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Open discussion / Lazada Chat BEWARE!
« on: July 13, 2020, 01:35:41 PM »
I love Lazada.    smiley32   I buy stuff from them all the time.  For the most part, they seem to have their act together, and function pretty much like Amazon or one of those big online companies.

However, if you need specific information from a seller, forget it!   Anything more complicated than "Do you have this widget in red?" is beyond their capacity.  I just discovered that it is not a language problem, exactly.  It is a double-language problem.  When you use the chat function to talk to a merchant, it actually goes to a Lazada rep who then translates and relays the message to the seller.  Obviously, the rep doesn't have knowledge of the product beyond what is stated in the product listing. Trying to get anything done is impossible, and there is no way to contact the merchant directly. Lazada does not make this process clear, but I don't why it took me so long to realize what was going on.

TIP:  Don't buy anything right now that ships form China.  Due to the pandemic, I have been waiting for stuff I ordered a couple of months ago.  China orders are usually 1 or 2 weeks.

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (July 6, 2020)

Location: Thailand

Event:  Royal Thai Government Extends State of Emergency and Incoming International Flight Ban until July 31; Kingdom of Thailand Permits Entry for Certain Classes of Foreign National Visitors

 

Royal Thai Government Extends State of Emergency and Incoming International Flight Ban Until July 31

On June 30, the Royal Thai Government officially extended the national state of emergency until July 31, 2020.  Thai law controlling emergency situations gives the Prime Minister's Office broad authorities, and more emergency measures that further restrict movements and activities in Thailand could be announced at any time.  Under the state of emergency, provincial governments are also empowered to institute any legal measure they determine necessary to combat the spread of the virus.

 

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) also announced the extension of the ban on incoming international commercial passenger flights beginning July 1, 2020.  The flight ban does not affect outbound flights; there are still daily outbound flights available with connections to the United States.

 

If you are a U.S. citizen who does not have access to funding, you may be eligible for a repatriation loan.  A repatriation loan is only for immediate travel to the United States and cannot be used to remain in Thailand.  The Embassy can use the repatriation loan to purchase a ticket to the United States on the next available flight.  The loan can also be used to pay for lodging and food associated with the impending travel.  This is a U.S. government loan program which you will have to pay back to be eligible for another U.S. passport.  If you need financial assistance to return immediately to the United States, please fill out the form here so that we can begin the process.

 

Kingdom of Thailand Permits Entry for Certain Classes of Foreign National Visitors

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) announced on June 29, 2020 flights carrying the following types of passengers will be allowed into Thailand:

·    Thai nationals.

·    Persons with exemption or persons being considered, permitted, or invited by the Prime Minister, or the head of responsible persons accountable for resolving state of emergency issues to enter the Kingdom, as necessary. Such consideration, permission or invitation may be subject to specified conditions and time limits.

·    Non-Thai nationals who are a spouse, parent, or child of a Thai national.

·    Non-Thai nationals who hold a valid certificate of residence, or permission to reside in the Kingdom.

·    Non-Thai nationals who hold a valid work permit or allowed to work in the Kingdom, including their spouse or children.

·    Carriers of necessary goods subject to immediate return after completion.

·    Crew members who are required to travel into the Kingdom as part of their duties and have a specified date and time for return.

·    Non-Thai nationals who are students of educational institutions approved by Thai authorities, including the parents or guardians of the students.

·    Non-Thai nationals in need of medical treatment in Thailand, and their attendants. However, this shall not include medical treatment for COVID–19.

·    Individuals in diplomatic missions, consular affairs, international organizations, government representatives, foreign government agencies working in Thailand, or individual in other international agencies as permitted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including their spouse, parents, or children.

·    Non-Thai nationals who are permitted to enter the Kingdom under a special arrangement with a foreign country.

 

The Royal Thai Government has not yet clarified how non-Thai travelers approved for entry can travel to Thailand.  Those seeking to enter Thailand must request a Certificate of Entry from the Royal Thai Embassy or Consulate.  All arrivals are subject to a 14-day quarantine which can be spent at a government quarantine facility, alternative state quarantine, or self-quarantine at home depending on the traveler’s status.  The only aircraft approved to enter the Kingdom of Thailand include the following:

 

·        State or military aircraft

·        Emergency landing flights

·        Technical landing flights without disembarkation

·        Humanitarian aid, medical and relief flights

·        Repatriation flights

·        Cargo flights

 

U.S. citizens seeking entry into the Kingdom of Thailand who meet the established criteria should contact the Royal Thai Embassy or Consulate closest to their current location for more information on gaining entry to Thailand.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. When will the American Citizen Services (ACS) unit reopen for non-emergency passport, Consular Report of Birth Abroad, and notarial services?

