Thailand News Today | New Test & Go program draws huge criticism!

In today’s news, once more, new entry requirements are criticized for being too expensive and not making much sense. Meanwhile, Pattaya strolling avenue needs to form itself up for the youngsters, and over 100 police officers failed to catch a handful of drug suspects…for the fourth time. All this is coming up in today’s program.

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Following the CCSA’s decision yesterday to renew Test & Go from February 1 (with some changes) tourism operators are urging the federal government to make PCR testing extra affordable.

The revamped Test & Go entry scheme now requires abroad arrivals to stay at an approved lodge on day 1 and once more on day 5 of their stay – and to take a PCR check on each day. They must Netflix and chill in their resort rooms after each take a look at, until they receive a unfavorable result.
However, what has many people scratching their heads is the fact that in between both exams, people are free to wander wherever they like. Test & Go doesn’t require travelers to guide the same resort for days 1 and 5, or even to stay in the identical province.

Tourists can arrive in Bangkok on day 1 and by day 5, be in Chiang Mai for his or her second check and mandatory lodge stay. What can additionally be not known is whether the federal government will think about infections detected on day 5 as imported…

The new necessities have tourism operators concerned that vacationers shall be put off by the extra prices, particularly the second PCR check. Ratchaporn Poolsawadee from the Tourism Association of Koh Samui says PCR exams on the island value 2,200 baht. He wants that price cut to 1,500 baht, as otherwise, it might be a deterrent for individuals traveling on a price range.

Meanwhile, มาริสา สุโกศล หนุนภักดี from the Thai Hotels Association says officers need to design a system for the new testing necessities previous to Test & Go resuming. She suggests that the second take a look at ought to be distributed with once the Covid situation improves.

Phuket officers have responded lower than enthusiastically to a suggestion that infected asymptomatic tourists be allowed to journey via a sealed route.

The province’s deputy governor พิเชษฐ์ ปาณะพงศ์ believes contaminated vacationers should stay put in their lodge rooms. However, there may be some leeway, in that asymptomatic vacationers may travel to a quiet beach via a sealed route, for instance, but he says the association would wish close monitoring – lest they wander off.

Meanwhile, the difficulty of tourists not carrying face masks has raised its exposed head once more. Pichet says many international tourists are violating the masks mandate and he’s vowed to take authorized action towards them.

In other news, Phuket has kicked off the administration of booster doses to around three,000 migrant employees within the fisheries sector, with healthcare workers administering the AstraZeneca vaccine at Phuket fishing pier.
The island has round sixty seven,000 migrant staff throughout numerous sectors.


The Thai Prime Minister says he has no plans to call an early election or to reshuffle his Cabinet after 21 of his MPs have been pushed out earlier this week.

Prayut Chan-o-cha has additionally distanced himself from the ouster of ธรรมนัส พรหมเผ่า and 20 other MPs, who have been accused of sowing division throughout the ranks of the ruling Palang Pracharath Party. The PM says their dismissal was an internal party affair and that the party was probably trying to restore a way of normalcy.
In his signature jarring syntax, the PM said, quote “I’m not saying who is sweet or bad. Let their actions speak for themselves. The folks will decide on the subsequent election. I insist that I even have no intention to vary the cupboard line-up or dissolve the House. The regulation (on the new election system) isn’t ready. Don’t mix them up.”

The dismissal of พรหมเผ่า and the other MPs means they now have 30 days to find a new party or lose their MP standing. Their removal follows Thamanat’s sacking from Cabinet a few months ago, accused of attempting to orchestrate the elimination of the PM in a no-confidence debate final 12 months.
According to media stories, 8 small coalition parties are considering an alliance with Thamanat. However, chief of the New Democracy Party สุรทิน พิจารณ์ says things are only on the discussion stage at the moment and things ought to become clear next week.
Meanwhile, the Puea Chart Thai Party has denied suggestions that his party may join Thamanat, insisting that 5 events will remain aligned with the ruling coalition and continue to assist the PM.
And when asked if the ruling celebration leader and deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwon had any remark to make on the newest developments, the PM responded, in HIS signature vagerie “Love and greatest wishes and mutual respect.”


Renovations to Pattaya’s famous Walking Street are about 80% full, and according to town mayor, the project aims to scrub up the redlight road and attract tourists of….all ages…Oh my!
Mayor สนธยา คุณปลื้ม told Thai media that overhead electrical and communication wires have been moved to the underground to make the street appear more beautiful and orderly. The enterprise homeowners and artists might be invited to paint and design the footpath and street within the Walking Street area to supply an iconic look. The avenue was typically waterlogged in the course of the wet season, so drainage pipes are actually being improved.
Pattaya officers want to attract guests to the road both day and night time. Officials are actually within the design process for a retractable roof that might cowl the road, permitting individuals to go to the street anytime of the day in addition to during the wet season. The development is expected to start in 2023.
Sontaya also added that a rumor about tearing down the street just isn’t true, it’s under building and renovation. The business owners on Pattaya Walking Street are assured that their businesses shall be recovered after the Covid restrictions are lifted.
So what do you think? Would you are taking your family to the revamped walking street? Or is it too risky to get recognized by a former bar girl? Let us know in the feedback.


Following the naming of Indonesia’s new capital by President Joko Widodo to exchange sinking Jakarta, candidate for Bangkok’s governor position สุชัชวีร์ สุวรรณสวัสดิ์, wrote on his Facebook page that he had no plans to relocate the country’s capital as a outcome of decades-long flooding that has hit Bangkok, and consider it or not, Bangkok can also be sinking…let’s hope not metaphorically as nicely.

The Bangkok gubernatorial elections are likely to take place this yr. However, the Election Commission has yet to declare the particular date, owing to the Covid outbreak and political protests across the capital. สุชัชวีร์, who is the former president of King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology in Ladkrabang, is operating for Bangkok governor under the Democrat Party’s banner.
In the publish, he wrote that the motive had reminded him of the same issue in Bangkok. He claimed the flooding is on the high of his priority record and it’s the reason he determined to run for the governor’s position.
The incumbent governor, Pol General Aswin Kwanmuang, has been in workplace since October 18, 2016, although his time period is restricted to 4 years.

After a gunfire change with greater than one hundred cops, 5 drug suspects reportedly evaded arrest. Apparently, they have been escaping arrest a minimum of 3 times prior. Suspects, together with alleged gang chief, 41 year old ประดิษฐ์ มุสิกะสงค์ are needed on several costs.
Behind the scenes of law enforcement officials arrange a blockade at a resort within the southern province Phatthalung, however the suspects reportedly shortly drove a automotive out of the property. Officers were capable of catch up, however one of many suspects apparently used an M16 military-grade rifle. Officers fired back and say they imagine that one suspect was shot. No officers have been injured in the incident.
Officers later searched the room at the resort the suspects had been staying at and found guns, bullets, amphetamine, and methamphetamine. Police Forensic Science officers will revisit the place to assemble DNA information.
CCTV within the space exhibits the suspects driving in Phatthalung headed toward Nakhon Sri Thammarat. The police are nonetheless looking for them and asked hospitals in the space to report if any patients are seeking remedy for a gunshot wound.

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