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14,000 people register to leave Phuket in domestic repatriation drive

14,000 people register to leave Phuket in domestic repatriation drive

PHUKET: More than 14,000 people have registered to leave Phuket under a project to get Thais stuck in Phuket back to their home provinces.

By The Phuket News

Thursday 30 April 2020, 10:24AM

Photo: PR Phuket

Photo: PR Phuket

UPDATE: The Phuket office of the Public Relations Department this morning (Apr 30) confirmed that foreigners may register to leave Phuket.

The Phuket office of the Public Relations Department (PR Phuket) announced the project in a video posted on its official Facebook at 2:18pm yesterday.

People could register their intent to leave Phuket by informing their village chief (Phu Yai Baan) or subdistrict chief (Kamnan), or by online form.

People had until 9pm to register, by that time more than 14,000 people had done so, PR Phuket reported.

The “registration” is only a “survey” of how many people want to leave Phuket so they can get home, as requested by the Phuket Communicable Disease Committee, PR Phuket explained in a later post.

At a meeting of the committee yesterday, it was discussed that “best practice guidelines” would be followed in the domestic repatriation project, whereby:

- Provincial officials will make a list of names of those wanting to leave Phuket and send this to the “destination provinces” so people’s movements can be tracked


- People who leave Phuket must self-quarantine themselves at home for 14 days.

- All people leaving Phuket must be “screened” by having their body temperatures checked before leaving Phuket

“At the moment, the province is gathering information to plan for the management of people to be done in a neat way and observing social distancing by gradually releasing people out with time management so that the people who travel do not get caught by the curfew, which is from 10pm to 4am the next day,” PR Phuket explained.

“Please follow further government announcements for the next opportunity to register for their project,” PR Phuket said in its post last night, casting doubt on whether the registration process was actually a ”survey”.

The “first round” form, in Thai language only, is no longer available, but now links to a “second round” form, also only in Thai, though PR Phuket has yet to announce that is available.

The Phuket News has so far been unable to confirm whether or not the project is open to foreigners to register.

Thai social media sites this morniing reported that more than 30,000 have now registered for the project. That number has yet to be confirmed by officials.

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BigA | 30 April 2020 - 17:05:43

Lets hope they, and perhaps more go home,less crime !

Kurt | 30 April 2020 - 13:38:22

14,000 ( or up to 30,000 ?) people already, wow!
Sure, many of these Thai are not registered on Phuket.  That means 'blanks' on register forms. Oei, perhaps headache for the bureaucratic administrating officers. But it is good that Thai get green light to go home, although it is a miserable home coming without bringing any money with them. And at home no work.

CaptainJack69 | 30 April 2020 - 12:34:29

Well 30,000 would be 10% of Phukets' official population (and probably 5% of the real figure) and all in a process that was only available for a few hours and not publicized until after it had closed. I'd call that a clear indication of how desperate people already are. And now the orders are continuing for another month. There will be blood.


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