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Italian ‘risk’ tourists see more than 2,000 stranded on cruise liner in Phuket

Italian ‘risk’ tourists see more than 2,000 stranded on cruise liner in Phuket

PHUKET: More than 2,000 passengers and crew on board the Costa Fortuna cruise liner that arrived in Patong Bay this morning (Mar 6) have been refused permission to come ashore. The ban follows officials confirming that 64 Italians on board left Italy in the past 14 days.

By The Phuket News

Friday 6 March 2020, 02:24PM

The move follows the Thai government yesterday instituting a 14-day quarantine on all people arriving from China, South Korea, Hong Kong, Macao, Iran and Italy. (See story here.)

The Costa Fortuna arrived in Patong this morning on its scheduled overnight stop with 1,631 passengers and 984 crew and ship staff on board.

Of the passengers and crew on board are three Chinese, two Singaporeans, 151 French nationals, 230 Germans and 282 Italians, Phuket Immigration Chief Col Narong Chanaphaikul confirmed to The Phuket News.

The decision to not allow any persons to disembark in Phuket follows confirmation that 64 of the Italians on the ship are suspected of carrying COVID-19, Col Narong said.

“While there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the ship, all people on board are a health risk and they must remain in quarantine for 14 days,” he said.

“They must stay on the ship, and the ship must remain about two nautical miles from shore,” Col Narong explained.

“Next we will have to discuss what is to be done with other cruise ships scheduled to come to Phuket. We need to talk with the Phuket Governor before we can make any decisions regarding those,” he said.

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Kurt | 08 March 2020 - 19:40:09

The only thing I believe of Phuket Officialdom is that today it is a beautiful full moon night. I can see it with own eyes!

Kurt | 08 March 2020 - 19:32:52

Lucky Phuket inhabitants! Cruise vessels now will avoid calling Phuket, not risking to be refused upon arrival.  Lesser health risks coming ashore. Just curious how long the Phuket Government can resist making money with these cruise vessel calls blocking. Wait for thai spinning/twisting why to welcome them soon again.

goldwing | 07 March 2020 - 10:42:09

They are only blocked because they are Italian, if they were Chinese thay would be welcomed with open arms, Thailand is scared of China, China says jump Prayut asks how high

goldwing | 07 March 2020 - 08:29:20

At last the idiots in charge may be showing some common sense

Rorri_2 | 07 March 2020 - 05:57:53

Another nail in the coffin for tourism.

Sandbar | 07 March 2020 - 05:16:00

Every tourist that arrives in Phuket from overseas countries must now be considered a risk, unless they have been screened and medically cleared by thier country of origin. 

Jor12 | 07 March 2020 - 04:14:04

k...yep that's what the article says. No landing. 

Foot | 06 March 2020 - 20:16:36

Actually, this ship should just return to it's originating port.  No reason to sit in Thailand.

Maybe, they're waiting the All Clear" from Thai officials after 1 or 2 days as has been done so often before.

Nasa12 | 06 March 2020 - 19:07:27

And nice to se immigration on the speed boat whit out lifejacket, great with the police that follow their own rules. 

Rene | 06 March 2020 - 18:02:09

And the smart cars from Immigration have nothing to do with the story above.....but for the guy below...dont understand that senseless comments.

Rene | 06 March 2020 - 17:59:24

It would be better and good for all if you just go to silence and visit a brain doctor !!

Kurt | 06 March 2020 - 15:20:11

The Phuket Immigration idea that foreign cruise vessels will stay 2 weeks in quarantine in Patong bay/deep sea port is complete of the world. Funny, 2 Immigration german BMW smart cars at Patong beach. For what? Nothing to do on the road?And, were there no cheaper cars ( malaysian or japanese) available for doing that Phuket immigration road job?

Kurt | 06 March 2020 - 15:10:53

Guess cruise vessels turn around and don't call Patong  Bay. Why should they? Talking with the Governor? For what?  He just forward matters to 'Bangkok', and wash his hands. Phuket Officialdom has to become realistic and work out matters economically for the island with in mind there will be no next  High Season 2020/2021.


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