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  1. Hail to Richard for pointing to the fundamental issue! We can't debate numbers in Thailand when they are being hidden and manipulated to the point of being invalid and useless. It renders this survey and subsequent discussion mostly moot.
  2. Waiting until the beginning of November to try to save this high season was insane. So many of us have to make plans ahead of time.
  3. Me, too. Pushing my flight to the end of November due to such a high level of confusion and nonsense.
  4. Test & GO: Quarantine-Free Entry Requirements From 1 November, 2021. Travel by air from the approved countries. Currently, Thailand has approved quarantine-free entry for arrivals from Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerlan
  5. Hotels charge you for another night if you are not out by a certain time. Say you get to the hotel and check in at 3:00 a.m., their crack swabbing team doesn't get to work until 10:00 a.m., your test result comes back 10 hours later. What if the swabbing staff don't work 24/7 but maybe 10-6? Your result would come back after they are gone for the day. So, you would end up paying for two nights.
  6. There was a dude about 3 years ago who lived in Thailand and had a Youtube channel posting videos many of which were about a local orphanage up in Isaan where he lived. He monetized the channel and donated the proceeds to the orphanage. He got threatened with deportation if he didn't demonetize his channel because making videos and posting them on Youtube and receiving money apparently is illegal work. I forget his name. They also scolded him apparently for volunteering at fundraisers for the orphanage because apparently donating a bunch of chicken and helping set up chairs at such an event is
  7. I've seen talk of swabbing stations at the airport (would be a nightmare) or at the hotels or at some place generalized on your way to the hotel. Right. If you get to the hotel early in the morning, when will they actually swab you? Seems to me that many people will end up having to book two days at the hotel rather than one even if the actual test to result time is around 12 hours.
  8. I thought I had recently seen articles about their setting up swabbing stations at the airport.
  9. Imagine that getting swabbed at the airport is a process that takes, on average, about 3 minutes per person. A plane load of 400 people would take a total of 1,200 minutes of processing time (3 x 400). That's 20 hours of processing time added to the other stuff you have to navigate to get out of the airport. If they have 10 processing stations running simultaneously, that would cut the time to process that plane load to 2 hours. So, for an individual traveler, that could mean standing in a line for an extra 2 hours just for that one part (then, there is baggage claim and immigration and such).
  10. Absolutely right. Won't kill any of us. It will dissuade many travelers and work against their goal of saving the high season. Also that PCR test on arrival is going to frustrate the process of going through the airport even if only a few planes land per day. It's also not honest to call it "quarantine-free" or say we are "exempt from quarantine" while it includes a one- to two-day quarantine.
  11. I'm seeing articles recently touting Thailand as a nice destination for a "work-ation" and some are quoting Thai officials. I'm confused. Historically, Thailand has banned working without a work permit and even doing things that resemble work without one (like volunteering). Are there plans to change these rules to allow people with no work permits to legally work while visiting Thailand?
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