COVID-19 Updates

Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) in Thailand

Message from Ambassador Allan McKinnon PSM
to Australians in Thailand, on May 28th, 2020

🚨 Important Announcement 🚨

UPDATE[!]; Extension of temporary ban on all international flights to Thailand until 30 June 2020

According to the latest Notification of the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand Re: Temporary Ban on All International Flights to Thailand issued on 27 April 2020, in order to maintain the continuity of the prevention and control measures, by virtue of Section 27 and 28 of the Air Navigation Act B.E. 2497, the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand hereby issues the following orders:

  1. The ban on international passenger flights to Thailand will be extended from 1 June 2020 at 17.00 UTC to 30 June 2020 at 17.00 UTC.
  2. All flight permits granted for such period will be canceled.
  3.  The ban does not apply to state or military aircraft, emergency landing, technical landing without disembarkation, humanitarian aid, medical and relief flights, repatriation flights and cargo flights.
  4.  The passengers on board the aircraft in 3. will be subjected to the measures under communicable disease law, such as 14 days state quarantine, and the regulations under the Emergency Decree on State of Emergency.

This shall come into force on the date of its announcement until amendment.

Read more: https://thailand.prd.go.th/


Second Automatic Visa Extension for Foreigners in Thailand

The Cabinet approved the draft notification of the Ministry of Interior on a second automatic visa extension for foreigners to stay temporarily in Thailand. Foreigners whose visas have expired as of 26 March 2020 will be permitted to stay until 31July 2020 without having to apply for an extension.

  • Automatic visa extension
  • Exemption from 90-day reporting
  • Exemption from visa extension fee
  • No need to submit any documents

The Immigration Bureau will process all the above steps for you. For more information please contact the Immigration Bureau’s call center at 1178.

Read more at https://thailand.prd.go.th/

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An update from the Thai government regarding Thailand's COVID19 situation, reporting from CCSA, on May 29th, 2020

What you need to know about COVID-19

Contributed by AustCham members

MEDIA on COVID-19

AustCham Thailand Virtual Meeting: AustCham's Small Business & Entrepreneur SB&E Members

AustCham Thailand held a Small Business & Entrepreneur (SB&E) virtual meeting on Friday 22 May 2020. An update was provided on visas and flights to Australian by Australian Visas Thailand, the security situation in Thailand by Intelligent Risks Asia; government assistance measures for SB&E in Thailand by Grant Thornton Thailand; government assistance measures for Australians and Australian corporations by Fulcrum Thailand.

Digital Workshop Online series ep 3 on Digital Audits for The Hotel Industry

AustCham Thailand held a webinar on “Digital Audits for the Hotel Industry” with Tom Nguyen Truong Tung, Managing Director of Syndacast , on Thursday 14 May 2020. Tom presented the travel market recovery scenario after COVID-19, preparing an owned-media checklist for hotels to get ready online, and setting up a digital media campaign checklist and best practices.

AustCham Thailand Webinar on Education with Borders

AustCham Thailand Webinar on Education with Borders with Dary Milani, Executive Director of International & Partnerships at the University of Newcastle (Australia) and Stephen Healy, co-founder and Managing Director of Nurture Higher Education, was held on Monday 18 May 2020, with our speakers discussing what international education looks like today in a COVID19 world and what it might look like into the future in a post-pandemic world.

AustCham Virtual Rountable with Matthew Barclay, Australian Consulate General, Phuket

AustCham Thailand Virtual Roundtable with Matthew Barclay, Australian Consulate General, Phuket was held on Tuesday 12 May with updates on the situation in Phuket from the Australian Consulate General. Thanks to Matt and his consulate team for the support provided to AustCham members in Phuket and surrounding areas.

AustCham Thailand Virtual Meeting: Women Leading from Home, sharing stories

AustCham Thailand Virtual Meeting: Women Leading from Home was held on Friday 8 May 2020 with members of our Women in Leadership committee sharing experiences on how they have been coping as women leaders, both at work and at home, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

AustCham Thailand Virtual Roundtable with Australian Ambassador, H.E. Allan McKinnon

AustCham Thailand Virtual Roundtable with Australian Ambassador, H.E. Allan McKinnon, was held on Wednesday 29 April with His Excellency presenting updates from the Australian Embassy, followed by an interactive discussion between the Ambassador and AustCham members. We would like to thank the Ambassador for giving his valuable time to spend with our members.

AustCham Webinar on COVID-19 Update: current restrictions, directors’ duties and responsibilities and data privacy

AustCham Thailand held a webinar on “COVID-19 Update: current restrictions, directors’ duties and responsibilities and data privacy” with Alan Polivnick, Partner at Watson Farley & Williams, on Thursday 23 April 2020.

AustCham Webinar on Leadership at a time of crisis

AustCham Thailand held a webinar on “Leadership at a Time of Crisis” with Isabel Valle – Peak Performance Strategist and Leadership Coach, on Friday 17 April 2020. Isabel shared with us the art of effective crisis leadership, including the three interdependent areas of activity that can help foster sustained high-performance, and the four specific actions that leaders at any level must focus on in the midst of a global disruption.

Digital Workshop Online Series, episode #2: Top 3 Digital Marketing Strategies to Convert Sales

AustCham Thailand held a webinar on “Digital marketing strategies to implement right now to convert sales and get future customers” with Stuart Pollington – the owner & Managing Director of Smart Digital Group, on Thursday 16 April 2020. Stuart presented on the top 3 marketing strategies that you should be implementing right now to convert sales and build up your future pipeline of customers.

