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  1. Thailand reports 171 new COVID-19 cases 




    Thailand reported 171 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday.


    Of the new cases, 158 were local transmissions, 13 were imported from people entering quarantine.


    The Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) also reported 150 people had been discharged from hospital having made a full recovery. 


    2,931 people remain in hospital or held in a migrant worker quarantine centre.


    Tuesday’s cases bring the total number of COVID-19 infections in Thailand to 12,594, with 70 deaths.


    The number of new infections and total cases in Thailand since 14 Dec is as follows:


    14 Dec: +28 (4,237)

    15 Dec: +9 (4,246)

    16 Dec: +15 (4,261)

    17 Dec: +20 (4,281)

    18 Dec: +16 (4,297)

    19 Dec: +34 (4,331)

    20 Dec: +576 (4,907)

    21 Dec: +382 (5,289)

    22 Dec: +427 (5,716)

    23 Dec: +46 (5,762)

    24 Dec: +67 (5,829)

    25 Dec: +81 (5,910)

    26 Dec: +110 (6,020)

    27 Dec: +121 (6,141)

    28 Dec: +144 (6,285)

    29 Dec: +155 (6,440)

    30 Dec: +250 (6,690)

    31 Dec: +194 (6,884)

    1 Jan: +279 (7,163)

    2 Jan: +216 (7,379) 

    3 Jan: +315 (7,694)

    4 Jan: +745 (8,439)

    5 Jan: +527 (8,966)

    6 Jan:+365 (9,331)

    7 Jan:+305 (9,636)

    8 Jan:+205 (9,841)

    9 Jan:+212 (10,053)

    10 Jan:+245 (10,298)

    11 Jan:+249 (10,547)

    12 Jan:+287 (10,834)

    13 Jan:+157 (10,991)

    14 Jan:+271 (11,262)

    15 Jan:+188 (11,450)

    16 Jan:+230 (11,680)

    17 Jan:+374 (12,045)

    18 Jan: +369 (12,423)

    19 Jan: +171 (12,594)



    -- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2021-01-19
  2. Expats may need to take COVID-19 test in order to renew extensions of stay: Richard Barrow



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    Expats in Thailand may soon be required to take a COVID-19 test in order to extend their extensions of stay or so called retirement or marriage visas, according to Richard Barrow.


    Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1201873-expats-may-need-to-take-covid-19-test-in-order-to-renew-extensions-of-stay-richard-barrow/


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  3. Sorry it's late!


    The competition will run until 31 January 2021


    Please note, there will no longer be a prize issued for the competition winner. 


    Please note that by submitting an image in to this photo competition, you are giving your permission for that image to be potentially used in the annual Thaivisa Calendar. If you are not aware of the calendar, here is the 2021 calendar.




    Competition Rules


    - Contributing members may submit up to four of their own photos per month.

    (Members can re-submit an image in a following months competition providing it hasn't been a winner in a previous months competition.)


    - Please only one photo per post!


    - The photos must be Thailand related and also comply with thaivisa forum rules.



    - A title, Basic Exif data, location and date may be added, but no extra comments to try and win more votes will be allowed.


    - All entries will be included in a gallery as posted and at the end of the month this gallery will then be sent to the judges who will choose the winner.


    - Please note that likes can still be given but will play no part in deciding what is presented for judging.


    - All entries will be considered regardless of the time of the month posted.


    How to post images


    Instructions on how to post images can be found here:



    Please keep dropping by and give your support (likes) to the new images being posted.


    Those images gaining 10 likes or more will be added to the "Best Shots Gallery " for the month in question.

    This gallery is not part of the monthly competition and will also include images from across all the general photographic threads that accumulate 10 likes or more.



    Note.......We will drop by the thread every day or so to remove the posts not containing images, so please don't be annoyed if you see one of your posts is missing, thanks for your understanding.


    Please add your best shots, and contribute to the rest of the photo forum 


    Other parts of the photo forum here:


  4. Hua Hin steps up COVID-19 precautions, disinfects key locations, urges people to use tracing apps and wear masks



    Hua Hin mayor Noppaporn Wutthikun overseeing the screen of customers at a market in Hua Hin. Image: NewTV


    For months many people in Thailand have got lax in their adoption of the Covid-19 protocols.


    Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1200459-hua-hin-steps-up-covid-19-precautions-disinfects-key-locations-urges-people-to-use-tracing-apps-and-wear-masks/


  5. Hua Hin steps up COVID-19 precautions, disinfects key locations, urges people to use tracing apps and wear masks



    Hua Hin mayor Noppaporn Wutthikun overseeing the screen of customers at a market in Hua Hin. Image: NewTV


    For months many people in Thailand have got lax in their adoption of the Covid-19 protocols.


    After months without cases people had stopped wearing masks in some areas or were only doing it half-heartedly. 


