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Phuket officials deny claims unhappy Sandbox tourists have gone home as fake news

Phuket officials deny claims unhappy Sandbox tourists have gone home as fake news

PHUKET: Phuket Vice Governor Piyapong Choowong has denounced posts on social media that Phuket Sandbox tourists unhappy with their holiday have already flown home as fake news. 

By The Phuket News

Wednesday 14 July 2021, 12:48PM

Phuket Sandbox tourists have not flown home early because they are unhappy with their stays, Phuket officials said today (July 14). Photo: PR Phuket

Phuket Sandbox tourists have not flown home early because they are unhappy with their stays, Phuket officials said today (July 14). Photo: PR Phuket

Vice Governor Piyapong explained this morning (July 14) that a Facebook post making the claim had been shared many times, and that some news agencies had reported it as news.

“A few days ago I saw a news article saying that some Sandbox tourists had packed their bags and flown back to their home countries before completing the [required] 14 days stay because they were not satisfied with our Phuket Sandbox measures,” he said.

“I have checked with our staff and found that the information is not true. We have had some tourists fly back home, but they left because they did not want to enter quarantine. It’s their right to do so, as they were only high-risk people and had tested negative [for COVID-19],” he said.

“I would like to ask every person to consider and think first before believing any news,” he added.

Phuket Provincial Public Health Office (PPHO) Chief Dr Kusak Kukiattikoon, who also joined the live broadcast this morning, which was chaired by Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew, explained that tourists can fly out of the country any time if they have tested negative for COVID-19

“Some tourists came to Phuket under the Phuket Sandbox scheme, stayed less than 14 days, and flew back to their home countries,” he said. 

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“According to the Sandbox measures, tourists must be tested for [COVID] three times, including the day of arrival, on Day 7 and Day 14, so they can go to other provinces,” he said.

“If they want to fly out of the Kingdom, they do not need to stay for 14 days. They need to test negative, otherwise we will not let them fly out,” Dr Kusak said. 

“I received a report that there were three groups of tourists who have already flown back to their home countries. The first group were the 14 tourists who were considered high-risk people and did not want to do quarantine at a local quarantine [LQ] venue,” he said. 

“The second group were tourists who came here to do errands and business for a few days, and the last group were tourists who already planned to stay in Phuket for less than 14 days. This may be because they had only a short holiday,” he said. 

“We all have taken care of tourists very well,” Dr Kusak concluded.

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DeKaaskopp | 15 July 2021 - 08:54:47

@Dave   "...would take notice..."  As you responded, you obviously took notice ! Lol 

JohnC | 15 July 2021 - 08:13:02

Speaking of fake news. Mr VG has taken line honours with his comment: [“I would like to ask every person to consider and think first before believing any news,” he added.] Well I have thought about it a lot, but he obviously didn't before opening his mouth. All he has done is make himself look even more ridiculous.

Madeinswiss | 15 July 2021 - 02:37:17

So better saving your money and waiting the Thailand will be really open without all these rules... 

Kurt | 14 July 2021 - 23:34:50

What 'fake news' V/G talk about? What unhappiness clams to deny?  What nonsense talk is that? Were the 3 groups of people leaving Phuket quickly and return home because they were 'happy' sandboxed on Phuket? Give me a break. Who is V/G trying to fool with his facts twisting attempt?

Dave_C | 14 July 2021 - 22:07:31

It defies me to understand your posts.
You have never posted one constructive item. If  only for once you take your troll hat off, people would take notice of you.

Christy Sweet | 14 July 2021 - 19:34:56

Great example of the logic disconnect.  They flew back home because they were NOT HAPPY  with going to a not so great hotel and eating out of a plastic box in a room for 2 weeks. Therefore, they  WEREN'T HAPPY  with the procedures and left. We call that NOT BEING HAPPY. 

DeKaaskopp | 14 July 2021 - 15:08:56

I wouldn't be surprised if our own Finocchio aka Xivi on here is one of those fake news poster.

Xi_Virus | 14 July 2021 - 13:39:25

We are LUCKY that Dr KuXak personally is on the case and following these so called "fAke" news. KuXak has especial expertise in the subject as we all know ^&#!

"consider and think first" = X_?_X

Fascinated | 14 July 2021 - 13:23:38

Errr- errands and busniess are NOT tourists. As the potential for quarantine IS part of the sandbox the others clearly did go back as being unsatisfied. Obfuscate as much as you want but the truth is out there.


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