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Phuket COVID restrictions extended, foreigners breaking order face expulsion

Phuket COVID restrictions extended, foreigners breaking order face expulsion

PHUKET: The raft of restrictions in effect across Phuket to prevent the spread of COVID-19 have been extended through to May 31 under a new provincial order issued today (May 12). The order included a warning that foreigners failing to observe the restrictions in place regarding gatherings may be expelled from the country.

By The Phuket News

Wednesday 12 May 2021, 06:01PM

The new five-page provincial order was published just before midday today (May 12).

The order, dated as issued and signed by Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew today, is marked to come into effect tomorrow (May 13).

The order extended the previous restrictions already in place (see links below).

However, the new order now includes a provision expressly banning any people from visiting any other person’s home for the purpose of gathering.

The new order does not stipulate how many people gathering at a private home was to be deemed illegal. 

Section 5 of the previous order, regarding “Social activities”, mandated, “For social activities, all people must refrain from gathering for celebration, such as birthday parties, welcome or farewell parties, or others, except traditional events, such as funerals, weddings, or ordination. If the event cannot be postponed, the organiser must strictly follow the disease control measure to reduce the risk of spreading the disease.”

Section 5 of the new order is now separated into sections 5.1 and 5.2.

Section 5.1 features the exact same wording as the previous order.


However, Section 5.2 clearly states, “5.2 Eating, drinking or celebrating among family at a house or other kind of accommodation must not include outsiders. Gathering to do any activities that are at risk of spreading infections must be prohibited.

“If those who fail to comply with this measure are foreigners, their permission of being granted to remain in the Kingdom under the Immigration Act will be taken into consideration.” 

The revised order comes after two foreigners were fined for B6,000 each for holding an illegal gathering at a home in Cherng Talay last Sunday (May 9) that was deemed by local officials and police to be a party.

Meanwhile, Section 1 of the order, marked “Gathering for activities which risk being infected”, notes the following:

1.2 Activities that have more than 30 people gathering are prohibited, except whereby the organisers have received approval from an officer or the activities are held by officers themselves. The disease control measures must be strictly applied.

1.3 Gathering to celebrate by drinking alcohol beverages in any public places is prohibited. The public places are beaches, public parks, playgrounds, canal sides, reservoir sides, pond sides, etc.” 

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Svcoquette | 13 May 2021 - 15:07:07

Thailand should follow Malaysias example and extend all VISAs until Dec 31. Stop the "gatherings" at immigration.

CaptainJack69 | 13 May 2021 - 13:28:42

The national 'news' is full of this anti-foreigner sentiment too. The racism in this country has always been thinly veiled, but now, in the face of this global emergency, it seems all too easy to blame the dirty 'farang' instead of the incompetent and corrupt (Thai) officials whose job is was to prevent these outbreaks. TIT

Virushater | 13 May 2021 - 12:59:41

If so, all freelancing ladies cannot visit customers (mostly farangs) anymore until 1st of June, right? 

Sandbar | 13 May 2021 - 12:51:57

It seems that the same old faces write comments to this site. The same old faces that scorne and ridicule how Phuket is being governed. However, the same old faces are still living in Phuket! Get real boys...your not being held against your will. Remember. Your only visitors to the Kingdom!

Virushater | 13 May 2021 - 12:39:15

Is it now already a prohibited social gathering when visiting ONE friend in his/her condo? I don’t get that sh*t!

Jolly Boy | 13 May 2021 - 12:11:59

The authorities are pretty much mirroring the restriction that were imposed in Europe to contain the virus and certainly for UK this has proved successful.  However, I think they should review their vaccine strategy by inoculating those at risk first and this should include foreigners.

mirthpro | 13 May 2021 - 11:23:04

“For social activities, all people must refrain from gathering for celebration, such as birthday parties, welcome or farewell parties, or others, except traditional events, such as funerals..." The next funeral will be for Phuket tourism, final rites.

Kurt | 13 May 2021 - 10:06:54

Low echelon Officials have time of their life during Covid crisis. Grow in their shoes with ordering, specially when it comes to foreigners. How many Foreigners, how many Thai on Phuket? Oh, and looks like Kamala is Phuket's Free State. Over there, ignorance of all 'orders'. And no Official who steps up. It undermines Governor's orders, it makes them tailored just for foreigners.

