Phuket extends strict entry measures until end of August

Phuket –

The Phuket Communicable Disease Committee yesterday, August 14th, has extended the strict health screening and preventive measures upon Phuket travel until the end of August.

The order states the prohibition of all persons and drivers of all types of vehicles to enter the island by land (Chat Chai checkpoint), by water (all ports), and by domestic channels (Phuket International Airport), except emergency vehicles, rescue vehicles, transport vehicles of drugs, supplies, medicines, consumer goods, and other necessities.

Those who have an appointment related to the provincial court and/or any legal proceedings must present their documents, stating that the appointment would seriously affect the consideration process or affect the economy, if postponed. Some exceptions may also be made for permanent residents, sandbox tourists, and those with critical work, they should check with relevant officials.

For the most part, however, the island is closed to the general public for all of August, even fully vaccinated and with Covid-19 testing. This is for both Thais and foreigners.

They must receive two doses of Sinovac and Sinopharm or a single dose of AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson for at least 14 days or they must recover from Covid-19 for not more than 90 days. All of them must provide a negative result of a RT-PCR Covid-19 test or Antigen Test for up to 70 hours prior to arrival.

Online registration before arriving is required for all scheduled visitors through the website, which would inform information about traveling to Phuket. They must present the QR Code shown after the registration to the Communicable Disease Control officer before entering the island.

Violators are facing a maximum fine of 40,000 baht and/or two-year imprisonment and/or both under Section 9 of the Emergency Decree and Section 51 and 52 of the Communicable Diseases Act B.E. 2558.

This order is effective from August 17th to August 31st, 2021.


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National News Writer at The Pattaya News from September 2020 to October 2022. Born and raised in Bangkok, Nop enjoys telling stories of her hometown through her words and pictures. Her educational experience in the United States and her passion for journalism have shaped her genuine interests in society, politics, education, culture, and art.