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Pattaya is now locked down

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Along with the other "Red Zone" provinces. After rejecting lockdowns, the Prime Minister has been convinced of the necessity of approving this measure. I have not seen any announcements indicating how long this is expected to last, but I am guessing it will last throughout January and probably into February.

Also, many venues are now requiring use of the Thai Chana smartphone app and if you don't have it, you're not getting in. If you don't have it, you need to download it. If you don't own a mobile phone or if your mobile phone does not have app capability, then I guess now you'll have to buy one or live without getting in if somewhere you want to go requires use of the app.

There are no travel restrictions within the province or within Pattaya. But getting in or out is another problem. Details are in the following articles.

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Pattaya locked down, non-essential travel outside Chonburi barred

By Pattaya Mail

January 7, 2021

After initially rejecting the idea, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Wednesday night reluctantly signed off on a hard lockdown of Pattaya, Chonburi and five provinces worst hit by Thailand’s coronavirus second wave.

Effective Thursday, residents will not be able to leave Chonburi, Trat, Rayong, Chanthaburi and Samut Sakhon without government approval.

It was only Tuesday that Prayut reportedly put the kibosh on the plan outlined Sunday by the kingdom’s deputy health minister. With 365 new cases reported today – and more than 1,000 set to be reported officially Thursday – Prayut was left with little choice but to accede.

The final order requires those wishing to leave the targeted provinces must present identification and a travel certificate issued by a local or national government agency stating the trip is essential. It also gives authorities the power to stop and inspect every vehicle headed in and out of the red zones.

Those violating the order are subject to fines of up to 40,000 baht.

The external lockdown order comes as Chonburi shut down access to popular resort island Koh Si Chang and U-Tapao-Rayong-Pattaya Airport announced it was suspending commercial operations until at least the end of January. The Thai passport office in Pattaya also closed until further notice.

Chonburi Gov. Phakhathorn Thienchai signed the order closing Koh Si Chang in virus-ravaged Sriracha District until Jan. 19 with locals required to undergo thorough health screenings before returning home.

Chonburi added 30 new cases and recorded another death on Wednesday. The new figures will be added to the nationwide tally of the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration on Thursday.

Sriracha leads the province’s districts with 21 infections while the death was reported in Banglamung District, which includes Pattaya.

U-Tapao’s announcement affects scheduled, commercial domestic flights operated by Thai AirAsia, Bangkok Airways, and Thai Lion Air to destinations like Phuket and Chiang Mai.

The move became necessary in light of the new interprovincial travel order, as the airport sits on the Rayong-Chonburi border. Charter repatriation, cargo and military flights will continue as normal at the Royal Thai Navy-operation airport.

https://www.pattayamail.com/latestnews/ ... red-339638
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How to register for inter provincial travel in and out of high control zones, including Chonburi

By Adam Judd

7 January 2021

The Pattaya News first published the orders by the Royal Government Gazette yesterday afternoon after it was released regarding five provinces being placed under the highest state of control, including needing officials’ permission for interprovincial (not inter-district) travel.

We now have more information on the process, however, it is important to note this is a fluid and evolving process and details are changing quickly, sometimes even within minutes. It is also important to remember as officials continue to stress this is NOT A LOCKDOWN OR A BAN, but it is a set of strict travel measures and regulations.

First, the five provinces are Chonburi (Pattaya), Rayong, Trat, Nonthaburi, and Samut Sakorn. It involves entering and leaving the province. We are going to focus on needing to leave as that is the majority of our readers. If you need to enter you will need to visit the district office of the district you are currently in or contact them for the process.

According to Mr. Amnat Charoensri, the Banglamung District Chief, the process is to obtain a registration letter from the Banglamung District Office in Chonburi (Can also go to Muang Pattaya District Office, Municipality Office Subdistrict Administrative Organization Or your village headman’s village head office) to certify the importance and need of traveling inter provincially between high control zones of the five provinces listed above. If you are not in Pattaya/Banglamung you can go to the district office in your local district.

You will need to provide evidence that your trip out of the province is essential and urgent. There is not a definitive list of what is urgent and what is not, that is up to the officer to decide. We have been told at The Pattaya News that “If you have to ask if your trip is urgent, it is likely not and stay home and postpone.”

