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News and Announcements / Khon Kaen Forum will be retired 1 March 2021
« on: January 21, 2021, 06:43:52 PM »
After nearly 20 years of service--initially by the founder, Doug and then by Rex--the Khon Kaen Forum will be retired due to lack of participation and having outlived it's usefulness.

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Thank your for your participation and loyalty these many years.

Cheers,

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (January 15, 2021)

Location: Thailand

Event:  COVID-19 Test Requirement for Travel to the United States and Domestic Travel Restrictions in Thailand

 

Effective January 26, 2021, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is expanding the requirement for a negative COVID-19 test to all air passengers entering the United States.  Air passengers are required to get a viral test (a test for current infection) within the three calendar days before their flight to the United States departs and provide written documentation of their laboratory test result (paper or electronic copy) to the airline or provide documentation of having recovered from COVID-19.  This applies to all air passengers, two years of age or older, traveling into the United States, including U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents.  For further information, please refer to the CDC’s website for frequently asked questions regarding the order.

 

CDC does not recommend getting tested again in the three months after a positive viral test, as long as you do not have symptoms of COVID-19.  If you have had a positive viral test in the past three months, and you have met the criteria to end isolation, you may travel instead with documentation of your positive viral test results and a letter from your healthcare provider or a public health official that states you have been cleared for travel.  The positive test result and letter together are referred to as “documentation of recovery.”

 

Airlines must confirm the negative test result for all passengers or documentation of recovery before they board.  If a passenger does not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery, or chooses not to take a test, the airline must deny boarding to the passenger.  For more information on test results, please refer to the CDC’s guide on Requirement for Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test or Recovery from COVID-19 for All Air Passengers Arriving in the United States.

 

COVID-19 tests are available at many public and private hospitals throughout Thailand.  The Ministry of Public Health has provided a list of 44 laboratories that conduct COVID-19 testing.  U.S. citizens can contact the Thai Department of Disease Control hotline for information on COVID-19 testing facilities by dialing 1422 from within Thailand.  A list of medical establishments, laboratories, and professionals in Bangkok, central Thailand, southern Thailand, and northeastern Thailand can be found here.  You can find a list for Chiang Mai and northern Thailand here.  The U.S. Embassy cannot provide this testing.

 

U.S. citizens will be required to pay for COVID-19 testing and any COVID-19 care.  The COVID-19 test can cost between 2,500 and 10,000 Thai baht.  It is often more expensive to be tested at a private hospital.  In the event of a positive COVID-19 test result, there are reports of treatment costing over 100,000 Thai baht.  The Thai government requires individuals who test positive for COVID-19 in Thailand to be quarantined at specific hospitals and patients will be responsible for related expenses.

 

Domestic Travel Restrictions in Thailand

 

Due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak, the Thai government and provincial governments have enacted a variety of emergency disease control measures.  The Thai government has extended its emergency decree until February 28, 2021.  A growing number of provinces are categorized by the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) as “red zones” and subject to disease control prevention measures, including the closure of some businesses.  Many provinces have begun to tighten entry requirements for people traveling between provinces in Thailand and there are reports of health checkpoints being established at some provincial border crossings.

 

The Thai government has discouraged interprovincial travel.  Travel out of some provinces requires special documentation, including Chantaburi, Chonburi, Trat, Rayong, and Samut Sakhon.  Other provinces are requiring arriving travelers from other provinces to quarantine for 14 days.  Some airlines and bus lines have announced reductions in service.

 

Restrictions may be implemented with little or no advance notice and can include a thorough inspection of travelers, mandatory quarantines, or an outright prohibition on entry for non-residents.  These restrictions will make domestic travel between provinces increasingly difficult.

 

U.S. citizens are advised to consult relevant Thai government resources and media outlets to understand fully the requirements for entering the province(s) on a travel itinerary.   Local restrictions related to COVID-19 are changing quickly, so proactive planning is imperative.

 

Resources for information on local COVID-19 restrictions include:

·      Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT):  Updates available on their website (https://www.tatnews.org/category/thailand-tourism-updates/) or by calling the TAT Call Center at +66 2 250 5500 or 1672 from within Thailand.

·      Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs:  Updates in English available on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/user/mfathailand).

·      Thai Government Public Relations Department:  Updates on their website (https://thailand.prd.go.th/main.php?filename=index) and on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/thailandprd/).

·      Chiang Mai Province COVID-19 updates: https://www.facebook.com/Chiangmaidatacenter

·      Local media.