A. The U.S. Embassy in Bangkok and the U.S. Consulate General in Chiang Mai are offering limited, emergency passport, report of birth abroad, and notarial appointments only. 

 

Notarial services present a challenge as the Department of State has not deemed these services as an emergency service.  We recognize U.S. citizens in Thailand may have an emergency (i.e., life/death/financial hardship) need for a notarial service and review notary service appointment requests on a case-by-case basis.  We cannot however meet the current demand. 

 

For those seeking to notarize documents for use in the United States, you may wish to consider using alternative options, to include utilizing a remote notarial service provider.  A growing number of states accept documents notarized through online services; you will need to research whether they can be used in the state where your document will be filed.  Remote notarization could fulfill your need for notary services more quickly.

 

Furthermore, we have limited staffing in the office, and we have to limit the number of people present in the waiting room at any given time to accomplish social distancing goals.  Limited appointments will continue even after routine services resume because of the limit on waiting room capacity required to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.

 

If you want to make an emergency appointment request, please click here  (Bangkok) or email U.S. Consulate General Chiang Mai at acschn@state.gov.

 

Q. Should I/my family leave Thailand?

A. Travelers who choose to remain in Thailand should be prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  International travel is unpredictable, and travel restrictions can be put into effect with little or no advance notice.   

 

On April 24, automatic visa extensions for foreign nationals went into effect. Temporary visas (of all types) are extended automatically until July 31, 2020.  If you have a valid visa (i.e., your visa would have expired after March 26, the date of the first "amnesty"), you do not need to visit an immigration office in order to benefit from the automatic visa extension.  Further extensions are not guaranteed.

 

The U.S. Embassy will no longer provide extension of stay requests. U.S. Citizens in Thailand temporarily have between now and July 31, 2020, to either return to the United States or their country of permanent residence or to obtain the appropriate visa type for your long-term stay in Thailand.

 

Please refer your specific visa questions directly to the Thai Immigration Bureau. More information can also be found here: https://immigration.go.th/content/extend_alien?click=1

 

Q. Are there still flights out of Thailand even though there is a ban on incoming international flights?

A. The following airlines are currently offering outbound flights from Bangkok with connections to the United States: Korean Air, Qatar Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Japan Airlines, Air Asiana, and Lufthansa.  All Nippon Airways (ANA) offers flights from Bangkok to Tokyo but connecting flights to the United States requires you to change airports in Japan, which is not allowed under Japan's current travel restrictions.  Please refer here for the latest information regarding transportation in Japan.  There are currently no international flights departing from Chiang Mai International Airport or Phuket International Airport. 

 

For verified information about the COVID-19 situation in other countries, please visit: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/COVID-19-Country-Specific-Information.html.

 

Q. What do I do if I need assistance to depart Thailand?

A. If you are a U.S. citizen who does not have access to funding, you may be eligible for a repatriation loan.  A repatriation loan is only for immediate travel to the United States and cannot be used to remain in Thailand.  The Embassy can use the repatriation loan to purchase a ticket to the United States on the next available flight.  The loan can also be used to pay for lodging and food associated with the impending travel.  This is a U.S. Government loan program that you will have to pay back to be eligible for another U.S. passport.  If you need financial assistance to return immediately to the United States, please fill out the form here so that we can begin the process: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=dFDPZv5a0UimkaErISH0S7gxJUk_XcZEjLnOzUyz0UFUM0U5RTBVNlE3Nk9GWUNXQTdBRVlTQzFDVSQlQCN0PWcu

 

Q. Will I be allowed into the United States?

A. U.S. citizens are allowed entry into the United States.  The presidential proclamations restricting entry to the United States for certain foreign nationals do not apply to U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents.  U.S. passengers that have been in certain countries, not including Thailand, must travel through select airports where the U.S. Government has implemented enhanced screening procedures.  See the DHS website for further details: https://www.dhs.gov/

 

You may be screened when you arrive in the United States.  Please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the latest health recommendations for travelers returning to the United States.  For more information, please see the following websites:

    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/after-travel-precautions.html
    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/from-other-countries.html
    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/faqs.html

 

Q. How do I get my medications into Thailand?

A. We are unable to assist you with obtaining medications in Thailand or arranging for the importation of medications only available in the United States.  Due to the unreliability of flights, we recommend you purchase your medication locally, if possible.  Many drugs are available through reputable pharmacies such as Boots or Watsons.  Some may need to change to a reliable alternative medication available in Thailand as recommended by their physician.

