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I certainly hope that historians look back on this and determine it to be the greatest case of mass-hysteria the world has ever seen.  I sure hope that is true. Unfortunately, we are in it now, the world-rightfully or wrongfully--has committed. I doubt that being cavalier about right now it is going to benefit anyone. Just my 2 1/2 cents.

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Open discussion / Governors told to brace for drastic measures
« on: April 06, 2020, 10:12:42 AM »
All provincial governors have been told to brace for potential drastic measures
to stop the spread of Covid-19 pandemic.


Interior Ministry permanent secretary Chatchai Phromlert issued on Saturday (April 5 ) an urgent order demanding all provincial governors to have action plans ready for drastic measures if the government's Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration steps up efforts to stop the spread of the new coronavirus.

According to the order, all governors must be ready to do the following: ...

Continue reading on ThaiVisa.com => https://bit.ly/2ULtN36
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Military joins police to enforce nationwide curfew on Saturday night.
Photo taken in Bangkok by Korbphuk Phromrelha, The Nation.

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Food, Dining, Restaurants / Re: Next Food Delivery
« on: April 05, 2020, 08:33:07 AM »
Nookiebear, sorry that the lockdown, et al is affecting your ability do business.  cry2  I hope the hit to your cash flow is not too serious, and that we all get through this and back to normal soonest.


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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)

 ThaiVisa.com => https://bit.ly/3aO2J8M

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (April 1, 2020)

 

Location: Thailand

 

Event:  No Transit Through Thailand; Possible Automatic Extension of Thai Visas; Phuket Airport Closure; Mae Hong Son Border Closure; Hotel Closures; Foreign Nationals Must Pay for COVID-19 Treatment 


Transit Airline Passengers Now Barred From Entering Thailand


Effective April 1, the Royal Thai Government (RTG) expanded the ban on foreign nationals entering Thailand to include transiting passengers at international airports.  The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand confirmed the previous exemption for most transit passengers expired on March 31 and would not be extended.  Very limited transit exemptions remain in place for foreign cargo carriers, crew, and pilots, provided they promptly depart Thailand after fulfilling their duties.   

 
Diplomats and foreigners with work permits are also still allowed to enter Thailand with a "fit-to-fly certificate" issued within 72 hours of travel and, in the case of diplomats, a “certificate of entry” issued by the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


Possible Automatic Extension of Thai Tourist Visas

 

To reduce crowding at immigration service centers, the Thai government is considering a temporary, automatic extension of visas for travelers who have been affected by COVID-19 travel obstacles.  A Cabinet decision on the issue is expected in the next day or so. 

 

Phuket International Airport Closure Confirmed

 

The Provincial Government of Phuket confirmed the closure of the Phuket International Airport from April 10-30, 2020.  Travelers should expect flights in or out of Phuket to cease beginning at 12:01 a.m. April 10.  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.
 

Hotels Suspend Operations

 
A number of hotels in Thailand have announced that they are suspending operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Hotels that suspend operations may ask guests to leave immediately.  Travelers should be prepared for further hotel closures throughout Thailand, including the resort island of Phuket, with little or no advance notice.

 

Mae Hong Son Border Closure

 

Mae Hong Son province announced that effective today (April 1, 2020) all foreigners are barred from entering Mae Hong Son province and there will be a daily curfew prohibiting anyone from leaving their residence from 10 pm to 4 am.  The announcement is available in Thai on the province's website: http://www.maehongson.go.th/th/.  Phitsanulok Province also requested that anyone in the province stay at home from 11 pm to 5 am beginning April 1.

 

Foreign Nationals Must Pay for COVID-19 Treatment

 

The Ministry of Public Health confirmed that foreign nationals are required to pay for any treatment for the COVID-19 virus received after the March 22 requirement for non-Thai citizens entering Thailand to present virus-free medical certificate and health insurance.  Payment is required for treatment at both public and private hospitals. 

 

Transportation In and Out of Thailand

 

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.  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.  However, 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.  Options for forms of domestic travel (including airplanes, buses, public vans, and trains) are also decreasing throughout Thailand.  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.  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.   

 

Many travelers worldwide have reported unexpected flight cancellations and limited flight availability and seats.  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. 



There have been further reductions of commercial flights with connections to the United States.  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 (April 1, 2020) there are six flights from Chiang Mai International Airport to Bangkok, less than half the number of flights operating last week.  There are no international flights departing from Chiang Mai International Airport.  

 

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.

·       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.

·       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:

·        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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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.

