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Fans swarm to the free entry Every weekend in August, there is a Pattaya Music Festival

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On the first and third Friday and Saturday of each month, the festival begins at 5 p.m. on stages at a number of Pattaya sites. Entry is uncompensated. On Friday at Central Pattaya Junction’s main stage, the festival’s opening ceremony was attended by Poramet Ngamphichet, the city’s mayor. The main event will occur next weekend between Soi 7-8 at Jomtien Beach Stage (August 12-13). Friday is likely to be chaotic because Mother’s Day is a public holiday in Thailand.
According to the festival’s organizers, attendees are required to wear masks, adhere to safety precautions, and have gotten at least two doses of the coronavirus vaccination. After the event was postponed in March owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, attendees are eager to have a good time. 273 police officers will be hired, according to Pattaya Deputy Mayor Thithiphan Petchtrakul, to manage visitors and lessen traffic. The Pattaya Central Beach stage will host the festival’s third and fourth weekends (August 19–20 and August 26–27, respectively). This month’s Pattaya Music Festival will draw tens of thousands of music enthusiasts to the eastern province of Chon Buri. The Northern Pattaya Tesco Lotus, Terminal 21, Royal Garden Plaza, Pattaya City 8 School, Chai Mongkol Temple, and Central Festival Pattaya Beach will all have parking places available. Three stages with a range of young, old, Thai, and foreign music aficionados attended the festival’s first weekend.

Covid is no longer regarded as a “dangerous infectious disease” in Thailand

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As Thailand gradually moves toward a post-pandemic position, the National Communicable Illness Committee of Thailand decided to downgrade COVID-19’s designation from “dangerous infectious disease,” which took effect on March 1, 2020, to “infectious disease under watch,” tentatively starting on October 1. Covid is no longer regarded as a “serious infectious disease” by Thailand’s Communicable Disease Committee. Anutin stated that the committee will permit state hospitals to purchase anti-viral drugs independently rather than waiting for deliveries from the Government Pharmaceutical Organization and to claim refunds later, like other infectious diseases, in order that the public will have better access to medication. This will allow post-pandemic management to remain in line with the changing situation. The committee has also given the go-ahead for hospitals to administer patients Long-Acting Antibody (LAAB). Covid is no longer regarded as a “serious infectious disease” by Thailand’s Communicable Disease Committee.
The committee is aware that more people are becoming infected, but they are also well-informed on COVID-19 and the value of infection prevention measures. The committee, which was presided over by Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul, also approved a policy guideline framework that covered several aspects of COVID-19 monitoring and containment efforts. These included limiting the spread of the disease by considering the number of patients hospitalized, bed occupancy by severe cases, access to vaccines and anti-viral medications, adjusting quarantine measures, public awareness campaigns to encourage vaccination, and a variety of other factors.

CCSA should take into account extending Thailand visitor visa to 45 days

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The majority of travelers planned to stay in Thailand for more than a month, according to TAT’s analysis of data from visa applications submitted at Thai embassies across the world. During a meeting on July 18, Thai Prime Minister Prayut Cha-o-cha stated that the plan needs more consideration and involvement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Immigration Office. TAT Governor Yuthasak Supasorn stated that the plan would be presented to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) at the ensuing CCSA meeting on August 19. The information might motivate CCSA to accommodate tourist needs. Both arrival-based visa exemptions and arrival-based visas (VOA) would be prolonged to a 45-day period under the proposed extension. If the CCSA approves the proposal, the TAT predicts that the average visitor will stay an additional five days and spend an additional 4,000 to 5,000 baht each day, potentially increasing their spending by 20,000 baht each trip. A visa that allows travelers to stay in Thailand for a maximum of 45 days may soon be available. To abolish the price for tourist visas, a policy discussion is required. Yuthasak called attention to the fact that the TAT is also asking for the cost of the tourist visa to be waived.

The country now allows passport holders from some countries to enter without a visa and stay there for up to 30 days, while those from other countries can do the same with a visa but can only do so for 15 days. The governor of TAT, Yuthasak Supasorn, offered his thoughts on each proposition. “It is simpler to extend the validity of tourist and arrival-only visas than to waive the price for visitor visas.” We will therefore present the concept to the CCSA on August 19. It should be informed as soon as possible so that visitors and businesspeople from other countries can get ready. Every action that is now possible should be taken. According to the TAT, the new regulation would be in force from the time of approval until December 31, 2022.