H.E. Mr. Weerasak Kowsurat, Minister of Tourism and Sports, and officials from Krabi and Phuket provinces as well as the Ministry of Tourism and Sports yesterday visited Krabi in the wake of the speedboat incident that took place earlier in the morning.
The Minister and officials rushed to the Andaman coastal province yesterday evening with the aim of reassuring all the injured passengers and crew of the speedboat incident and their relatives that everything possible is being done to ensure they make a swift and full recovery. They paid a visit to Krabi Hospital and Krabi Nakharin International Hospital where the majority of the injured are being treated.
Mr. Weerasak also held meetings with concerned authorities to ensure that all the injured people, be they tourists or local crew, receive the best possible medical treatment.
“I would like to extend my deepest personal sympathies to all those who suffered injuries and trauma. Upon reporting the incident to the Prime Minister, General Prayut Chan-o-cha, His Excellency also extended his sympathies and instructed all concerned authorities to help all the injured people get the best medical care for their injuries.”
According to preliminary police reports, the incident took place at about 11.30 a.m. on Sunday, 14 January, 2018, when the speedboat, King Poseidon 959, exploded off Phi Phi Island.
The boat was carrying 31 people, including 26 Chinese tourists (23 adults and 3 children). The authority is still investigating the cause of the explosion.
As the incident took place in busy waters, rescuers on nearby tourist boats as well as marine police and rescue units were able to reach the vessel within minutes.
According to the official report by the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, five people, including the captain and two Chinese tourists, were seriously injured while 26 other sustained minor injuries. The injured were taken to hospitals in Phuket and Krabi.
Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), also expressed his deepest sympathies to the injured passengers and crew, and hoped that they recover from their injuries and make a swift and full recovery.
Thailand eases entry rules from 16 December 2021
What’s New: In addition to arrival by air, travellers will be allowed to enter by land (at Nong Khai’s border checkpoint, starting 24 December, 2021) and sea provided that they meet the vaccination and testing requirements.
Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) approved the easing of entry rules for international arrivals, including returning Thais and foreign residents, under all three schemes – TEST & GO, Sandbox Programme, and Quarantine – effective from 16 December, 2021.(more…)
Thailand imposes travel restrictions on arrivals from Africa
Bangkok, 28 November, 2021 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to provide an update on the new travel restrictions on arrivals from African countries as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus Omicron variant.
Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health has imposed restrictions on arrivals from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.
Effective from 28 November, 2021, arrivals from any of the eight countries who already have a pre-approved permit to enter Thailand will be allowed to enter, but all will be subject to a 14-day quarantine. However, from 1 December, 2021, arrivals from these countries will not be allowed. Meanwhile, entry registration has been closed from 27 November, 2021.
For travellers from other African countries, they will no longer be eligible to enter Thailand under the Sandbox programme. However, they will be allowed to enter Thailand under a 14-day quarantine requirement. During the 14 days, they must only remain in their room and undergo 3 RT-PCR tests on Day 0-1, 5-6, and 12-13, respectively.
For more information on entry schemes to Thailand, visit: https://www.tatnews.org/thailand-reopening/.
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