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Phuket exodus to begin tomorrow

Phuket exodus to begin tomorrow

PHUKET: The first of some 40,000 people who have registered to leave Phuket to head back to their home provinces will be able to leave the island from 5am tomorrow (May 1), Phuket Vice Governor Supoj Rotreuang Na Nongkhai has confirmed.

Thursday 30 April 2020, 06:36PM

Motorists queue at the Phuket Check Point at Tha Chatchai to leave the island on Mar 29, just before the ’Phuket Lockdown’ began. Screenshot: Phuket Provincial Police

Motorists queue at the Phuket Check Point at Tha Chatchai to leave the island on Mar 29, just before the ’Phuket Lockdown’ began. Screenshot: Phuket Provincial Police

V/Gov Supoj broke the news in a live video broadcast this afternoon on the official Facebook page of the Phuket office of the Public Relations Department (PR Phuket).

V/Gov Supoj explained that those who want to leave the island must first register by using an online form or by informing their village head.

Of note, in an announcement only yesterday, PR Phuket explained that the online form was for a “survey” only so that officials could gauge what action to take with Thais stuck in Phuket during the COVID crisis.

Today, V/Gov Supoj explained that people who have registered must install the “QueQ” app to book their place to leave. (Download the app on the App Store here and Google Play here.)

“We opened for bookings today at 3pm, with 2,500 people to leave in the morning, from 5am to midday, and another 2,500 to leave after that, from midday to 8pm,” V/Gov Supoj said.

The need for people to book their places to leave was to reduce the crowd of people and vehicles at the Phuket Check Point, where they will be “screened” for elevated body temperature before leaving the island by bridge.

“For those who want to leave the island but do not have a vehicle, you may have to hire drivers to take you to your destination. Please make a contract so that they will be able to prove that they have been hired and will be allowed to return and enter Phuket,” V’Gov Supoj said.

“For those who haven’t found any vehicle with which to leave, at this stage we do not have any measures to help them. We need to have a meeting to find the best solution for this,” he added.

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Of note, the ban on all interprovincial bus services 300km or longer remains in place, but minivan services for journeys shorter than 300mk are allowed.

“If your booking is to allow you to leave in the evening, please plan your journey to avoid breaking the nightly curfew [from 10pm to 4am,” V/Gov Supoj said.

The information each person provides in the online form or to their village chief when registering will be forwarded to the provincial governor for their destination, V/Gov Supoj said.

“We are allowing people to go back home as some are unemployed and unable to bear the high cost of living in Phuket,” V/Gov Supoj explained.

“We have only a small number of foreigners who have registered to leave the island. Migrant laborers from neighboring countries must contact their consulate or embassy if they want to go back to their home countries,” he added.

V/Gov Supoj reminded people that once they reach their home province, they must observe a self-quarantine at home for 14 days.

“As for allowing people to enter Phuket, we still have no plan for that as we need to manage our people in the province first,” he said.

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Kurt | 02 May 2020 - 10:49:43

It's funny, Provincial Hall never cared about the thousands not-registered Thai on Phuket. Now these want to leave and for the sake of a 'survey' Government holding up a exodus. Open bridge for departers, Lift curfew for 48 hours for departing travellers off Phuket. Give them a 48 hrs curfew exemption sticker for on car shield while driving home. All can behind us in 48 hrs.

Shwe | 02 May 2020 - 07:40:30

yes, a lot of thought went into this, yes you can leave if you fill in lots of paperwork, ah, we didn't think how long it would take process that paperwork, so you cant leave today, come back on Sunday, there may be a time warp and we can process paperwork more quickly

DeKaaskopp | 01 May 2020 - 15:52:36

@r u sure  "some people are always negative"  On here ? Really ?

r u sure | 01 May 2020 - 13:23:22

Because @maverick some people are always negative,constantly criticise or have smarter ideas! No names mentioned.

Fascinated | 01 May 2020 - 12:31:00

Clearly just another day in Paradise for Ms Sweet!

maverick | 01 May 2020 - 11:34:50

Sensible step to prevent even greater levels of poverty on the Island - many of these people will be hotel workers who will run out of money and accommodation by the end of May when their SS payments stop. They can at least be with their families until there is some kind of recovery in the Phuket economy -they are also travelling to surrounding provinces - why the constant negativity folks ? 

Kurt | 01 May 2020 - 11:12:01

So, who likes to go by minivan to Bangkok, has during the journey to change 2 times minivan. Every minivan trip max 300km.  Isn't that a nice way to spread Covid-19 virus? In the minivans, and at the stop-over stations.

Kurt | 01 May 2020 - 10:59:00

"We allow (?) people to go home as some (?) are unemployed" + high cost of living bla bla.. the V/G said.  
Quite a understatement. All thousands of people lost their job. People with a job now on Phuket will simply not leave. They are not all born yesterday, V/G.

Kurt | 01 May 2020 - 10:51:22

Have the governments of other provinces set up 'self-quarantine' accommodations to welcome the returning 40,000 ++ people returning home from Phuket? Yes, I know, it needs coordination, more than the non-coordination like settling matters between Airlines-Phuket Airport-Phuket government. The best they are in nonsense cosmetic 'ruling', like the alcohol sales ban.  hahaha.

Kurt | 01 May 2020 - 09:49:42

Freedom 3000, very explainable with 2 words: Thai Logic. But it seems that Phuket Government is pushing to shuffle as many Thai of Phuket island as possible. Lesser people, registered/non-registered, lesser problems. And who cares/believes or the left Thai go 14 days in self-quarantine after arriving at home? At home, united again with family is no 'self-quarantine'.

Shwe | 01 May 2020 - 07:26:09

I would imagine that a lot of people wishing to go home do not have a smart phone, their own transport or the money to hire a driver. Another dumb idea  

CaptainJack69 | 01 May 2020 - 03:29:58

"They must observe a self-quarantine at home for 14 days" does anyone believe for a second that that's going to happen? This is why we're not able to have a glass of wine while locked in our homes prevented from going anywhere by road-blocks and a nightly curfew, because people can't be trusted to do what's right unless they're forced to.

freedom3000 | 01 May 2020 - 00:09:25

40.000 people can leave PHUKET by car - but tourist are not allowed to fly back home? Can someone explain this to me? 

Christy Sweet | 30 April 2020 - 22:40:57

Self quarantine? Like in south Bang-Tao? And Phuket has highest  infection rate in the country so how is letting people off the island not spreading the virus? No one believes the temp checks are a reliable indicator...right?  Is it just a panacea? Will the directive change tomorrow? Toss the dice..Short term  or long term. 

friend | 30 April 2020 - 19:30:24

 if a  person has no car, no money, and the village is more than 300 km away,from phuket how can do ?? the authority should support this people with special convoy, with the permission to travel also during the curfew time.

Christy Sweet | 30 April 2020 - 18:53:10

Download an app? I have no idea how to do that, and my cheap crap phone likely hasn't the memory. I use a laptop for internet so website please..  or is that what an app is?  


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