The confirmation came as tighter rules for arrivals from 34 provinces designated as ‘red’ or ‘dark red’ high-risk COVID zones are brought into effect today (July 15).
However, the rules for entering Phuket when travelling from a ’yellow’ or ‘orange’ province ‒ such as Phuket and Phang Nga ‒ remain unchanged.
“People who live in Phuket and go to Phang Nga must present to officers at the Phuket Check Point the certificate showing they are fully vaccinated [or received one injection of the AstraZeneca vaccine] for at least 14 days] or they must show COVID-19 test results proving they have tested negative for COVID-19 within the past seven days. No matter how long they are in Phang Nga, they need to present one of the documents,” Vice Governor Piyapong told The Phuket News.
The same requirement applies for when people living in Phuket return to the island from Phang Nga, he added.
“They may also need to have something to show officers at the checkpoint to prove that they really are just coming from Phang Nga. The officers will be stricter on checking all arrivals,” Vice Governor Piyapong said.
The Phuket News has been informed by people passing through the checkpoint that foreigners in particular are being pulled aside and their documents are being checked thoroughly. Slight delays are expected with the checks being conducted.