Articles by: Joseph O' Connor

Police commissioner issues regulation extending T28 visa exceptions to foreigners with visas

Police commissioner issues regulation extending T28 visa exceptions to foreigners with visas

February 21, 2020

Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

The new regulations make no mention of the controversial TM30 requirement which of course does not legally apply to foreigners at all. In September, the… Read More ›

Jetstar cuts flights to Thailand from Australia as economic impact of the deadly virus threat still up in the air

Jetstar cuts flights to Thailand from Australia as economic impact of the deadly virus threat still up in the air

February 20, 2020

Economy, Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

This week, a leading travel industry insider revealed that cancellations from Japanese tour groups are running at 80% as the Chinese market is still effectively… Read More ›

Thai minister proposes a central news agency to control news in emergencies and national crises

Thai minister proposes a central news agency to control news in emergencies and national crises

February 19, 2020

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

The suggestion comes as four more people have been arrested in Thailand for spreading fake news under Thailand’s draconian Computer Crime Act and authorities appear… Read More ›

US auto giant GM is pulling out of Thailand to focus on more profitable markets. 1,500 jobs lost for now

US auto giant GM is pulling out of Thailand to focus on more profitable markets. 1,500 jobs lost for now

February 18, 2020

Economy, Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

A binding contract to sell the plant to Chinese car company Great Wall Motor Company has been signed which will see it take over the… Read More ›

Virus threat still acute with 35th infection in Thailand while China’s death toll ticks ever higher

Virus threat still acute with 35th infection in Thailand while China’s death toll ticks ever higher

February 17, 2020

Economy, Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

WHO Directors calls for a balance between sounding the alarm and hysteria as investigators arrive in China. The White House last week indicated that it… Read More ›

Bombshell from China as deaths and infections surge linked with a lack of test kits in ravaged Hubei province 

Bombshell from China as deaths and infections surge linked with a lack of test kits in ravaged Hubei province 

February 13, 2020

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

Experts in China interpret the news as a sign that the Chinese leadership is drawing a line under the panic and confusion in the battle… Read More ›

Thailand awaits Chinese recovery as oil shoots up amid hopes that the crisis may be over by April this year

Thailand awaits Chinese recovery as oil shoots up amid hopes that the crisis may be over by April this year

February 12, 2020

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

Ship at sea: On Wednesday, the Thai Marine Department said it had not been approached by the US ship Westerdam to dock in Thailand following… Read More ›

Army chief offers changes and an apology after Saturday’s murderous rage by a rogue soldier over a deal 

Army chief offers changes and an apology after Saturday’s murderous rage by a rogue soldier over a deal 

February 11, 2020

Crime, Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

The apology and briefing by the army chief were frank and informative. General Apirat appeared at times to have a strained voice and shed tears… Read More ›

Parliament to meet on Thursday to reapprove the 2020 budget and send it to the Senate for approval

Parliament to meet on Thursday to reapprove the 2020 budget and send it to the Senate for approval

February 9, 2020

Economy, More News from Thailand, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

On Friday, the ex-Democrat MP who exposed the proxy voting in the House of Representatives welcomed the court’s decision and also suggested that the MPs… Read More ›

Health Minister in an outburst against western foreigners as 7 more are infected by the coronavirus

Health Minister in an outburst against western foreigners as 7 more are infected by the coronavirus

February 8, 2020

Foreigners, Living, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

In a statement last night, the minister appeared to target one western foreigner who refused his offer of a free face mask and said that… Read More ›

80% of China’s economy remains shutdown as Thai Deputy PM warns of another economic storm

80% of China’s economy remains shutdown as Thai Deputy PM warns of another economic storm

February 7, 2020

Economy, Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

The war being fought by Chinese authorities right now is of deep concern to the wider world and particularly Thailand. China is caught between the… Read More ›

Bank of Thailand says it has more scope as the economy is left reeling from biting coronavirus setback

Bank of Thailand says it has more scope as the economy is left reeling from biting coronavirus setback

February 6, 2020

Economy, Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

A weaker baht since the beginning of the year is the one bright spot but the roiling problems that have beset the Thai economy since… Read More ›

Thai trade negotiators review a new Thai UK trading relationship and possible free trade deal after 2020

Thai trade negotiators review a new Thai UK trading relationship and possible free trade deal after 2020

February 4, 2020

Economy, Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

Indications suggest that the United Kingdom will move to create its own trading regulations and standards which may be less political and more pragmatic than… Read More ›

US Commerce Secretary Ross calls on US firms to review investments in China after coronavirus outbreak

US Commerce Secretary Ross calls on US firms to review investments in China after coronavirus outbreak

February 4, 2020

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

The former investor and top Trump administration official has called for a careful review of supply chains linked with China. Thailand, for now, appears to… Read More ›

Thai King offers solidarity and support to the Chinese leadership during the coronavirus crisis

Thai King offers solidarity and support to the Chinese leadership during the coronavirus crisis

February 2, 2020

Foreigners, Personal, Politics, Thailand:

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan ocha also sent a letter to his counterpart Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Friday as the Speaker of the House,… Read More ›

Bank interest rate cut anticipated as a devastated tourism industry battles with the Chinese coronavirus threat

Bank interest rate cut anticipated as a devastated tourism industry battles with the Chinese coronavirus threat

February 1, 2020

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

The devaluation of the baht since the beginning of 2020 of over 5% cannot be underestimated. Amid the current crisis with the virus outbreak, the… Read More ›

Taxi driver is infected by Chinese tourist as Public Health Minister supports scrapping visa on arrival

Taxi driver is infected by Chinese tourist as Public Health Minister supports scrapping visa on arrival

January 31, 2020

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

Move is opposed by the minister’s fellow Bhumjiathai cabinet colleague, the Minister for Tourism, Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn and many tourism industry leaders who argue that tourism… Read More ›

Baht has retreated by 4.8% against the US dollar since the deadly coronavirus outbreak took hold

Baht has retreated by 4.8% against the US dollar since the deadly coronavirus outbreak took hold

January 30, 2020

Economy, Foreigners, Media, Personal, Thailand:

Thai manufacturing exports began to show some sign of improvement in December even with manufacturing still falling year on year. The budget vote debacle and… Read More ›

Minister denies the government is prioritising tourism over safety tackling the Chinese corona virus

Minister denies the government is prioritising tourism over safety tackling the Chinese corona virus

January 27, 2020

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

It comes as the number of deaths in China has gone past 80 with 2,744 confirmed cases. However international experts continue to be sceptical about… Read More ›

Big Joke reprimanded and deputy national police chief removed on the Prime Minister’s orders this week

Big Joke reprimanded and deputy national police chief removed on the Prime Minister’s orders this week

January 26, 2020

Crime, Foreigners, Personal, Thailand:

Tensions at the top of the Royal Thai Police linked to the removal last year of Immigration Bureau Chief Lieutenant General Surachate Hapkarn also known… Read More ›