 

If the medication you need is not available locally and is critical to your health and well-being, then we recommend you return to the United States immediately as we have no way of determining when this crisis will be over, or normal flight schedules will resume.  There are currently outbound commercial flights available with connections to U.S. cities.

 

Q. Thailand seems to be reopening, is there still a state of emergency?

A. Yes, Thailand is still under a national state of emergency.  Thai law controlling emergency situations gives the Prime Minister's Office broad authorities, and more emergency measures that further restrict movements and activities in Thailand could be announced at any time.  Under the state of emergency, provincial governments are also empowered to institute any legal measure they determine necessary to combat the spread of the virus.

 

Q. Where do I find the latest information on COVID-19?

A. U.S. citizens in Thailand should refer to the Ministry of Public Health and the U.S. CDC for the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 response.  U.S. citizens can contact the Department of Disease Control directly at 1422 for information on COVID-19 testing facilities and treatment locations.  They have English-language staff. All public hospitals will take COVID-19 patients.

 

Private hospitals have been asked to treat COVID-19 patients as well, but it is up to the hospital.  In both cases, payment must be made before treatment. The U.S. Embassy is unable to pay for medical treatment.

 

Key Points on COVID-19:

    Widespread, ongoing transmission of a respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is occurring globally.
    The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential international travel.
    Older adults and people of any age with serious chronic medical conditions are at increased risk for severe disease.
    There may be limited access to adequate medical care in affected areas of Thailand.
    In the future, U.S. residents may have difficulty returning to the United States.
    Travelers should avoid contact with sick people and wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
    Thai regulations now require the wearing of face masks in public.
    All international travelers should stay home for 14 days after returning from travel, monitor their health, and practice social distancing.
    For the most up-to-date information, visit the CDC page on Novel Coronavirus and the CDC Travelers Health Page for travelers to Thailand. Information is also available through the World Health Organization.

 

Actions to Take:

    Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.
    For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, please see the CDC's latest recommendations.
    Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.
    Check with your airlines, cruise lines, or travel operators regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
    Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Thailand.
    Visit the Department of Homeland Security's website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States.
    Visit the Kingdom of Thailand's Ministry of Public's Health English-language COVID-19 page for updates on the situation in Thailand.

 

Assistance:

    U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand

            Telephone: +66 2 205 4049

            +66 2 205 4000 (after hours)

            Email: acsbkk@state.gov

            American Citizens Services

 

    U.S. Consulate General Chiang Mai, Thailand (serving U.S. citizens in Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Kamphaengphet, Lampang, Lamphun, Mae Hong Son, Nan, Petchabun, Phayao, Phichit, Phitsanulok, Phrae, Sukhothai, Tak, and Uttaradit provinces)

            Telephone: +66 053 107 700

            +66 2 205 4000 (after hours)

            Email: acschn@state.gov

 

    State Department – Consular Affairs

            888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

 

    Thailand Country Information
    Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts.
    Follow us on Facebook and Twitter

 

 

 

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Open discussion / Any recent experience with iHerb?
« on: July 05, 2020, 05:51:51 PM »
Any recent orders from iHerb the U.S. online vitamin company?

I am wondering if covid-19 has delayed orders from iHerb. I know one guy had a bad experience a coupe of months ago; it took a coupe months to finally get a package "gone missing" by DHL.  But if I remember, he said a second order went smoothly.  Anyone else?

Tks, lah!

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FREE STUFF / [FREE] Samsung Washing Machine
« on: June 11, 2020, 12:08:54 PM »
[FREE] Samsung Washing Machine (WA75H4000SG)

Thu 11 Jun 2020, 11:53 am

It's a few years old and shows it. Makes an annoying noise which can probably be minimized or repaired. Still, keeps going and going and going.... Maybe you will get another six months, or a year of use with some maintenance.  The Samsung guy in KK is cool. 

