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Arrivals to Phuket from eight provinces must observe quarantine

Arrivals to Phuket from eight provinces must observe quarantine

PHUKET: People arriving in Phuket from eight “risk area” provinces must home quarantine for 14 days after arriving on the island, Phuket Governor Phakaphong Tavipatana announced yesterday (May 29).

By The Phuket News

Saturday 30 May 2020, 01:49PM

The order comes while Phuket airport still remains closed to all commercial domestic flights and the bridge onto the island remains closed to all unauthorised travellers.

Even interprovincial bus services to or from Phuket remain suspended, while services to other parts of the country have resumed.

At the meeting of the Phuket Communicable Disease Committee at Provincial Hall yesterday, Governor Phakaphong said that all people arriving from Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Narathiwat, Yala, Krabi, Prachinburi, Samut Prakan and Chiang Mai must observe a 14-day quarantine after arriving on the island.

As for how people will be able to travel through other provinces in order to reach Phuket, Governor Phakaphong said, “Phuket must wait for the order from the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration [CCSA].”

“After we have received the order, we will announce to the people in Phuket so they know the guidelines for further action,” he said.

Meanwhile, Governor Phakaphong arrived at Phuket Bus Terminal 2 yesterday to oversee more than 100 Myanmar workers heading to Ranong so that they could return home to Myanmar.

The migrant workers were left without any income after the people and businesses they worked for were forced to shut down as a result of the COVID-19 “situation”, the governor explained.

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“Therefore they want to return to their country,” he said.

A total of 120 workers had registered with the provincial government of their intention to travel home, but only 106 presented themselves yesterday, Governor Phakaphong added.

The workers boarded six buses, all adjusted for the new anti-COVID health regulations, which would carry them to Ranong, north of Phuket, he explained.

All of the workers travelling home must be screened by health officials and must pass all immigration checks, he assured.

“All Myanmar people will be delivered to Ranong province to cross the border to return to their country,” Governor Pahakaphong said.

“Most of them said that once the COVID-19 situation is over, they will return to work in Phuket,” he added.

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ThorFinger | 31 May 2020 - 21:25:58

Noone is coming back anytime soon. Thai people here in Patong are still talking about going home as soon as  buses or planes start operating.
Let me spell it out....

Kurt | 31 May 2020 - 08:55:50

Where are the thousands of people coming back from names places going in 14 days checked guarantee on Phuket? Keep the 2 'field hospitals' operational-stand by.

ThorFinger | 30 May 2020 - 21:04:00

Now we will soon see how effective lockdowns really are in managing virus outbreaks.
It's one thing to follow ones own country's measures, it will be quite another to be forced to follow someone elses. If this isn't handled correctly it could damage tourism long term. Sincerely, good luck. It's going to be difficult.

ThorFinger | 30 May 2020 - 20:57:02

They have to think of something better than this really quick and they only have a few weeks to do so.
International visitors visiting for a one week holiday will not spend it in a hotel room and will want to go swimming at the beaches and will want to drink alcohol.
4 weeks to come up with a solution. Remembering everyone in Thailand and most of the world will have already been in lockdowns.

DeKaaskopp | 30 May 2020 - 19:35:01

Sad to hear about that car problem.
In other news:  Hundreds of  thousands of Thai's lost their jobs. Probably no income for coming months. Suicide rate is going up.

Christy Sweet | 30 May 2020 - 16:36:29

 My Malaysian registered car sure  picked the wrong time for its temporary  import permit to expire- spent an entire week trying to get some sort of emergency extension from Customs- to no avail.  Just kept telling me I must travel to Sadao which according to last weeks rules, would require  4 sets of 14 day quarantines- or  is it 5 sets ?  What a cluster F.

Kurt | 30 May 2020 - 15:44:20

A, a return flood of thai people to Phuket. Perhaps the Governor did close his 'field hospitals' a bit to early? Fit to travel certificates, now in opposite direction?  One piece of advice. Take this chance to register alL returns! Do know who are living on Phuket, same as it is with the foreigners


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