AustCham Webinar on Three Months into the COVID 19 Outbreak: How is the Asia Pacific CRE Marketing coping?

AustCham Thailand held a webinar on “Three months into the COVID-19 outbreak: How is the Asia Pacific CRE market coping?” with Ada Choi, Head of Occupier Research for Asia Pacific and Head of Research for Greater China at CBRE on Wednesday 15 April 2020. Ada presented on Q1 2020 Asia Pacific commercial real estate market performance, the implications of COVID-19 for the real estate industry and the actions tenants, investors and landlords can consider to mitigate the impacts, and long-term strategies to enhance CRE portfolio resilience.

AustCham Webinar on Managing Wellness of Your Employees During COVID-19

AustCham Thailand held a webinar on “Managing Wellness of your Employees During COVID-19” with Stuart Shaw from DB Results, a leading innovator within the Healthcare industry both in Business and in Philanthropy, and Caroline van der Weerd from Ignition Retreats, an expert in Neuroscience & Cognition, on Tuesday 14th April 2020 from 13.00–14.00. Stuart presented solutions to help people cope with mental health issues, with a criteria for monitoring mental health that was developed by our clinicians, followed by Caroline’s presentation on what fear is and the root cause of it, where fear comes from and how to deal with fear and uncertainty.

AustCham Webinar on Protocols for dealing with urgent surgery & vital medical procedures

AustCham Thailand held a webinar on “Protocols for Dealing with Urgent Surgery & Vital Medical Procedures” with Dr. Ekkit Surakarn, Medical Director, Bangkok Trauma Centre at Bangkok Hospital, on Friday 10 April 2020. Dr. Ekkit explained critical issues you need to know about COVID-19 in a hospital environment, safety measures being undertaken by hospitals, precautions for urgent surgery, and protocols in place for hospital visits related to surgery and other vital medical procedures.

Digital Workshop Online Series Ep:#1 on COVID-19 - Digital Marketing? What can you do right now!

AustCham Thailand held a webinar on “Covid-19 – Digital Marketing? What can you do right now!” with James Thurlby, Senior Campaign Manager at Move Ahead Media, on Thursday 9 April 2020. James presented on what resources are available, what actions you can take and how companies can up their game during the COVID-19 global crisis.

AustCham Thailand Webinar on Tax Measures in response to COVID-19

AustCham Thailand held a webinar on “Tax Measures in Response to COVID-19” with Damian Norris, Partner – Taxation Practice, and Pongphan Narasin, Director of Tax Department at Mazars Thailand on Friday 3 April 2020. Our speakers covered updates on tax measures offered by the Thai government in response to the COVID-19 pandemic that has affected businesses across the country.

AustCham Webinar on Options for Employers in Thailand During COVID-19 Outbreak

AustCham Thailand held a webinar on the “Options for Employers in Thailand During COVID-19 Outbreak”, with Chusert Supasitthumrong, Partner at Tilleke & Gibbins on Thursday 2nd April, 2020. Khun Chusert covered employers’ options during COVID-19 situations, including annual leave, leave without pay, temporarily cessation of operations, and lay-offs.

AustCham Thailand Webinar: The Reality of Remote Working in Thailand

AustCham Thailand held a business briefing webinar on the “The Reality of Remote Working in Thailand” on Tuesday 24th March 2020 via ZOOM. Thank you to our speakers, Brenton Mauriello; CEO at dwp | design worldwide partnership and Amanda Oldridge; Regional Human Resources Director at Linfox International, for taking their times to share with us on how their organizations are rapidly adapting to a remote workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic.

*Please note that full video is available for AustCham members only at Resources page.

Essential Documents

Post COVID-19 digital Marketing Preparation for Hotels

By Tom Nguyen Truong Tung, Managing Director of Syndacast

AustCham Manufacturing survey on COVID-19 impact results

By AustCham Thailand

Leading at a Time of Crisis

By Isabel Valle PCC, Peak Performance Strategist & Leadership Coach

Top 3 Digital Marketing Strategies to Convert Sales & Get Future Customers Right Now!

By Stuart Pollington, Managing Director at Smart Digital Group

Three months into the COVID-19 outbreak: How is the Asia Pacific CRE market coping?

By Ada Choi, Head of Occupier Research for Asia Pacific and Head of Research for Greater China at CBRE

How to Deal with Fear

By Caroline van der Weerd, Founder at Ignition Retreats

Wellness+ and MiOK To Monitor Staff Health

By Stuart Shaw, Chief Marketing Officer Indochina at DB Results

Surgery and trauma Under the COVID-19 situation

By Ekkit Surakarn , M. Surgery Center, Bangkok Trauma Center Bangkok Hospital Headquarter

Covid 19 Marketing

By James Thurlby, Campaign Manager, Move Ahead Media

Options for Employers in Thailand During COVID-19 Outbreak

By Chusert Supasitthumrong, Partner, Tilleke & Gibbins

Tax Measures in Response to COVID-19

By Damian Norris, Partner – Taxation Practice, and Pongphan Narasin, Director of Tax Department at Mazars Thailand

Ministerial regulation on withholding tax rate reduction for domestic fee payments

Tax Alert, 31 March 2020

Business Continuity Planning Securing You & Your Business

By Tony Harman, Manager Asia, Intelligent Risks Group

Business Transformation

By Matthew Cutt, Partner at Fulcrum Thailand

Supporting Businesses in a Time of Crisis

By Ian Pascoe, CEO and Managing Partner Grant Thornton

Remote Working

By Brenton Mauriello,  CEO at dwp | design worldwide partnership

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