Why, may you ask, am I letting this miracle of modern technology go?  Because Donald Trump is buying me a new one!  smiley32

Come and take it away.  ON or AFTER THU 18 JUNE

 




Product details of Samsung 7.5 kg. Washing machine, model: WA75H4000SG
SAMSUNG 7.5 kg Washing Machine WA75H4000SG / ST
Details
Washing capacity: 7.5 kg.
5 washing programs
The innovative Wobble technology in the Samsung washing machine gently protects the fabric. Prevents wrinkles and damage
Water Fall technology provides greater cleanliness With strong water spray Therefore helping the detergent spread evenly
With Magic Filter to collect scraps of fabric fibers And the dirt that comes out of your clothes Therefore everything is cleaner And prevent clogged drain problems
There is an Air Turbo Drying System in the Samsung washing machine to reduce the time it takes to dry clothes. Which the tub will spin, spin quickly to pull water out of the laundry
Eco Tub Clean technology will help keep your top load washing machine fresh. Without needing to use Harsh chemicals
The maximum spin speed of 700 RPM
There is a washing tub made of stainless steel.
With a view window made of safety glass
With a transparent viewfinder
Inmold type control panel type
2 digit display
Child lock
There is an automatic restart system.
Size: 58 x 89 x 60 cm.
Weight: 33 kg.
Motor warranty: 5 years

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The Thai government has given the green light to shortening the curfew currently in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, as well as allowing shopping malls to re-open.

ThaiVisa.com => https://bit.ly/2LxFFjY

From Sunday 17 May, a new curfew will be in place from 11pm to 4am until further notice.

On Friday, Taweesin Wisanuyothin, a spokesman for the government's Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration officially announced the easing of some of the other restrictions put in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Shopping malls can reopen from Sunday, albeit with strict social distancing and screening measures in place.

Cinemas must remain closed but food courts in malls can also re-open.

The opening hours for malls will be from 10am to 8pm.

Other retail outlets are also allowed to reopen including book stores, furniture, electrical, office supplies, cosmetics, sports stores and car washes.

Massage shops must also remain closed.

Thailand’s borders will remain closed until further notice, except for repatriations and the transportation of cargo and goods, Mr Wisanuyothin said.

Interprovincial travel is discouraged.

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



Sources: Daily News | Bangkok Biz News

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Stuff For Sale / Three ANDROID TABLETS For Sale CHEEP!
« on: May 14, 2020, 06:27:39 PM »
Hiya!
 
I HAVE THREE ANDROID TABLETS FOR QUICK SALE.

Not the latest models, but in perfect condition, and great for ebooks, email, SMS, web surfing and Youtube.
Two of them are also phones with dual SIM slots.
All three have flip cases https://is.gd/NMRNkZ
Would make a nice first tablet for your rugrats.

Rex. Khon Kaen, Bueng Kaen Nakhon => 081-016-1850

 
 B1,500 for one. Take all three for B3,000. [size=14pt

1. Huawei PLE701L (T2 7 7.0 Pro)

 -7 inch screen
(Has anti-glare screen protector. If you don't like, just peel it off).
-2 GB RAM,
-16 GB storage
-Can take micro SD mem card 128 GB
-WiFi
-Dual SIM for phone calls, SMS & mobile data
-Camera 13 MP / 5 MP
-original box (no accessories)

-unboxing video
-unboxing video

-specs https://is.gd/KBVbRg

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2. ALLCOCUBE X5 (T8 Pro)
-8 inch screen
-Dual SIMs, for phone calls, SMS & mobile data
-WiFi
-4G
-Android 7.0 4G
-Internal storagte 32GB
-Can expand to 128GB with micro SD
-1.5 GHz
-3 GB RAM
-Camera 13 MP/5 MP

unboxing video 

specs https://is.gd/BI6qZz

-----
ASUS MeMo Pad 7 (KOOR)

 I like this one the best even though it is not as powerful as the other two.

-7 inch screen
-1 SIM for WiFi, mobile data, SMSs (not a phone)
-Internal storage 16GB
-Can expand to 64GB with micro SD card
-1.83 GHz quad-core
-RAM 2 GB
-Camera 5 MP / 2 MP
 

unboxing 

specs https://is.gd/0344mE

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Open discussion / What's open as of 1 May 2020 ?
« on: April 30, 2020, 02:09:43 PM »
I understand that the State of Emergency, lockdown and curfew are to remain in effect until  1 June 2020. I also read that there might be lifting of some of the restrictions, but I have not heard any announcements to that effect or how they might apply to Khon Kaen.

Anyone have any more current info?  Anyone know if Central Plaza and Tops will be open?

Tks, lah!

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Food, Dining, Restaurants / Ruby Murry's Currys - Delivery
« on: April 17, 2020, 08:51:23 PM »
I just stumbled on the Ruby Murry's Currys on facebook

I have not tried it, but the photos look delicious.  The price is right, and they deliver!

