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General Discussion / Re: Covid-19
« Last post by Roger on Today at 07:52:47 AM »
IMO that's a good decision RDRO. Well done Thailand.
Are domestic flights still on in the USA ?
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Travel / Re: Thai Airways and Korat
« Last post by Wizard on Today at 02:24:41 AM »
Three months ago I booked online a direct fly home for next April 23, with Thai Airways. Today they notified me by e-mail a change of destination due to the virus crisis.

After the customary apologies, their e-mail ends with this line:
"For further information or any assistance, please contact THAI office nearby"

As I do need further assistance on the matter, I  immediately searched for location of their nearest office: just to find out that, for us who live in Korat, their nearest office is at Khon Kaen airport, over 200 km away and almost as far as their Don Mueang headquarters.

So: no Thai Airways office in the country's second largest city (tied with Chiang Mai). A city that 5 years ago was expected to quickly become the country's new industrial and economic hub. Yet I still remember very well the large Thai Airways office that was downtown at the Suranaree-Buarong crossing. What else to add? Time of thinking about moving elsewhere for good.

Anton, if you put the ticket on a credit card call them and they will issue credit. Finn Air cancelled my flight to Bangkok and I couldn't reach anybody by phone, so I called my c/c company and they immediately issued credit. My charge was 4 months ago.
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General Discussion / Re: Covid-19
« Last post by rdrokit on April 06, 2020, 08:25:46 PM »
From the US Embassy. Looks like no incoming flights until at least April 19.

Event:  Incoming International Commercial Flights Banned Until April 18, 2020

 CAAT Extends Bans On All Arriving International Commercial Aircraft Until April 18, 2020

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has extended its prohibition on all international commercial passenger flights until 11:59 p.m. on April 18, 2020.  Still permitted are state or military aircraft, aircraft requesting emergency landing/technical landing, humanitarian aid/medical/relief flights, aircraft allowed to make repatriation flights, and cargo aircraft.  Passengers on aircraft which had departed the origin airports before the notification was issued will be subject to a 14-day quarantine upon arrival.
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General Discussion / Re: Covid-19
« Last post by rdrokit on April 06, 2020, 08:19:09 PM »
Interesting headline. The key work id "if" and there were almost 1000 violations last night.

No 24-hour curfew if people cooperate
Police report 998 curfew violations overnight

https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/1894260/no-24-hour-curfew-if-people-cooperate
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General Discussion / Re: Covid-19
« Last post by Anton on April 06, 2020, 07:17:36 PM »
However I heard in morning news today about at least one of those returnees who had to be forcibly taken away from her home in Sung Noen, Nakhon Ratchasima, as she refused till the end to go on her own will.

Here it is, for the records:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqGuMj-IpVI" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqGuMj-IpVI</a>
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General Discussion / Re: Covid-19
« Last post by Anton on April 06, 2020, 07:12:51 PM »
152 sought for quarantine report to authorities: police

"All 152 Thai people mistakenly allowed to go home after returning to the country on Friday have reported to the authorities as requested, police said on Saturday."

But this other article, also dated yesterday, tells a different story:

https://www.thaipbsworld.com/24-thais-from-abroad-warned-their-names-will-be-published-if-they-do-not-contact-the-authorities/
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General Discussion / Re: Covid-19
« Last post by Roger on April 06, 2020, 05:00:10 PM »
Hi RDRO / Eagle. A discussion document I guess. You have it from the Govt. spokesman today, that the 24 hr curfew is a social media rumour and there are penalties for repeating such. A 24 hour curfew would be ridiculous at this stage but they might make the 10pm earlier I suppose.

Crikey things are bad enough without rumours. TCOY's
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General Discussion / Re: Covid-19
« Last post by rdrokit on April 06, 2020, 04:40:41 PM »
Where did you get this document from?

On another forum:
"There will be no extension to the current curfew in Thailand, the government said on Monday.
 
Over the weekend, rumours circulated on social media that an announcement of a 24 hour curfew was imminent.
 
However, two government officials on Monday said that there are no plans to order a 24 hour curfew any time soon."
Came from a whistleblower off of a Thai website. I can't read the date as it is too blurred. It is either the 5 or 6. As I said someone is not telling the truth. Maybe they changed their minds???
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Health , Education and Family / Re: Life in Virulent Times
« Last post by Coolkorat on April 06, 2020, 04:17:07 PM »
Sunday 5th April

There are a number of glens on the island that are renowned for their spectacular displays of bluebells. Sadly we will miss out on seeing it this year. M&S were giving away daffodils, so this will have to make do for the moment.

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Off for our exercise. It was a bit grey and overcast but the rain held off.

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I've always liked this view of Douglas when the tide is out.

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This chap was taking social isolation a bit far! That pipeline was covered in seaweed and didn't look like the safest place to walk!

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A this point there was some grumbling from the two ahead: Alex has his basketball and is desperate to get to the court. His sister is grumbling in sympathy.

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This couple were a long way out on the rocks and the scene seemed to sum-up these strange times perfectly. To the left and out of frame the ferry is heading into the harbour. The sea was fairly choppy: no passengers on board though; just freight and the ferry workers. The border is closed, and the only way to get in is with an exemption issued by the Cabinet Office.

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General Discussion / Re: Covid-19
« Last post by Eagle 3 on April 06, 2020, 03:51:50 PM »
Well this document says there will be a 24 hour curfew for a week starting on the 11th. Someone is not telling the truth.
Where did you get this document from?

On another forum:
"There will be no extension to the current curfew in Thailand, the government said on Monday.
 
Over the weekend, rumours circulated on social media that an announcement of a 24 hour curfew was imminent.
 
However, two government officials on Monday said that there are no plans to order a 24 hour curfew any time soon."