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Phuket lockdown relaxed: island road, sea borders open

Phuket lockdown relaxed: island road, sea borders open

PHUKET: The Phuket Governor has issued an order relaxing the entry and exit of people arriving on and leaving the island, effective from midnight tonight.

By The Phuket News

Monday 1 June 2020, 12:15AM

The order, dated and signed by Governor Phakaphong Tavipatana today, is effective from June 1 onwards, “unless otherwise ordered”.

The order was publicly posted by the Phuket office of the public Relations Department at 9:12pm tonight (May 31).

Although the news leaked on other news sites in Thailand elsewhere, Phuket officials had not released any previous warning that the road and sea lockdown restrictions would be eased.

The order issued tonight allows for people to arrive and depart Phuket by road, as long as they comply with the requirements and operational standards set by the Phuket Provincial Police that are enforced at the Phuket Check Point at Tha Chatchai, said the order.

Any people passing through the checkpoint on public buses must also comply with the regulations already in effect, the order added, despite the fact that no interprovincial public transport buses are opening into or out of Phuket.

The piers and ports were also reopened to interprovincial travel, with all boat operators and passengers required to also comply with health regulations currently in effect. With respect to water transport, the health regulations are to be regulated by the Phuket Marine Office.

Any travellers suspected of being infected or carrying COVID-19 may be separated and quarantined by officials, the order noted.

Regarding foreign vessels arriving and departing Phuket via international waters, only cargo ships and vessels carrying necessary products and items for delivery are permitted to port in Phuket. While in port, no crew are permitted to disembark without special permission from the relevant authorities. Any persons granted permission, such as envoys and disaster relief personnel, must first be issued a Fit to Travel document issued no more than 72 hours before arrival.

Officials at the piers and ports are empowered to detain any persons for health safety seasons, the order explained.

The order warned that any persons found violating the order could be fined up to B20,000 for breach of Section 51 of the Communicable Disease Act 2015, or face up to one year imprisonment or a fine of up to B100,000, or both, for breach of Section 52 of the same act.

The order further warned that breach of the order could be punished under Emergency Decree Act.

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LALALA | 02 June 2020 - 09:09:06 understand ironic statements ? And yes, I believe that covid 19 is a part of the annual flue. I you believe in what all the governments are making up to implement more control it is up to you. 

DeKaaskopp | 01 June 2020 - 16:34:57

"Myanmar is even doing greater"Lala,if it is about testing rate per capita as you say,then Thailand is doing better than Myanmar. ( 6026 vs  454). That shows how clueless you are.And as you believe that Covid19 is the flu,apart from some other conspiracy theories, how can anyone take any of your statements seriously ? 

Christy Sweet | 01 June 2020 - 13:39:35

Found this nugget bottoming on the Google mis-translated (tm)  Phuket Police page; "Do not wait for approval Just register, can be presented to the staff at the screening point immediately..." Good news for us Luddites incapable of figuring out how to scan a QR code- not sure my cheapy phone can use "Apps" whatever the hell those are. C'mon Phuket  have some courtesy for yo...

Kurt | 01 June 2020 - 13:38:56

@Dave_C. You are right. As I wrote,..Doing nothing is 'professional' in Thailand. Than no mistakes can be made. Over and over they try doing things without thinking, like last time.-->At one day announce opening Phuket airport, next day announced not opening. And so it is about many things.

Dave_C | 01 June 2020 - 12:52:55

There is still no public transport available on or off the island regardless of the announcement.  No buses, no ferries and of course, no flights.
No co-ordination ?

LALALA | 01 June 2020 - 12:15:29

Wrong DEK...they not did well, they only testing on low rate per capita... that's their secret...and even than they are denying test results...they are exactly doing nothing substantial... its very simple... no tests=no cases. Myanmar is even doing greater. LOL

Christy Sweet | 01 June 2020 - 12:09:17

And just what are the "requirements and operational standards set by the Phuket Provincial Police that are enforced at the Phuket Check Point at Tha Chatchai, .."??  I really need to know if I leave Phuket, what sort of hassle can I expect getting back on? 

Dave_C | 01 June 2020 - 12:06:33

The problem is that there is no consultation. 
When such an announcement is made, there should be co-ordination with the police regarding requirements at the checkpoint, transport companies such as the bus companies and ferry service should be consulted. 
Remember the saying "prior planning prevents poor performance". I don't think anyone in Government knows about that !!

DeKaaskopp | 01 June 2020 - 11:56:42

"Doing nothing is professional in Thailand.Than no mistakes are made" Kurt aka H1, since the beginning of the virus outbreak you keep lamenting about everything they did.Compared to many other countries they actually did well.Nothing is ever done here to satisfy you.Tell me one valid reason why you still keep living here.

Dave_C | 01 June 2020 - 11:52:40

It is still impossible to leave or enter the island by any form of public transport. No flights, no buses, no ferries.
Even if buses do resume, it it still unclear how Police are going to behave at checkpoint. No guidance !!

Kurt | 01 June 2020 - 11:14:36

@ EricPhuket & JohnC; Right! I guess the Thai Government is still struggling to find out how to give body to the 'New Normal'. It is just afraid to handle that. So, in their 'wisdom' they keep things 'on hold'. Doing nothing is professional in Thailand. Than no mistakes are made.

Kurt | 01 June 2020 - 11:03:14

Who allows thai inhabitants on the closed Phuket beaches? What is going on?

Kurt | 01 June 2020 - 10:56:35

Does this order means thai people can 'flow in' via bridge on Phuket without registering? Leaving the Phuket Provincial Administration again in the dark about who are living/working on Phuket? Not wise. Knowledge is important, seen the expected 2nd wave of Covid-19 later.  ( I know we never think about 'tomorrow') More important than to forbid a cola+chips during a cinema movie.

coLivid | 01 June 2020 - 10:19:41

Seriously, how do you write about land and sea transportation without writing about the airport? Do you have no journalists? Will no one call the airport or government office and ask for update? 

JohnC | 01 June 2020 - 09:05:44

Still no update on when the airport will open for domestic flights. Seems strange to open the bridge and sea entries but not the airport.

ericphuket | 01 June 2020 - 08:54:54

Again not really clear,how can the island economy recover if the airport remains closed and domestic and international travel remains impossible. Incompetence is becoming worser every day
Time to liberate the country before more people  not see any exit anymore 

friend | 01 June 2020 - 08:11:54

and now news for the airport and beaches.

archcan | 01 June 2020 - 08:07:10

OK.  "as long as they comply with the requirements and operational standards set by the Phuket Provincial Police that are enforced at the Phuket Check Point".  Where could we find that information? 

alf | 01 June 2020 - 05:17:35

So, people are free to go, but they must "comply with the requirements and operational standards set by the Phuket Provincial Police". But... what are these requirements now?? 


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