Contact

085-872-2718

ruby.murrys.currys@gmail.com
facebook => https://www.facebook.com/ruby.murryscurrys
Also says you can order by LINE or Messenger.

Menu and photo attached. Facebook page doesn't have a lot of information about how to order other than the phone number. Not sure where they are located.  I didn't realize there was a curry place in KKC.  But could be worth a try during quarantine and beyond.

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 15, 2020

Location:  Thailand

Event:  Ban on Incoming International Flights Extended Until April 30; Transportation Out of Thailand

 

 

CAAT Extends Ban on Incoming International Flights Until April 30

Today, the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) announced the extension until 30 April 2020 of the ban on incoming international flights.  The extension will likely mean a further reduction in outgoing international flights in the days ahead.

 

We strongly urge U.S. citizens to depart Thailand now while there are still outbound flights available.   

 

The following airlines are currently offering outbound flights from Bangkok with  connections to the United States: Korean Air, Qatar Airways, Japan Airlines, Air Asiana, KLM, and Lufthansa.    Japan Airlines announced further reductions in service from Bangkok to Tokyo effective immediately.  Korean Air is expected to reduce its service to Seoul in the near future.  All Nippon Airways (ANA) offers flights from Bangkok to Tokyo, but connecting flights to the U.S. require you to change airports in Japan, which is not allowed under Japan’s current travel restrictions.  There are no longer international flights departing from Chiang Mai International Airport or Phuket International Airport.  U.S. citizens should consider booking flights to major points of entry into the United States and then arrange for further domestic travel upon arrival.  U.S. citizens should also take into account the need to travel from their current location in Thailand to Bangkok in order to catch an international flight (please see “Thai Domestic Travel Restrictions” below).

 

If you are having difficulty booking a flight back to the United States for any reason, including financial, please contact U.S. Embassy Bangkok immediately at acsbkk@state.gov OR U.S. Consulate General Chiang Mai at acschn@state.gov .  Government loans are available for the purchase of airline tickets to the United States if needed.

 

Transportation Out of Thailand

U.S. citizens should prepare for the strong possibility that in the near future there will no longer be commercial flights departing Thailand with connections to the United States.  At present, there are no such flights on Mondays and Tuesdays. On other days, only between 1- 5 flights leave daily, a number expected to soon decrease even further.  We strongly advise temporary visitors in Thailand to make commercial arrangements for immediate return to the United States while there is still an opportunity.   

 

When booking a flight out of Thailand we urge you to do so at the earliest opportunity, ideally within the next several days.  If you have booked a flight after this time period, you should consider rebooking for an earlier date or make plans to stay in Thailand indefinitely.

 

The U.S. government does not anticipate arranging repatriation flights from Thailand at this time.  Such flights are a last resort, arranged in situations where U.S. citizens did not have an opportunity to depart via commercial options.   In addition, U.S. citizens are charged the fair market value for seats (normally at least the cost of a full-fare economy ticket.)

 

The following major airports are closed: Phuket International Airport (April 10-30), Koh Samui Airport (April 7-30).

 

There are available routes from southern Thailand to Bangkok.  For those in Phuket, the airport is closed until April 30, and the land and maritime borders are also closed.  The Governor of Phuket has authorized individual passengers or small groups to depart the province to Krabi Airport to catch a connecting flight to Bangkok.  The U.S. Embassy must provide the provincial government your information at least one week before your flight in order to receive clearance.


For those in Krabi, the airport is open and Thai VietJet Air has one flight every other day to Suvarnabhumi International Airport (Bangkok).  Travel to the airport is allowed for those on the mainland or Koh Lanta as long as you can present a boarding pass or proof of booking.  Travel to the airport from the smaller islands may not be possible at this time.


For those in Surat Thani, the airport is open and there is a daily Nok Air flight to Don Mueang International Airport (Bangkok).  There are speedboat transfers between Koh Phangan, Koh Tao, and Koh Samu to Surat Thani.  Please check at the pier directly to determine which lines are running and when.  We understand the Lomprayah company has regular transfers.  There is bus service from the Donsak Pier in Surat Thani to the Surat Thani Airport.

 

If you are having difficulty booking a flight back to the United States for any reason, including financial, please contact U.S. Embassy Bangkok immediately at acsbkk@state.gov OR U.S. Consulate General Chiang Mai at acschn@state.gov .  Government loans are available for the purchase of airline tickets to the United States if needed.

