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Thai Update

Additional good news.

Dear readers,

Happy Saturday! I hope you have a good weekend. For our friends who work; we don't forget you!

A quick update on the travel side: one more step (in the right direction) for Thailand. I know many of you love the Land Of Smile, well who doesn't. So be happy, the entry is getting easier. We are not yet back to what I call normal (to me normal is what we used to live before this pandemic). But let's be positive, its better.

Need to know:

- Thailand Pass remains mandatory for foreigners. Removed for Thai citizens.

- Until now, it took from few hours to few days to get you Thai Pass approval after submission. Now, according to the Government, the process will be faster and you may get your approval instantly. Sounds good right? I truly hope it will work. Let's see if the Artificial Intelligence works.

- What to upload: passport, visa (if you need one), vaccine certificate, insurance certificate covering COVID-19 issues for a minimum of USD 10'000.

For the insurance, try to get your existing one to issue a certificate in USD (Cigna did it for my mum). If they refuse to issue it in USD (which can be the case since we don't all live in a country using the green paper as a reference), I recommend Axa Thailand who has a specific offer (link at the end of this post).

- Quarantine: none for vaccinated travellers, and no more for unvaccinated ones. For the latter category, travelers will be tested on arrival at the airport (ATK only, no PCR). Negative test? Go enjoy your holiday! Positive? Here start the problems. Direction? Hospital, for treatement. And you wont chose which one.

And you will stay there till you are negative. I am guessing most of you are vaccinated but for those who aren't, be aware of that "risk".

It was announced via different channels. Here is one if you need a sort of reference:

For the Thai Pass submission, please dont get cheated by fake sites. There are mulitple scams. There is only one official Government one that can process your request:

For the insurance (just one option among others), and I don't get paid for that so it's a friendly advice because I used it a few times and it worked well:

Nightlife update

Relevance depends on your marital status I think, but I mention it.

"Official" annoucement about opening for bars. I quotation marks because in Land of Smile certain things are often in a grey zone or subejct to intepretation. Anyway, here is what you need to know.

Split between Green and Blue zones (most tourist places).

- Alcohol sales till midnight (no need to hide as a retaurant, that's how I read it).

List as follow:

Green Zones (14 provinces): Chai Nat, Trat, Nakhom Phanom, Nan, Buriram, Pichit, Ang Thong, Mahasakam, Yasathon, Lampang, Surat Thani, Surin, Udon Thani and Amnat Charoen.

Blue zones (17 provinces): Krabi, Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Chon Buri, Chanthaburi, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Nakhon Ratchasima, Nonthaburi, Narathiwat, Pathum Thani, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Phang Nga, Phetchaburi, Phuket, Rayong, Songkhla.

If you are in a Red zone (guys I am not talking about a Red Light District here but Red zones from a Covid-19 angle) please follow the rules, be safe and let's hope it ends soon, especially for our Thai friends and citizens living there. They have a hard time.

Happy booking.

Sincerely yours.

The Diving Bear

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