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Expats’ worst nightmare

Expats’ worst nightmare

According to the leading British insurance brokers’ association, the most common fear of foreigners living abroad is their health. Younger and working expats can usually insure for private hospital care as it is paid for by their employer. But what happens when expats are in their 60s,70s and 80s and living in a country such [...]

Thai tourism drops

Thai tourism drops

Thailand’s position in the global tourism rankings declined last year as the civil unrest, prior to the May 2014 coup, took a toll on international arrivals. The country’s status on the world chart slipped from 10th in 2013 to 14th in 2014. Last year’s tourism earnings chart also saw Thailand drop from seventh to ninth, [...]

Thai tourism dilemma

Thai tourism dilemma

Calls are growing for the Thai government to plan international tourism on a long-term and sustainable basis. Ben Montgomery, local chair of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), says that the big issue is whether to go for growth or quality. PATA argues that Thailand has traditionally gone for growth in sheer numbers. If this [...]

British embassy changes rules

British embassy changes rules

Prior appointments needed
The British embassy in Bangkok has now changed the system for obtaining notarial (documentary) services from the main site in Wireless Road. British nationals must now make an appointment online and can no longer turn up on a first-come, first-served queuing basis. The revision was introduced on March 23.
The services affected by this [...]

UK expats to keep personal allowance

UK expats to keep personal allowance

The UK government has confirmed the continued availability of UK personal allowances for expats until April 2017 at least. Moreover, the tax-free personal allowance for all will increase to 10,600 pounds from next month.
This is welcome news for the five million Brits who live abroad and were fearful, following a statement in the British budget [...]

U-Tapao goes commercial

U-Tapao goes commercial

After several false starts, it finally appears that U-Tapao airport will be developed to its maximum capacity. The Ministry of Transport is to sign an agreement with the Royal Thai Navy, which oversees the airport, to establish massive roads and rail links. U-Tapao currently serves about 100,000 passengers a year, mainly domestic and charter flights, [...]

Few changes in ASEAN Economic Community

Few changes in ASEAN Economic Community

Although the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) is slated to begin in 11 months, it appears that the initial impact will be something of a damp squib. The AEC is essentially a free trade region of 10 Asian countries of which Thailand is a partner and due to commence on December 31, 2015. But many economists [...]

The British Embassy restricts services

The British Embassy restricts services

The British embassy in Bangkok has announced that its sole remaining provincial consulate, located in Chiang Mai, is ceasing to offer notarial and documentary services from February 1. This means that pension letters, affirmations and certificates of affirmation are now being handled only by the British embassy main site in Bangkok.
The latest restriction on consular [...]

Cambodia Steams Ahead!

Cambodia Steams Ahead!

While 2014 saw a number of problems affecting Thai tourism, locals and internationals flocked to neighboring Cambodia especially for the New Year festivities. According to Cambodian government figures, the total annual number of visitors reached three million for the first time. Far and away the most popular attraction was Siem Reap and the neighboring Angkor [...]

Insurance cover needs marketing

Insurance cover needs marketing

The special online insurance coverage scheme, known as the Thailand Travel Shield, was initiated by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) to help visitors whose own insurance policy might be void because of the ongoing martial law. However, the policy has so far attracted only a small number of members, about 1,000, principally from Italy, [...]

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