Bangsaphan Coronavirus/Covid-19 updates

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Post by bazfaz » 05 May 2020 17:06

I remember a year or so back they were going to ban the sale of alcohol within 500 metres of an educational establishment. This of course would have closed down large parts of Bangkok, Chiang Mai and every other town in the country. What happened to that?

It is not only Thailand that comes up with silly laws. When I lived in France they introduced a law banning bonfires. It was to stop pollution. Instead you had to take your garden rubbish to a recycling centre. Our recycling centre was 6 kilometres away, round trip of 12 kilometres in a diesel car. Is that journey less polluting than having a bonfire? It was of course a law introduced by politicians who live in Paris not in the country.

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Post by buksida » 12 May 2020 07:03

Lets make those foreigners pay for our Covid-19 mess:

Tourism levy mulled
The Tourism and Sports Ministry is considering a tax of 300 baht or less per person for foreign arrivals that could cover pandemic insurance, once inbound flights and tourism activities resume in the country.

Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, the tourism and sports minister, said the tax would be collected once foreigners arrive by air, land or sea transport.

The scheme is part of the 20-year national strategic plan that requires government agencies to have recurring income to sustain and stabilise the national economy.

The levy will be added to the tourism fund managed by the ministry that aims to rebuild and develop tourism supply chains here, as well as offer safety and security protection for tourists.

He said this idea was initiated last year but was delayed because of the pandemic. Now is the right time to initiate collection, said Mr Phiphat.

The goal is to have tourists entering via air travel charged as a part of their air tickets, but the government has not finalised how collection for land and sea transport would work.

https://www.bangkokpost.com/business/19 ... evy-mulled

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Post by bsb » 12 May 2020 08:39

Keep in mind that is on top of the 500 baht departure tax everyone pays. Years ago it was paid in cash, then they found someone (or many) had their hand in the till so since then it is included in the ticket price.

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Post by bazfaz » 12 May 2020 15:29

The Thai government are way behind in schemes to gouge more money out of tourists. Some years ago when I got visas for our trip to India I found I had to pay a levy to support indigent Indian workers abroad.

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Post by buksida » 13 May 2020 07:48

bazfaz wrote:
12 May 2020 15:29
The Thai government are way behind in schemes to gouge more money out of tourists.
The Thai govt is very advanced at milking tourists (they pay over double for pretty much everything here), it has had years of practice. Careful what you wish for, the junta are already blaming the 'white devils' for the virus and will be heavily targeting the trickle of tourists, and expats that remain here, to repay the money the state has spent in recent months. That and a VAT hike is inevitable.

Looks like the grip on power will continue, Covid or not - https://www.khaosodenglish.com/news/cri ... cy-decree/

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Post by buksida » 16 May 2020 09:50

Junta now wants everyone to install a tracking app ...

The Ministry of Digital Economy and Society has revealed the details of "Thai Chana," an application to facilitate safety for both customers and establishments during the spread of COVID-19.

The establishments have to register on the website to acquire a QR code and put it in front of the shop. Customers can check in by scanning the QR code. It'll show if the the shop is congested or not, so customers can decide whether they will use the service or change to another establishment. The public can evaluate the shops and services to see whether they follow the safety measures or not.

If any shops are considered a health hazard, the customers who use Thai Chana and who were in the shop will receive an SMS notification to get free testing for COVID-19. The ministry has promised that the information that is input into the app is confidential and will not violate people's privacy rights, as it will be used for the disease control purpose only. The app will be open for registration from 15 May onward.

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This is the bunch that will lock you up for posting something they don't like on social media.

COVID-19 APP WILL TRACK BUSINESS CUSTOMERS, GOV’T SAYS
https://www.khaosodenglish.com/news/cri ... govt-says/

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Post by buksida » 17 May 2020 11:01

Inbound flights delayed until the end of June.
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Post by Mike Parker » 17 May 2020 16:15

I would imagine they will allow flights from countries that are relatively free of virus infection in first,lets hope so.

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Post by Mike Parker » 17 May 2020 16:24

bazfaz wrote:
12 May 2020 15:29
The Thai government are way behind in schemes to gouge more money out of tourists. Some years ago when I got visas for our trip to India I found I had to pay a levy to support indigent Indian workers abroad.
Australian Government are pretty good at gouging tourists as well.I forget how much it cost to take my Thai wife for a month visit to see family and friends but it costs a few thousand baht. The numerous forms, bank statements and other info they insist on is a pain in the butt too despite us being married for 13 years and she has been 4 times before and never extended the time allowed on the visitor visa.

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Post by buksida » 18 May 2020 09:00

Mike Parker wrote:
17 May 2020 16:15
I would imagine they will allow flights from countries that are relatively free of virus infection in first,lets hope so.
Thailand has been ordered by China to delist it as an infected country, so guess what, they'll be the first ones allowed back in.

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Post by buksida » 20 May 2020 07:47

Bars allowed to open sooner if case count stays low
Pubs, bars and entertainment venues will be allowed to reopen in the coming weeks if the daily count of new virus cases stays in single digits, the government’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) announced on Tuesday (May 19).

CCSA spokesman Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin said the number of shoppers surged on Sunday as low-risk and moderate-risk businesses (listed “white” and “green”, respectively) reopened as second-phase restrictions were eased and the ThaiChana contact-tracing platform was deployed.

He added that social distancing improved on Monday.Dr Taweesin said “red” businesses (medium to high risk) would be allowed to reopen in the fourth phase of relaxation, depending on the daily case count.He reported that the Covid-19 situation is improving, with new daily cases dropping to single digits for the past 22 days.

The CCSA will assess the situation every 14 days. If the single-digit trend continues, reopening of “red” businesses is likely to come faster, he added. Taweesin emphasised that everyone should keep their guard high to maintain the low infection rate, which would help everyday life return and boost customers’ confidence in “red” businesses.

https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30388123

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Post by buksida » 22 May 2020 08:23

Curfew/lockdown extension looking likely

SECURITY AGENCY CALLS FOR 1-MONTH EXTENSION TO EMERGENCY RULE
Thailand’s National Security Council (NSC) on Thursday called for a one-month extension to the emergency rule currently enforced against the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Center for the COVID-19 Situation Administration, chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, is scheduled to consider on Friday approving the NSC-proposed extension until the end of June.

The nationwide emergency rule, which features varied anti-pandemic measures and five-hour curfew, was earlier scheduled to last until the end of May.

According to NSC secretary general Somsak Rungsita, the NSC resolved on Thursday to have the emergency rule extended for another month on grounds that such stringent measures have been considered necessary to deter the possibilities of a second wave of the pandemic in Thailand.

He said public health officials and representatives of the private sector, who attended Thursday’s NSC meeting, agreed to the emergency rule extension.

https://www.khaosodenglish.com/politics ... ency-rule/

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Re: Bangsaphan Coronavirus/Covid-19 updates

Post by buksida » 25 May 2020 11:40

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No bars, they're deadly apparently.

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