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Phuket Governor asks ministries for help

PHUKET: Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew has asked the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society (M-DES) for help in creating a tracking app for tourists arriving under the ‘Phuket Tourism Sandbox’ model to come into effect on July 1.

By The Phuket News

Wednesday 9 June 2021, 06:24PM

Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew has asked for help. Photo: Post Today

Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew has asked for help. Photo: Post Today

He has also asked for help in staffing the ports for processing arrivals by sea after the July 1 reopening, and asked for the Department of Land Transport to take steps to prevent price gouging by tourist transport drivers after tourists are allowed to return.

Under the ‘Phuket Tourism Sandbox’ model, fully vaccinated international tourists are to be allowed to arrive in Phuket and stay on the island without any period of mandatory quarantine.

“Right now, we have 21 more days left until July 1. About 100,000 people are fully vaccinated with two injections, while about 200,000 already have had their first vaccine injection,” Governor Narong explained this morning (June 9).

“About 150,000 are getting their first injection this month. We need about 130,000 people to be vaccinated, in order to complete 70% of people on the island,” he added.

According to a report for June 8 posted earlier today by the Phuket office of the Public Relations Department (PR Phuket), so far 69% of the target 466,587 people on the island to be vaccinated in order to achieve herd immunity have received at least their first injection.

The report marked that so far 322,373 people in Phuket had received their first injection, with a further 98,589 having received two injections.

So far 388,586 people in Phuket have registered to be vaccinated, noted the report.

Phuket officials have maintained that 70% of the island’s resident population must be vaccinated in order to achieve herd immunity.

“For the length of time that tourists need to be in Phuket before travelling to other provinces, at first we proposed to the CCSA [that the minimum required stay on the island] to be only seven days, but they want them to stay 14 days [before being allowed to leave Phuket],” Governor Narong said.

“All details will be announced through the Royal Gazette after approval [has been granted] by the CCSA and Cabinet,” he added.

“From now on, we will upgrade Phuket to be ‘New Phuket’. We must have officers from the PPHO [Phuket Provincial Public Health Office], Phuket Immigration, Phuket Customs and the Department of Employment to stand by at the Phuket Checkpoint to screen people before entering Phuket,” Governor Narong noted.

“For sea ports, we must also have officers at the popular ports, including Chalong Pier, Rassada Pier and Ao Por Pier. We still need to discuss the measures for the ports,” he said.

“The Phuket government has asked the Digital Economy Promotion Agency [Depa] under the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society (M-DES) for a budget or a team of staff to help create a tracking app for tourists which is able to connect to the databases of three offices: Phuket Immigration, the PPHO and the Employment Office,” he explained.

“We have also asked the Department of Land Transport under the Ministry of Transport to set up the transport structure to connect land, sea and air transport in Phuket in order to solve the problem of overcharging fares,” he added.

“The TAT [Tourism Authority of Thailand] prediction that 129,000 tourists will come to Phuket within three months after July 1 is likely to come true. And I also want the TAT to attract domestic tourists to Phuket to boost the island economy,” Governor Narong said.

“We are trying to attract people to Phuket and at the same time control the spread of the disease [COVID-19], as well as move Phuket forward, sustainably,” he continued.

“If there is another outbreak of the virus [on the island], we have planned how we will manage it,” he assured.

“When the island’s economy improves, a lot of workers from other provinces will come to Phuket. I want [business] operators to strictly screen their staff and allow only vaccinated or tested staff to work,” Governor Narong said.

“I want workers from other provinces to move their civil registration to Phuket [change their registered place of residence], so that we will receive more budget to develop our hospitals and other infrastructures,” he added.

“If you have any questions or suggestions, please call our hotline 084-1914151, or you can text through Facebook: Governor Narong,” Governor Narong concluded.

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Kurt | 10 June 2021 - 13:23:12

Present Officialdom is doing her very best to discourage foreign tourists to go Phuket. To much 'North Korea setting'. And always that anti alcohol fascination, initiated by General Prayut in 2015. Is his flock just always trying to please General Prayut to remain 'in favor' with that nonsense?

Dave_C | 10 June 2021 - 12:43:43

@Christy please look at the post 3 below yours

Christy Sweet | 10 June 2021 - 12:18:36

What happened with your site Dave C?   IP cannot be found  but  no 'prohibited' signage either? 

DeKaaskopp | 10 June 2021 - 11:45:30 boost the economy.  Mr.Governor,how about to allow those businesses still closed to open up now in order to boost the economy? And how about to allow the sell of alcohol ? That would be an easy first step.But somehow alcohol is seen here as the biggest evil in the fight against Covid.Pure madness.

Kurt | 10 June 2021 - 11:17:49

The picture is clear about the 1 July opening of 'New Phuket'. Bit by bit more and more restrictions in tourist freedom when visiting Phuket. Must be a 14 day island stay, tracking apps, only moving on sett routes. No alcohol outside their accommodation. 3 Covid tests etc.  In the mean time Thai people walk in/out over the Sarasin bridges without  any check/test. 

Dave_C | 10 June 2021 - 11:16:24

please change the reference to

Dave_C | 10 June 2021 - 11:14:33

Try this an an example only of how to do things properly. Your details will not be shared with anybody and I personally guarantee that I will destroy them once you have received the confirmation email.
The purpose is to simply show that things can be done instead of all the posturing and rubbish we are being fed.

Dave_C | 10 June 2021 - 08:24:46

Thai people are coming on to the island over the bridge without even having to stop. Try and do that as an expat. 
And they carry on with all this control stuff.
What a joke !!!

Sir Burr | 10 June 2021 - 06:42:57

Don't bother. Nobody's coming....... 

Kurt | 10 June 2021 - 01:08:10

Seems the Governor's blood pressure is rising, realizing what 'works' on paper doesn't meet the reality of Covid-19 handling practical on Phuket. For Port, piers assistance, simple, we have the navy on Phuket. Great opportunity for them to handle that. Why allow workers from other provinces coming to Phuket as long all Phuketians are not back to work? Phuket people first at work, g...

Fascinated | 09 June 2021 - 22:58:41

Can't drink in bars when you get here, stay on the island, COVID tests and now trackers. Did this guy study in North Korea? He'll be off to monitor the Uighurs next. A lot of people will be frequenting the same places as retirees but they don't seem to be in any rush to inoculate them.

Dave_C | 09 June 2021 - 22:22:08

When I paid 300 baht to register a website, I did not expect the backlash  but it is indicative of the control of the military rule which is the major problem with Thailand!


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