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Phuket officials issue new order for Sandbox tourist arrivals from July 1

Phuket officials issue new order for Sandbox tourist arrivals from July 1

PHUKET: Phuket officials have issued a comprehensive provincial order including all the key requirements and conditions for international tourists entering the province from July 1.

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By The Phuket News

Saturday 26 June 2021, 09:00AM


All the main criteria have already been well reported since the announcement by the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) last Friday (June 18).

However, the latest order issued includes many details not yet revealed and will be in effect from next Thursday, such as tourist arrivals must spend their first night at their hotel while waiting for the results of the COVID test taken at the airport on arrival.

The order, technically titled “Phuket Province Order No. 3491/2564”, was signed and issued by Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew yesterday (June 25).

The order will come into effect on July 1.

The order was released while Deputy Prime Minister Supattanapong Punmeechaow and Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn were inspecting the newly established ‘the Phuket Sandbox Operation Center’, which will oversee and coordinate enforcement of COVID regulations regarding tourist arrivals from July 1.

Meanwhile, the Phuket branch of the Airports of Thailand have released a “7 Steps Countdown” series of images to help foreign tourists understand what is required of them on landing at Phuket International Airport after July 1. In total, perhaps as an indicator of the nature of the requirements, there are 20 images in total for the "7 Steps". (See gallery above.)

The full order issued yesterday was publicly posted online yesterday in Thai. The full order in English is as follows:

Support the opening of Phuket Sandbox City

Effective from July 1, 2021 onwards.

Subject: Determination of travel screening measures for entering Phuket according to the prevention and control measures for the Coronavirus Disease 2019.

According to the state of emergency declaration in all localities throughout the Kingdom from March 26, 2020, after which the enforcement period of emergency declaration has been extended until July 31, 2021 and following Phuket Provincial Order No. 2920/2564 dated May 28, 2021 Subject: Determination of travel screening measures for entering Phuket according to the prevention and control measures for COVID-19.

Because the Cabinet has passed a resolution on June 22, 2021 to acknowledge and approve in principle opening a pilot area for tourists in Phuket, the province will accept tourists from countries that are low-risk or medium-risk areas who have been vaccinated with vaccines recognised by the [Thai] Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Ministry of Public Health and the World Health Organization (WHO); have been vaccinated with the approved the full amount of dosage; and have passed the COVID-19 testing process within 72 hours prior to travel to be able to travel to travel in Phuket without quarantine in order to stimulate the overall economy of the province. From July 1, 2021 onwards, therefore, in order to prepare for the opening of the city for tourists along with public health measures Phuket Province needs to set measures to control, monitor, and trace tourists coming from abroad and the general public who will travel to Phuket. To prevent infection and spread in Phuket by virtue of Section 22, Section 34, Section 35 of the Communicable Disease Act B.E. 2558 and the provisions issued under Section 9 of the Emergency Decree on Public Administration in Emergency Situations B.E. 2548 (No. 1) dated 25 March 2020 (No. 20) dated April 16, 2021 (No. 23) dated May 15, 2021 and (No. 24) dated June 19, 2021, the Governor of Phuket with the approval of the Phuket Communicable Disease Committee according to the resolution of the meeting No. 40/2564 dated June 21, 2021, the Phuket Province Order No. 2920/2564 dated May 28, 2021 was canceled and issued an order specifying the screening measures for travel into Phuket according to the following preventive and control measures for COVID-19.

Article 1. Measures for travelers entering the Kingdom at Phuket International Airport for foreigners and Thai people. Travelers must have the following qualifications and practices:

1) Must be a traveler from a low-risk or medium-risk country according to the criteria set by the Ministry of Public Health and the Tourism Authority of Thailand. In case of traveling from other countries must reside in the country specified above for at least 21 days before entering Phuket.

2) Must have a certificate of entry to the Kingdom (Certificate of Entry - COE).

3) Must be vaccinated as recognised in Thailand, 2 doses (according to vaccine type) at least 14 days before travel and have a document certifying vaccination (Vaccine Certificate). Children under 6 years old can travel with their parents

4) Must have a medical certificate with a laboratory result indicating that COVID-19 is not detected by RT-PCR method up to 72 hours prior to departure.

5) If you have been infected, you must receive 2 scheduled injections (according to the type of vaccine) at least 14 days [prior].

6) Must have an insurance policy in the amount of not less than US$100,000 that covers healthcare and medical expenses or any other collateral expenses in case of COVID-19 infection throughout the traveler’s stay in the Kingdom. 

