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Immigration Set To Introduce Automatic Tourist Visa Extensions

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It has been announced today during a news briefing that automatic visa extensions are in the pipeline for tourists trapped in Thailand who have been forced to wait in long queues in a bid not to overstay their visa.

Following weeks of public outcry over lengthy queues at immigration offices around Thailand, a spokesman for the Ministry Of Foreign Affairs said steps had already been taken to address the situation during a live broadcast from the Center For Covid-19 Situation Administration on Wednesday.

The spokesman said the Prime Minister was aware of the issue that was putting thousands of people at risk and automatic extensions had been proposed and approved by the cabinet on Tuesday.

An official announcement by the relevant agencies would be made shortly outlining the details for those entering Thailand as a tourist who arrived after March 1.

Holders of other visa types, such a Non “O” and “B”, would still be required to visit immigration offices as normal to be granted extensions.

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The Grand Palace Reopening To Visitors From June 4

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The Grand Palace Reopening To Visitors From June 4

It has been announced that the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok will reopen to visitors from Thursday, 4 June 2020.

The update was posted on the Royal Office website on Monday.

The reopening will be under strict health and safety measures to control and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Visitors to the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew, also known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, must follow the health and safety recommendations by maintaining social distancing, wearing a mask, and frequently washing their hands.

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Villagers Complain About Cable Chaos

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Villagers in Phetchabun have taken to the internet to complain about cables on their property, laid across roads, blocking entrances and being a danger to everyone living there.

The Provincial Electrical Authority subcontracted the cable installation to a private company who started work laying around 500 meters of cable last November.

Despite repeated complaints by the residents of Pong Kham Fak village to the power company, nothing has been done for six months forcing them to turn to Facebook in a bid to catch the attention of someone with the power to put things right.

The village headman said he was concerned about the cables and was worried a resident would be hurt if something wasn’t done about them.

Villagers Complain About Cable Chaos

Villagers Complain About Cable Chaos

Villagers Complain About Cable Chaos

Villagers Complain About Cable Chaos

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Thailand Allowing Foreign Diplomats To Fly In

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Thailand Now Allowing Foreign Diplomats To Fly In

Six foreigners were allowed to fly into Thailand on Monday aboard repatriation flights for Thai nationals from the Netherlands and Canada.

2 Danish diplomats, 1 Norwegian diplomat, 1 Swiss diplomat and 1 Czech “traveller” landed at Suvarnabhumi on KLM Airlines flight KL875 and once through the screening process, all were taken to the Mövenpick BDMS Wellness Resort on Wireless Road in Bangkok for 14-day quarantine.

Later in the day, 1 Canadian diplomat arrived on All Nippon Airways Flight NH847 from Canada who after passing the screening process was collected by officials and taken to quarantine facilities arranged by the embassy.

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On March 26 Thailand closed its borders to foreigners, except diplomats and foreigners with a valid work permit, as part of the measures put in place under the emergency decree to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Those who were allowed to fly in had to show authorities a health certificate, issued no more than 72 hours before travelling, confirming that they had been tested and were free from coronavirus. They also had to provide proof of insurance showing a minimum of not less than US$100,000 that included coronavirus coverage.

On April 4, all inbound flights were suspended by the Civil Aviation Authority with the following exemptions: state or military aircraft, emergency or technical landings, humanitarian and medical relief flights, repatriation and cargo aircraft.

The ban has been extended several times already and currently runs until June 30, with no indication from the powers that be if it will be extended yet again

News that six foreigners have been allowed to enter Thailand this week will bring hope to thousands who work, reside or have families here who have been stranded overseas due to current travel ban.

Natapanu Nopakun, from the Foreign Ministry’s Information Department, said: “The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration is currently discussing the option of letting foreigners enter the country in due course. We also plan to give priority to permanent residents and those with work permits to return as soon as the situation has eased”.

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