The Phuket News Novosti Phuket Khao Phuket

Login | Create Account | Search


Rapid test abandoned, only vaccinated or tested arrivals to enter Phuket

Rapid test abandoned, only vaccinated or tested arrivals to enter Phuket

PHUKET: Rapid antigen tests will no longer be used to determine whether or not people will be allowed to enter Phuket from Sunday (May 16), Phuket Vice Governor Piyawong Choowong has confirmed.

Friday 14 May 2021, 06:18PM


Phuket Vice Governor Piyapong Choowong (centre) confirmed the news today (May 14). Screenshot: PR Phuket

Phuket Vice Governor Piyapong Choowong (centre) confirmed the news today (May 14). Screenshot: PR Phuket

Instead, only people who are fully vaccinated or can prove they tested negative for the virus within 72 hours of arriving will be allowed to enter, he said today after the meeting of the Phuket Communicable Disease Committee at Phuket Provincial Hall (May 14).

“All arrivals must be able to prove that you are fully vaccinated or tested negative within 72 hours because we will not conduct the rapid antigen test for arrivals from May 16,” he said.

“Everyone who wants to come to Phuket must prepare themselves to have one of the two documents, otherwise you will not be allowed to come,” V/Gov Piyawong said.

“At this stage, we have to use more serious measures, as the Governor plans to clean and clear [sic] our province from infected cases,” he explained.

“We are not satisfied with the number of new infected cases, of which we have about 10-20 cases per day. We want zero new infected cases in Phuket as soon as possible. We expect to make it happen within two weeks,” he said.

AXA Insurance PCL

“The serious measures will be in effect until May 31, about two weeks. Before the end of enforcement, we will have a meeting to review our performance,” he added.

“Please prepare yourself if you want to come to Phuket,” V/Gov Piyapong cautioned.

“If you do not have an urgent thing with necessary reason to do in Phuket, please postpone your plan. We are making sure that all arrivals in Phuket are safe,” he said.

“In Phuket, we do not have a curfew or lockdown, but we just want to reduce the risk of infection from outside and work with people in the province as smoothly as possible,” he concluded.

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

CAPTCHA

Christy Sweet | 14 May 2021 - 22:33:46

Good because those tests have 58% failure rate on asymptomatic people- as evidenced by rising rates of infections. Now just do the next step- shut restaurants because that's where it spreads the most.  

 

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
PM insists he will complete term

It's compulsory to vote in Thailand other wise legal action, jail time and of course fines will ...(Read More)


Prayut refuses to lay vaccine blame

..."may not have same understanding of the issue(?) because information passed through to many ...(Read More)


PM insists he will complete term

So the grand total [up to that point] will be 10 years...(Read More)


Ambulance driver, nurses escape serious injury in bypass accident

ematt the driver stated the road was slippery- its clear he wasn't driving to the conditions. Do...(Read More)


Phuket Sandbox Workshop prepares for July 1 reopening

Some airlines are recommending vexxinated people not fly due to the high risk of deep vein thrombosi...(Read More)


Phuket drug mule arrested with 2kg of ‘ice’, more than 5,000 meth pills

Drugs mules seem to be quite underpaid. And mister Bang? We never will hear about him and the distri...(Read More)


Prayut refuses to lay vaccine blame

The U.S. announced that 25 million COVID vaccine doses are coming to Asia by the end of June. How ...(Read More)


Foreigner infected while in Phuket quarantine

Quote “We will take this information [and questions] and meet with the prime minister again,” . ...(Read More)


Prayut refuses to lay vaccine blame

As PRIME minister the blame for everything ultimately lies with him. If he can't accept that may...(Read More)


Prayut refuses to lay vaccine blame

If he is the COVID CZAR, and the situation is all mis-handled, isn't HE the one who is responsib...(Read More)