    QR codes scanning checkpoints at malls were unmanned as people didn't bother to check-in and out. 


    Even social distancing and hand washing, core principles in the fight against spread of the virus were given lip service.


    It was felt that the virus was no longer in Thailand, so why bother with all those inconveniences.


    No more.


    The recent outbreak at a Samut Sakhon market and cases throughout the country have now seen to that.


    Now Hua Hin is stepping  up its COVID-19 precautions with local mayor Noppaporn Wutthikun instructing his deputies to get tough at local markets and key locations throughout the town. 


    A total of SEVEN screening points have been put in place at Chatchai market and two at Chomsin 4 market. 


    New TV reported the proper wearing of masks - not under the chin or nose - the use of QR codes on the Thai Chana/Morchana tracing apps, handwashing and social distancing were all being insisted upon. 


    Elsewhere in the holiday town, home to many expats, deep cleaning has also taken place, including at key locations such as Market Village, Tesco Lotus and Soi 55.


    Earlier this week, Hua Hin confirmed its first case of COVID-19 linked to the new wave of infections sweeping the country. 


    On Tuesday, the provincial governor announced a series of measures aimed at limiting the spread of the virus, which included closing bars, pubs, fitness centres and schools, as well as prohibiting the sale of alcohol at restaurants. Shopping malls, supermarkets and convenience stores are allowed to remain open.


    -- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2021-01-07
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  6. Golfers who tested positive for COVID-19 visited Chonburi courses


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    The Chonburi Provincial Health Authority have published a full list of places visited by infected people in the past few days. 


    They include the following golf courses:

    • Plutaluang Navy Golf Course, Sattahip District, Chonburi Province, on 28 December 2020 from 08.00-16.00 hrs.
    • Parichat International Golf Links, Banglamung District, Chonburi Province, on 29 December 2020 from 10.30 – 18.00 hrs.


    Greenwood is also closed due to a Japanese golfer catching the virus. 


    Late on Wednesday, the Prime Minister announced restrictions on travel in and out of the province, therefore expect more golf courses to be temporarily closed. 



    -- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2021-01-07
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  7. Sunshine Soccer podcast with ex Spurs and England footballer Gary Stevens - Ep15




    Gary Stevens an English former footballer who played in the Football League for Brighton & Hove Albion, Tottenham Hotspur and Portsmouth.

    Gary now resides in HuaHin Thailand and talks with broadcaster Steve Johnston about the English Premier league plus loads more.

    Match Week 17 of the English Premier League where once again there was plenty to discuss and we also answer another listeners question.

    Send us a question on Facebook; " Sunshine Soccer Asia"


    Listen to the latest episode here: https://bit.ly/3ohPOmo

  8. Cabinet acknowledges procurement of 63 million COVID-19 vaccine doses for Thais




    BANGKOK (NNT) - A meeting of cabinet ministers has acknowledged the procurement of 63 million COVID-19 vaccine doses for Thai people this year.


    The Government Spokesman, Anucha Burapachaisri, has advised the community that the cabinet meeting today acknowledged the procurement of additional doses of COVID-19 vaccine. Thailand is to purchase 2 million doses from Sinovac Biotech, a Chinese biopharmaceutical company. The vaccine for Thai people must be registered with the National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) of China and receive approval from Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The Government Pharmaceutical Organization (GPO) will be in charge of delivering the vaccine doses. The Department of Disease Control is in charge of the vaccine’s procurement and its distribution to the people. The budget to purchase the 2 million doses is 1.228 billion baht, and they will be delivered to Thailand as soon as possible.


    The first lot of 200,000 doses will arrive in Thailand next month. The first delivery of vaccine will be given to health workers who are on the front line in high-risk areas of treatment of COVID-19 patients. They include some 20,000 personnel in Samut Sakhon, Rayong and Chonburi provinces and some 180,000 people in high-risk groups and other vulnerable groups. Another lot of 800,000 doses will arrive in March. The first group will then receive their second dose of the vaccine, or 200,000 doses in total. The remaining 600,000 doses will be administered to people in high-risk areas in the western and southern regions, as well as medical personnel and volunteers. In April, Thailand will receive 1 million vaccine doses, and they will be administered to 600,000 people in the second group and 400,000 other workers.


    In addition, Thailand will receive 26 million doses from AstraZeneca in mid-2021. Prime Minister and Defense Minister, Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, has approved an additional procurement of 35 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine, to protect at least half the total population. As a result, Thailand will dispense 63 million doses of the vaccine in all areas of the population this year.



    -- © Copyright NNT 2021-01-05
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  9. Hua Hin ramps up preventative measures against COVID-19


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    The Governor of Prachuap Khiri Khan on Tuesday announced a series of restrictions aimed at limiting the spread of the coronavirus.


