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Phuket officials mull easing domestic entry requirements

Phuket officials mull easing domestic entry requirements

PHUKET: Phuket officials have tabled making further changes to the requirements for domestic visitors to enter the province in the hope of providing a means to boost the island’s flailing economy.

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By The Phuket News

Sunday 19 September 2021, 01:09PM


Phuket Vice Governor Pichet Panapong explained at a meeting at Phuket Provincial Hall yesterday (Sept 18) that the meeting was being held specifically to consider solving the problems of people affected by the announcement of Phuket Province Order 5407/2564 on travel screening measures for entering Phuket.

The order was issued by Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew on Sept 11 and came into effect on Wednesday (Sept 15).

Those present at the meeting yesterday, including senior island officials and representatives from the island’s private sector, agreed to ease the measures currently in effect to help boost the island’s economy while maintaining measures to protect people from infections being brought onto the island from the mainland.

The meeting attendees resolved to present to the Phuket Communicable Disease Committee for consideration to allow all groups to travel to Phuket under following conditions:

  1. Arrivals must be fully vaccinated
  2. Arrivals must provide evidence of testing negative for COVID-19 by RT-PCR method or ATK swab test within seven days before arriving
  3. Arrivals must have the MorProm app installed on their phones and must register their travel details through the gophuget.com web platform

As for air travel, which has limitations in the methods of detecting infection, it was agreed to propose having checkpoints set up at airports providing flights to Phuket where passengers can bring their own ATKs to conduct COVID tests before being allowed to board their flight.

Mr Pichet emphasised strongly that the proposal was just the opinion of the joint meeting between government agencies, the private sector and administrative departments to prepare to be presented to the Phuket Communicable Disease Committee for further consideration.

“This is to facilitate those who want to travel to Phuket, both for tourism and in other cases, under the principle to reduce infections from being brought toPhuket while helping to improve the island’s economy,” Vice Governor Pichet said.

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ematt | 20 September 2021 - 14:59:44

Friends if you’re unwilling to get vaccinated, you are a public health menace. please don’t come here.  

Christy Sweet | 20 September 2021 - 13:58:59

Thaidom would be better off making strict, common sense regulations and then sticking to them. The almost daily revisions make visiting Phuket too much hassle and too risky.

CaptainJack69 | 20 September 2021 - 12:59:43

ED: Can I make a suggestion? Make a web-page and keep it updated with the actual current conditions for domestic travel at least to the major provinces relevant to Phuket (Bangkok, Phang Nga, Krabi, etc...). It's so difficult to work out what's needed for where and if travel is even possible because it's all so complicated and keeps changing. Domestic tourism is ham-strung by this.

Kurt | 20 September 2021 - 10:57:32

@ JohnC, I know a Soi people were not happy with a rude/unbehaving russian couple. To young for a retirement visa. The 'Soi' bit by bit investigated them. Turned out husband unemployed, she with teaching working permit. She didn't teach. Tourist police/Immigration advice them to leave, didn't prolongate their Visa status. They left. Problem solved.

Kurt | 20 September 2021 - 10:32:49

To mull easing entry requirements for domestic entry while infections among Thai are spiking is, again, pulling the wrong end of the rope. It are these requirements that spikes the flood of Covid infections among Thai. According mr Weerat ( PEBA) twice as high as the official figures tell us. The continues slalom/ differentiation in treatment between foreigners and Thai, a disaster.

JohnC | 20 September 2021 - 10:05:35

@lelecuneo. Personally I would rather not see Russian tourists come back here any time soon.  Why do they always behave so badly? Make the worse neighbours I have ever encountered and that is not just my opinion. Our whole soi is very [angry] with the only Russians living in it and other friends in other sois tell me they have the same problems with them.

friends | 20 September 2021 - 09:17:56

I don t have vaccin , and i can’t come
Back in my home in phuket . 
I would like to enter with just test pcr . 
Many people are blocked like me …. 
Vaccin don’t protect to have covid 
If i don’t have vaccin i can’t take my plane in phuket ….. 
i m fed up ! 

Kurt | 20 September 2021 - 09:12:45

If Thai (domestic) were all the time tested like foreigners, 3 times according same schedule, than Phuket would now not been in a Covid-19 mess. The thinking of Officialdom to differentiate in handling all this makes Covid-19 laughing. Covid is not xenophobic. That 7day test schedule was a disaster. Phuket was warned.

Madeinswiss | 19 September 2021 - 18:25:25

Foreigners need 1pcr before flight and 1pcr test at the arrival and domestic just 1 pcr test 7 days before.... Are you kidding? You will not increase tourists but increase covid for sure! 

JSombra | 19 September 2021 - 16:21:22

It was the whole 7 days window for tests that led directly to the outbreaks now, it is basiclly the same as no tests.

Malc-thai | 19 September 2021 - 14:34:28

if you want tourism to kick in then do exactly the same for foreign travellers as domestic!  if you seriously think a pcr up to 7 days before and no tests after is all that's needed..SMH

lelecuneo | 19 September 2021 - 13:51:04

oh dear... now they think the thais will help the economy of the island to recover? wtf is wrong with those guys..... meanwhile by only letting evryone sell alcohol they could make so much money plus attract more tourist ( russian ) to the island. I cannot see any russian coming over with a alcohol ban in place....but i can see many bangkokian driving down and spread more covid in this place

 

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