The Banglamung District Office will be open from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM for this service. You will also need to provide an identification card or passport and fill out two forms of certificates. You will need proof that your trip is urgent, such as a doctor’s order or embassy appointment letter.

If you are working, you will need a letter from your employer and proof that your job requires travel. This requires certification and signatures from your manager or owner. There is no time frame given for how long approval for documents may take. If you do not have a certificate, you will not be allowed to pass screening points between the provinces. As of press time, the form is not YET available in English but is coming “soon”. Pictures were taken at Banglamung District Office this morning.

https://thepattayanews.com/2021/01/07/h ... -chonburi/

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Two new sets of information. One is the Thai Chana app is not quite as mandatory as first reported. If you don't have the app you can still sign in.

The Mor Chana app is required for interprovincial travel. It is very simple to use. I use it to check in and out of everywhere I go.

The second is the motorways are being closed from 10:00pm-4:00am, which could make things difficult if you need to get to or from the airport during those hours. But apparently you can still go via the old Rt. 3 or local truck routes.
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Mor Chana application is not mandatory nationwide, no penalty for not installing, says CCSA spokesperson in apparent backpedal

ByNop Meechukhun

7 January 2021

Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin, the CCSA spokesperson, declared a statement this afternoon, January 7th, regarding the ‘Mor Chana’ tracking application that it is not mandatory in other provinces that are not in the highest and strictest control.

The announcement follows the heavy social responses of the CCSA announcement this morning, stating that one should require the ‘Mor Chana’ application otherwise they could face a hefty fine of a maximum of 40,000 baht and/or two years in jail if caught with Covid-19 infections.

The prominent spokesperson, however, has responded to the social outrage to the measure, stating that the app installation is only mandatory for interprovincial travel in the highest risk zones, including Chonburi, Rayong, Trat, Nonthaburi, and Samut Sakhon.

The application is not required for people residing in other less strict provinces, noting their own travel records is also beneficial. The penalty will not be applicable for those leaving out of the highest controlled areas either, according to his online statement.

His status reads: “I’m sorry if my statement was misleading that those who don’t install Mor Chana will go to jail. One will be found guilty if they are trying to conceal their travel records, which cannot also be found in the ‘Mor Chana’ application.”

Prior to this, Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Chanvirakul also posted his statement online that he has raised a question regarding the mandatory use of the application to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O’Cha and they might amend in a more direct measure, such as in a paperwork form, for strict travel records. The post, however, has already been deleted.

https://thepattayanews.com/2021/01/07/m ... backpedal/
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Thai Government announces overnight temporary closure of major motorways in high risk areas to help stop Covid-19 spread

By Adam Judd

7 January 2021


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The Thai Government announced this afternoon, January 7th, 2021, that several major motorways would be closed overnight until further notice to, in their words, help stop the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus.

The two affected motorways are Bangkok-Chonburi-Pattaya (Number 7) and Bang Pa-In to Bang Phli (Number 9.)

The motorways will be closed from 10:00 P.M. to 4:00 A.M. to all traffic unless approved for special emergency purposes, like cargo delivery. There will be regular checkpoints enforcing this rule.

Additionally, officials said CCTV cameras will help record potential violators and enforce the rules.

Alerts will go out on highway traffic applications as well to inform motorists.

https://thepattayanews.com/2021/01/07/t ... 19-spread/

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Pattaya foreigners adapt to latest coronavirus semi- lockdown

By Barry Kenyon

January 7, 2021

The instructions from the provincial governor’s office and the national Centre for Covid19 Situation Administration are coming fast and furious. Here are the latest requirements as they apply in “red zones” with high infection numbers which include the whole of Chonburi, Pattaya and (separately) Rayong. Other affected provinces are Trat, Samut Sakhon and Chanthaburi.

Travel within your province

This is not forbidden. There is currently no suggestion to establish mandatory road blocks to check all people who wish to travel, say, between Pattaya City and Banglamung or the “Dark Side”. This is in contrast to restrictions in force last spring which initially created traffic chaos well-remembered by those who were here. However, there will be checkpoints operating at rush hours on Sukhumvit Road in front of Banglamung police station and near the Bira International Circuit. They will check only a minority of vehicles, especially minivans and lorries, and require occupants to take a temperature test, receive a hand sanitizer splash and state why they are travelling within the province. Foreigners are advised to carry their original passport and proof of a Chonburi address. Feedback to date from these checkpoints is that they are fairly prompt and non-invasive.

