Phuket officials last night (July 18th) announced new rules for domestic visitors from 76 provinces in Thailand: They must be fully vaccinated AND tested negative for Covid -19 which will take effect tomorrow (July 20th) until at least August 2nd.
The new order was issued by Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew. These rules below will be applied for both Thais and foreigners who live in Thailand except children under 6 years old traveling with parents.
The order comes as, according to Narong, an increasing number of people have been attempting to leave “maximum control” provinces under strict restrictions, closures, curfews, and other measures and come to Phuket, which is the only “yellow” or controlled zone in Thailand and has far more relaxed measures than the rest of the country currently as the pilot program of the Phuket Sandbox program.
All visitors via the Phuket Checkpoint (Tha Chatchai mainland gateway), marinas, piers, and the airport (domestic terminal) must have the following:
- Visitors from 76 provinces from maximum and strict control area, maximum control areas, and control areas:
- MUST have received a COVID-19 vaccination with two full doses of Sinovac or Sinopharm or one dose of AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson and Johnson at least 14 days before arrival OR have recovered from COVID-19 within less than 90 days.
- MUST have a negative test by an RT-PCR or Rapid Antigen test no more than 7 days before traveling.
2. Students under 18-years old who are unable to be vaccinated but need to commute in and out of Phuket for education: their educational institutions will issue a form of identification. They will be tested with the RT-PCR test by the Phuket Public Health Office and the test can be used for up to 1 month.
3.For people who have their names on a household registration or live in Phuket or work in Phuket, they MUST have received a COVID-19 vaccination of two full doses of Sinovac or Sinopharm or one dose of AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson and Johnson at least 14 days before arrival OR have a negative test by an RT-PCR or Rapid Antigen test no more than 7 days before traveling and MUST have a certification document from local administrative officers.
4. Must download and install the ‘Mor Chana’ application and turn on the share location function at all times.
5.Be able to provide the above-mentioned documentation to the Health Office at the point of entry to Phuket.
6. The Phuket Checkpoint (Tha Chatchai mainland gateway) is not allowing anyone or any vehicle to enter between 11:00 P.M. to 4:00 A.M.
7. All arrivals must self-monitor for any unusual symptoms and contact a local hospital if unsure.