Kurt | 13 May 2021 - 09:34:06

Now I am curious or during next week food markets at Chalong Homepro village the Thai mobile cocktail bar is allowed to show up with margarita, pina colade, mai tai, S'pore sling, etc, and or the usual street bar table setting for 6+ gatherings will be allowed. Can't wait to see it being allowed, as it is Thai setting with foreigners sitting.  :-)

Kurt | 13 May 2021 - 09:17:20

...after quarantine time only regimental guided moving around at ordered Phuket areas only. RTP, districts- and village heads look out for you, if possible accuse you of 'gathering', and make  your foreign wallet lighter. 

Kurt | 13 May 2021 - 09:11:06

A suspicious attack on foreigners while returning flying-in Thai, and illegal walking-in border crossers rolling-out the Covid India variant. Foreigners who had a split second thought to swallow a expensive 15D/14N Phuket quarantine and next to stay with family or friends can choose now another better holiday option as such happening is not allowed. After quarantine time only regimental ..

islandgirljenny | 13 May 2021 - 07:26:20

And this place is hoping to lure foreign tourists soon?!  Surely a "Boycott Phuket" movement is more likely.

Shwe | 13 May 2021 - 07:16:59

Is this the same governor who allowed plane loads of HISOs from Bangkok to come to Phuket to party and bought Covid 19 with them? any charges against the management and owners of those establishments, no just another rant against foreigners

Little Tommy Tucker | 13 May 2021 - 01:00:36

My previous posts were not clear. One person meeting another person could be regarded as a gathering. If in doubt don't do it. The wording of the new act says that you should refrain from having any sort of celebration within your own home with only your family present. Why? Because section 5.2 bans anyone visiting, so 5.1 cannot be refrain from having visitors, it can only mean refrain full s...

Fascinated | 12 May 2021 - 23:25:22

This guy seems to be getting more and more xenophobic. Does a Governor actually have the leagal right to have people expelled from the country? Shirley its the remit of Central Gov't to issue decrees, under the auspices of the Immigration Dept. Empty words to  create a rift between 'filthy foreigners' and locals. 

r u sure | 12 May 2021 - 20:56:53

Eid Mubarak!

maverick | 12 May 2021 - 20:29:06

So how many Muslim Thais will be gathering in homes for eid Il fitr tomorrow night? Just saying ! 

Kurt | 12 May 2021 - 19:41:18

More and more seems that that invasion on foreigners home gathering in open air in day time, together with several district and village heads was a warming up, a set up, to accuse foreigners, to hammer them, to make them scapegoats. Despicable! I hope a lot of foreigners abroad read this. If they had doubts to choose Phuket for holiday, now they can skip that idea altogether.

Fascinated | 12 May 2021 - 19:18:08

From my observations Kamala seems to be exempt from these restrictions, people gathered outside a closed bar yet again tonite. Farang and locals, not a mask in sight.

Sam Thompson | 12 May 2021 - 19:13:03

Having re-read the article, it looks like the answer to 'numbers of people' would be zero.....if I am understanding this correctly then it would appear to be a total ban on non-family visiting any other 'accommodation'

Sam Thompson | 12 May 2021 - 19:07:02

Well, this is a slight improvement on the previous, ambiguous statements but they really need to specify exactly their rules e.g. numbers of people. Additionally, still not sure how or why this is banned yet you can still mix with random total strangers in restaurants

Foot | 12 May 2021 - 18:47:11

"...The new order does not stipulate how many people gathering at a private home was to be deemed illegal..."  A great way to selectively go after the money.  Another great idea that would help support the tourism industry.

Little Tommy Tucker | 12 May 2021 - 18:27:43

Two people can gather together, so even one person visiting another person could end up with both being deported. This place is well and truly screwed.

Little Tommy Tucker | 12 May 2021 - 18:25:33

Just read the bat shonet order again. 5.1 basically says you should refrain from having any sort of celebration full stop, even within the same household family. So if a child has a birthday you should refrain from celebrating. They are not saying refrain from having anyone around as that is covered in 5.2, and that is not saying refrain, that is saying you will be deported. Pure evil.

Little Tommy Tucker | 12 May 2021 - 18:19:08

Will the two arrested be deported? An example needs to be shown. One hopes the other 4 present themselves so that they too can be deported. Farangs need to know they are not welcome in Phuket. Only foreigners are not now allowed to visit their friends in their friends' homes, and of course, no one is allowed to visit them. 


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