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Phuket Governor revises order for short-term arrivals

Phuket Governor revises order for short-term arrivals

PHUKET: Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew has issued a revised order to clarify that short-term arrivals from the “highest-risk” areas within the nine ’red zone’ provinces must present documents to the emergency operation centers (EOCs) and should avoid visiting communal areas.

By The Phuket News

Monday 18 January 2021, 12:11PM

The order, which was publicised on Friday (Jan 15), came into effective on Jan 14 and will remain valid until Jan 31 or until any further notice is issued. The details of the order are as follows:

Visitors who came from the “highest-risk” areas within the nine ’red zone’ provinces must be swab tested by EOC staff, as opposed to going to a local hospital. Arrivals who possess test result documents which were made within 72 hours of their arrival can present them to EOC staff to negate any further necessary tests.

Those who visit on a short-term trip for the purpose of running a business or joining a meeting must present documents to EOC staff which have been issued by their employers that outline the reason and necessity of their trip.

In order to recive permission to leave their accommodation visitors must file a request to the EOC which clearly explains why, when, and where they intend to go. Visitors should avoid going to communal areas or places where there is likely to be a crowded gathering of people.

Hotel staff must check their guests’ body temperature and be aware of any potential symptoms and make a report to the EOC. Also, all facilities in hotels must be designated for social distancing.

Day-trip visitors are required to register online via the Mor Chana contact tracing application and register online via

Of note, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) in its summary of COVID restrictions for every province in the country currently states that short-term visitors are required to report to the local EOC within 12 hours of arriving in Phuket.

The TAT also states that visitors staying overnight are not allowed to visit community areas; such as, attractions, entertainment venues and markets.

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The Phuket News notes that none of these restrictions for short-term visitors have been published or promoted by the Phuket office of the Public Relations Department (PR Phuket).

The Phuket News has requested clarification on these restrictions, but has yet to receive a response.

Meanwhile, the order re-issued on Friday maintains that all visitors entering the province must install and register via the Mor Chana app before coming.

Although not mentioned in the re-issued order, the mandatory requirement for all people in Phuket to wear face masks while in public remains in effect. Failure to wear a face mask in public may incur a fine of up to B20,000.

Failure to comply with the order re-issued on Friday may be punished under Section 51 of Disease Control Act 2015, which incurs a fine of up to B20,000, or under Section 52 of the act, which invokes a penalty of up to one year imprisonment or a fine of up to B100,000 or both, the order noted.

Those found breaching the order will also be charged under Section 18 of the Emergency Decree on Public Administration in Emergency Situations B.E. 2548 (2005), which invokes a penalty of up to two years imprisonment or up to B40,000 or both, the order warned.

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Kurt | 21 January 2021 - 12:17:31

PN still waiting for clarification restrictions. Well, as visitors may do nothing on Phuket (not visiting communal , shopping, tourist areas) guess the only answer can be: " Intended short visits should not be made" as visitors can go nowhere".

Kurt | 21 January 2021 - 12:02:18

@ericphuket,  Your experience underlines that all we read about laws/rules, including punishments, are Thai paper tiger desk 'work'. Just that is a job, finishing touch with going public. The practical follow up?  Huh, eeeeh, let we read the 'order' again.

ericphuket | 20 January 2021 - 16:55:29

What a circus i arrived yesterday on a flight from bkk. On arrival the best example who you shouldn't be organized.   Apps and qr not working for everyone, staff overwhelmed and 1peace of paper to register a full plane.
Better keep the country closed for tourists because if they see this chaos on arrival they sure want to get back to their plane.

ThorFinger | 18 January 2021 - 21:02:50

What a joke. What happened to the 2 weeks quarantine? The only way to really cope with this unbelievable government is to just get drunk before midnight every night. 

Kurt | 18 January 2021 - 15:49:52

Well well, A lot of Governor words. Half of them forgotten when reading the last line. Governor better makes himself strong for Phuket island vaccination.  As long no vaccinations, everything else is just cosmetic and time delaying recovering 'Old Normal' tourism. 'New Normal' is not on agenda anyway.

CaptainJack69 | 18 January 2021 - 12:53:52

There's nothing quite like having an organized centralized government with interdependent departments in communication with each other and working together for the betterment of the country and people they serve. LOL


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