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    Special Groups of Foreigners Can Now Enter Thailand

    Business operators can proceed to bring in foreign visitors under Phase 6 of the easing of lockdown measures when they are ready, said the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CSSA).


    CCSA spokesman Taweesilp Visanuyothin said the CCSA has approved in principle the entry of four groups of foreign nationals and these visitors can resume their visits when local business operators have put in place disease control measures.


    The entry is granted to foreign business representatives, specialists, diplomats, migrant workers, exhibitors, film crews, medical tourists and Thailand Elite card members. One requirement is that they are required to stay in “organisational quarantine” facilities and such facilities must meet disease control standards.


    “If they want to resume their visits, those concerned must have organisational quarantine centres ready. We don’t have to say this easing will start on 1st August. These groups of foreign visitors can resume the visits when the local operators are ready,” he said.


    The CCSA on Friday reported six new cases of coronavirus disease infection among returnees from Egypt and the Netherlands, raising the total to 3,310.


    Dr Visanuyothin said five of the new patients had returned from Egypt. Four were male students, two aged 21 years and two aged 24.


    The four arrived on 24th July and were quarantined in Chon Buri province. They tested positive on Wednesday while being asymptomatic.


    The other returnee from Egypt was a male aged 28. He arrived at Suvarnabhumi airport on Thursday with a fever and breathing problems. He tested positive right away and was sent to a hospital in Chachoengsao province.


    The returnee from the Netherlands was a 52-year-old male chef who worked on a ship. He arrived last Saturday and was quarantined in Samut Prakan. He tested positive on Wednesday.


    Dr Visanuyothin also warned that with rising COVID-19 infection rates overseas, Thailand could not expect to remain permanently free of new local community infections. Authorities could only hope to prolong the infection-free period as long as possible, and then cope with any outbreak as it occurs.

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    What organization do Thai Elite card members belong to?

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    If you don't know then you are not part of the ELITE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    The entry is granted to foreign business representatives, specialists, diplomats, migrant workers, exhibitors, film crews, medical tourists and Thailand Elite card members
    I was under the impression those who had Thai provable family members were include, am i wrong?

    While Thailand still puts in place travel restriction, spouse or child or parent of a Thai national can apply for the Certificate of Entry to go to Thailand.


    Required documents, which must be submitted by email to csinfo@thaiembassyuk.org.uk :

    1. Your passport copy and your spouse's or child’s or your parent's passport copy
    2. A copy of your Thai visa (if already expired, you have to apply for a new one)
    3. Copy of marriage certificate or birth certificate
    4. Copy of health insurance policy which covers COVID related medical treatment and coverage of no less than 100,000 USD
    5. A copy of a hotel booking for Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) at one of the hotels approved by the Thai authorities
    6. Other supporting documents (if any), such as if you own a property in Thailand
    7. Declaration form, duly completed and signed



    What you need to present at airlines check-in counter and upon arrival in Thailand:

    1. The Certificate of Entry
    2. Declaration form
    3. Fit to Fly health certificate (within 72 hours before departure)
    4. Medical certificate with a laboratory result indicating that COVID -19 is not detected (COVID test must be by RT-PCR method), issued within 72 hours before departure
    5. Copy of your insurance policy which covers COVID and no less than 100,000 USD
    6. Copy of your confirmed booking at an ASQ hotel
    7. T.8 form



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    Quote Originally Posted by Topper View Post
    What organization do Thai Elite card members belong to?
    The "those-with-money-to-burn" organization

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    I was under the impression those who had Thai provable family members were include, am i wrong?
    No, you are not wrong. However, you can apply for or request a certificate of entry - doesn't mean the Thai Embassy will grant it. Plus, there are a slew of conditions, tests, insurance, etc. see the click for more information tab below.

