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Thailand has experienced a new surge in cases of Covid-19 recently, and is taking steps to curb and contain the latest outbreak. The Kingdom is expected to remain under nationwide Emergency Decree in January, while 28 provinces nationwide (including Bangkok) will be designated ‘maximum control zones’ in order to manage the situation effectively. A range of new safety measures, along with a two-tiered system, have been introduced by the authorities.
The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has announced that new safety measures will be put in place from 4th January until 28th February. These include restrictions on operating hours, a ban on large gatherings of people and some closures of public facilities. Interprovincial travel is being advised against in some areas, while further restrictions on domestic travel are being considered.
On 1st January, Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang signed an order to temporarily close entertainment venues, pubs, bars and restaurants in the capital, in order to prevent further spread of the virus. This ban extends to water parks, amusement parks, floating markets, boxing stadiums, massage parlours and a range of other popular tourist facilities in the city that could pose a risk to transmission. In all red zones nationwide, activities such as meetings, seminars, banquets and food handouts are forbidden, except when carried out or permitted by authorities.
The crackdowns come following the discovery of new cases at Mahachai seafood market in Samut Sakhon, a province near to Bangkok, just before Christmas. Thailand then recorded 155 new cases on 29th December. Although small in comparison to other countries, it represents a significant rise for Thailand, which has been generally successful at keeping the virus under control.
Thailand’s borders remain open to international arrivals, with two kinds of visa available: Special Tourist Visa (STV) and a 60-day Tourist Visa. The governments of the UAE and Thailand have signed a mutual visa waiver to enable visa issuance to citizens of both countries. The agreement includes visa exemption for Emirati citizens holding diplomatic and special passports to enter, exit and pass through Thai territories without a visa, with a stay period not exceeding 90 days from the date of entry. Those wishing to stay longer can opt for one of the two available tourist visas mentioned above.
Panorama Destination is working to ensure the safety of Panorama Destination clients returning to Thailand, and has introduced a set of health and safety protocols based on a dedicated Covid-19 policy. The business has also achieved safety certification from a range of internationally recognised organizations, including the following:
1. Thailand Hygiene Plus Initiative (THPI)
2. World Travel & Tourism Council ‘Safe Travels’ campaign
3. “Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration” certification (SHA) by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT)
We continue to work alongside the Government and with other DMCs in Thailand, to ensure safe and standardised services for all returning visitors; and will continue to provide the latest breaking news regarding Covid-19 and its impact on tourism via our social media channels: