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Man using illegal proof of vaccine denied entry at checkpoint

Man using illegal proof of vaccine denied entry at checkpoint

PHUKET: A man has been apprehended at the Phuket checkpoint by police and denied entry after it was discovered he was illegally using a friend’s proof of vaccination certificate to enter the island.

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By The Phuket News

Thursday 15 July 2021, 10:28AM


Of greater concern was the fact he had used this illegal method several times before and been granted entry to the province successfully.

The man, a delivery driver coming from Phang Nga driving a white pickup truck, was planning to enter Phuket in the early hours of yesterday morning (July 14) when police, led by Karon Police Deputy Chief Lt Col Somporn Surin, pulled him over.

He had presented his ID card which had the two stickers on it denoting he had received the required two doses of vaccination.

However, officers noticed the man started acting nervously and suspiciously and so asked him to exit his vehicle for questioning.

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The driver subsequently confessed that he himself had not been vaccinated. He added that he wanted to enter Phuket but did not want to pay for a test and therefore had asked his friend if he could use his proof of vaccination stickers.

The man also revelaed the conversation he and his friend had exchanged via his Line app.

The driver confessed to police that he had used this method many times before and been allowed to enter the island.

Officers denied him entry and informed the company that the driver works for about his wrongdoing.

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JohnC | 16 July 2021 - 09:41:24

What a great friend to have. Dobs in his mate that helped him out without any coercion from the officials. I bet they wish all offenders would confess so easily.

Kurt | 15 July 2021 - 11:23:53

And the company he works for was laughing, thinking: 'It was all other times a nice try, bad luck this time'.  The man was denied entry. Why were he and his friend, partner in a serious Pandemic crime, not arrested/fined? How high would the fine have been for a foreigner committing  same crime before released from detention/deported?

 

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