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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



·         Thailand Country Information

·         Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts.

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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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Open discussion / Central Plaza week of 19 March: business as usual?
« on: March 22, 2020, 05:53:00 PM »
I usually do my shopping at Tops Central Plaza and have lunch at Sizzler on Mondays. Anyone been to Central Plaza this week?  Is it business as usual or are some of the shops shut?  Many people?

Tks, lah!

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March 12, 2020


Global Level 3 Health Advisory – Reconsider TravelThe Department of State advises U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19.  Many areas throughout the world are now experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and taking action that may limit traveler mobility, including quarantines and border restrictions.  Even countries, jurisdictions, or areas where cases have not been reported may restrict travel without notice.     


For the latest information regarding COVID-19, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) website.


You are encouraged to visit travel.state.gov to view individual Travel Advisories for the most urgent threats to safety and security.  Please also visit the website of the relevant U.S. embassy or consulate to see information on entry restrictions, foreign quarantine policies, and urgent health information provided by local governments.


Travelers are urged to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.  The Department uses these Alerts to convey information about terrorist threats, security incidents, planned demonstrations, natural disasters, etc.  In an emergency, please contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate or call the following numbers: 1(888) 407-4747 (toll-free in the United States and Canada) or 1 (202) 501-4444 from other countries or jurisdictions.


If you decide to travel abroad:

·         Review and follow the CDC’s guidelines for the prevention of coronavirus.

·         Check with your airlines or cruise lines regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.

·         Visit travel.state.gov to view individual Travel Advisories for the most urgent threats to safety and security.

·         Visit our Embassy webpages on COVID-19 for information on conditions in each country or jurisdiction.

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

Assistance:

U.S. Embassy Bangkok

+66 2 205 4049
+66 2 205 4000 (after hours)

acsbkk@state.gov

American Citizens Services


U.S. Consulate General Chiang Mai

Serving Americans in Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Kamphaengphet, Lampang, Lamphun, Mae Hong Son, Nan, Petchabun, Phayao, Phichit, Phitsanulok, Phrae, Sukhothai, Tak, and Uttaradit provinces.

+66 053 107 700
+66 2 205 4000 (after hours)
acschn@state.gov

 

State Department - Consular Affairs

+1 888 407 4747 or +1 202 501 4444

Thailand Country Information

Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates

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Farangs who don’t wear face masks should be
kicked out of Thailand says health minister




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Sat 8 Feb 2020, 5:19 pm

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Doctors, Clinics, Hospitals / Where/how get Viagra?
« on: February 03, 2020, 05:41:12 PM »
Anyone know where/how get Viagra-type meds? I was at the Ton pharmacy this morning and he didn't have it.

Do you have to go to a hospital or what? Is it available online in Thailand?

Tks, lah!

BTW, not for me. Just asking on behalf of a friend suffering from an old war injury!   roll

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Visas, et al / 90 Day Report Filing Time Frame ?
« on: February 01, 2020, 04:15:45 PM »
Can someone please remind me about the time frame for filing the 90 Day Report

You may file one week before the due date. Correct?

Is there a grace period after the due date?

Thanks, lah!

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News and Announcements / Any CleanTalk problems?
« on: January 27, 2020, 10:09:02 AM »
I just heard from a member who is getting error messages from CleanTalk (our spam protection service) when he tries to post.  Unfortunately, there is no readily available fix for this.  Has anyone else been having problems with CleanTalk lately?

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U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand
Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (January 25, 2020)

Location: Thailand

Event: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Notice recommending against all nonessential travel to Wuhan, China due to an ongoing outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus, which can be spread from person to person. Symptoms of this illness may include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. While most of these cases have been reported in China, five cases to date have been identified in Thailand.

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:

·        Avoid all nonessential travel to Wuhan, China.

·        Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

·        Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.

·        If you traveled to Wuhan and feel sick, or were exposed to someone who was in Wuhan in the last six weeks who has fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, seek medical care right away.

Assistance:
U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand
+66 2 205 4049
+66 2 205 4000 (after hours)
acsbkk@state.gov

American Citizens Services

State Department - Consular Affairs
+1 888 407 4747 or +1 202 501 4444
Thailand Country Information
Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates
Follow us on Facebook and Twitter

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News and Announcements / Anyone having problems accessing the forum?
« on: January 23, 2020, 08:59:41 PM »
Hi All,


Terry says he has been having problems all day accessing the forum; getting timed out messages.  Anyone else know of any problems?

I have no problem accessing the forum on three different browsers and from my mobile, so I assume the problem is with Terry's connection. 

But, pls let me know if anyone else is having problems.


Cheers,


Rex

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Where to find . . . / Eye exam without buying glasses?
« on: January 23, 2020, 04:53:06 PM »
Anyone have experience getting a proper eye exam and prescription, and then buying the glasses elsewhere?  Recommendations?

Tks, lah!

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