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30% of arrivals denied entry to Phuket on Day 1 of new requirements

30% of arrivals denied entry to Phuket on Day 1 of new requirements

PHUKET: About 30% of people arriving to enter Phuket by road yesterday (July 15) were refused entry for failing to satisfy the new entry requirements for those coming from the 34 ‘red’ and ‘dark-red’ COVID high-risk provinces, according to local officials.

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By The Phuket News

Friday 16 July 2021, 11:54AM


“In general, the entering and checking process at the checkpoint was good and smooth. Arrivals who want to enter the island prepared their documents to show to officers,” said a report by the Phuket office of Public Relation Department, also repeated through national state news agency NNT.

“However, about 30% of arrivals could not present required documents to officers and were denied, as they had come from the 34 provinces. Most of them had been fully vaccinated but were unable to present a test result,” the report explained.

“Most arrivals knew the stricter measures, in effect from July 15-31, and understood about the necessity of the measures to control and protect against the current outbreak,” the report added. 

The new requirements were issued by Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew through a provincial order on Sunday (July 11) and do not apply to children under 6 years old traveling with parents.

From July 15-31, all arrivals from red or dark red-zones must be ‘fully vaccinated’ (or received one injection of the AstraZeneca vaccine) at least 14 days before arriving, or they must have been discharged from hospital from recovering from COVID-19 no more than 90 days before arriving.

However, they MUST ALSO provide evidence that they tested negative for the virus through an RT-PCR test or a Rapid Antigen Test no more than seven days before travelling to Phuket.

The mandatory test requirement will apply to all people arriving from the 10 ‘dark red’ “highest control and restricted” areas and the 24 ‘red’ “highest control” provinces, listed in the provincial order as:

Bangkok, Samut Prakan, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Nakhon Pathom, Samut Sakhon, Songkhla, Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat, Ayutthaya, Chachoengsao, Suphan Buri, Saraburi, Chainat, Nakhon Nayok, Nakhon Sawan, Ang Thong, Udon Thani, Prachinburi, Sing Buri, Lop Buri, Samut Songkhram, Kanchanaburi, Ratchaburi, Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chon Buri, Rayong, Nakhon Ratchasima, Tak, Nakhon Sri Thammarat, Krabi and Ranong.

Meanwhile, all arrivals from yellow or orange zones must be ‘fully vaccinated’ (or received one injection of the AstraZeneca vaccine) at least 14 days before arriving, or they must have been discharged from hospital from recovering from COVID-19 no more than 90 days before arriving.

However, while Phuket officials have been consistent with the definitions given above through repeated reports, videos and press conferences explaining the new entry requirements, the infographics released to explain the new rules both in Thai and English have not matched the rules introduced.

According to the infographics released, people may still enter Phuket if they are fully vaccinated but do not present any test results certificate (see images in gallery above).

As evidenced by the PR Phuket report itself today, this is incorrect.

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Kurt | 18 July 2021 - 13:48:03

@ GF & Bdawg, Firm dramatic ordering is ONE. To executive is TWO, specially as following orders is in Thailand a struggle with 'caps and holes' due to a much docile work force that has to handle it.

Bdawg467 | 17 July 2021 - 15:16:20

I am confused.  I thought there was no inter-provincial travel allowed???  Much was written about the 145 roadblocks that have been set up by the police and military.  So how could anyone get from a dark red zone all the way down to Phuket and then be denied entry.  Shouldn't all the paperwork have been checked at say....the first roadblock.  Maybe no more funds to grease the palms.

GF | 17 July 2021 - 08:41:28

We arrived on Phuket via the Chatchai checkpoint on 15 July - the first day of the 'new deal'. Nobody asked where we'd come from. If they had, I can't imagine what they'd have accepted as proof that we hadn't been to one of "the 34 provinces". Perhaps TPN could ask the authorities that question... Just in case they suddenly realise there's a gaping hole in the...

johannesweber | 17 July 2021 - 07:46:24

They are going kill the economy of Phuket

Dave_C | 16 July 2021 - 21:33:40

When Bangkok announced the lockdown from last Monday They needed to be here but maybe still money can be made at bridge ??

Dave_C | 16 July 2021 - 21:22:17

Sorry: The horse has bolted. Let the detractors defend this one. !!

Xi_Virus | 16 July 2021 - 12:35:40

Too late! For a few months ago the incompetent govt started dragging outsiders to Phuket due to the MUDbox scheme. There were ZERO screening at that time and as a result Phuket turned to a VIRUS-HUB.

Now they should BAN everyone from leaving the island and start offering free Virus test. Of course that will affect the reported numbers but HEY we've got Dr. KuXak, he knows how to fix the num...

 

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