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Phuket’s 24 piers get green light as all tourism-related businesses allowed to reopen

Phuket’s 24 piers get green light as all tourism-related businesses allowed to reopen

PHUKET: Phuket Marine Office Director Wiwat Chitchertwong has confirmed that ferries and tour boats, including dive and island tours, can start resuming operations as of today (June 1), following the provincial order issued last night that lifted a slew of travel restrictions on Phuket.

By Tanyaluk Sakoot

Monday 1 June 2020, 06:47PM

Among the final pages of the 37-page order issued last night is the confirmation that “all businesses and enterprises and tour companies that are legally registered under the Tourist Business and Tour Guides Act of B.E.2551 (2008) and other similar business such as tour agents, services regarding room rental, car or boat rental, companies providing transportation by land or sea, scuba diving companies or other recreational business for example” are allowed to open.

Mr Wiwat explained that all people entering or leaving Phuket by boat are to notify officials of their travel plans through the Phuket Provincial Police PhuketSmartCheck-in app,as explained by Phuket Provincial Police Maj Gen Rungrote Thakurapunyasiri earlier today.

 The online form for registering travel by boat can be found here.

 Mr Wiwat explained that although the form asks for specific details such as the times when the person will be entering or leaving Phuket, people are not to worry and to just complete the form to the best of their understanding, especially with tour boats that technically exit  Phuket waters and return on the same day.

“There will be no legal consequences if the times entered are not entirely accurate. This is just for health officials’ records in case they need to track down a patient’s previous movements and travel history later,” he said.

All boat operators are required to enforce social distancing rules on their boats, and comply with other health regulations to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, Mr Wiwat said.

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“All seats on the boats must be sanitised regularly and passengers must be seated to occupy every second seat,” he said.

“All passengers will have their body temperature checked before they will be allowed to board a boat, and they must provide identification and travel details to officials before they will be allowed to join their trip,” he added.

Mr Wiwat said that all 24 piers in Phuket were now allowed to resume operations, but added that he expected very few ferries and tour boats to resume services immediately.

“Today was just the first day, and very few people were boarding boats today. I think that will remain the same for at least the coming week,” he said.

“If the number of passengers wanting to travel on boats grows quickly and becomes a problem in the near future, we will look at our options of what we can do about this then,” Mr Wiwat added.

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LALALA | 03 June 2020 - 12:55:50

Kurt is correct..Italy for example opens travel for all European countries, Spain and others following. There is no reason for anybody - even if flights would be available - to fly from Europe to LOS as long so called 'new normal' measures persist, including face mask, tracking apps and quarantine. Maybe the Chinese may come, they are used to kind of repressions like this. 

Kurt | 03 June 2020 - 10:10:30

@Pascale.  Yes, foreign people all over Europe already booking their summer holidays in european countries, they are opening up now. People travel by car, camper or train. A few european airlines start flying european holiday destinations with a max of 40% seat capacity. Seen the uncertain job and income outlook, Europeans play on safe and stick closer to home with their holidays. 

maverick | 02 June 2020 - 16:03:41

sandbar@people do not gather on the dive deck of a boat and drink alcohol which is what was happening after the bars were closed - it’s payback time cops don’t like having the mick taken out of them 

Jor12 | 02 June 2020 - 16:02:36

R2...if Pascale is not remarking about Thailand, in what way has he digressed in pointing out incorrect assumptions.

Sandbar | 02 June 2020 - 14:30:43

As a diver I know how crowded dive boats can be, and the close proximity you are to each other.  So I do find it somewhat bemusing that dive boats get the green light, and beaches such as Naiharn remain closed? There's no tourists here for the beach to be a high a risk, and social distancing can be achieved quite easiy! 

Rorri_2 | 02 June 2020 - 12:08:10

Pascale, this whole article is about Thailand, why digress  unless you  can't argue against others comments... denying the truth will nor help.

Pascale | 02 June 2020 - 11:03:17

Kurt,Thailand isn't the only country still in lock down mode. I doubt foreign tourists are booking their holidays in July or August now.Many Airlines still not flying on a regular schedule. Take a look outside of your limited Thailand bubble to see whats going on .

Kurt | 02 June 2020 - 09:21:30

Are there now safe distance seating Minivans rules in place? At every row in minivan only 2 passengers ( middle seat empty?). Their airco systems cleaned ( certified!) ?  If not, why not?
A minivan is more covid-19 dangerous than fresh airblowing beaches that remain closed without underbuilt scientific reason.
Funny, all the Bangkokians can go to Pattaya/Jomtien beaches again. 

Kurt | 02 June 2020 - 09:09:45

No International flying to/from Thailand until 01 July ( may be even later). By than all foreign tourists have made their holiday bookings already for July, August, September, and so on, to other countries. The regimental thai officialdom hussle keeps/scares them away also. Wish Phuket success with local tourism during Sonkrang holidays in July

Kurt | 02 June 2020 - 09:01:10

Chief Wiwat should not wait until problems occur. He should anticipate and already work out now what to do/how to handle 'near future problems'. That is called management. That is part of his job.

ThorFinger | 01 June 2020 - 20:57:52

lol....really all i have to say.....lol
no international flights = no tourism for at least 2-3 months after the flights are allowed. Open flights and tourism at the same time so business has some confidence that they can compete.

nongku74 | 01 June 2020 - 19:46:12

So can I dive from Kata beach to Koh Phu?


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