Thailand lifts mask wearing mandate with immediate effect

The Thai government has lifted its mask-wearing mandate with immediate effect. This is in line with the improving Covid-19 situation in the country as the country moves towards living with the virus. On Thursday 23rd June 2022, it was announced in the Royal Gazette that the wearing of masks would be voluntary. This applies to [...]

2022-06-24T17:48:11+08:00June 24th, 2022|

China’s zero-Covid strategy affecting condominium transfers

The number of condominium transfers made by foreigners in the first quarter of 2022 continued to fall. The main reason for this is the draconian measures put in place by China to control the movement of its people because of its zero covid policy. In Q1 2022, the number of transfers attributed to the Chinese [...]

2022-06-21T11:27:03+08:00June 21st, 2022|

Bangkok to be officially named “Krung Thep Maha Nakhon”

The official name for Thailand's capital is in the process of being changed from Bangkok to Krung Thep Maha Nakhon. The Thai cabinet has approved the Royal Society's proposal for the change of name in principle but this change has still to be vetted by the relevant government officials. For those who do not know, [...]

2022-02-18T09:19:25+08:00February 18th, 2022|

Some signs of a rebound in buying activity especially among the Chinese

According to data gathered by Juwai IQI, a pan-Asian real estate sales and media group based in Kuala Lumpur, Chinese residential buying interest rebounded over the past two quarters. This is after four quarters of double-digit declines. Chinese buyer inquiries for Thai property increased by about 38% in the first quarter of 2021. "The long-term [...]

2022-02-22T11:29:28+08:00June 10th, 2021|

Bars in Bangkok may need to close earlier due to sudden critical Covid situation

Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul gave a Covid-19 statement on Monday. He described a situation reaching critical level with an almost 50% positivity rate in the nightclub clusters around Bangkok. The Thai Health Ministry is planning to impose measures to stop the spread of Covid-19, after new clusters of infections were found [...]

2021-04-07T12:30:21+08:00April 7th, 2021|

Chinese Seen Leading Tourist Arrivals In Phuket After Reopening

The government expects about two million foreign tourists, mostly Chinese and Europeans, to visit Phuket this year after the nation’s most popular resort island reopens to vaccinated visitors from July 1. The holidaymakers may generate about 105 billion baht ($3.4 billion) in revenue in the second half, according to Vichit Prakobgosol, vice president of the [...]

2021-04-05T14:06:31+08:00April 5th, 2021|

New Mobile App To Ease Queues At Land Department

The Department of Lands on Wednesday launched a smartphone application to allow people to place a booking for services and submit documents prior to visiting the department's offices nationwide. The app, e-QLands, is part of the Interior Ministry's push to implement the government's policy to digitalise its public administration work and introduce a "client-centric approach" [...]

2021-04-04T22:01:12+08:00April 4th, 2021|

Cheap or free residency visas for Thai condominium buyers

Thailand will open up a 2-year window for foreign buyers looking to purchase a property in Thailand to obtain its Easy Access Visa for free or at a discount. The Thai government approved the new package in early November. Foreign buyers who purchase one or several condominium units worth at least THB 10 million will [...]

2020-11-24T16:45:24+08:00November 24th, 2020|

Thailand’s new Special Tourist Visa

In a bid to draw foreign tourists, Thailand has approved a new Special Tourist Visa. This Special Tourist Visa will allow foreigners to stay in Thailand for 90 days and to extend the visa twice at a cost of 2,000 baht each time. This Special Tourist Visa will become available from October 2020 to September [...]

2020-10-01T04:57:52+08:00October 1st, 2020|