7) Must have a COVID-19 test by RT-PCR method 3 times. The first time will be on the date of arrival in the Kingdom (day 0) at Phuket Airport. The tourist must stay in the hotel room for 1 night to wait for the results. The tourist is to receive notification of the results on the second day through the Manager (COVID-19 Manager) 

The second time will be on day 6-7 at the hotel, or by a laboratory (outside lab) by the contracting hospital [assigned to provide COVID test services to the hotel where the tourist si staying]

The third test will be on day 12-13 at the hotel, residence or laboratory (outdoor lab) by the contracting hospital.

8) Must stay at a hotel that has received SHA + (SHA Plus) certification in Phuket for a period of 14 nights, before being allowed to travel outside of Phuket to travel in other provinces. In case of staying less than 14 nights, must travel outside the Kingdom only.

9) Travelers can travel in Phuket and carry out tourism activities and visit service establishments that have received SHA+ (SHA Plus) standards under the D-M-H-T-T-A measures

10) Install the Thailand Plus application and the MorChana tracing application and allow the geographic coordinate system (GPS) to be tracked through the application throughout the period of stay in Thailand.

Article 2. Those who come from abroad and wish to travel out of Phuket to travel to other provinces or traveling out of the Kingdom by air (Phuket International Airport) are to comply with the following:

Tourists who have stayed in Phuket for 14 nights and wish to leave Phuket must show documentary evidence to the officers at the departure gate checkpoint at the domestic terminal or the international terminal as follows:

  1. Passport and visa validated by Phuket Airport Immigration (except Thai nationals)
  2. Proof of COVID-19 test showing that COVID-19 was not detected during the 14-night stay in Phuket with the document issued by an agency of the Ministry of Public Health
  3. Evidence of staying at a hotel or accommodation that has received SHA+ (SHA Plus) standards.

Article 3. Those who come from abroad and wish to leave Phuket to travel to other provinces by land and by boat are to comply with the following practices:

By land (Tha Chatchai checkpoint)

Those who wish to travel outside of Phuket must present a documents confirming that the government has approved the procedures with a stamp in the passport attachment indicating the length of stay in Phuket, evidence of a COVID-19 test that shows that COVID-19 was not detected during the 14-day period of residence in Phuket issued by an agency of the Ministry of Public Health, and proof of residence in a SHA+ (SHA Plus) certified establishment in Phuket for a period of 14 nights.

By boat (via pier)

1. For those who travel from abroad and stay in Phuket for 14 nights who wish to leave Phuket by boat are able to travel by passenger boat from the designated pier as follows:

  1. Ao Por Pier, Pa Khlok Subdistrict, Thalang District, Phuket Province
  2. Rassada Pier, Rassada Subdistrict, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket Province
  3. Chalong Pier, Chalong Subdistrict, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket Province

In case of traveling by yacht, must depart from the designated port as follows:

  1. Yacht Haven Marina Pier, Mai Khao Subdistrict, Thalang District, Phuket Province
  2. Ao Por Grand Marina Pier, Pa Khlok Subdistrict, Thalang District, Phuket Province
  3. Phuket Boat Lagoon, Koh Kaew Subdistrict, Mueang Phuket District Phuket Province
  4. Royal Phuket Marina, Koh Kaew Subdistrict, Mueang Phuket District Phuket Province
  5. Chalong Pier, Chalong Subdistrict, Mueang Phuket District Phuket Province

by notifying the regional port authority, Phuket branch or the COVID-19 Epidemic Monitoring and Control Operations Center to support tourists Phuket Province (Phuket Sandbox) at least 6 hours before departure.

2. Travelers must present the following evidence:

  1. Passport and visa validated by Phuket Airport Immigration (except Thai nationals)
  2. Evidence of COVID-19 testing, showing that COVID-19 was not detected during the 14-night stay in Phuket, issued by an agency of the Ministry of Public Health
  3. Proof of stay in a SHA+ (SHA Plus) certified hotel or accommodation

3. In case of foreign travelers who wish to travel in Phuket waters. Must depart from the designated piers: Ao Por Pier, Rassada Pier, Chalong Pier, Yacht Haven Marina Pier, Ao Por Grand Pier Marina, Boat Lagoon, Royal Phuket Marina.

