Phuket adjusts Covid-19 controls and will allow domestic tourism

The island of Phuket in southern Thailand has adjusted the rules for foreign tourists and will allow domestic tourism from September 8.

International tourists traveling to the extension areas (7 + 7 program) or taking day trips to the coast can return to Phuket as planned (see below), while domestic tourists will be allowed to go there from September 8, 2021.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) to take stock of the new Phuket Provincial Decree No. 5139/2564, which extends by two more weeks, from September 1 to 14, 2021, Covid-19 restrictions and travel verification .

See: Phuket Island in southern Thailand extends restrictions

International tourists in the Phuket Sandbox and 7 + 7 Extension programs.

Fully vaccinated international tourists traveling to Phuket under the Sandbox and 7 + 7 Extension programs can still enter and exit Phuket in accordance with applicable rules and regulations.

While in Phuket, persons traveling to the extension areas or taking day cruise tours or shore excursions with a boat operator, guide and crew member, are permitted to reenter in Phuket.

But they must undergo a weekly Covid-19 rapid antigen test.

Domestic tourists will be allowed entry from September 8, 2021.

From September 8, 2021, domestic travelers will be allowed to travel to Phuket for tourism purposes.

However, they must present supporting documents, including a copy of the confirmation of payment for hotel accommodation.

If the stay is longer than 7 days, each visitor will be required to undergo a Covid-19 test on the fifth day, at their own expense.

Who can enter Phuket, nationally?

For the next two weeks, Phuket continues to restrict entry through the Tha Chatchai mainland gate, by sea through all marinas and piers, and by domestic air through Phuket International Airport, only for people and the following drivers:

  • Medical emergency vehicles carrying patients and medical personnel, or volunteers;
  • Vehicles carrying medical supplies;
  • Vehicles transporting consumer goods, agricultural products, livestock and animal feed;
  • Vehicles carrying cooking gas;
  • Banking and financial vehicles;
  • Logistics vehicles for mail and newspapers;
  • Vehicles carrying construction materials, engines and spare parts for maintenance;
  • Shippers of import-export products at Phuket Deep Sea Port, Oil Depot Port (PTT Phuket) and other cargo areas;
  • Vehicles carrying materials, raw materials, telecommunications, energy, basic maintenance components for automotive, aviation and other industries;
  • Residents and permanent workers in Phuket (they must be provided with proof);
  • Staff officially responsible for communicable disease control;
  • People traveling within the framework of the Phuket Sandbox and the driver of their vehicle (they must be in possession of a document proving their identity);
  • Any government official needing to travel to or from Phuket;
  • People with an international plane ticket departing from Phuket only on the effective date of travel (they must be provided with proof);
  • People who have to appear in court;
  • Domestic travelers traveling to Phuket for tourism purposes, starting September 8, 2021, as noted above.
  • Any other case presenting substantial grounds for entering Phuket, after review by officials at Phuket checkpoints.

Requirements for people coming to Phuket from the national territory

* The persons and vehicles mentioned above will only be allowed to enter the territory of Phuket if they meet the following conditions:

  • Have received 2 doses of the Sinovac, Sinopharm or Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine at least 14 days before their arrival,

WHERE

  • Have received the Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine as the first dose and AstraZeneca as the second dose at least 14 days before arrival,

WHERE

  • Have received a dose of AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least 14 days before arrival,

WHERE

  • Have recovered from Covid-19 for less than 90 days,

AND

  • Have received a negative test by an RT-PCR test or a rapid antigen test within 72 hours of the date of the test.
  • Children and adolescents aged 6 to less than 18 years who cannot be vaccinated should have been tested negative by RT-PCR or rapid antigen test no later than 72 hours before arrival.
  • Students under the age of 18, who cannot be vaccinated but must commute between Phuket and their place of study, must have an ID card as proof.
    They should contact the public health office of Phuket province to perform an RT-PCR test for Covid-19.
    The test result certificate can be used up to 1 month after the test date.
  • Persons with a valid appointment certificate for the 2nd inoculation dose in Phuket must have received a negative test by an RT-PCR method or a rapid antigen test no later than 72 hours before their arrival.

Self-protection and removal measures

All travelers to Phuket must register their entry in advance on the website gophuget.com and be prepared to show their registration to a disease control officer before entering Phuket.

Travel by land via the Tha Chatchai checkpoint cannot be made between 11:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m., except in an emergency.

As usual, people are asked to continue to respect the health and safety measures in place, such as wearing a mask at all times outside of their residence, regular hand washing with soap and water or cleaning alcohol, and avoiding unnecessary close contact with other people.

See as well :

Phuket wants to attract vaccinated Thai tourists

Phuket tourism board calls for easing restrictions


Source: TAT News

Janelle B. Smith

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