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No rapid tests for Phuket arrivals from May 15, quarantine instead

No rapid tests for Phuket arrivals from May 15, quarantine instead

PHUKET: Rapid antigen tests will no longer be used to determine whether or not people may enter Phuket from May 15, Phuket Vice Governor Piyapong Choowong has confirmed.


By The Phuket News

Saturday 8 May 2021, 10:48AM


Vice Governor Piyapong (left) during the live broadcast yesterday evening (May 7). Screenshot: Official COVID-19 Information Center Phuket

Vice Governor Piyapong (left) during the live broadcast yesterday evening (May 7). Screenshot: Official COVID-19 Information Center Phuket

Vice Governor Piyapong delivered the news through a video broadcast online yesterday evening, after Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew broke the news during a high-level meeting at Phuket Provincial Hall earlier in the day.

Since Apr 22 all people arriving in Phuket from ‘red zone’ areas, now expanded to 25 provinces, have been required to prove that they are fully vaccinated or have tested negative for the virus within 72 hours of arriving.

If the arrival has been unable to prove either, they were required to undergo a rapid antigen test as an initial step to determine whether or not they were infected.

The rapid antigen test has been free for Thais, but has cost foreigners B500 a time.

From May 15, that will no longer apply as the test will no longer be used, Vice Governor Piyapong explained.

“The Phuket Governor has set the goal to have zero cases of new infections within two weeks. We will do everything. No matter what it takes. We cannot be at risk like this anymore,” Vice Governor Piyapong said.

Internal - Phuket Live Radio 89.5

“From now to May 14, we will still conduct the rapid antigen test, but from May 15, all arrivals from any areas without a COVID-free certificate or vaccination certificate must face 14 days quarantine,” he said plainly.

“For day-trippers or others, I cannot reveal all the details, but the provincial order will come later,” he added.

“We want to send a sign to the country that we are cleaning up our province. The three vice governors [in Phuket] have been ordered to take care of each district by cooperating with local administration officers as well as community leaders to do proactive screening,” V/Gov Piyapong noted.

“Within the coming two weeks, the result will be clearer in practice,” he said.

“Right now, we are vaccinating religious leaders for all religions, as they are in frequent contact with people,” V/Gov Piyapong said.

“It is very likely that we will have enough vaccines to provide vaccinations for every person on the island. If you are still deciding whether or not to get vaccinated, please come to get vaccinated,” he urged.

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CaptainJack69 | 10 May 2021 - 14:43:23

"The... test has been free for Thais, but has cost foreigners B500".

Anyone who actually believes that we're ever going to be eligible for free vaccination from the government should pay close attention.

Kurt | 10 May 2021 - 08:42:04

@ Christy Sweet, don't worry.
As per 15 May Phuket arrivals without Covid-free or Covid vaccination documents go automatically 15D/14N in quarantine. That will make arrivals drying up substantially. Now  they have to concentrate on high number infections among the health workers.

Kurt | 08 May 2021 - 15:59:25

Quarantine instead, of course!
That brings in more money for local Q-hotels and a flow off for Government Officialdom. Was waiting for this decision a long time already. As the Covid India variant is spilling over to surrounding countries, soon more Q-hotels are needed, oh, and don't forget the extra icu beds needed they wrote about.

Fascinated | 08 May 2021 - 13:24:40

Hahahaha- one just can't make this stuff up. Its almost as if they are trying to blackmail central Gov't into funding the tests. Come to Phuket and quarantine for 14 days- we know how that will work out. Once again a shot in the foot.

Christy Sweet | 08 May 2021 - 11:59:48

Good somebody read up on how unreliable the tests actually are but again, another week wasted on half- measures. You want to open by July 1 it must ALL be shut down just like a year ago-3 weeks minimum. Find the clusters and shut off the neighborhoods.  

DavidUSA | 08 May 2021 - 11:38:08

Well at least now we can be sure this is the final nail in the tourism coffin for Phuket. Nobody is going to want to be a prisoner for 14 days. Nobody is going to want to take a rapid test with Hydrogel and Nano Dust twisted into the back of your nose implanted by twisting. Say goodbye to world wide tourism, or fun of any kind, comrades. As a historian I find all of this very fascinating.

 

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