 

Actions to Take:

·      Research relevant travel restrictions and requirements before embarking on any domestic and international travel;

·      Monitor local media and our Embassy website for updates;

·      Check your email regularly for further alerts;

·      Continue COVID-19 precautions, including mask use and social distancing;

·      Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information; and,

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

 

Assistance: 

·    U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand
American Citizens Services
Telephone: +66 2 205 4049
+66 2 205 4000 (after hours)
Email: acsbkk@state.gov
Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts.
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·    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

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Tks Frank.  I am going to post this on fb.  I guess I live under a rock most of the time, I had no idea there were flights KKC Pattaya and Phuket!

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Open discussion / Re: Covid test
« on: January 08, 2021, 08:37:43 PM »
Is it just the certificate that needs to be dated within 24 hours, or are you supposed to take the test and get the certificate on the same day you fly?

The cheapest and easiest way to get this stuff done is via a "doc in the box" such as Dr. Ken, assuming, that is, that they even do covid testing and certification.

However, as I think about it, you are probably better off getting it from a hospital so that it looks official and avoids questions. I don't know for a fact, but I imagine that RAM, BKK and Rajapruek all do the tests and provide certificates.  Bring your wallet and something to read.

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Discuss Health & Wellness / Re: Vaccinations for US Citizens (Expats)
« on: January 08, 2021, 02:33:26 PM »
"The PM says the vaccines are to be free..."

Frank, it's just deja vu all over again!

They make a announcement without thinking through the dozen open questions that need to be resolved.  Don't worry, they will figure it out as they go along!

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Discuss Health & Wellness / Re: Vaccinations for US Citizens (Expats)
« on: January 07, 2021, 08:53:07 PM »
I don't see how the could, Frank. They would have to set up "field hospitals" of some kind, and then hire Thai staff to organize it and give the jabs. Or they would have to contract it out to Thai hospitals and health facilities.  But what would the point of that be?   Sooner or later, the vaccines will be available to the general falang population in Thailand just as it will be to Thai people.

Has anyone heard what the going fair  "retail" price of the vaccines would be if you had to pay for them out of pocket? I just got a flu jab at Bangkok Hospital for B800, and a pnenoma for something like B3,000.  So, there is a big difference in what vaccines potential cost.

I am not even sure pneumonia is a good idea. Pneumonia is what will take you out "relatively" fast and peacefully rather than lingering with some painful, untreatable condition. 

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Visas, et al / Re: Thai ID Card
« on: January 07, 2021, 08:38:59 PM »
Kajornsak for Parliament! 

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Visas, et al / Re: Thai ID Card
« on: January 06, 2021, 07:56:51 PM »
It is probably not not necessary to ask this question, but just to be clear.  This is full Thai citizenship, not some special class?  In other words, you can own property in your name with a 100% stake?  You don't need a work permit and can work for any employer willing to hire you?  You can inherit property?  Transfer or leave your property to whomever you wish.  Can exit and enter Thailand would restrictions or special documents (except for any visa you might require to enter another country)? Can vote in elections?

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Visas, et al / Re: Thai ID Card
« on: January 06, 2021, 06:41:15 PM »
Do you retain your original passport and citizenship?

It's interesting.  It doesn't sound that bad if you are organized, thinking ahead and willing to be patient with the process.  I wonder why is is not more widely known and talked about?

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Visas, et al / Re: Thai ID Card
« on: January 06, 2021, 04:52:49 PM »
We need more data.  How did you get a Thai ID card? 

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Open discussion / Re: Vietjet
« on: December 29, 2020, 09:58:23 PM »
Are Vietjet and Nok Air related?

=> https://www.vietjetair.com/Sites/Web/en-US/Home  and
=> https://www.nokair.com/
It looks like NokAir got a apruced up website, and Vietjet is using the the old website that NokAir previously had.

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DATE:  December 28, 2020
FROM:  American Citizens Services <alertsbkk@state.gov>
SUBJECT:  Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand 

Location: Affected areas in Thailand including:

    Samut Sakhon
    Rayong
    Bangkok
    Nonthaburi

Event: Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health continues to report a rise in new cases of locally-transmitted Covid-19, most of which are related to the outbreak at a seafood market at Samut Sakhon and a smaller cluster associated with a social gathering in Rayong.  On December 27, 121 new cases were reported, of which 94 were locally-transmitted.   

U.S. citizens traveling over the holidays should monitor the news to stay abreast of the latest reports on Covid-19 cases and any changes to provincial transportation and business operating status that could impact their travel plans.