·         Follow us on Facebook and Twitter






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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Wow!  Cool!  Can you install apps from Google Play Store on your True Android Box?  A couple of years ago, I switched from 3BB to AIS to take advantage of their android box and TV package.  At that time, you could install the third-party apps you wanted.  After several months, however, they rescinded the ability to do that while keeping the charges the same.  I cancelled the package, returned the boxes, and now just use a commercial android box. No charges for that, and I can watch plenty of shows and movies.

Was just speaking to a friend in Taiwan.  They have unlimited 4G for B600 per month, and he says it is lightning fast and coverage everywhere on Taiwan.


Cheers,

Rex



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Where to find . . . / Re: KING KONG RESTAURANT DELIVERS
« on: March 26, 2020, 11:16:24 AM »
Tks for pointing that out, Frank. Why?  Everyone knows about fast food restaurants, and while I eat at those places sometimes, I regard their food as toxic, and am not eager to support them. But, yes, if anyone doesn't know that KFC (et al) deliver, consider yourself notified. You can call or order online or by app. Burger King is part of the Pizza.co.th MAFIA, but alas, not in Khon Kaen.  BK makes McDonalds look like pig slop. Pizza.co.th also has Swensons.

Food Panda, as Frank says, is worth a shoutout; many Thai, fast food and Western type restaurants. You can order online or with an android app. You can order from Sizzler, as well.  https://www.foodpanda.co.th/

Also, GRAB seems to be able to be helpful in a number of ways, including food delivery, but I am not up to speed with their process yet.

I have never eaten there, but the menu at King Kong looks great for substantial, quality Western fare. The King did not ask for my support, but I am happy to provide it

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Where to find . . . / KING KONG MENU AND ADDITIONAL DETAILS
« on: March 25, 2020, 10:44:17 PM »
KING KONG RESTAURANT
MENU and ADDITIONAL DETAILS




**NEW DELIVERY AND TAKEAWAY MENU **
Available from Wednesday.
Please note that for now we will be delivering ourselves until we are set up on grab so please bare with us on delivery times as we only have 2 drivers
Delivery or collection from Restaurant from 3pm to 9pm every day except Monday.

Delivery charge for the first two km from King Kong 30 Baht then 5 Baht per extra km up to 6km max.
If further than 6km please ask if possible on the day. Distance measured by Google maps. Please send Google pin or coordinates with your order to ensure speedy delivery.

Bank transfer when you order is the preferred payment method but cash is also accepted. Account will be provided when you call or message.
Orders accepted by line messenger, phone call or Facebook message.

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Open discussion / Re: Tops open ?
« on: March 25, 2020, 01:47:47 PM »
I just found these guys online  "Bangkok Drug Store"  info@bangkokdrugstore.com

The website looks alright, to the extent that you can tell anything from a website.  I have e-mailed them with my list and asking about items not on the website.  Prices are fine.  We shall see what we shall see.

BTW, says N95 masks out of stock.  Has anyone bought masks recently?

Cheers.

Rex

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Open discussion / Re: Tops open ?
« on: March 25, 2020, 12:57:30 PM »
Tks. Frank.  If I could speak Thai, that might be an option, assuming the taxis are still running. That is why I was asking about Grab. I know they do deliveries, but I don't know how the system works or if they can do things like pick up and deliver. 

I lost my assistant several months ago who used to easily sort out all this kind of stuff for me.  But without Fon, I can't even do the obvious thing of calling Tops to ask if they will be open.  I doubt it, but it would have been worth the phone call.

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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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Tks, Avvocoto.

Here's the text

BANGKOK – Thailand will invoke emergency decree on Thursday (March 26) to control the coronavirus outbreak as cases have soared to 827, said Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Tuesday.

The emergency decree will pave the way for government orders such as imposing curfews, prohibiting travels and evacuations. No details have yet been given to what the order will entail.

“The order to invoke all the laws will be by the Prime Minister. The Covid Centre will be upgraded to the Covid Emergency Centre,” Mr Prayut told a press briefing at Government House after the weekly cabinet meeting.

“We’re asking for your cooperation not to return to your home towns,” he added, referring to the mass exodus of migrant workers from Bangkok last week after various businesses in the capital and five adjacent provinces were ordered shut.

Thailand reported a spike in Covid-19 cases since last week - with 106 new cases on Tuesday (March 24). Many infections emerged from outbreaks at boxing rings and nightclubs in Bangkok.

Three more Thai nationals died, according to the Health Ministry on Tuesday, bringing the death toll to four.

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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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