Bangkok’s entertainment shuts down

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Thailand has postponed the nationwide Songkran Festival that marks the Thai Buddhist New Year and will shut schools and entertainment venues, 21 March, in a bid to slow the spread of the coronavirus, the government confirmed Tuesday. Earlier on Monday, a government spokesperson identified measures such as closing schools, restaurants,  bars, movie theatres, entertainment centre […]

Tourism Ministry hopes for post-virus bounce

The Tourism and Sports Ministry is expecting 36.9 million foreign tourists to visit Thailand this year if the Covid-19 outbreak grinds to a halt by next month. However, if the spread of the new coronavirus continues, it will be a “big issue” and deepen fears not only in terms of public health but also of […]

Myanmar to quarantine or turn back tourists from 5 countries

The government will quarantine or turn away tourists from Italy, Germany, France, Spain, and Iran, the countries that have been hit the worst by COVID-19, a tourism organisation said Sunday. The Union of Myanmar Travel Association confirmed that the government is preparing to quarantine or turn away tourists from the five countries, adding that more […]

Thailand now lists UK, USA as “high risk” countries

Thailand has added the UK, USA and several other countries to the list of countries it regards as being “high risk” for Covid-19 coronavirus contagion. The list now includes: Japan, France, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, the UK and USA. An update posted on the Tourism Authority of Thailand website yesterday advised travellers arriving in Thailand from […]

Hanoi postpones F1 race

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Vietnam has postponed the inaugural F1 VinFast Vietnam Grand Prix 2020, the first-ever F1 GP to be hosted in the country. It follows the postponement of the F1 2020 series opener in Melbourne Australia and the second race in Bahrain. “This is a tough decision as 2020 is the year Vietnam became one of the […]

Songkran will be postponed, says government

The government said it plans to postpone the traditional Songkran New Year holiday due in April in an effort to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus. The step is being taken to curb the movement of people, whether for local or overseas trips, Ratchada Thanadirek, a government spokesperson, said on Twitter on Monday. The […]

ASEAN nations red flag Europe

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Nations across the 10-country ASEAN region are introducing bans on travel from Schengen visa countries in Europe and the United Kingdom. Cambodia has announced a ban on citizens from five countries: Italy, Germany, Spain, France, and the USA, effective 17 March. All schools in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh have closed with immediate effect, and […]

Thailand cancels visa on arrival for 18 countries, visa exemptions for 3

Thailand on Wednesday cancelled the grant of visa on arrival for 18 countries and visa exemption for three others to contain the spread of the coronavirus, Interior Minister Anupong Paojinda said. Previously, nationals of 18 countries or territories could use their passports or travel documents to apply for Visa on Arrival (VoA) at Thai immigration […]

Vietnam Suspends Visa Exemptions for 8 European Nations

We’re tracking the latest on the coronavirus outbreak and the global response. Sign up here for our daily newsletter on what you need to know. Premier Nguyen Xuan Phuc suspended the visa waivers for eight European countries amid growing concerns about the novel coronavirus outbreak. The decision to temporarily cancel visa-free travel for citizens of Denmark, Norway, […]