 

The few remaining flight routes are subject to cancellation without notice, and many flights are heavily booked.   For verified information about the COVID-19 situation in other countries, please visit: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/COVID-19-Country-Specific-Information.html.

 

There are currently no government restrictions or requirements for U.S. citizens departing Thailand or entering the United States.  

 

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has country-specific airport information available here.

 

National State of Emergency and Nation-wide Curfew

On March 25th, the Royal Thai Government declared a national state of emergency, effective March 26th, in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Thailand.  Most restaurants, stores, and entertainment venues are closed except for food delivery, supermarkets, restaurants’ delivery service providers and food markets, drug stores, convenience stores, banks, and other stores selling necessary items.  Alcohol sales are banned nation-wide. Several provinces have closed their borders, requested most hotels to close, and have instituted additional restrictions on movement within the province.  Thai law controlling emergency situations gives the Prime Minister’s Office broad authorities, and more emergency measures further restricting movements and activities in Thailand may be announced at any time. Under the state of emergency, provincial governments are also empowered to institute any legal measure they determine necessary to combat the spread of the virus.

 

A nation-wide curfew is currently in effect from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m..  Except for emergency medical care and travel to and from the airport, U.S. citizens should remain in their residences and hotel rooms during those hours.  U.S. citizens who must travel during curfew hours for emergency medical care or to and from the airport may be stopped by the police and should be prepared to show identification and demonstrate their reason for travel.

 

Any U.S. citizens with an emergency request for assistance please email the

American Citizens Services unit acsbkk@state.gov (Bangkok)  OR acschn@state.gov (Chiang Mai).

 

Thai Domestic Travel Restrictions

Options for forms of domestic travel (including airplanes, buses, public vans, and trains) are also decreasing throughout Thailand.  This week there is an average of two flights per day from Chiang Mai International Airport to Bangkok.  In Chiang Mai, all inter-provincial bus and train services are cancelled until April 30.  Some private car services are still offering transportation between provinces of including from Chiang Mai to Bangkok.

 

Travelers should be prepared for domestic travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice that may make travel to the airport in Thailand difficult. Some provinces have established checkpoints where authorities many conduct health inspections or require travelers to have a valid reason to enter or pass through the province.  Phuket province is currently in “lock down.”  You should be prepared to remain in Phuket until transportation restrictions are lifted.  Limitations on movement between Phuket’s 17 districts (Tambun) are in effect until April 27th.

 

Chiang Mai province requires all foreign travelers entering the province to quarantine for 14 days.  Lamphun, Nan, Phitsanulok, and Phrae provinces require all Thai and foreign national travelers to quarantine for 14 days.  Mae Hong Son province has barred all foreigners from entering the province. 

 

Authorities may implement additional provincial travel restrictions which may vary from province to province.  Therefore, U.S. citizens planning to cross provincial lines in order to obtain emergency medical care, to visit the Embassy or Consulate for emergency services, or to travel to an airport should check the latest restrictions first.  If you must travel across provincial lines be prepared to show identification and demonstrate your reason for travel if stopped by the authorities, including providing proof of travel arrangements or medical or consular appointment.     

 

Options for forms of domestic travel (including airplanes, buses, public vans, and trains) are also decreasing throughout Thailand.  In Chiang Mai, all inter-provincial bus and train services are cancelled until April 30.  Some private car services are still offering transportation between provinces including from Chiang Mai to Bangkok. 

 

Royal Thai Government COVID Information

Please visit the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s website for updated information.  Additional information about restrictions across Thailand can be found at the Ministry of Public Health’s Department of Disease Control COVID-19 website.

 

Key Points on COVID-19:

 

    Widespread ongoing transmission of a respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is occurring globally.
    The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential international travel.
    Older adults and people of any age with serious chronic medical conditions are at increased risk for severe disease.
    There may be limited access to adequate medical care in affected areas of Thailand.
    In the future, U.S. residents may have difficulty returning to the United States.
    Travelers should avoid contact with sick people and wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
    Thai regulations now require the wearing of face masks in public.
    All international travelers should stay home for 14 days after returning from travel, monitor their health, and practice social distancing.

 

For more the most up-to-date information visit the CDC page on Novel Coronavirus and the CDC Travelers Health Page for travelers to Thailand.  Information is also available through the World Health Organization.

 
Actions to Take: 

 

    Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information. 
    For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, please see the CDC’s latest recommendations. 
    Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information. 
    Check with your airlines, cruise lines, or travel operators regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
    Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Thailand.
    Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States. 
    Visit the Kingdom of Thailand’s Ministry of Public’s Health English-language COVID-19 page for updates on the situation in Thailand.