Travel outside your province

Everyone needs a travel-pass or certificate issued by the district office in your locality. The main one in Greater Pattaya is the Banglamung venue, located next to the police station on Sukhumvit Road. The all-important document will be given only to those who can prove that their journey in and out of a high control zone is an essential one. Most of the attention so far has been concentrated on Thai citizens, some of whom work outside their provincial home. To date, no English translation of the forms seems to be available. The main reasons why foreigners might have an essential reason to leave the province would be a medical or embassy rendezvous in which case they should take the appointment letter, original passport and proof of address to the district office. If they are working officially they should produce their work permit and a letter from the employer requesting their attendance. It’s best also to have a copy of all documents. Many foreigners are asking whether they really need a pass from the district office if they have all the other documents when travelling. This has not been clarified. Reports so far from the compulsory-stop road blocks on motorways and other roads suggest it’s risky not to have the authorized pass.

Compulsory tracing app

In “red zones” it is necessary to have installed on your mobile phone the Mor Chana GPS tracing app only if you need to travel outside the province. This is to enable health workers to track movements and places visited. Mor Chana is more sophisticated and useful to the authorities than its predecessor Thai Chana. But it is not compulsory to have any app if you are travelling within the province or just visiting a local mall or supermarket. Whilst the government recommends using an app, there is currently no plan to withdraw the facility of adding your name and phone number to a manual list provided by most stores.

Foreigners and testing for Covid-19

Thailand does not provide free medical treatment for foreigner illnesses. All entrants to Thailand currently need Covid-19 insurance as part of the documentary requirements when applying for a certificate of entry at Thai embassies. Foreigners already here may be covered, for example work permit holders and those who have private policies. The rest, for example uninsured expats on one year extensions, are vulnerable. They can be tested at most hospitals for the virus and must pay for the service and any subsequent treatment. Because the virus is contagious, foreigners testing positive will not be released back into the community. Those without cash or valid insurance will likely be detained at a public hospital as long as the infection persists but cannot expect full services such as intensive care, if needed. It is not currently known about the position of foreigners once the authorized vaccine starts to be distributed in Thailand starting next month. The Ministry of Health says an announcement will be made in due course. Never try to hurry the Orient.

https://www.pattayamail.com/news/pattay ... own-339741

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The latest information I have is yes you do need to get the travel pass if you need to go to the airport. As far as I know both Suvarnabhumi and Don Muang airports are open, but the U-Tapao airport - the closest to Pattaya - is closed.

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Frustration grows as Eastern provinces remain under tough Covid-19 restrictions and closures despite lack of cases, Thai government says no decision until the very end of the month

By Adam Judd

23 January, 2021

Local business owners, as well as employees and residents, have been showing rising frustration with Thai government decisions around control measures and regulations meant to control the Covid-19 coronavirus in the Eastern provinces of Thailand.

The Eastern provinces of Chonburi, Rayong, Chanthaburi, and Trat are currently in a special “highly controlled” and “high-risk” status set by the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration which, along with Samut Prakan and Samut Sakhon, put them under the toughest rules in the country around Covid-19. The provinces have been under this status for weeks when an explosion of cases, mostly from illegal gambling operations in Rayong and Chonburi, took place.

However, weeks later, the situation appears to have greatly diminished in the Eastern provinces. Despite daily targeted mass testing across the area, especially Rayong and Chonburi, and consistent contact tracing and active test finding, the past two days have found a grand total of one case in all four Eastern provinces-in Rayong. The past week has been in low single digits of cases and all have been quarantined, tracked, and contact traced. Most had little to no exposure to the general public due to already being in quarantine.

Despite this significant improvement, the provinces remain under a strict status. Travel to and from requires written permission from a district office which has essentially cut domestic tourism to zero. Pattaya and Ko Chang in particular have depended on domestic tourism for their livelihood during the current period in which borders are shut to regular foreign tourism. The CCSA orders also bring other regulations such as the closure of Pattaya’s popular entertainment industry which has already been struggling with the lack of foreign tourists for close to a year and was just starting to get a lift on weekends with domestic traffic.

