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Thailand’s Army Chief Rules Out Coup as Protesters Plan Strike

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a man wearing a costume: Narongpan Jittkaewtae Thailand's newly appointed Royal Thai Army chief, General Narongphan Jitkaewtae on Oct. 5.

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Narongpan Jittkaewtae Thailand’s newly appointed Royal Thai Army chief, General Narongphan Jitkaewtae on Oct. 5.

Thailand’s new army chief said there was “zero chance” for a military coup now and urged all parties to avoid creating conditions that would lead to violence amid growing anti-government protests.

“We should make the possibility for such action to go below zero. All parties must help,” Narongpan Jittkaewtae, who took over as the army chief last week, said at a news briefing in Bangkok Tuesday. “Political problems must be solved by politics.”

Narongpan is now leading a powerful institution that’s led several coups that overthrew elected governments, including the most recent one in 2014 when Prayuth Chan-Ocha, then army chief, took power. Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, a banned opposition leader, said last week he wouldn’t

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Thailand’s visa amnesty extended until Oct. 31

BANGKOK — The Thai government has extended the visa amnesty for foreigners stranded in Thailand to October 31 after it expired on September 26.

The Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration on Monday announced the Interior Ministry had extended the amnesty for foreign visitors unable to return to their countries during the pandemic.

The announcement comes after Immigration offices in Bangkok and Pattaya were reportedly overwhelmed with people trying to extend their visas on Friday (September 25).

Last week, Immigration said that 150,000 foreigners were staying in Thailand under the visa amnesty.

Stranded foreigners who wish to stay in Thailand after October 31 must submit an application to an Immigration office by October 3.

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‘A step in the right direction’: Thailand’s tourism operators welcome special visa for foreigners

BANGKOK: Tourism operators and hotels in Thailand have welcomed the government’s new stimulus measure that will allow foreign tourists to visit the country with a special long-stay visa amid the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The special tourist visa or STV is expected to become available from October to Sep 30 next year. Its holders will be able to stay in Thailand for 90 days and to extend the visa twice at a cost of 2,000 Baht (US$63) each time.

The scheme was approved in principle by the Cabinet on Sep 15 as part of the government’s efforts to boost the sluggish economy and tourism sector battered by the global health crisis.

“Any and all visitors coming to Thailand will help to stimulate the hotel sector that goes beyond just brick and mortar in an industry that supports suppliers from fisherman and farmers to tour guides and small businesses,” said

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Thailand’s new ‘Special Tourist Visa’ offers simple 25-step solution to restarting travel

The Land of Smiles is grinning and bearing ahead with its plan to welcome tourists back to its shores in October – but there’s a catch, or 25.

A recently released infographic plots out all the hoops potential visitors will have to jump through before being allowed anywhere near the country, from submitting a visa application to four different branches of the Thai Government, to agreeing to a mandatory 14-day quarantine in an ASQ (Alternative State Quarantine) hotel, to health checks, Covid tests, insurance requirements, and a minimum stay of 30 days.

“The new, and rather complicated, visa scheme announced by the Thai authorities will do little to increase the number of tourists to Thailand,’ said Tim Milner, director of Bamboo Travel. “It may work for back-packers, or retirees hoping to see out the winter in Thailand, but it will not instill the confidence needed to entice normal tourists

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