 

Assistance:

 

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        Telephone: +66 2 205 4049
        +66 2 205 4000 (after hours)
        Email: acsbkk@state.gov
        American Citizens Services 
         

    U.S. Consulate General Chiang Mai, Thailand (serving U.S. citizens in Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Kamphaengphet, Lampang, Lamphun, Mae Hong Son, Nan, Petchabun, Phayao, Phichit, Phitsanulok, Phrae, Sukhothai, Tak, and Uttaradit provinces)

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        +66 2 205 4000 (after hours)
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Thailand to announce nationwide curfew starting Friday

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand is to announce a nationwide curfew between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. starting Friday to try to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, the government said in a statement on Thursday.


The curfew will have some exceptions, including for the transport of medical supplies, movement of people into quarantine, patients and travel of medical personnel, according to the statement shown to reporters.

 
"The prime minister will make the announcement this evening on national television around 6 p.m.," deputy spokeswoman deputy spokeswoman Ratchada Thanadirek told Reuters when reached by telephone.

(Reporting by Panarat Thepgumpanat and Chayut Setboonsarng; Editing by Alex Richardson)

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I have made this topic sticky.  Let's keep it reserved for U.S. Embassy ACS updates




 
 
Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (March 30, 2020)



Location:  Thailand



Event:  Border Closures Throughout Southern Thailand; Transit Temporary Health Certificate Exemption Ending on March 31; Flights Out of Thailand Further Reduced



Border Closures in Southern Thailand

Several provincial governments in southern Thailand announced the closure of their borders –prohibiting entry by land and sea – effective March 30, 2020 until further notice.  These provinces include: Phuket, Phang Nga, Pattani, Narathiwat, and Yala.  Air travel via Phuket remains available.  Please visit the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s websitefor updated information.  Additional information about restrictions across Thailand can be found at the Ministry of Public Health’s Department of Disease Control COVID-19 website.



Temporary Exemptions for Transit Passengers Set to Expire March 31

The Royal Thai Government’s temporary exemption of its requirement for a COVID-negative medical certificate and proof of insurance for transit passengers with less than 24 hours in the airport is set to expire on March 31, 2020.  With few exemptions (individuals with work permits, airline crew, diplomats) entry into Thailand by non-Thais is currently prohibited. 



Flights Out of Thailand

There are currently no government restrictions or requirements for U.S. citizens departing Thailand or entering the United States.   However, the Royal Thai Government has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice. U.S. citizens who are considering returning to the United States are urged to work with airlines to make travel arrangements while flights are still available.



We advise temporary visitors in Thailand to arrange for immediate return to the United States while there is still an opportunity. All flight routes are subject to cancellation without notice, and many flights are heavily booked.  Hub countries with connections to the United States are also imposing increasingly strict requirements.



Many travelers worldwidehave reported unexpected flight cancellations and limited flight availability.  If your travel has been disrupted, please contact your airline. The Airports of Thailand webpage provides updates on scheduled and cancelled flights out of Thailand.



The below chart is a snapshot of flight availability as of March 30, 2020.  There has been a further reduction of commercial flights with connections to the U.S. to 29 a week.  We expect this trend to continue.  Please refer to the above-reference Airports of Thailand (AOT) webpage and/or download the AOT app for iOS and Android for the most up-to-date information.

Today (Monday, March 30) Chiang Mai International Airport has 10 flights to Bangkok and no international departures.



Key Points:

    Widespread ongoing transmission of a respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is occurring globally.
    CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential international travel.
    Older adults and people of any age with serious chronic medical conditions are at increased risk for severe disease.
    There may be limited access to adequate medical care in affected areas.
    US residents may have difficulty returning to the United States.
    Travelers should avoid contact with sick people and wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
    All international travelers should stay home for 14 days after returning from travel, monitor their health, and practice social distancing.

For more the most up-to-date information visit the CDC page on Novel Coronavirus and the CDC Travelers Health Page for travelers to Thailand. Information is also available through the World Health Organization.



Actions to Take:

·         Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.

·         For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.

    Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.
    Check with your airlines, cruise lines, or travel operators regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.

·         Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Thailand.

·         Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States.

·         Visit the Kingdom of Thailand’s Ministry of Public’s Health English-language COVID-19 page for updates on the situation in Thailand.