Even venues not closed by order, like hotels and restaurants, have either limitations like a strict 9:00 PM closure for restaurants and no alcohol sales or lack of tourists in the case of hotels, causing nearly all to shut and an estimated 30,000 workers unemployed.

Meanwhile, Bangkok, which has had many more daily cases than ALL FOUR EASTERN PROVINCES COMBINED, has relaxed rules and restrictions, allowing massage shops, gyms, fitness centers, bowling alleys, and some other activities to resume. These all remain closed in the Eastern provinces despite continued calls by massage shop workers to allow them to collect at least some sort of income. Massage workers have also been hit badly by the pandemic, and related restrictions as the majority of their business previously relied on foreign tourism.

Other sectors, like Jomtien Beach vendors which remain open, say traffic is down about 80% to 90% and their income has dried up due to lack of weekend domestic tourists. After 10:00 PM the town is a ghost town. There is no curfew, however, stores like 7-11 and Family Mart are ordered closed at 10:00 PM until 5:00 AM, and all restaurants can only do takeout. Only soi dogs and the occasional car can be seen on the streets after 9:00 PM most nights.

Food lines have returned with some of them stretching to close to a thousand people as with a recent event yesterday sponsored by Pattaya City. Many of these people work in the hotel and entertainment industry and are currently out of work. Despite the government’s promise to support those at risk with 3,500 baht a month for two months the registration for this program does not start until the end of this month and it will be more weeks before any income is likely seen. Hotel staff was hoping for the forced closure of hotels so they could collect social security but that looks unlikely and many have been seen in food lines recently.

Despite the bleak situation and continued calls from business owners, workers, and even local residents who would like to see their swimming pools re-opened in condos to loosen or ease restrictions the calls appear to have fallen on deaf ears. Our social media and e-mail boxes at The Pattaya News have been full daily from local readers wanting to understand why some other provinces have lifted or eased rules but Chonburi has not. (Due to the highly controlled status, Bangkok, believe it or not, was not under this status, only six provinces in total are.)

All eyes now turn to the review (which isn’t a guarantee) of measures set for January 31st as stated by the CCSA. There is a chance the Chonburi Governor could loosen some measures that he has leeway over not explicitly listed in the CCSA control measures but so far that appears to have not happened. On the bright side, Koh Larn did recently reopen the past week which is a sign of hopeful improvement for the future.

https://tpnnational.com/2021/01/23/frus ... the-month/

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Bars and Gogo’s will be the last thing to reopen. The Thai knee jerk reaction is to close them for every reason they can think of .. elections, Buddah Days, Lockdowns, protests, you name it. Most of which do not affect farangs....wait and see

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If it happens the way Pattaya's Deputy Mayor predicts, I'm wondering how Pattaya will try to prevent yet another Covid outbreak coming in with people traveling from other provinces. We'll see.
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Chonburi calls for drop from ‘red zone’ to orange, Pattaya Dep. Mayor predicts end of lockdown next week

By Warapun Jaikusol

January 24, 2021

Chonburi officials on Saturday petitioned the government to downgrade the province to a coronavirus “orange zone” and Pattaya’s deputy mayor is predicting a relaxed lockdown as the region continues to post consecutive days with no new Covid-19 cases.

No new cases were reported in Chonburi on Sunday for the third consecutive day.

Chonburi Provincial Administrative Organization President Wittaya Kunplome on Saturday posted on his personal Facebook account that the province’s Communicable Disease Commission had made a presentation to the Public Health Ministry justifying the drop to orange zone status.

Chonburi – along with Rayong, Trat, Chanthaburi and Samut Sakhon – are currently “deep red” zones, subject to the strictest virus-control restrictions, including a ban on interprovincial travel and the closure of most businesses.

Chonburi, however, has reported no new Covid-19 cases for five of the past six days, with the only case reported to be an illegal migrant worker found during pro-active testing with none of his contacts infected.

Pattaya Deputy Mayor Manote Nongyai argued that Chonburi’s outbreak – sparked by gamblers at an illegal casino in Rayong and fueled by Chonburi gamblers and those at an illegally open beer garden – is over.

The deputy mayor said he’s confident that, on Feb. 1 when the travel ban order expires – most restrictions will be lifted, allowing Chonburi residents to breathe again.

Manote said while the crisis has ended, the need for caution remains, as the outbreak could flare again.

https://www.pattayamail.com/news/chonbu ... eek-341308

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