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Bangkok, 14 July, 2018 - The National News Bureau of Thailand (NNT) has released the Message of Condolences from His Majesty the King of Thailand to the President of the People's Republic of China (click to see the original post on the NNT's Facebook Page)









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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has released an infographic on "5 Steps to Legalise Proof of Relationship Documents for Chinese Bereaved Families and Relations" to provide support for families and relatives of those who lost their lives during the recent tragic Phuket boat incidents.








1. The families and relatives in China are advised to contact the Royal Thai Embassy in Beijing or the Royal Thai Consulate General in Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Kunming, Xi'an, Nanning, Qingdao and Xiamen with the following documents:

Copy of the deceased person's passport.

Proof of relationship: For the next of kin, take the proof of relationship to the Notary Public to get the documents translated and legalised (Chinese to English).

For those who are being authorised by the family, take the proof of relationship between the deceased person and the family, power of attorney, copies of the passport and ID card of the involved persons, and get all documents translated and legalised (Chinese to English).
*Proof of relationship includes:

- Original copy of the Household Registration.

- Original copy of the Marriage Certificate (for spouse).

- Original copy of the Birth Certificate (for parents).

- Original and photocopy of the relative's passport.

- Original and photocopy of the relative's ID card.

2. The families and relatives in China who do not have a passport are advised to apply for an urgent passport at the Immigration Bureau in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou or at other locations. For more information, please call: +86 (010) 59913991.

Then, they are advised to proceed to apply for an 'urgent visa' at the Royal Thai Embassy or Royal Thai Consulate General as indicated in Step 1. *Or they can opt to obtain an urgent visa-on-arrival' at the Phuket Immigration Bureau Express Line. Once having obtained a visa, they are ready to travel to Phuket.

3. Upon arrival at the Phuket International Airport:
  • If already have a visa, proceed to the special immigration lane.

  • If do not have a visa, proceed to the special visa-on-arrival counter.


After the Immigration process, proceed to the Passenger Services Counter at the Phuket International Airport, Tel: +66 (0) 76 327 100.
Staff at the Passenger Services Centre will take the families and relatives to the designated areas or authorities concerned.
Remarks: For families and relatives who are in Thailand, they are advised to contact representatives of the Chinese Embassy and Chinese Consulate-General in Phuket, Tel: +66 (0) 64 235 1752, +66 (0) 76 304 180. The documents required for legalisation in case of: 1) repatriating the body of the deceased; 2) giving consent to serious medical treatment.

Hotline Numbers for an Urgent Visa:
Royal Thai Embassy (Beijing): 18311452813
Royal Thai Consulate General in Shanghai: 18616228639
Royal Thai Consulate General in Guangzhou: 18819386191
Royal Thai Consulate General in Chengdu: 13281009607
Royal Thai Consulate General in Kunming: 15587003732
Royal Thai Consulate General in Xi'an: 13679203230
Royal Thai Consulate General in Nanning: 15307813559
Royal Thai Consulate General in Qingdao: 16678690265
Royal Thai Consulate General in Xiamen: 13178355499
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Issued at 14.00 Hrs. (GMT+7) on 10 July 2018


A special 'centre for the facilitation of religious rites' has been established to provide support for families and relatives of the victims of the recent boat incident in Phuket.

The centre is located at Wat Kosit Wihan in Mueang district, Phuket, and is managed by the Phuket Provincial Cultural Office with cooperation from the Department of Religious Affairs, the National Office of Buddhism, Kusoldharm Phuket Foundation, Tourist Assistant Centre Phuket, and officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. They are on hand to provide support to families and relatives of the deceased on relevant matters including obtaining documentation, undergoing religious rites and taking the ashes home after the funeral as well as coordinating with Phuket International Airport's passenger services centre.

The Phuket City Municipality will assign civil registration officers at Vachira Phuket Hospital and Wat Kosit Wihan to provide support on issuing a death certificate.

A total of 15 Buddhist temples in Phuket have been designated to offer the religious rites' services for the victims, including Wat Kosit Wihan, Wat Thepwanaram, Wat Sri Sunthorn, Wat Phra Thong, Wat Mongkol Wararam, Wat Ladthiwanaram, Wat Sawang Arom, Wat Chaiyathararam (Wat Chalong), Wat Kathu, Wat Anuphatkritdaram, Wat Suwan Khirikhet, Wat Suwankiriwong (Wat Patong), Wat Kitti Sangkharam, Wat Choeng Thale, and Wat Sopon Wanaram (Wat Pa Klok). Each temple can perform the religious rites and cremation process for two bodies per day on average.

Islamic and Christian rites can also be arranged upon request from families and relatives of the deceased. The Christian rites will be arranged at a Christian cemetery. The Islamic rites will be arranged at any of Phuket's 58 mosques.

For families and relatives who wish to take the body of the deceased home, Sky Trade Services shipping company will facilitate a one-stop service to transport the body by air, from packing the body in a coffin, and obtaining documentation in Phuket and the final destination.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will waive all fees in relation to the translation of documents and legalisation services while the Immigration Office will waive visa fees for all affected tourists.

