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Governor confirms four French ‘VIPs’ allowed through Phuket

Governor confirms four French ‘VIPs’ allowed through Phuket

PHUKET: Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew has confirmed that four French nationals were allowed to land in Phuket and spend 14 days at a hotel designated as an Alternative State Quarantine venue, then allowed to continue their journey to Cambodia.

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By Tanyaluk Sakoot

Wednesday 9 September 2020, 12:54PM


Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew confirmed the news while reviewing a “rehearsal” of the processes to allow fororeign tourists to be allowed into the country at Phuket International Airport yesterday (Sept 8). Photo: PR Phuket

Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew confirmed the news while reviewing a “rehearsal” of the processes to allow fororeign tourists to be allowed into the country at Phuket International Airport yesterday (Sept 8). Photo: PR Phuket

The news follows reports circulating online that four French “VIPs” were allowed to spend a 14-day holiday in Phuket – despite no foreigners currently being allowed to enter the country via Phuket.

Governor Narong confirmed the news while reviewing a “rehearsal” of the processes to allow fororeign tourists to be allowed into the country at Phuket International Airport yesterday (Sept 8).

"Four French foreigners were approved by the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration [CCSA], the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand to arrive at Phuket International Airport,” Governor Narong said.

“The four French nationals arrived by private jet, then the CCSA designated the four foreigners as a trial group and considered them as a way to test the system [for allowing foreigners into the country,” he added.

"They went through all the correct procedures and stayed 14 days in quarantine at an ALSQ hotel which was tested in accordance with established systems and measures,” he added.

"After that they flew to Cambodia, without any spread of COVID-19 in Phuket,” he said.

Governor Narong declined to explain what reasons were given for allowing the four French nationals special permission to land in Phuket and spend 14 days on the island while the blanket ban on all foreigners arriving in thailand via Phuket remains in place – as ordered by the CCSA in Bangkok.

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“Testing the system for bringing foreigners into Phuket is necessary, we must slowly open the door to receive foreigners,” Governor Narong said.

"Now our door is suddenly closed,” he added.

“Opening the door wide to accepting foreigners coming in without testing the system is impossible. We followed all the CCSA procedures strictly every step of the way, ” he said.

Governor Narong redirected the issue towards the critical need of allowing foreigners to come to Phuket to help end the financial suffering on the island.

“The efforts to bring foreigners into Phuket is for the benefit of the nation and for Phuket province. Phuket is getting ‘sick’ now, and the revenue generated from the tourism industry, about B400 billion a year, has all disappeared,” he said.

“If we don’t do anything and let it continue like this for the next four to five months, or even a year, what will happen to Phuket? How will the people of Phuket survive? Therefore economic recovery is important, as well as taking care of the health of the Phuket people," he concluded.

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Chas | 10 September 2020 - 19:31:01

Sorry, Thai government. So many sad people commenting here.

Manneken pis | 09 September 2020 - 22:44:44

Where is the logic in this explanation. Right on their way to Cambodia where they have to do quarantine again? 

ThorFinger | 09 September 2020 - 22:35:16

How suss does this sound? By VIP, I'm expecting they were either medical researchers or government officials.
Cmon Thai authorities, you have to practise transparency for people to believe anything you say. Exactly who were these VIPS? It shouldn't be too hard to trace who boarded this flight in France.

Nasa12 | 09 September 2020 - 17:24:13

” Fascinated” This flight was from SOS medical flight. 

Fascinated | 09 September 2020 - 16:19:09

'Testing the system', or counting the envelope contents? There was a Danish registered private jet on the apron 6 weeks ago when I flew to Bangkok- no explanation there either. One rule for the rich.................................................

 

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