the scheduled reopening of 127 national parks across Thailand from 1 July, following the temporary closure from 25 March as part of the nationwide effort to contain the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

From 1 July, a total of 64 national parks will be fully reopened and another 63 will partially reopen. 

The reopening will be under strict COVID-19 control measures including advance entry reservations to limit the number of visitors to reduce overcrowding, and the use of the Thai Chana online platform for check-ins and check-outs. Social distancing will be enforced at all parks.

Among the 64 parks that will be fully reopened include Khao Yai National Park (capped

Thailand’s 127 national parks to reopen on 1 July

Bangkok, 15 June, 2020 – The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has announced the scheduled reopening of 127 national parks across Thailand from 1 July, following the temporary closure from 25 March as part of the nationwide effort to contain the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

From 1 July, a total of 64 national parks will be fully reopened and another 63 will partially reopen. 

The reopening will be under strict COVID-19 control measures including advance entry reservations to limit the number of visitors to reduce overcrowding, and the use of the Thai Chana online platform for check-ins and check-outs. Social distancing will be enforced at all parks.

Among the 64 parks that will be fully reopened include Khao Yai National Park (capped

Thailand’s 127 national parks to reopen on 1 July

Bangkok, 15 June, 2020 – The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has announced the scheduled reopening of 127 national parks across Thailand from 1 July, following the temporary closure from 25 March as part of the nationwide effort to contain the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

From 1 July, a total of 64 national parks will be fully reopened and another 63 will partially reopen. 

The reopening will be under strict COVID-19 control measures including advance entry reservations to limit the number of visitors to reduce overcrowding, and the use of the Thai Chana online platform for check-ins and check-outs. Social distancing will be enforced at all parks.

Among the 64 parks that will be fully reopened include Khao Yai National Park (capped

Thailand’s zoos adapt to a new normal as they reopen today

Bangkok, 15 June, 2020 – The Zoological Park Organization (ZPO) under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment today reopened six zoos and an elephant park offering free entry until 30 June. 

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