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

In today’s news, once more, new entry necessities are criticized for being too expensive and never making much sense. Meanwhile, Pattaya strolling avenue desires to form itself up for the children, and over 100 cops did not catch a handful of drug suspects…for the fourth time. All that is arising in today’s program.

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

The revamped Test & Go entry scheme now requires overseas arrivals to stay at an permitted lodge on day 1 and again on day 5 of their stay – and to take a PCR test on every day. Untold should Netflix and chill in their resort rooms after each take a look at, till they obtain a adverse result.
However, what has many individuals scratching their heads is the truth that in between each checks, people are free to wander wherever they like. Test & Go does not require vacationers to guide the same lodge for days 1 and 5, or even to remain 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 test and obligatory resort stay. What is also not recognized is whether the federal government will think about infections detected on day 5 as imported…

The new requirements have tourism operators involved that tourists shall be put off by the additional prices, particularly the second PCR take a look at. Ratchaporn Poolsawadee from the Tourism Association of Koh Samui says PCR tests on the island value 2,200 baht. He needs that price cut to 1,500 baht, as otherwise, it might be a deterrent for individuals touring on a price range.

Meanwhile, มาริสา สุโกศล หนุนภักดี from the Thai Hotels Association says officers need to design a system for the new testing requirements previous to Test & Go resuming. She means that the second check must be distributed with as soon as the Covid situation improves.

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

The province’s deputy governor พิเชษฐ์ ปาณะพงศ์ believes infected vacationers should keep put of their lodge rooms. However, there could additionally be some leeway, in that asymptomatic tourists could journey to a quiet seaside through a sealed route, for instance, however he says the association would want shut monitoring – lest they get lost.

Meanwhile, the problem of vacationers not wearing face masks has raised its exposed head once more. Pichet says many foreign vacationers are violating the mask mandate and he’s vowed to take authorized motion towards them.

In other news, Phuket has kicked off the administration of booster doses to around 3,000 migrant employees within the fisheries sector, with healthcare staff administering the AstraZeneca vaccine at Phuket fishing pier.
The island has round sixty seven,000 migrant workers across varied sectors.


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

Prayut Chan-o-cha has also distanced himself from the ouster of ธรรมนัส พรหมเผ่า and 20 other MPs, who have been accused of sowing division inside the ranks of the ruling Palang Pracharath Party. The PM says their dismissal was an inside celebration affair and that the party was most likely making an attempt to revive a sense of normalcy.
In his signature jarring syntax, the PM stated, quote “I’m not saying who is nice or unhealthy. Let their actions speak for themselves. The people will resolve at the next election. I insist that I actually have no intention to alter the cupboard line-up or dissolve the House. The law (on the model new election system) isn’t prepared. Don’t combine 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 status. Their removing follows Thamanat’s sacking from Cabinet a number of months in the past, accused of attempting to orchestrate the removing of the PM in a no-confidence debate last yr.
According to media reports, eight small coalition events are considering an alliance with Thamanat. However, chief of the New Democracy Party สุรทิน พิจารณ์ says issues are only on the dialogue stage in the intervening time and issues ought to become clear next week.
Meanwhile, the Puea Chart Thai Party has denied ideas that his celebration may be part of Thamanat, insisting that 5 parties will remain aligned with the ruling coalition and proceed to help the PM.
And when requested if the ruling party leader and deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwon had any comment to make on the latest developments, the PM responded, in HIS signature vagerie “Love and greatest needs and mutual respect.”


Renovations to Pattaya’s famous Walking Street are about 80% complete, and based on town mayor, the project goals to wash up the redlight street and attract tourists of….all ages…Oh my!
Mayor สนธยา คุณปลื้ม told Thai media that overhead electric and communication wires have been moved to the underground to make the road seem extra beautiful and orderly. The business owners and artists will be invited to color and design the footpath and street within the Walking Street space to offer an iconic look. The road was usually waterlogged in the course of the rainy season, so drainage pipes at the moment are being improved.
Pattaya officers want to attract visitors to the road both day and night. Officials at the second are in the design course of for a retractable roof that might cowl the road, allowing individuals to visit the road anytime of the day as nicely as through the wet season. The construction is predicted to begin in 2023.
Sontaya also added that a rumor about tearing down the street just isn’t true, it is under development and renovation. The business house 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 take your family to the revamped strolling street? Or is it too dangerous to get recognized by a former bar girl? Let us know within the comments.


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

The Bangkok gubernatorial elections are likely to happen this yr. However, the Election Commission has but to declare the particular date, owing to the Covid outbreak and political protests throughout the capital. สุชัชวีร์, who is the former president of King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology in Ladkrabang, is working for Bangkok governor beneath the Democrat Party’s banner.
In the post, he wrote that the motive had reminded him of the same problem in Bangkok. He claimed the flooding is on the top of his precedence record and it’s the rationale he determined to run for the governor’s place.
The incumbent governor, Pol General Aswin Kwanmuang, has been in office since October 18, 2016, although his term is restricted to four years.

After a gunfire exchange with greater than one hundred law enforcement officials, 5 drug suspects reportedly evaded arrest. Apparently, they’ve been escaping arrest a minimal of 3 times prior. Suspects, including alleged gang chief, forty one yr old ประดิษฐ์ มุสิกะสงค์ are wished on a number of expenses.
Dozens of cops arrange a blockade at a resort in the southern province Phatthalung, however the suspects reportedly shortly drove a automobile out of the property. Officers have been in a position to catch up, but one of the suspects apparently used an M16 military-grade rifle. Officers fired back and say they consider that one suspect was shot. No officers had been injured in the incident.
Officers later searched the room on the resort the suspects had been staying at and located guns, bullets, amphetamine, and methamphetamine. Police Forensic Science officers will revisit the place to gather DNA info.
CCTV within the space reveals the suspects driving in Phatthalung headed towards Nakhon Sri Thammarat. The police are still trying to find them and asked hospitals within the space to report if any patients are seeking remedy for a gunshot wound.

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