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Thousands head home as Phuket Check Point opens again

Thousands head home as Phuket Check Point opens again

PHUKET: Thousands of people started the journey back to their home provinces as the Phuket Check Point leading to the bridge off-island was officially re-opened at 5am today (May 3).

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Sunday 3 May 2020, 04:46PM

Some 7,000 people have been issued their “Fit to Travel” permits and have been granted permission to leave the island to travel back to their home provinces, said Phuket Provincial Police Chief Maj Gen Rungrote Thakurapunyasiri.

More than 40,000 people have registered to leave the island, mainly due to lack of income as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.

Some were allowed to leave on Friday (May 1) before the checkpoint was closed as officers were overwhelmed.

Officers will continue to process people so they can cross the bridge until 8pm tonight, Gen Rungrote said.

Of the 7,000 people issued their Fit to Travel permit, 3,600 people have been allocated travel times so that officers at the checkpoint will not be overrun as had happened on Friday, he added.

“We plan to process up to 700 people an hour. People who do not pass the screening by health officials will not be allowed to leave. Everyone who has registered must leave on time,” Gen Rungrote said.

“It takes time to go through the checkpoint, as everyone has to be screened by health officers, in order to build confidence for those destination provinces that those people [leaving Phuket] have passed the screening process,” he explained.

“So far, 72 provinces have been registered as the destination provinces. The Royal Thai Police Commander has ordered police in each province to facilitate those people travelling back to their hometown,” he said.

People can still register to leave Phuket by completing an online form at

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Once people have been approved and issued a Fit to Travel permit, the registrants must complete a “Queue registration form” on the Phuket Provincial Police website in order to book their preferred departure time. Times can be booked in hourly increments.

The form is available here.

People can register their preferred time to leave the island through the online form from 8:30am to 4:30pm only.

Also, the form allows people to book a period to leave only for the day after they are applying online. For example, today, people could only book to leave tomorrow (May 4).

Once people have registered their preferred time to leave the island, they will be allocated a period to present themselves at the Phuket Check Point in order to be screened and approved to leave the island.

Provincial Police will inform the registrants of what time they are to present themselves at the checkpoint, Gen Rungrote said.

Alternatively people who have completed the queue registration form will be able to check their allocated departure time at the Phuket Provincial Police website, he added.

Gen Rungrote made no comment on the scores of people who presented themselves at the checkpoint yesterday in the hope of being allowed to leave the island, Some reports online claimed that some people were allowed across the bridge.

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Kurt | 04 May 2020 - 17:41:51

@ Dave_C.  Guess that V/G only thinks/talk about departing Thai in relation with village heads permission. As far I understand, foreigners fall under Immigration only. I guess the best is just to wait 1 week than all that bureaucratic happening about departing the island is over. 

Dave_C | 04 May 2020 - 10:15:17

Quote -
"Phuket Vice Governor Supoj Rotreuang Na Nongkhai explained yesterday that any people wanting to leave the island must first obtain written permission from the village chief (Phu Yai Baan) or Subdistrict Chief (Kamnan) for the area where they are are staying in Phuket."

Rorri_2 | 04 May 2020 - 09:44:43

But ol' cha cha has sad no-one must travel between provinces, oh well, this is Thailand.

Dave_C | 04 May 2020 - 09:19:26

The point is that travellers are being left out in the cold having to make uninformed decisions in advance to avoid the bizarre events such as what happened at the bridge the other day when they unveiled a completely new set of ground rules including such things as having to getting permission from the village chief.

Dave_C | 04 May 2020 - 09:06:30

Can anybody tell me if I need a health clearance and the permission of the village chief to fly to Bangkok on May 17. There appears to be no clarity.

JohnC | 04 May 2020 - 08:18:07

["Everyone who has registered must leave on time,” Gen Rungrote said. "] ROFL. In 25 years of living here I have never know even one Thai to be on time for anything. :-)


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