    A summary of business ordered to close with immediate effect until 1st February include:


    • Entertainment - all bars, pubs, nightclubs and similar
    • Water/amusement parks
    • Cock and fish fighting venues, boxing venues
    • All educational institutions, expect those with less than 120 pupils, police training schools
    • Indoor play centres
    • Nursery/day care centres/kindergartens
    • Cinemas and theatres
    • Snooker halls
    • Amulet shops
    • Massage shops, beauty clinics, spas, tattoo shops, soapy massage
    • Indoor fitness centres/gyms/Muay Thai training centres
    • Internet cafes/gaming shops/arcades or similar
    • Rajabhakti Park and other similar historical sites


    What’s open?

    • Shopping malls, supermarkets and community malls remain open with increased screening and preventative measures in place.
    • Restaurants can open but not permitted to serve alcohol
    • Pet grooming
    • Beaches - although likely no alcohol, maybe no food.
    • Hair salons/barbers, but no appointment more than 2 hours, restrictions in place to limit queuing


    A series of screening checkpoints will be set up at the following locations:


    1. Borfai Area

    2. Phetchkasem foundation (Hin Lek Fai Area)

    3. Chayaraj Center (Bang Saphan Noi Area)

    4. Nong Prig intersecion


    Anyone who is found to have a temperature of 37.5c or higher will undergo a COVID-19 test. 


    Anyone travelling into Prachuap Khiri Khan from Samut Sakhon or designated ‘red zone’ must report their arrival to health officials and self quarantine for 14 days. 


    No public or private parties are allowed , except for marriage, Buddhist ordination or a funeral which must have been approved by the  Department of Disease Control and have strict social distancing measures in place during the event. 


    Restaurants can open but are not allowed to sell alcoholic beverages.


    Everyone must wear a mask when outdoors.


    Anyone who does not follow the order faces a fine of up to 100,000 baht and/or 1 year in jail.


    Peoople are also urged to follow:

    D – Distancing
    M – Mask wearing 
    H – Hand washing 
    T – Testing 
    T – Thai Chana 


    The news comes as Hua Hin on Monday confirmed its first case of COVID-19 from the new wave of infections sweeping the country.


    The  patient, who has been confirmed as a border official, visited a number of locations in the city, including Market Village and Tesco Lotus, despite awaiting test results. She later tested positive. 


    The order announced on Tuesday appears to replicate an order announced by the governor of Chonburi late on Monday.


    *list of closures updated to clarify schools with less than 120 pupils.



    -- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2021-01-05


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  10. CONFIRMED: Increased restrictions for 28 provinces now approved by PM


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    A new set of measures in 28 provinces in Thailand aimed at containing the new wave of coronavirus infections are now in effect after being approved by the Prime Minister and published in the Royal Gazette late on Sunday.


    The measures include restrictions on cross provincial travel, the closure of schools and educational institutions and a ban on serving alcohol in restaurants. Buildings or premises that are deemed high risk of spreading the virus, such as fitness centres or spas, will also have to close.


    People who live in the 28 provinces (listed below) now deemed ‘red zones’ are advised to not travel to other provinces unless absolutely necessary. Anyone travelling across provinces must show proof of why they are travelling. 


    Bars and pubs are ordered to close, restaurants can remain open but are not allowed to serve alcohol.


    Businesses must tell staff to work from home, where possible, alternatively they can ask staff to work staggered hours or alternative days. 


    It is not immediately clear if beaches can remain open.


    The new measures also give provincial governors the power to impose their own restrictions and can close any premises or businesses that they deem necessary to help prevent the spread of the virus. Therefore, the restrictions may differ slightly from province to province. 


    However, shopping malls, markets, supermarkets and community malls can remain open but strict screening and disease control measures must be in place. 


    Provinces now in the highly controlled’ (red) zone:


    Ang Thong, Ayutthaya, Bangkok, Chachoengsao, Chanthaburi, Chonburi, Chumphon, Kanchanaburi, Lopburi, Nakhon Nayok, Nakhon Pathom, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Phetchaburi, Prachinburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Ranong, Ratchaburi, Rayong, Sakeao, Samut Prakan, Samut Sakhon, Samut Songkhram, Saraburi, Singburi, Suphanburi, Tak and Trat.


    New COVID-19 restrictions summary


    • No cross provincial travel unless absolutely necessary
    • Schools closed
    • Bars, pubs closed
    • Venues at risk of spreading virus - gyms, spas etc closed
    • Restaurants can open for dine in, but not allowed to serve alcohol
    • Work from home where possible
    • Shopping malls, supermarkets can remain open
    • Immigration offices remain open
    • Provincial governors can also impose their own restrictions


    This is a developing news story. This post may be updated without notice




    -- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2021-01-04


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