The Thai Ministry of Public Health’s Department of Disease Control posts daily Covid-19 case updates in English at https://ddc.moph.go.th/viralpneumonia/eng/index.php.   News on COVID-19 mitigation measures in various provinces in English may be found at the Government of Thailand’s Public Relation Department homepage at https://thailand.prd.go.th/main.php?filename=index.

Other sources for updates on the Covid-19 situation in Thailand include:

https://www.facebook.com/thailandprd - ENGLISH LANGUAGE DAILY COVID BRIEFING – ARCHIVED.

The Government of Thailand’s Public Relations Department Facebook page provides COVID-19 situation updates.  Click on the video link in the left column for the most recent archived English-language summary of the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) daily briefing.  Other English language data can be found in the newsfeed.

https://www.facebook.com/informationcovid19 - THAI AND ENGLISH LANGUAGE DAILY COVID BRIEFING – LIVE.

The Facebook Page of Thailand’s Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).  CCSA currently conducts a live daily Thai-language briefing at 11:30 am, which can be accessed on this FB page.  It is followed immediately by an English language briefing conducted by Ministry of Foreign Affairs Deputy Spokesperson Natapanu Nopakun.

https://covid19.ddc.moph.go.th/en - The Department of Disease Control homepage provides a daily situation report in English with detailed statistics, including an interactive map with data on each province.

Actions to Take:

·  Monitor local media and our Embassy website for updates;

·  Check your email regularly for further alerts;

·  Use alternate routes if traveling between provinces around Samut Sakhon;

·  Continue COVID-19 precautions, including mask use and social distancing. 

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


Assistance:

U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand

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

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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Discuss Health & Wellness / Re: Vaccinations for US Citizens (Expats)
« on: December 28, 2020, 02:52:21 PM »
Thanks Frank! Here is some additional information about Covid 19 Vaccinations in thailand.

ThaiVisa.com this morning => https://bit.ly/2KJajK9


Thai hospital banned from offer to sell COVID-19 vaccine

BANGKOK (Reuters) - A private Thai hospital was ordered on Sunday to stop advertising COVID-19 vaccinations for sale in advance on the grounds that no vaccine is yet approved in Thailand.

Vibhavadi Hospital told Reuters its online offer for 1,000 initial reservations for the two-dose Moderna vaccine had been the result of a misunderstanding. With reservations priced at 4,000 baht, the total cost of getting vaccinated would have been 10,000 baht ($330).

 Thai hospital banned from offer to sell COVID-19 vaccine

As the first governments begin vaccine rollouts around the world, questions have been raised over how the limited supplies are prioritised and whether people will be able to pay to jump the queue.

The Ministry of Health said in a statement that no COVID-19 vaccine had been approved for use in Thailand yet and that advertising one violated hospital regulations.

"The removal of the advertisement was ordered," it said.

Chaisit Kupwiwat, a director at Vibhavadi Hospital, told Reuters: "There was a misunderstanding and so we've stopped the programme... We planned to order the vaccines, but now we've stopped."

The hospital had sought reservations by Jan. 31 for vaccinations later in 2021.

Moderna did not respond immediately to an emailed request for comment on any such sale.

Thailand has signed an advance deal for AstraZeneca’s potential COVID-19 vaccine, but has not set rollout plans for any vaccine yet.

Moderna's vaccine this month became the second to get emergency use authorisation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration after the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine.

Moderna has said it will deliver approximately 20 million doses to the U.S. government this year and is expected to have between 100 million and 125 million delivered globally in the first quarter of 2021.

In August, Moderna said it was pricing its vaccine at $32 to $37 per dose for smaller deals.

Thailand is a major hub for medical tourism, drawing patients from Asia, the Middle East and beyond.

(Additional reporting by Jiraporn Kuhakan; writing by Matthew Tostevin; editing by Jason Neely)

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Discuss Health & Wellness / Re: Where can I score some Aspirin?
« on: December 23, 2020, 05:50:06 PM »
Thanks, Surfer.  I have been ordering 81 mg aspiring from Bangkok Drug for months now.  Didn't realize they had higher dosages. Just ordered 325 mg.  They are always very nice over there and even answered my question about why aspirin is hard to get in Thailand:"Aspirin has side effect and interaction with another medication that is why you can not find it easily in drugstore."It was nice of them to answer, but of course, that is not very informative or helpful, and you could say the same thing about Tylenol, et al. Interesting.


Does anyone know of any other countries where aspirin is problematic?


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Discuss Health & Wellness / Re: Where can I score some Aspirin?
« on: December 23, 2020, 07:04:22 AM »
Tks, lah!

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