Assistance:

·         U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand

Telephone: +66 2 205 4049

+66 2 205 4000 (after hours)

Email: acsbkk@state.gov

American Citizens Services

·         U.S. Consulate General Chiang Mai, Thailand (serving U.S. citizens in Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Kamphaengphet, Lampang, Lamphun, Mae Hong Son, Nan, Petchabun, Phayao, Phichit, Phitsanulok, Phrae, Sukhothai, Tak, and Uttaradit provinces)

Telephone: +66 053 107 700

+66 2 205 4000 (after hours)

Email: acschn@state.gov



·         State Department - Consular Affairs

888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444



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CarrierWeekly Frequencies (flights)Total
FromToDate (M)Date (T)Date (W)Date (Th)Date (F)Date (Sa)Date (Su)
BKKTYOAll Nippon 11111005
BKKTYOJapan Airlines11111117
BKKICNKorean Air Lines11111117
BKKFRALufthansa10010103
BKKDOHQatar11111117
Total:544544329

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Doctors, Clinics, Hospitals / Bangkok Drug Store Online
« on: March 27, 2020, 03:55:24 PM »
A couple of days ago, I wrote asking about how to obtain meds without having to go to Dr. Ton Pharmacy and wait in a cramped line for 10 minutes with dozens of germ-infested customers.

I subsequently discovered Bangkok Drugstore which has a physical location and online ordering.  Contact details at the bottom of this post. 

For some reason, the website database doesn't seem to have a lot of common items such as Tylenol, but did have my hypertension meds. Strange. However, I wrote to them by e-mail, and everything I wanted was indeed available. The prices were the same as I am used to paying.

I wrote to them on Wed at 1:40 p. They replied with a list of items, prices and payment details at 2:57 p.  I made bank transfer online and sent payment confirmation at 5:00 p.  They confirmed receipt at 5:17 p.  Kerry delivered the package a couple of hours ago Total turnaround, 2 days!   Fucking amazing service, especially for Thailand!

I case you were wondering, they carry N95 masks, inexpensive, but unsurprisingly, were out of stock.

I have no idea if they carry controlled substances, didn't ask, but I suspect not.

Bangkok Drugstore
1/236 Silom Grand Terrace
Saladaeng 2, Silom, Bangrak
Bangkok 10500 Thailand
http://drugstorebangkok.com/
info@bangkokdrugstore.com
Tel 02-266-6108
Fax 02-266-6109  (What's a fax?  smiley1 )
facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/bangkokdrugstoresaladaeng/

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Open discussion / Tops open ?
« on: March 25, 2020, 12:05:23 PM »
Supermarkets and pharmacies are supposed to remain open.  However, I wonder if the Tops at Central Plaza will be open and if they will allow access to Central Plaza to visit Tops and the pharmacies? I don't relish the thought of waiting on line in the cramped quarters of Dr. Ton Pharmacy to refill my meds. I don't like gong there in any case with people coughing and sneezing and waiting on line for 10 min.


I wonder if you can sort it out with Grab to collect and deliver meds? I have never used them before.

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Open discussion / Transportatin in Khon Kaen from 23 Apr ???
« on: March 24, 2020, 08:50:08 AM »
Anyone know (for sure) what transportation is available during the lockdown?  Taxis, tuk-tuks, songteaws?


Tks, lah!

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Where to find . . . / KING KONG RESTAURANT DELIVERS
« on: March 23, 2020, 01:09:06 PM »


IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FROM KING KONG RESTAURANT RE DELIVERY AND PICKUP OF FOOD.

King Kong Restaurant on facebook => https://www.facebook.com/kingkongrestaurantkhonkaen/
(Sorry, I originally put the wrong facebook link.  This one works)

So here we go.....

As of today Most of Khon Kaen will be shutdown. With that in mind we are closing our restaurant as per government order for the time being.

We will however be starting home delivery from Wednesday evening with our own drivers and hope to have grab available as soon as possible.

If you would like to order for delivery or for collection from King Kong please call or message us from Wednesday evening.
We hope to be delivering from 5pm to 9pm most days and will also be available for pickups at other times so please contact us for more details.

We will be posting the take away/delivery menu tomorrow.
While we are delivering ourselves we will have a 6km limit and when we go to Grab it will be within their limits. Please bear with us in this time of transition as we endeavour to provide the best service possible. If possible please provide us with a Google pin or coordinates so as we can get to you as quickly as possible.
The number to call from Wednesday will be 0646405059 you can call or message us on line messenger too on
093-280-8115 or pm us on Facebook.

Thank you 🙏

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