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Concern over conflicting COVID tests on Phuket Sandbox tourists

Concern over conflicting COVID tests on Phuket Sandbox tourists

PHUKET: Provincial authorities are concerned that almost half the foreign tourists who have tested positive for COVID-19 since July 1 were detected on arrival at the airport, when they had tested negative before obtaining a certificate of entry allowing them to board their flight.

By Bangkok Post

Monday 19 July 2021, 05:40PM

Phuket Airport General Manager Thanee Chuangchoo conducts an inspection of the arrival process for Sandbox Tourists at Phuket airport. Photo: AoT Phuket / file

Phuket Airport General Manager Thanee Chuangchoo conducts an inspection of the arrival process for Sandbox Tourists at Phuket airport. Photo: AoT Phuket / file

They have raised the issue with the Foreign Ministry and the Tourism Authority of Thailand, reports the Bangkok Post.

Director of Vachira Phuket Hospital, Chalermpong Sukontapol, said on Monday (July 19) that  provincial officials had consulted the two government agencies over the conflicting test results. 

As of midnight Saturday (July 17), 16 Sandbox tourists had tested positive for COVID-19 since arriving in Phuket. Seven of them were detected at Phuket airport.

Another tourist was detected with the coronavirus about three days after arrival.

Dr Chalermpong said neither he nor provincial governor Narong Woonciew said that issuing of the certificate of entry (COE) needs to be more strictly controlled. But they did question the high number of conflicting test results for people with a COE who are tested again on arrival.

Phuket opened the door to fully vaccinated tourists from July 1. One of the requirements is to obtain a COE from an embassy or consulate to allow them to board a flight to the island. That requires a negative COVID-19 test no more than 72 hours prior to departure.

A total of 7,462 foreign visitors had arrived in the province as of midnight Saturday, according to official figures.

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maverick | 20 July 2021 - 10:27:59

I am amazed you guys stay here after all truth amongst politicians in Uk, Europe and US is to be found in abundance as for the media they make BP look like a paragon of virtue best you get home and rescue your societies you may need some help so take all the other knockers and cynics with you 

Kurt | 20 July 2021 - 01:44:40

That whole COE, it's a thing.
It's a piece of administrative nonsense. And for what?
Important is being full vaccinated, + a negative PCR test prior flying. That's it. Anything more is the usual bureaucratic Thai paper tiger nonsense. Good for nothing, as we see over and over again.

Christy Sweet | 20 July 2021 - 00:40:19

Truth has had no place in Thailand for many, many decades. I recall my dad speaking of  it in the late 60's when he was an attache to the Royal Thai Air Force.  

Xi_Virus | 19 July 2021 - 21:25:43

Thailand's credibility went down the hill rapidly after 2014. 

Fact of matter is that NO Country is trusting Thailand any longer a country that NOW the Truth is Blocked and the News is Twisted.


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