Travelers must perform the following:

UWC Thailand
  1. Register a tracking system by reporting yourself through the application as prescribed by the government
  2. Passenger vessels must be equipped with an automatic identification system (AIS, not lower than Type B) and equipped with VHF radios ready for use at all times and in accordance with Marine Department regulations
  3. The ship/boat owner, operator or shipowner’s representative must provide notification of the ship entering and leaving the port according to the report form along with the correct documents to the officers according to Article 2 for inspection before the ship/boat departs the port or when the ship has finished berthing. The procedure requires the following documents:

3.1 Vessels in-out port report form

3.2 List of passengers and captain/crew

3.3 Insurance account or policy which must be commensurate for the passengers embarking on the ship (if any).

4. Port operators, ship masters, ship operators, seafarers, crew, ship staff and passengers shall comply with the Notification of the Harbor Department No. 8/2564 dated January 11, 2021 regarding the requirement that ship operators Port operators, ship owners, ship operators and passengers in the event that a state of emergency is declared in all localities throughout the Kingdom in terms that are not strictly specified in this announcement.

NOTE: In the case of foreign travelers who wish to depart from Phuket but are unable to show evidence at the land checkpoint (Tha Chatchai checkpoint) at the boat checkpoint (designated port) will not be able to travel outside of Phuket in all cases - except for departing from Phuket to depart from the Kingdom of Thailand, which must be via Phuket International Airport only.

Article 4. Traveling to Phuket by Thai people from other provinces or foreigners residing in Thailand. The Tha Chatchai checkpoint, the water channel (pier) at every port in Phuket and domestic channels at Phuket International Airport, travelers except children under 6 years old traveling with parents must have one of the qualifications and must comply with the following practices:

1) Must be a person who has received 2 injections of COVID-19 vaccine or complete the dose according to the number of vaccines for each type or have received 1 dose of AstraZeneca vaccine at least 14 days prior; or

2) A person who has recovered from symptoms of COVID-19 not more than 90 days prior, or

3) Tested negative for COVID-19 by RT-PCR method or Antigen Test method no more than 7 days prior

4) Must download and install the application "MorChana" on the smartphone and agree to open the location sharing (Location) throughout the period of stay in Phuket.

5) Show the above documents to the Communicable Disease Control Officer before entering Phuket

6) Observe your symptoms (Self Monitoring) according to preventive measures to control the disease.

If you are sick or suspect that you have symptoms of COVID-19, see a doctor immediately.

Infected people who intentionally conceal travel information or report false information to communicable disease control officials. This hinders the investigation and control of the disease resulting in the spread of pathogens. It may be considered a violation or failure to comply with the order of the communicable disease control officer, which is an offense under the Communicable Disease Act B.E. 2558 as well.

Article 5. Phuket Province [the Phuket provincial government] has established an operations center to control the opening of the city [Phuket] to accommodate Phuket Tourism Sandbox tourists, and to manage and assign tasks accordingly; supervising and monitoring travel in and out of Phuket of foreign tourists and Thai people both traveling from abroad and within the country from the point of arrival until the departure from the province; duties include organising a system for monitoring information on the entry and exit of tourists, surveillance and tracking; to assess the infection situation, complaints or public opinions. All problems, obstacles to practice measures and solutions are to be reported to the CCSA and the ministry of Public Health on an ongoing basis by providing a communication system to connect with important locations, including:

  1. Phuket Airport Immigration
  2. Land Immigration Checkpoint (Tha Chatchai Checkpoint)
  3. Water immigration checkpoint
  4. Coordinating center for public and private hospitals (Provincial Public Health Office)
  5. Provincial Police, Marine Police and Tourist Police
  6. Hotel/Accommodation Coordination Center (SHA Plus Manager)
  7. SHA+ Establishment Coordination Center (SHA Plus) (Provincial Tourism and Sports Office)
  8. Royal Thai Navy, Thai Maritime Enforcement Command Center, Thai-MECC 3, Phuket Province
  9. Southern Digital Economy Promotion Agency and National Telecommunications Public Company Limited

Article 6. The Phuket Provincial Public Health Office must develop a response plan and a plan to delay or cancel the project. If there are more than 90 new cases per week, there are characteristics of a spread of infection in all 3 districts in the province and more than 6 sub-districts, if there are outbreaks in more than 3 clusters, or a widespread outbreak with no cause or link, or if at least 80% of the number of beds available for infected patients, there will be 4 levels of adjustment measures as follows:

  1. Reduce activities
  2. Execute the action plan to support the situation (Sealed Route)
  3. Quarantine measures within the Hotel Quarantine
  4. Review the end of the Phuket Sandbox project

Article 7. Asking for cooperation from those who travel to Phuket. Comply with measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (D-M-H-T-T-A) including:

D – Distancing = keep distance between each other

M – Mask Wearing = Always wear a cloth mask / hygienic mask.

