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Domestic visitors to Phuket can conduct own rapid tests at checkpoint

Domestic visitors to Phuket can conduct own rapid tests at checkpoint

PHUKET: All domestic visitors arriving at the Phuket Check Point at Tha Chatchai to come onto the island are now allowed to bring their own antigen test kits (ATKs) and use them at the checkpoint to prove they are not infected with COVID-19.

By The Phuket News

Wednesday 8 September 2021, 12:16PM

Image: PR Phuket

Image: PR Phuket

Phuket Provincial Public Health Office (PPHO) Chief Dr Kusak Kukiattikoon confirmed the news during a live broadcast from the Phuket Sandbox Emergency Operation Center (EOC) at the Phuket Provincial Police headquarters in Phuket Town this morning (Sept 8).

“ATKs are pretty easy to buy at pharmacies. Arrivals can bring their own ATK and conduct the test at the checkpoint by themselves. We have health officers standing by to give advice and check whether they conducted the test properly,” Dr Kusak said.

“If the result comes out as negative, the health officer will issue a confirmation document. The document can be used to enter Phuket,” he added.

However, Dr Kusak noted that the document issued by the officer allowing the arrival to enter Phuket will be deemed valid for entering Phuket, but may not be accepted by health officers in other provinces, or deemed valid for other purposes.

“This may help people who regularly travel between Phuket and Phang Nga,” Dr Kusak said.

Phuket people leaving the island may also bring their own ATKs to the checkpoint and conduct the test themselves there so they can be issued a negative test confirmation document that will be valid for 72 hours, allowing them to return to Phuket using the same document if they return within the 72 hours, he said.

The move to allow people to use their own ATKs to be tested for COVID-19 at the checkpoint has been approved for seven days, from today (Sept 8) to Sept 14, Dr Kusak noted.

“For those tourists from other provinces, they must still present negative results of an RT-PCR test or ATK within 72 hours of arriving, not within seven days,” Dr Kusak reminded travellers.

Of note, a last-minute change in the entry requirements for arrivals to Phuket from other provinces is that they no longer need to be tested by RT-PCR method on Day 5 of their stay if they are staying on the island more than seven days.

“We have contacted two operators to set up testing booths and provide ATK testing services at the Phuket Check Point, but right now they are still looking to confirm where to set up the booths,” Dr Kusak said.

“We are pleased to let several operators set up testing services. The greater number of booths, the more convenient for our arrivals,” he added.

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Kurt | 09 September 2021 - 16:52:32

@Amazed, nothing surprising. The blood keeps running by cheating, scamming, lying and pocket filling. Behaving as that all is a normal thing to do useless things, as Ministry of public health mentioned.

Christy Sweet | 09 September 2021 - 13:58:04

The article stipulates tourists from other provinces entering by road will face stricter measures, nothing differentiating 'foreigners'.  

Amazed | 09 September 2021 - 12:11:15

My contacts at the Ministry of Public Health said that the MoPH does not recognise Rapid Antigen Test results (the failure rate of this test method is 60%) - so it is just a money making useless exercise

Madeinswiss | 09 September 2021 - 01:28:02

Thank to Thai Autorithy to non-respect the foreigners tourists. Are you serious? Asking so much PCR test for foreigners tourists and just a rapid test for Thai tourists... Are u kidding us? 

Kurt | 08 September 2021 - 20:15:06

@DFPhuket, Officials in charge are totally delusional. They have to learn to think out of their self-centered being. Learn what tourism is.  Think Tourist, Not Thai. Just thinking Thai will be disastrous for  foreign tourism. If they like them coming again a complete different mind setting /approach have to start.

DFPhuket | 08 September 2021 - 16:44:15

Fully vaccinated sandboxers must have 4 PCR tests: before departure, upon arrival, on day 6 and day 12. With 28,000+ sandbox arrivals, only 2 were positive on day 12. Yet they continue to have a 14 rather than 7 sandbox quarantine. Domestic tourists? Just one test is fine. 

Christy Sweet | 08 September 2021 - 12:50:53  The greater the number of booths, the greater our profit margin.. And if you get a  positive test back hello Containment Camp.. Wheee! 


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