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Phuket to scrap COVID tests for vaccinated local tourists

Phuket to scrap COVID tests for vaccinated local tourists

PHUKET: Starting this coming Saturday (Oct 16), fully vaccinated domestic arrivals coming onto the island will not be required to prove they have tested negative for COVID-19.

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By The Phuket News

Monday 11 October 2021, 04:36PM


Governor Narong at the meeting last week. Photo: PR Dept

Governor Narong at the meeting last week. Photo: PR Dept

The news was announced by Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew, said a report by the national branch of the Public Relations Department posted online.

According to the report, also starting from this Saturday, Phuket officials will consider people who have received one injection of Sinovac plus one injection of AstraZeneca as “fully vaccinated”.

Governor Narong noted that the number of new COVID infections on the island had fallen “significantly” compared with a few weeks ago, when health officials on the island were reporting more than 200 new cases a day, said the report.

Governor Narong pointed out the move takes into consideration that 85% of all new COVID cases in Phuket have shown only mild signs of infection, or no signs of infection at all.

The move also takes into account the number of people in Phuket who have received their third-dose “booster” vaccine injection, already more than 200,000, and that from data collected from people conducting their own tests by ATKs at Phuket Check Point in previous months showed that only 0.3% were actually infected, he added.

Another factor taken into consideration was the current campaign to provide vaccination injections to 12,000 children aged 12-18 years old, Governor Narong said.

The matter of easing the screening measures for domestic visitors entering Phuket was presented to the Phuket Communicable Disease Committee meeting on Friday (Oct 8), said the report.

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The committee agreed to maintain the current measures until Oct 15, but relax the measures from this Saturday (Oct 16), the report added.

People who will be allowed to enter Phuket without presenting evidence of testing negative for the virus comprise people who have received:

  • two injections of Sinovac; or
  • two injections of Sinopharm; or
  • one injection of Sinovac plus one injection of AstraZeneca; or
  • the full vaccination dosage of an mRNA vaccine (one or two doses, as applicable).

People who have recovered from being infected with COVID-19 not less than 90 days but not more than 180 days will also be allowed onto the island without having to prove they have tested negative for the virus, the report said.

However, those who fail to prove they are fully vaccinated will be required to show evidence that they have tested negative for COVID-19 by RT-PCR or antigen test (ATK) method within seven days before arriving at the checkpoint. Such people must present a certificate issued by a recognised medical facility.

People will no longer be allowed to bring their own ATK test kits and perform the COVID tests in front of officials at the Phuket Check Point, but the “private infection detection service” at the checkpoint will be allowed to continue to operate, the report said.

Of note, the Phuket office of the Public Relations Department has yet to post its announcement confirming the change in entry requirements, which has also yet to be confirmed by official order.

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Kurt | 12 October 2021 - 01:06:38

@jsrit, No there is no logic in this country at all. In their short sightedness Thai wallow in complacency and feel better than foreigners. What else do they have than just practice that thinking? We all know that the spreading of Covid-19 is from Thai to Thai. New ruling is to keep Covid-19 going on. No possible other 'logic' explanation.

jsrit | 11 October 2021 - 21:38:19

Yes why not scrap the tests for international tourists then??? Why a double standard???? Any logic here at all????

Fascinated | 11 October 2021 - 19:15:02

2 vaccinations of AZ as well I take it?

wtfb | 11 October 2021 - 17:54:10

What a crazy state of affairs. Thai people with two doses of an ineffective vaccine allowed to roam freely in Phuket. Foreign tourist. Lengthy COE process. 7 days in an expensive SHA+ hotel. Pre booked PCR covid tests and transport to hotel. And you want foreign tourists to come???? 

maverick | 11 October 2021 - 17:19:03

Paddy@do you really need an answer to that question - cash cows comes to mind perhaps when numbers bomb in Dec they will rethink- be too late for many tourist dependent business’s 

Paddy | 11 October 2021 - 16:44:23

So why not do the same for international tourists ?

 

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