H – Hand Washing = wash your hands often

T – Temperature = measure temperature

T – Testing = Test for COVID-19

 A – Application = Install and scan the application ThaiChana and MorChana.

Article 8. Violation of non-compliance with orders or measures

1) In the case of aliens entering the Kingdom:

1.1 Violation of the Communicable Disease Act B.E. 2558 may be punishable according to Section 51 and Section 52

1.2 Violation of the order under the preventive measures for travelers entering the Kingdom and the rules of action which the government has specified, such as traveling outside of Phuket before a period of 14 nights or as specified without permission or not cooperating to receive treatment, etc., may be the cause of revocation of permission to stay in the Kingdom under the Immigration Act B.E. 2522, Section 36 and may consider not allowing entry into the Kingdom, in accordance with the order of the Minister of Interior No. 1/2015 dated 27 November 2015 regarding the prohibition of certain classes of aliens from entering the Kingdom.

2) In the case of a person of Thai nationality:

2.1 Violations of non-compliance with the Communicable Diseases Act B.E. 2558 may result in penalties according to Section 51 and Section 52

3) In the case of tour operators, tour leaders or guides including vehicle owners, vehicle operators or a crew member carrying an alien on board:

3.1 Violations of non-compliance with the Communicable Disease Act B.E. 2558 may result in penalties according to Section 51 and Section 52

3.2 Violation of disease prevention measures for travelers entering the Kingdom and the rules of action prescribed by the government, the license may be suspended under Section 45 or the license may be revoked under Section 46 of the Tourism Business and Guide Act B.E. 2551, as the case may be, if the conditions are met by law.

In addition, because it is an urgent case, if it is left too late, it will cause serious damage to the public or affect the public interest. Therefore, the parties may not exercise their right to object under Section 30 paragraph two (1) of the Administrative Procedure Act, B.E. 2539.

If anyone violates or fails to comply with this order may be an offense under Section 51, shall be liable to a fine not exceeding twenty thousand baht, or Section 52, subject to a term of imprisonment not exceeding one year or a fine not exceeding one hundred thousand baht, or both of the Communicable Diseases Act B.E. 2558 and may Being punished under Section 18 of the Emergency Decree, B.E. 2548, in accordance with the provisions issued under Section 9 of the Emergency Decree, B.E. 2548 shall be liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years. or a fine not exceeding forty thousand baht or both

This is from 1 July 2021 onwards until there is a change in the order.

Ordered on 25 June 2021

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Christy Sweet | 29 June 2021 - 10:33:37

"Travelers except children under 6 years old traveling with parent.." Does not the delta variant target children more? 

ematt | 28 June 2021 - 20:03:51

Actually Johannes you are wrong when you say "nobody". Nobody like you maybe, or like Mr. FIsh who wants to able to call a sex worker to his room, but some people are in fact willing to jump through the hoops and have booked at the upper end resorts. The number is of course relatively small, and these are people who can afford to spend 20,000 or so per night, but it's not "nobod...

johannesweber | 28 June 2021 - 18:03:15

So stupid, no one is coming to go threw all this bull****

JohnC | 28 June 2021 - 09:02:45

I doubt very few tourists would be interested in coming here. Just had another covid death and there are more in the pipeline. I know the working people are suffering but I can't help thinking this is more about the corruptable ones missing all the extra under the table money they crave so badly. Very sad.

johannesweber | 28 June 2021 - 08:45:50

Stupid idiots, nobody going do all this ****  just to visit Thailand ? This fools are going to ruin the tourism business in Phuket because they are so stupid

Dave_C | 28 June 2021 - 04:23:21

I see now in Article 4, the 3 day test for foreigners arriving non internationally has been dropped and just the 7 day pre-entry test is OK.
However there is another feature which cause concern. All the restrictions apply to all persons except minors under 6 - Yes believe it or not if a child is 6 years old or more, they are subject to the requirements of Article 4 (non International arrivals)

Kurt | 28 June 2021 - 01:00:51

....Discouraging for foreign tourists to consider a Thailand holiday. They simply not understand the thinking of people from abroad. In everything to attract foreign tourists they pull the wrong end of the rope.  Always that constant wrong end rope pulling. I wrote that many times.

