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HMA Brian Davidson speaks to British tourists and residents in Thailand on what they need to know about the COVID-19 situation in Thailand.
Check out the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand's requirement for airline passengers entering Thailand: https://www.caat.or.th/en/archives/48689
Please follow our Travel Advice https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/thailand/ and refer to the guidance from the Thai Ministry of Public Health https://ddc.moph.go.th/viralpneumonia/eng/index.php. Please be aware that due to the high volume of enquiries we are not able to respond to all individual questions at this time.
If you have consular enquiries please contact us at https://www.contact-embassy.service.gov.uk/?country=Thailand&post=British%20Embassy%20Bangkok
If you’re in Thailand and you need urgent help, call +66(0)2 305 8333. If you’re in the UK and worried about a British national in Thailand, call 020 7008 1500.
We have the same thing in our condo the key in sathorn except the feet all point to the walls. Gym etc closed until the 31st March and they are now taking temperatures outside instead of inside the building. Not sure things will open again in the near future unless there is a sudden stop to the increase in cases
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Just found out i am illegal from Tuesday because i have delayed my return to the uk by two weeks. Off the the thai embassy tomorrow. That might kick me out i guess
For those in Thailand who intend to return to the UK soon, I'm hearing more and more airlines are suspending operations. Emirates will suspend all passenger flights from Wednesday. 25 March.
If you intend to return to the UK, perhaps you should consider leaving as soon as possible before flights are suspended.
Tobias - โทเบียส
Stay home. Stay alert. Save lives.
Mrs is in Surin in self isolation for the time being, apparently district / village heads have been told people in their areas coming from BKK must isolate and they are tasked with making sure it happens, but with more people not working (laid off) more and more are going to travel from BKK and the eastern seaboard, increasing the risk of COVID - 19 spread and possible non-compliance of self isolation.
The BMA have asked people to stay in BKK and not travel to their home provinces, perhaps in hindsight they should have gave that message before 80,000 traveled at the weekend just from Mor Chit.
Here in Thailand went out today to buy some food and masks. Not wearing a mask in close proximity to others is frowned on here. At Makro they were selling them at 10.00 which caused a massive queue all around the shop the average distance between people about a foot. I reckon this is doing more harm than good. Amazingly I bought six from a local pharmacy as I have to do my visa renewal soon and for sure they will not like it turning up without a mask. They make life difficult at the best of times.
We have some sort of curfew coming into force tomorrow designed to keep us all at home after 6pm until 7am I'm told. I have been social distancing for a week or two now but very few others are as restaurant/bars are still open for food etc. some quite full and little effort to sanitise anything. Many people still think that because more people die on Thailands roads (at the moment) we should not worry about this but as time passes I'm sure the numbers will invert. I truly hope some of the modelling predictions are way off because the numbers are truly scary.
I cannot get the sheer panic the UK are showing. I understand the fear and apprehension but the panic buying is insane. It really isn't that big a deal to change the way you live. I am in a hotel and fortunately (unlike others I can empathize with) I can work online. I go out and get food, go for a drive with the kids, and the rest of the time stay in. I can get all I want whilst making sure I'm clean and distant when I do step out. I have to sacrifice a few things like my tea and newspapers in my local coffee shop but in reality it's not much to ask.
Barnet the UK's population are proving something I have known for years. A large percentage of them are thick as ......
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If you're offended by any assistance I give, it says far more about you than it does me.
Only in Thailand. This is about Bkk, but even in Hua Hin the immgration office has been swamped and everyone is packed into a brand new office that was designed for the 1950's. So much for keeping people apart. It will get worse as well, as the immigration office in Bluport is closed from tomorrow, so even more will head to the main office.
Yes Thai immigration. Went to the ministry of foreign affairs on monday and it was unbelievable. We were queuing outside of the building and were there for 7 hours. Immigration tried their very best to control things but many attendees had no interest in keeping their distance from others and were pushing to get to the front. We did our best to keep way from people but often someone would push past you, I had to pull my wife aside several times. There was a group of Chinese people trying to get their Visas extended who could not fill out their forms and they were standing together by the immigration desk in a group blocking access for everybody meaning people had to push past them. They were supposed to sit down in seats arranged for distancing but it did not happen I do not know why. We stood right back from it while immigration spoke over a speaker asking people to use the seating. We were seen for the final stage for the Immigration officer to check my status and read the application and you could clearly see he was just happy the forms were all correct. No argument and stamped for a month. Thai Immigration are working so hard i cannot praise them enough and i really feel that they are at risk but they are still doing their job and working until midnight each day behind closed doors. What a team !