TAT is monitoring and assessing the situation and will be providing further details as the situation develops. In the meantime, we would like to encourage travellers to obtain information from various sources to get a balanced understanding about the reality on the ground in Thailand, so that they can plan their trips accordingly.

For more information on various Thai tourist destinations, visit: www.tourismthailand.org
For constant updates on Thailand's tourism, visit: www.tatnews.org
For more information, contact the TAT Call Centre 1672.
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Issued at 10.00 Hrs. (GMT+7) on 10 July 2018

H.E. Mr. Weerasak Kowsurat, Minister of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, offered a sincere apology to the victims of the recent tragic Phuket boat incident and their families at the press conference held on 8 July 2018. The Minister, together, with officials and representatives from all the concerned agencies expressed deep regret with a solemn bow as seen in the later part of this video clip.



The Minister said: "This is the first time that we've made the official announcement of how many boys and little girls had lost their lives in this incident. We're really deeply sorry for the lost ones and their families."

TAT is monitoring and assessing the situation and will be providing further details as the situation develops. In the meantime, we would like to encourage travellers to obtain information from various sources to get a balanced understanding about the reality on the ground in Thailand, so that they can plan their trips accordingly.

For daily update of Thailand's assistance efforts to affected tourists and families, visit:
TAT Newsroom website (www.tatnews.org)
For more information on various Thai tourist destinations, visit: www.tourismthailand.org
For more information, contact the TAT Call Centre 1672.



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Udon Thani joins Bangkok, Tak and Buri Ram in launching special activities under the Thailand Shopping and Dining Paradise 2018 campaign

Udon Thani, 9 July, 2018 - The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) in cooperation with Udon Thani province, Udon Thani's Office of Tourism and Sports, Udon Thani's Chamber of Commerce and strategic partners in the public and private sectors recently announced the opening of "Udon.....Serves Happiness in All Menus" under the Thailand Shopping and Dining Paradise 2018 campaign to encourage Thai and foreign visitors to shop during the Green Season.

The two-month-long "Udon.....Serves Happiness in All Menus" event in Udon Thani is from now until 31 August.






The event's opening ceremony was held on 6 July 2018 at Thong Yai Road, in front of the Centre Point 2003 shopping centre, and presided over by Mr. Wattana Putthichart (above photo, left), Udon Thani's Governor, and Mr. Korawit Wongprasert (right), TAT's Director of Tourism Investment Department, joining by partners and guests of honour.

TAT Governor Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn said: "TAT recognised Udon Thani as an interesting place with a diversity in tourism, so it is a great opportunity to cooperate with Udon Thani to set up the "Udon.....Serves Happiness in All Menus" event under theThailand Shopping and Dining Paradise 2018 campaign.

"This campaign is focusing on the distribution of travel and income in order to stimulate the economics of the city according to the government's policy and reinforce the potential of Udon Thani as a border town with the ability to accommodate tourists."

Udon Thani's Governor Mr. Wattana Putthichart said: "Udon Thani is pleased to be the host of the Udon.....Serves Happiness in All Menus event. We have to say thank you to TAT for choosing us to participate in this campaign. It is a great opportunity for our province to promote our products, services, and tourism."

According to Mr. Wattana, the economic outlook of Udon Thani is expected to grow at an average of 5% this year, due to its strong potential and strong economic fundamentals.

He said that Udon Thani is "the city that is ready to serve all the happiness menus" because it is the centre of logistics, transportation and the hub of trading, which links the Upper Northeast of Thailand and the CLMV countries together.

"Other than that, there is also a wide variety of tourist attractions, hotels, entertainment and services in Udon Thani. In 2017, there were 3.24 million tourist arrivals generating revenue of 8.084 billion Baht.

"Most importantly, people in Udon Thani are very pleased to welcome visitors. This can be seen by the presence of 419 stores participating in the campaign, which is the largest numbers TAT has ever provided. It is expected that during this two-month period, the economic value will increase by at least 500 million Baht." Mr. Wattana said.

"Lastly, I would like to say thank you to the entrepreneurs who are participating in the campaign and ask all Udon Thani's citizens to be a good host. Please, give a warm welcome to the visitors and do fair trade to create a good image to our province."

Mr. Korawit Wongprasert, TAT's Director of Tourism Investment Department, said that the "Udon.....Serves Happiness in All Menus" is staged under the "Thailand Shopping and Dining Paradise 2018" campaign, which will be held during 1 July - 31 August, 2018, in Bangkok and secondary tourism cities.

"The objective of this campaign is to stimulate the economy during the Green Season, and It will cause the circulation and distribution of income in the economic system."

For further information:
TAT Tourism Investment Promotion Division
Tel: +66 (0) 2250 5500 ext. 2940-2943
Website : www.thailandshoppingdining.com
Facebook page: Thailandshoppingdining
Or TAT contact centre: 1672
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