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Message from Ambassador

Ambassador’s Message

July 2020

 

Dear readers,

We are now in July, which is one of the most auspicious months for us. All Thais will be united to express their highest respect and loyalty to His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn on the auspicious occasion of His Majesty the King’s birthday on 28 July. The Royal Thai Embassy in London will launch an online signing on our Facebook page for the Thai community throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland,  and a well-wishing book for members of the Thai community in London and vicinity to pay homage to His Majesty the King. Therefore, I would like to invite all members of the Thai community in the UK and Ireland, to join us in expressing our best wishes to His Majesty and our loyalty to the Thai Monarchy on the Embassy’s Facebook. You can also follow our page for any update of other activities which may be organized in this regard.

July is also a sacred month for Buddhists around the world as the full moon of the 8th month of the lunar calendar marks the Day of Waso and the beginning of the Buddhist Lent. The importance of the Day of Waso is that it was the first day when the Buddha preached his teachings, and the triple gems were completed, with the Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha.  Many Buddhists strictly observe the precepts of Buddhism, and refrain from any alcohol consumption to cleanse their bodies and minds.  

As the Coronavirus situation in the UK is improving, the UK Government has moved to its third phase of lockdown easing measures.  Many businesses will be reopen from 4 July 2020, including hair salons, pubs and restaurants, and cinemas, with the National Health Service’s guidelines in place to contain the Coronavirus -- staff must use face covering, hand sanitisers must be provided, and safe distance must be maintained.  Many members of the Thai community will also return to work and children will be back to school.  Life will soon be back to normal. Still, we all should take extra care and continue to wear face masks, wash hands, and keep social distance to stay safe.

From 1 July 2020, the Royal Thai Embassy will provide our consular services as usual. In order to protect our clients, prior appointments are required so that we can better manage the service area and reduce the risk of COVID-19, in compliance with the NHS’s guidelines.

While there are still no commercial flights operating normally due to travel restriction, many Thais in the UK and Ireland are unable to return to their homeland.  To assist Thai nationals with urgent needs, the Royal Thai Embassy is arranging 2 repatriation flights by EVA Air on 19 and 26 July 2020. Please follow our Facebook page and website for update on Thailand’s travel measures.

Now, the weather is much warmer in the summer. Different shades of flowers can make us more cheerful. Why not enjoy the beauty of nature in your local areas for recreation, instead of returning to Thailand as many of us usually do, while observing health and safety measure to keep well and stay strong.

Till we meet again next month.