Articles by: Joseph O' Connor

Committee advises the government to extend the State of Emergency in Thailand to the end of July for safety

Committee advises the government to extend the State of Emergency in Thailand to the end of July for safety

June 26, 2020

Economy, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

The move is seen as important to the oversight of the reopening of Thai schools and ongoing quarantine efforts for incoming passengers entering the kingdom.… Read More ›

Thailand’s closure biting harder as one airline gets ready to cease operations forever and lays off staff

Thailand’s closure biting harder as one airline gets ready to cease operations forever and lays off staff

June 25, 2020

Economy, Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

Country’s economy and firms are running out of money and time as one airline, NokScoot, is reported to be on the brink while the Thai… Read More ›

Only 2,000 foreigners have yet registered to be reunited with love ones as tourism to also reopen

Only 2,000 foreigners have yet registered to be reunited with love ones as tourism to also reopen

June 24, 2020

Economy, Personal, Thai World, Thailand:

Confusion and sporadic information from the network of Royal Thai Embassies worldwide sees only a small number of foreign spouses apply to come home to… Read More ›

Banks ordered to cease dividends and shore up balance sheets on fears of loan quality erosion due to slump

Banks ordered to cease dividends and shore up balance sheets on fears of loan quality erosion due to slump

June 21, 2020

Economy, Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

Outgoing Bank of Thailand boss wants banks to halt dividend payments to shareholders, a move that will not go down well on Thailand’s stock market… Read More ›

Foreign spouses can begin applying to go home to Thailand as ministry has released entry criteria this week

Foreign spouses can begin applying to go home to Thailand as ministry has released entry criteria this week

June 19, 2020

Economy, Foreigners, Living, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

The breakthrough last weekend allowing foreigners with spouses and residency to enter the kingdom has been followed up after Wednesday’s consultations with clear criteria now… Read More ›

Minister has 15 days as the Constitutional Court accepts a petition filed by the house speaker

Minister has 15 days as the Constitutional Court accepts a petition filed by the house speaker

June 18, 2020

Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Court could remove the Deputy Minister of Agriculture as an MP under Section 98 (10) of the 2017 Constitution if it accepts that he was… Read More ›

Thai Airways probe into its low fare income for 2019 in move overseen by former met police commissioner

Thai Airways probe into its low fare income for 2019 in move overseen by former met police commissioner

June 17, 2020

Economy, Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

The clouds are darkening for Thai Airways as it attempts to fly through the storm caused by the Covid 19 pandemic, dwindling cash liquidity and… Read More ›

Marriage partners of Thai nationals prioritised for entry into Thailand but under strict controls to be announced

Marriage partners of Thai nationals prioritised for entry into Thailand but under strict controls to be announced

June 15, 2020

Economy, Living, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday agreed to facilitate access to the country for foreigners married to Thai nationals as well as… Read More ›

Only hope for foreigners locked out of Thailand as easing continues with strict government controls on entry

Only hope for foreigners locked out of Thailand as easing continues with strict government controls on entry

June 13, 2020

Foreigners, Living, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

The pain and anguish being suffered by members of Foreigner Thai families, a larger community than first thought of before this crisis, at being denied… Read More ›

Thai economy in even greater peril as Covid 19 shutdown appears to have had a bigger impact than expected 

Thai economy in even greater peril as Covid 19 shutdown appears to have had a bigger impact than expected 

June 7, 2020

Economy, Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Politics, Thailand:

The economic intelligence unit of one of Thailand’s major banks now predicts a 7.3% contraction in the Thai economy and at least a 72% dip… Read More ›

Election of Prawit as Palang Pracharat leader will see more grassroots politics in government 

Election of Prawit as Palang Pracharat leader will see more grassroots politics in government 

June 4, 2020

Economy, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

General Prawit Wongsuwan is tipped to lead the Palang Pracharat Party next month. The mass resignation of 18 executive members on Monday paves the way… Read More ›

Economic hole caused by virus pandemic yawns as Bank of Thailand flags large current account loss

Economic hole caused by virus pandemic yawns as Bank of Thailand flags large current account loss

June 4, 2020

Economy, Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

Coronavirus impact on the Thai economy begins to bite harder as current account surplus turns to a deficit in April as tourism stops. Predictions of… Read More ›

Baht again being targeted by big money piling even more misery on an already crippled Thai economy

Baht again being targeted by big money piling even more misery on an already crippled Thai economy

June 1, 2020

Economy, Personal, Thai World, Thailand:

Spike in the Thai baht has caused Bank of Thailand, Deputy Governor Mathee Supapongse to warn that the central bank will take action. He indicated… Read More ›

US is a better friend for Thailand than China says US ambassador as tensions grow between the 2 powers

US is a better friend for Thailand than China says US ambassador as tensions grow between the 2 powers

May 31, 2020

Economy, Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Politics, Thailand:

US ambassador Michael DeSombre raised concerns about China’s actions on the Mekong river and failure to control the flow of drug precursor substances for illicit… Read More ›

Thailand’s economy has become dependent on government expenditure to stay above water

Thailand’s economy has become dependent on government expenditure to stay above water

May 30, 2020

Economy, Personal, Thai World, Thailand:

Figures show exports are down sharply with tourism halted and Thai household expenditure off by 15.1% for the first four months. The Bank of Thailand’s… Read More ›

Access to Thailand opening up. It will be cautious, quite expensive with tight regulation and ministry controls

Access to Thailand opening up. It will be cautious, quite expensive with tight regulation and ministry controls

May 29, 2020

Foreigners, Living, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

Good news from the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday for foreigners outside Thailand allowing work permit holders to enter immediately but subject to approval… Read More ›

Thai Airways files for bankruptcy and gets court protection here as heavyweights are brought on board

Thai Airways files for bankruptcy and gets court protection here as heavyweights are brought on board

May 27, 2020

Economy, Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

Thai Airways files for bankruptcy at the Central bankruptcy court in Bangkok as 4 new heavyweight directors take their seats on the board. The firm… Read More ›

New normal for foreigners seeking access to Thailand even after flights resume if virus persists as a factor

New normal for foreigners seeking access to Thailand even after flights resume if virus persists as a factor

May 25, 2020

Economy, Foreigners, Living, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

Deputy Immigration Bureau Commander explains the legal and official situation for foreigners currently seeking access to Thailand. While asking for patience and cooperation at this… Read More ›

Thai Airways and its workers face an uncertain future as it prepares to fly into bankruptcy protection in June

Thai Airways and its workers face an uncertain future as it prepares to fly into bankruptcy protection in June

May 22, 2020

Economy, Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Politics, Thailand:

As Thai Airways readies itself to file for bankruptcy with mandarins at the Ministry of Transport now firmly in control, many questions remain. Not least,… Read More ›

Minister reports encouraging news as national vaccine goes forward to the next stage in trials on monkeys

Minister reports encouraging news as national vaccine goes forward to the next stage in trials on monkeys

May 21, 2020

Living, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Tests on mice showed a high level of antibodies as the modern vaccine prototype developed by Thai scientists and medical experts moves forward to be… Read More ›