QUOTE=sisaket;285841]Im guessing you mean Thai immigration.[/QUOTE]
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I have said for months that the Uk should stop Chinese flights into the country or at least check people coming in. The UK have persisted with saying the temperature checks are no good because the virus may not result in a temperature etc but it does show in a lot of cases but all of these cases were let into the UK and also the cases without temperatures. They even let the tourists returning from Italy just walk through the airport from the hotspots some of whom were guaranteed to have the virus. There is also the persistent statement that masks do not help in the UK and they do help you from direct droplets from sneeze and cough and very importantly if you have the virus you cannot cough it on to someone else. I know many people have disagreed with me here but my view is that every measure can help and just putting them aside because other peoples opinions is not wise. I have just moved into the third quarter of my life and I never thought i would see a government (and by this i mean parliament - all of them) watch a virus walk in. As soon as the Chinese put their hands up it was clear they had had the problem for months and it is not the first time they have sent a virus into the world. I will stop now I do not want to get banned. At least now that the bomb has arrived things are happening, but to be clear the UK is not in lockdown we are only half of that. They should do the full works now but at least finally their is focus.
=Essex boys;285892]If this is the current mentality in the uk then there is something wrong!! There have been 87 deaths today in the uk.....but still the uk population does not care, I'm not going to post on this subject any more as it's going to get me banned....good luck to you all and your misguided beliefs, no doubt I will get slagged off for my comments but I don't care, if you are so thick that you think building a house etc is more important than stopping this virus then you deserve all that's coming your way...that's the last word on this subject from me slag me off if you want it will just show your ignorance[/QUOTE]
But there's an easy solution. These are extraordinary times and extraordinary solutions are needed. Why not declare that everyone is allowed to stay until 30th April without penalty. 90 day reports are waived for the duration, visa extensions will be reviewed and backdated when conditions allow and so on. What difference is it going to make by not doing so?
And just a reminder, that only now has the Thai Government banned entry to all foreigners. They positively encouraged Chinese to keep visiting and Thailand's first case was a Chinese visitor. Only the other day, TAT stated they were hoping that with the situation in China easing (allegedly), that they were expecting Chinese tourists, after initially travelling domestically, to start visiting Thailand again in April!
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I was anticipating a TH GOV emergency decree and possible lock down with inter provincial travel restrictions, Mrs sisters (at home) did nt want her visiting mam, having recently been in BKK and she had obviously closed down her business for the foreseeable future, so made sense to be together here.
At DMK hardly any people as expected and did not see any other farang, lots of flights cancelled. Buriram FLT went out on time, I had paid 918 THB in total. Air crew wore disposable gloves, face masks and safety glasses, around 30 passengers with no one sitting next to each other, everyone had to wear a mask, I had bought some at a local pharmacy (Bang Na) who had a range of masks to choose from.
Upon arrival the Buriram health authorities had set up a screening devise on a tripod, everyone had to stand in front of it, most people had a scan on their mobiles (possibly a tracker) but my phone (old) could nt read it and I had no internet anyway, so was taken to one side and was given a form to fill in IE full nane, DOB, ID or Passport No, where had been in TH over the past week, Address in Buriram, explained to the guy from Thai Public Health that I am driving from the airport to BKK, he asked you must have a car, said yes, wife is waiting outside, she brought it from Surin, he was happy enough with that.
Amazon Coffee were mainly open, some closed, but could only take-away, one of them I used was a drive-thru at Pak Chong (Korat). Noticed all service area toilets I used had lots of liquid soap to use and were in the process of being (re) cleaned or had been just cleaned. The bigger restaurants on the service areas were open, ones with lots of tables / chairs with people adhering to social distancing IE nearest people to me n Mrs were five tables away.All restaurants had a area for sanitizer hand gel.
The small car accessory shops were still open along Highway 24 and 2, they are the ones with multi-coloured flashing lights, we got a change wipers fitted for a 200 baht. Traffic was quite light, even Wang Noi (Ayutthaya) bottle neck was okish, just took the BKK outter ring road (9) down to Bang Na.