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Phuket exodus numbers hit 50,000 as Governor praises efforts to get Thais home

Phuket exodus numbers hit 50,000 as Governor praises efforts to get Thais home

PHUKET: The number of people who have registered to leave Phuket, mostly for loss of income due to the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, has reached 50,000, the Phuket Governor revealed today.

By The Phuket News

Tuesday 5 May 2020, 05:42PM

Governor Phakaphong Tavipatana explained at a meeting at Phuket Provincial Hall yesterday (May 4) that officials estimate that about 100,000 Thais from other provinces were living and working in Phuket.

However, without work or any other form of income, many of those are choosing to return home.

“We estimate that there are about 50,000 people who want to return home [in other provinces] due to being unemployed and without income. Most were hotel employees, or worked in tourism service businesses,” Governor Phakaphong said.

Those who are choosing to stay are doing so because they still have work, such as food delivery drivers, he explained

Governor Phakaphong repeated that people may still register to leave Phuket by completing the online form at

Thai Residential

The Governor thanked the governors of all other provinces who facilitated the process of people returning home, and thanked those who sent vehicles to pick up people to take them home.

Governor Phakaphong gave special thanks to the governor of Nakhon Phanom province and governor of Udon Thani for their efforts, but did not explain exactly what these governors did that was different from elsewhere.

He also thanked private operators for their support, providing five buses to take 105 people home to Bangkok, Ubon Ratchathani, Sisaket and Buriram.

“Now they have arrived home,” he said.

“The overall situation is now complete. There is a well-organised system,” Governor Phakaphong concluded.

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CaptainJack69 | 07 May 2020 - 12:15:54

100k non-Phuket Thais? Well, sensible estimates put the normal population at around 600k, including non-Thais. 300k Thais registered here. 100k seems a small number. By any metric 50,000 people is HUGE and there's still more leaving.

Kurt | 06 May 2020 - 10:46:50

As (more than?) 100,000 Thai are leaving Phuket, now is the chance for Government to implement a 100% obliging Thai persons registration system on the island. Register any Thai, being here or coming in. That will be a great help too for Government hospitals to adjust in facilitate the real healthcare demand in stead of that present 'official' fake figure. 

Kurt | 06 May 2020 - 10:37:34

At 'the end', we may estimate plis-minus 100,000 Thai, Phuket registered/non-registered, will be gone. A great relief for Governor not to have them any longer under his 'care'. Lesser people on the island will help, together with curfew, face masks, social distancing, keeping bars/massage outlets closed, to prevent hopefully a next spike. Now start opening beaches half days.

JSombra | 06 May 2020 - 04:29:28

If they have 50k leaving now, their 100k  estimate of non Phuket Thai's living here is way way off. Nearly 2 out every 4 thai's i know left before Island was closed off. It's really only southern Thai's leaving now. Northerners will leave when airport opens

ThorFinger | 05 May 2020 - 21:29:12

50,000 people!!
That is nearly two thirds of the amount of people in one capital city in Australia!
Alarm bells should be ringing loud and clear.


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