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‘Fit to Travel’ no longer needed to enter, leave Phuket by road

‘Fit to Travel’ no longer needed to enter, leave Phuket by road

PHUKET: The relaxation of the controls on people entering or leaving Phuket by road means that people no longer need to wait for approval from provincial authorities in order to be allowed through the Phuket Check Point at the northern tip of the island.

By The Phuket News

Monday 1 June 2020, 01:46PM

Cars arrive at Phuket Check Point. Photo: Phuket Provincial Police

Cars arrive at Phuket Check Point. Photo: Phuket Provincial Police

However, people must still register their intent to enter or leave Phuket with the Phuket Provincial Police and book their allocated time for entering or leaving Phuket in order to avoid congestion at the checkpoint, Phuket Provincial Police Commander Maj Gen Rungrote Thakurapunyasiri told The Phuket News today.

The relaxation of the requirements follows the provincial order posted publicly last night allowing interprovincial travel to and from Phuket by road and sea.

There is no longer a need for people wanting to enter or leave Phuket to first be issued a Fit to Travel document, Maj Gen Rungrote said.

However, he stressed that all people entreing and leaving Phuket will be screened by health officials at the checkpoint.

There is no need for people to observe a 14-day self-quarantine before arriving in Phuket, Maj Gen Rungrote added – with the exception of people arriving from Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Narathiwat, Yala, Krabi, Prachinburi, Samut Prakan and Chiang Mai, as announced by Phuket Governor Phakaphong Tavipatana last Friday.

Whether or not people leaving Phuket need to observe a 14-day self-quarantine before leaving the island depended on the requirements in effect at the destination of where people were travelling to, he also said.

“It is not required by Phuket authorities in order for people to leave the island. People will need to check with officials at their destination in order to be sure,” he explained.

“People do not need to wait for approval from provincial health officials first, but they must register for health officials’ records,” Maj Gen Rungrote confirmed.

“I advise registering online one day before the date of intended travel,” he advised.

To register, people must complete the online form posted via the PhuketSmartCheck-in app.

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A version is available for desktop computers (click ‘Show Fullscreen”).

The registration form is now available in English. Of note, at the bottom of the form in English is a “Choose file” button for people to upload a photo of their passport face page.

To register, people must provide personal information such as their name, nationality and phone number, emergency contact person details, type of transportation, ID card or passport number and their intended purpose for either entering or leaving Phuket.

People must also select their time they intended to present themselves at Phuket Check Point to be processed to be allowed to enter or leave Phuket so that police can avoid over-congestion at the checkpoint.

“Then they will be issued a personalised QR Code that they will need to show officers at the Phuket Check Point,” Maj Gen Rungrote explained.

For people entering Phuket, each person will be registered for different lengths of time, depending on their stated reason for entering the province.

People visiting Phuket for travel or business will see their registration remain valid for seven days, while people coming to Phuket to work and even Phuket residents returning home will both see their registrations remain valid for 30 days.

However, Maj Gen Rungrote stressed that there will be no fine or legal action for a person’s registration expiring while they are still in Phuket.

“If their QR Code expires, they must re-register again – but there is no need to leave Phuket because of this, and they will not be charged with breaking any law or be forced to pay a fine. They just need to re-register for local officials’ health records,” he said.

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GerryT81 | 05 June 2020 - 10:06:28

Christy, a sponsored lawyer ?

DeKaaskopp | 04 June 2020 - 22:26:10

@Ro2   An attack ? Oh dear !  It was a simple correction/clarification. Get a grip man !

Rorri_2 | 04 June 2020 - 16:21:31

Editor, I protest, DeKaaskopp's comment had nothing to do with the article.. we all know what kurt meant, DeKaaskopp's was simply an attack on Kurt.. I thought that was not allowed.

Pascale | 04 June 2020 - 15:33:51

@K   FYI,now the girls in Hawaii don't walk bare breasted around anymore too !

Christy Sweet | 04 June 2020 - 15:04:11

Dear Customs, please do not force me to travel to adhere to an arbitrary date on my car's temporary import permit,  especially as it seems the Malaysian border is still  closed to casual entry.  I'm asking for 30 days because of a GLOBAL EMERGENCY!!  Anyone know a lawyer who'll assist me in getting this extension, please? 

DeKaaskopp | 04 June 2020 - 11:12:38

"And welcoming foreign tourists with a Wai and flowers,like on Hawaii"  Oh dear Kurt,when have you been the last time in Hawaii ? You are not automatically greeted with flowers anymore.

Kurt | 04 June 2020 - 08:33:20

When I read all the 'no can do's' and regimental 'must do's' I can't speak of relaxation. It is to much bureaucratic unneeded stuff one has to chew.
Foreign tourists will say: 'forget it', and not come. They will look how things in Thailand go next year. Not regimental, and welcoming foreign tourists with a WAI and flowers, like on Hawaii.

SEC2 | 02 June 2020 - 13:36:15

I was wondering the same thing as Christy Sweet.  I don't have a smart phone, can I leave and come back?  Or am I stuck here for the rest of my life?  Sign in and out on a computer?   Does anyone have any insight on this?

Christy Sweet | 02 June 2020 - 10:30:36

How much of a backlog is there to leave or come back in? Is this "QR Code"  app required or not because I am unable to use it. I do not mind registering my ID details and phone number, preferably on a simple to use website - or I'll do it at the border. My SIM card is already traceable.  

Jor12 | 02 June 2020 - 05:47:50

Dave...required for contact tracing. Just a random guess, I believe he comes from planet earth. 

SEC2 | 02 June 2020 - 04:50:43

Don’t have a smart phone.  Then what?   Is the government going to buy me one?  Or will I never be allowed to come home?

Christy Sweet | 01 June 2020 - 19:04:29

Thank you for this report, very informative and helpful.  

Dave_C | 01 June 2020 - 16:07:27

Can somebody ask the Maj. Gen. which planet he comes from ??

Dave_C | 01 June 2020 - 15:08:15

Regarding the registration requirements, showed this article to a person from another Province - their reply "too hard - not bother coming"
What do these requirements really achieve? 


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