The order, titled Phuket Provincial Order No 3858/2564, was signed and dated by Governor Narong yesterday (July 9), and posted publicly by the “Phuket Info Center” operated by the Phuket office of the Ministry of Interior at 9:54pm last night.
The order is marked to be in effect from July 9 onwards until a further order is issued.
There has been no explanation by officials as to any changes from the previous order issued on
June 30, literally the day before the Sandbox scheme came into effect.
So far The Phuket News has not been able to identify any changes to the previous order, published in English here.
For convenience, the conditions already explained previously are repeated here:
Measures before entering the Kingdom
1) Avoid risk areas or community places for at least 14 days.
2) Must travel from a country/region that the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) or other centre of operations for implementing measures for travel and taking care of Thai people abroad approved in accordance with the criteria prescribed by the Ministry of Public Health by the proposal of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports and the Tourism Authority of Thailand and has been registered through the system or website specified by the government.
The traveller must stay in the said country for at least 21 days before departure, except for those who reside in the Kingdom who have left the Kingdom and have traveled to the above approved countries/regions.
Documents used for entering the Kingdom:
- A letter certifying that a person can enter the Kingdom (Certificate of Entry - COE).
- Medical Certificate with a laboratory result indicating that COVID-19 is not detected by RT-PCR method up to 72 hours prior to departure.
- An insurance policy that covers the expenses of healthcare and medical treatment or any other insurance, including the case of COVID-19, throughout the duration of the traveller’s stay in the Kingdom in the amount of not less than US$100,000
- Proof of payment for accommodation and RT-PCR testing by specifying a period of stay of not less than 14 days in a hotel or accommodation which has been registered according to the Ministry of Tourism and Sports and Tourism of Thailand. For the case where the traveller has been staying in the Kingdom for less than 14 days, a ticket of the airline specifying the duration of departure from the Kingdom shall be provided. Proof of payment for accommodation and the detection value by RT-PCR method during that time.
- Documents or evidence certifying vaccination (Certificate of Vaccination) has been completed in accordance with the criteria prescribed by the vaccine manufacturer, which must be a vaccine that has been registered under the law for medicines or certified by the World Health Organization or as prescribed by the Ministry of Public Health, for not less than 14 days before departure
For persons under 18 years of age who are not eligible for vaccination and traveling with a parent or guardian must have a medical certificate Medical Certificate with a laboratory result indicating that COVID-19 is not detected by RT-PCR method up to 72 hours prior to travel.
3) Screening for respiratory symptoms and checking for fever at the international port of entry and exit of the country/area of origin.
1) Symptomatic screening measures and immigration formalities
1.1) In the case of entering the Kingdom by an airline that has a direct flight to an international airport located in a tourism pilot province, [the traveller will be] screened for respiratory symptoms and checked for fever and will submit documents to the competent official or the communicable disease control officer including carrying out immigration formalities at the international entrances and exits before [being approved for] entering the Kingdom.
1.2) In the case of entering the Kingdom by an airline that does not have a direct flight and must travel by air to the airport located in the area tourism pilot province, the traveller shall perform one of the following actions before entering the Kingdom:
Screened for respiratory symptoms and checked for fever and submit documents to the competent official or communicable disease control officer, including the immigration formalities, at the first international entry and exit point that provides entry into the Kingdom before continuing to the airport of destination that is [located in] a pilot province for tourism [in Thailand].
Screened for respiratory symptoms and checked for fever and submit documents to the competent official or communicable disease control officer, including conducting immigration formalities, at the international port of entry or in the area of the airport of destination that is a tourism pilot province.
2) Use a tracking system or install applications as specified by the government, by enabling such tracking system to be on all the time, to monitor for symptoms [of infection] during the traveller’s stay in the tourism pilot province
3) To depart from the airport to a hotel or accommodation by a specially arranged vehicle. without stopping or stopping at any place before arriving at the hotel or accommodation
4) To have a COVID-19 test by RT-PCR method at the place specified by the government. The traveller is responsible for the expenses according to the following criteria:
4.1) To have a test for COVID-19 by RT-PCR method one time upon arrival in the Kingdom. It is forbidden to travel outside the hotel or accommodation until there is a test confirming that there is no COVID-19 infection.
4.2) To be tested for COVID-19 by RT-PCR method in addition to item 4.1) as follows:
In the case of staying in the Kingdom for not more than 7 days, a second infection test shall be conducted between days 6-7 of the period of stay or as prescribed by the Ministry of Public Health.
In the case of staying in the Kingdom for a period of 10-14 days, the second test is between the 6th-7th day and the third time between the 12th-13th day of the period of stay, or as required by the Ministry of Public Health.
In the event that a traveller is found to be infected with COVID-19, the hotel or accommodation will coordinate the transfer of the traveller to a medical facility. Contract parties in accordance with the guidelines prescribed by the Ministry of Public Health or the government will urgently provide further examination or treatment where the traveller is responsible for all medical expenses or in accordance with an agreement on expenses between the hotel or accommodation and the traveller.
5) In the case of a traveller who leaves a hotel or a place of residence after the result of a test that has confirmed that there is no COVID-19 disease, the traveller must report on his return to the hotel or accommodation every day according in accordance with the orders of the Communicable Disease Control Officer or as prescribed by the Communicable Disease Control Officer. It is forbidden to stay overnight in a place other than the hotel or accommodation that has been specified, and [the traveller must] comply with public health measures prescribed by the government strictly at all times while staying in the pilot province for tourism.
6) In the case of a traveller staying in a tourism pilot province for less than 14 days, the traveller is strictly prohibited from leaving the tourism pilot province, and upon the expiration of the said period for travellers is to leave the Kingdom immediately.
7) In the case that a traveller has been staying in a tourism pilot province for at least 14 days, he/she is allowed to travel outside of the tourism pilot province after the expiration of the said period.
Measures before leaving the Kingdom or traveling outside the pilot province for tourism to other provinces within the Kingdom
- Must be tested for COVID-19 by RT-PCR method in the case of destination country/area. The traveller is responsible for the expenses.
- In the case of a traveller leaving the area of a tourism pilot province to another province within the Kingdom, the traveller must show proof of residence in the pilot province for tourism together with evidence of COVID-19 test results by RT-PCR method according to Article 4.2) B. to employees, officers or communicable disease control officers of the origin province and destination province according to the rules or guidelines prescribed by the government.
The order noted that people were encouraged to support and encourage the use of the policy by companies registered in Thailand under the supervision and certification from the Office of the Insurance Commission. The insurance policy must cover healthcare expenses and medical treatment in case of asymptomatic COVID-19 infection.
The order also noted that travellers who arrive between 00.01am and 6:00pm will have their date of arrival considered as Day 1 of their stay.
For travellers who arrive between 6.01pm and midnight (00:00am), their official period of stay will not start until the following day.