Thailand Initial Nod for Long-stay Visas


Thailand Initial Nod for Long-stay Visas

The cabinet has approved in principle a programme that has the goal of attracting 300 billion baht worth of foreign investments in exchange for granting long-stay visas. The two draft regulations, issued by the Interior Ministry, were put to the cabinet which approved them in principle yesterday, said Traisuree Taisaranakul, deputy government spokeswoman. One draft…

Thailand to Reopen for Quarantine-free Entry
from 46 Countries Including Hong Kong


Thailand to Reopen for Quarantine-free Entry from 46 Countries Including Hong Kong

Thailand will allow quarantine-free entry to travelers from 46 countries and territories, including the U.S., China and the U.K., from Nov. 1 in a bid to boost tourist inflows into an economy ravaged by floods and COVID-19. Thursday’s announcement was well above the 10 countries that the government had earlier proposed for its plan to…

Thailand To Impose New Tourist Tax Next Year


Thailand To Impose New Tourist Tax Next Year

The Tourism and Sports Ministry is poised to start collecting a 500-baht tourism fee for a “tourism transformation fund” next year, with the budget following a co-payment model. The Centre for Economic Situation Administration last week approved the creation of the fund, which is expected to subsidise projects that transform the industry, focusing on high-value…

Thailand ordered to prepare for tourists


Thailand ordered to prepare for tourists

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered various ministries to speed up preparations for boosting tourism while keeping in mind pandemic restrictions. The order comes as a medical expert raised concerns over the possibility of the healthcare system having to battle with another outbreak if the government insists on reopening the tourism industry as early as…

Thailand is Targeting 2.2 Trillion Baht of Investment in the EEC


Thailand is Targeting 2.2 Trillion Baht of Investment in the EEC

Thailand is targeting 2.2 trillion baht ($66.87 billion) of investment in the country’s industrial east over the next five years (2022-2026), a government official said on Monday, as the country tries to spur long-term economic growth. The investment in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) will be 100 billion baht ($3 billion) in the eastern aviation…

Thai MPI Up for Fifth Consecutive Month on Export Growth


Thai MPI Up for Fifth Consecutive Month on Export Growth

Thailand’ manufacturing production index (MPI) in July increased by 5.12% year-on-year for the fifth consecutive month to 91.41 points, thanks to export growth. Despite Covid-19 outbreaks in many countries, international trade in July was still bustling due to global economic recovery driven by the US, China and Europe, according to the Office of Industrial Economics…

Thailand to begin human trials on COVID-19 nasal spray vaccines by year end


Thailand to begin human trials on COVID-19 nasal spray vaccines by year end

Thailand plans to start human trials on two COVID-19 vaccines via nasal spray by the end of this year after promising results of experiment in mice, a Thai official has said. The adenovirus vector-based and influenza virus vector-based COVID-19 vaccines were developed by Thailand’s National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, said Anan Jongkaewwattana, director…

Samui on course for July 15 opening


Samui on course for July 15 opening

The Samui Plus programme for inoculated tourists should open for Certificate of Entry (COE) applications this week as Surat Thani is slated to open three islands on July 15. Meanwhile, the Phuket sandbox scheme has to ensure a clean sheet, meaning there should be no infections among inbound travellers for 14 days in order to…

Phuket opens for business in bid to save tourism industry


Phuket opens for business in bid to save tourism industry

Thailand is pushing ahead with plans to jumpstart its crucial tourism industry by reopening the popular resort island of Phuket to vaccinated travelers, even as the more virulent delta strain of coronavirus sweeps through the region. As of yesterday, inoculated tourists from low-and medium-risk countries such as the United States and Spain will be allowed…

Industry Ministry to revise MPI amid gains


Industry Ministry to revise MPI amid gains

The Industry Ministry may revise up its 2021 manufacturing production index (MPI) in July after it increased by 25.8% in May and reached 100.47 points year-on-year, the highest increase in five years since 2016, says the Office of Industrial Economics (OIE). Despite the need to keep a close watch on the third wave of Covid-19,…