    From the Royal Thai Embassy - Washington DC
    Dated June 24, 2020

    http://thaiembdc.org/2020/06/24/29717/

    Thailand Visa and Certificate of Entry (COE)
    ( The following regulations applied during COVID-19 situation until further notice)
    By virtue of Section 9 of the Emergency Decree on Public Administration in Emergency Situations B.E. 2548 (2005) and Section 11 of the State Administration Act B.E. 2534 (1991), the entry to Thailand is permitted for particular persons in the exempted list.

    The list for non-Thai nationals includes the following:


    (1) Exempted persons or persons who are specified, permitted or invited by the Prime Minister or Chief official responsible for remedying the emergency situation to enter into the Kingdom pertaining to necessity, whereby conditions and time frames may also be prescribed;
    (2) Persons on diplomatic or consular missions or under International organizations, or representatives of foreign governments or agencies performing their duties in Thailand, or any other persons in international agencies, that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs gives permission pertaining to necessity, including their spouse, parents, or children; (
    click here for more information)

    (3) Non-Thai nationals who are spouses, parents, or children of Thai nationals (
    click here for more information)


    (4) Non-Thai nationals who have a certificate of residence, or have been permitted to take up residency in the Kingdom; (
    click here for more information)
    (5) Non-Thai nationals who have a work permit or have been granted permission to work in the Kingdom in accordance with Thai laws, including their spouses or children; (
    click here for more information)
    (6) Non-Thai nationals who are students of educational establishments in Thailand approved by Thai authorities, including their parents or guardians, except for students of non-formal schools in accordance with laws on private schools or of any other similar private educational establishments; (
    click here for more information)
    (7) Non-Thai nationals who need to receive medical treatment in Thailand, including their accompanying persons, except for treatment for COVID-19 (
    click here for more information)

    Currently, the following types of visas are NOT permitted to enter Thailand: Tourists visa (TR), Transit visa (TS), Sports visa (S), Monks and other religious visa (R), Retirement visa (O-A/O-X), Thailand Privilege Card (Elite card), Volunteers (O), and non-formal students visa holders (such as language schools, diving schools, boxing schools).
    Last edited by bowie; 03-08-2020 at 05:09 PM.

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    cobra gold gets under way.USA.VIRUS CARRIERS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by headhunter View Post
    cobra gold gets under way.USA.VIRUS CARRIERS.
    over a hundred just arrived in korat this morning.

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    You sure about that? Cobra Gold was back at the end of February.

    Just found this..

    More than 100 US soldiers arrive for joint exercises
    Last edited by aging one; 04-08-2020 at 07:59 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by headhunter View Post
    over a hundred just arrived in korat this morning.
    i think the wife got the wrong airport.
    soon know what exercise when we hear the jets screaming overhead at a safe distance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by headhunter View Post
    i think the wife got the wrong airport.
    soon know what exercise when we hear the jets screaming overhead at a safe distance.
    you wont.

    Army officers posted at quarantine hotels for visiting US troops

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    During the weekly English video from the CCSA last Friday,:



    At 15:40 there is an attempt to clarify the issuing of the Certificate Of Entry (COE) by Thai embassies and Consulates abroad.

    There always has some confusion regarding ones country of origin, i.e. which country you are "travelling from" as opposed to which passport you are using to enter Thailand in these virus ruled times.

    For example people travelling from Laos to Thailand where considered to be from the UK, if a UK passport was being used.

    Now, IMHO, it "appears" that a person, "living"in or possibly "travelling from" Laos and travelling from Laos to Thailand, using a UK passport is considered to require a Laos issued COE rather that a UK issued COE.

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    Kinda makes you wonder how a country from which you are exiting can issue you a "Certificate of Entry" for another one.

    The suggestion is that you go to the Thai Embassy in the country you are in, and ask for the procedure for obtaining a "Certificate of Entry" from the Thailand MFA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Kinda makes you wonder how a country from which you are exiting can issue you a "Certificate of Entry" for another one.

    They are issued via...

    Thai embassies and Consulates abroad

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    The problem is that as far as I can see there is no insurance policy available to resident farang living in Thailand who wish to return to Thailand to resume their stay, as a spouse or retiree married to a Thai, after completing a visit to the UK.