Kurt | 27 June 2021 - 22:20:20

Outdated info. Demanding 2 doses of vaccine? Getting Johnson & Johnson vaccination in Thailand is just 1 dose. This whole article shows again how government paper desk tigers forget themselves in their writing. As if they  are under influence of a certain brain flued to write.  Interesting for in their own office, ridiculous for outside world. To discouraging for proposed foreign tourists to c...

treasurefish | 27 June 2021 - 19:15:31

Why does it matter whether you are from Bangkok or from Bahrain as to whether you need one or two doses of AstraZeneca?  What is the difference between being on a boat or a plane? At least I didn't read anything about not being allowed to stay with a Thai girlfriend like they were saying on Facebook.  Third world countries make third rate decisions.

Christy Sweet | 27 June 2021 - 15:56:13

They've just suspended due process, and the use of the term traveler is all about applying this to anyone at anytime. 

Christy Sweet | 27 June 2021 - 15:52:49

Now there's a mutation of the Delta in India. Gosh, maybe this really is a Wuhan lab tweeked into  gain of function particle. Give me Novavax vaccine now please, US Embassy

Kurt | 27 June 2021 - 12:54:03

Gerneral-prime minister was quoted in BP that 'we' not talk about 'lock down in BKK as that sounds to dramatic'. 'We' should just talk about safety measures. A down play of their own panicking.

Bigaresort | 27 June 2021 - 12:25:44

Thanks to all you guys for reading this article for me ! really !Stay where you are, be happy not to be sick watch football ( not if you are from Wales) and have a beer !
Horst

ulvesen | 27 June 2021 - 08:34:12

This sounds like my kind of fun travel: Liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years?

Dave_C | 27 June 2021 - 07:35:29

Watch Out !!!
Lock down in BKK just announced as from tomorrow.
Guess where they will be heading to with their Delta variant.

Paddywacco | 27 June 2021 - 07:04:14

The opening sentence of Article 4 is ambiguous. It says: 'Travelling to Phuket by Thai people from other provinces or foreigners residing in Thailand'. I am a foreigner residing in Thailand who wishes to go to Australia and return. Does 'residing foreigner' cover returning Phuket from another province or returning Phuket from overseas or both? Am I covered by Article 4 or Article 1...

skip | 26 June 2021 - 22:05:48

as predicted before vexxination, covid sanctions will not be lifted regardless of 100% vexxination.
must be vexxinated before entry, must be PCR tested before entry, tested on entry, quarantined, another PCR test then another PCR test, mandatory face masks, bars in lockdown, social distancing etc etc. people have been duped into a vexxine that creates more problems than it solves.

Dave_C | 26 June 2021 - 16:02:40

There is a mockup of my proposed signage for the bridge at phuket-expat-vaccinations.com.
This is critically important now that BKK Covid is seemingly out of control. If they go into lockdown there may be a mass exodus to a low risk province such as Phuket 
Please support the sign concept by posting your thoughts.

Espanol | 26 June 2021 - 12:35:12

So, you can not choose where to perform PCR test and you must go to laboratory of hospital where hotel has agreement. 
That's going to be expensive. 

Heinz | 26 June 2021 - 11:19:37

Sadly that you no longer publish the daily new Covid numbers ... Would be interesting to know that it must not be more than 90 per week.

Capricornball | 26 June 2021 - 10:23:42

Ohh...the insanity of it all

Kurt | 26 June 2021 - 10:16:50

Before a foreign tourist, who thought going for Thailand holiday, have red half of this article he already got a headache and leave the rest of article and Thailand for what it is and choose another holiday destination. It's clear that Thailand not want foreign tourists,  just not dare to say it, but erect barriers to discourage tourists coming.

Dave_C | 26 June 2021 - 10:04:45

Quote "5) If you have been infected, you must receive 2 scheduled injections (according to the type of vaccine) at least 14 days [prior]."

Do they really know what they are saying ??

Fascinated | 26 June 2021 - 09:36:33

yep-this will bring them rushing back. Reading article 4- for foreigners resident in thailand if I go off island I am supposed to have a live app running to track me. As I do not have data enabled on my phone who is going to pay for the package- I'm certainly not! Its all fluff.

 

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