Phuket tightens entry rules for travellers from red zones

WITH the Phuket Sandbox scheme having kicked off this month the tourist island today (July 13) imposed strict screening of people travelling there from dark red and red coronavirus zones effective from Thursday July 15, Thai Rath newspaper said.

Phuket Governor Mr. Narong Woonsiew said after a teleconference with the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) executive committee that control was tightened after the Covid-19 crisis worsened in the country.

Those coming to Phuket from the most restricted or deep red zone, comprising 10 provinces, and highest control or red zone, altogether 24 provinces, must be fully vaccinated according to the type of vaccine. The exception is AstraZeneca vaccine where one dose is sufficient but 14 days must pass before travelling. 

Patients who recovered from this disease may travel to the island within 90 days of doing so. Both groups have to be cleared by either RT-PCR or Antigen Rapid Test within seven days of setting out. These rules are waived for children under six years of age travelling with their parents.

Meanwhile, the previous screening procedure remains in place for people coming to Phuket from the other provinces. They have to either have been fully vaccinated according to the vaccine type, or travel within 90 days of recovery from a Covid infection, or be tested and cleared for infection within seven days of their journey.

Inter-provincial travellers were told to download the “Mor Chana” application and allow location sharing throughout their stay. If they fall sick or suspect that they might be infected they should immediately contact a doctor.

The governor urged travellers to carefully check the procedures prior to their journey to ensure entry is not barred upon arrival.


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