    So, unless one is actually sponsored by an employer on a package including full health insurance , no non-Thai can return to the Kingdom under the current rules.

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    The problem is that as far as I can see there is no insurance policy available to resident farang living in Thailand who wish to return to Thailand to resume their stay, as a spouse or retiree married to a Thai, after completing a visit to the UK.
    the companies mentioned in the cutting below offer comprehensive covid cover for travellers, but whether long term trips or residence will be covered is not mentioned.




    Global insurer Allianz Partners has also decided to include cover for Covid-19 related cancellations and medical costs in all travel insurance policies provided by Allianz Assistance.

    Rachel Temperton, Head of Travel and Tourism at Allianz Partners UK, commented: “The Covid-19 global crisis has demonstrated the devastating impact a pandemic can have. Travellers and the travel industry – including insurers – faced a wide range of unexpected situations that never had to be dealt with before. Plans were interrupted or cancelled and medical emergencies abroad were complicated by many new and challenging hurdles. It is vital that in the new world we find ourselves in, we offer a comprehensive insurance product that enables people not only to start to travel abroad again, but to travel with confidence.”

    Meanwhile, the airline Emirates will now offer free coverage for Covid-19-related expenses for passengers, including medical and quarantine expenses. The Middle-East airline will cover expenses of around US$245,000 and quarantine costs of $160 per day for 14 days for passengers diagnosed with Covid-19 during their travel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seekingasylum View Post
    The problem is that as far as I can see there is no insurance policy available to resident farang living in Thailand who wish to return to Thailand to resume their stay, as a spouse or retiree married to a Thai, after completing a visit to the UK.

    So, unless one is actually sponsored by an employer on a package including full health insurance , no non-Thai can return to the Kingdom under the current rules.
    Post 6 seems to say retiree visa is not allowed for entry.

    I do actually have covid insurance, taken out by work. Not planning on going out country though.

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    It doesn't fucking matter anyway.

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    Yeah, which means that you either need wings or a one-way 'repatriation' flight followed by two week quarantine as jof has done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    The suggestion is that you go to the Thai Embassy in the country you are in,
    Yes it appears so now. Or are you, taking it one step further, suggesting one can obtain a COE in Thailand, for re-entry into Thailand

    As I have already posted when I tried to leave Thailand to travel the Laos back in March/June prior to the extension being announced, I was informed by the border IO that because I would be entering back into Thailand from Laos, that I would be refused entrance, .

    Because I was travelling on a UK passport.

    It now appears from the video of last Friday, the "rule" has now been qualified to; the country you are arriving from, not where your passport is issued from/nationality.

    Which is news to me and hopefully recognised by the Thai Immigration officers. If and when the local countries and Thailand agree on cross border entry, flight or foot, becomes available.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    two week quarantine as jof has done.
    Didn't he quarantine at his Thai home, rather than a Thai "hospital"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    It doesn't fucking matter anyway.
    Some will not be utilising a Tourist visa.

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    ^^ In an approved hotel, I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    Yes it appears so now. Or are you, taking it one step further, suggesting one can obtain a COE in Thailand, for re-entry into Thailand
    Where am I suggesting that you fucking idiot?

    I am simply pointing out that, given Thailand's reputation for inconsistency from one part of the government to another, that you should actually check with the embassy in the country from which you plan to enter, rather than believing anything some dick says on a Youtube video.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile View Post
    the companies mentioned in the cutting below offer comprehensive covid cover for travellers, but whether long term trips or residence will be covered is not mentioned.
    My reading is that such indemnity is for those on periods abroad not exceeding three months and are limited to UK residents who can demonstrate at least 6 months spent in the UK before the policy is issued.

    I am exploring from this end through both expat and Thai brokers but the size of the required indemnity, a minimum of 3 million baht, for a year in respect of an old grunter such as I suggests a significant premium. I shall let folk know.

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