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Phuket adjusts COVID-19 controls and travel screening in September 2021

12 September 2021
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International tourists traveling to the extension areas or taking day-trip shore excursions can re-enter Phuket under the terms and conditions, while domestic tourists are allowed to visit from 8 September 2021.

 

 

 

Updated on 06 September, 2021 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to provide an update on the new Phuket Provincial Order No. 5267/2564, which adjusts travel screening measures for domestic tourists, patients, or people seeking medical treatment, and residents of Phuket and Phang-Nga, as well as allowing entry through the Tha Chatchai checkpoint as early as 03.00 Hrs.

The adjustments will be in effect from 8-14 September, while other COVID-19 controls and travel screening measures specified in the most recent Order No. 5139/2564 remain in place until 14 September.

Phuket continues to welcome international tourists under Sandbox & 7+7 Extension programmes.

Fully vaccinated international visitors under the Phuket Sandbox and 7+7 Extension programmes can still enter and exit Phuket per the existing rules and regulations. While in Phuket, those travelling to the extension areas or taking day-trip cruise excursions or shore trips along with a boat driver, guide, and crew are allowed to re-enter Phuket provided that they meet the vaccination requirements and undergo a weekly COVID-19 rapid antigen test.

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

(Updated) Domestic travellers will be allowed to visit Phuket for tourism purposes. However, they must have documentation proof including a copy of the advance payment confirmation for hotel accommodation. They are required to register via www.gophuget.com and show the registration’s QR Code as proof before entering Phuket.

Who can enter Phuket, domestically?

For the next two weeks, Phuket continues to limit entry via the Tha Chatchai mainland gateway, by water via every marina and pier, and by domestic air travel via Phuket International Airport, only for the following people and drivers:

  1. Medical emergency vehicles carrying patients and medical personnel, or volunteers;
  2. Vehicles transporting medical supplies;
  3. Vehicles transporting consumable goods, agricultural products, livestock, and animal feed;
  4. Vehicles transporting cooking gas fuel;
  5. Banking and finance vehicles;
  6. Logistics vehicles for the post and newspapers;
  7. Vehicles transporting construction materials, engine and spare parts for maintenance;
  8. Shippers of import-export products at the Phuket Deep Sea Port, oil depot port (PTT Phuket) and other cargo areas;
  9. Vehicles transporting materials, raw materials, telecommunications, energy, automotive, aircraft and other industrial basic maintenance components;
  10. Residents and permanent workers in Phuket (must have documentation proof);
  11. Personnel officially assigned in charge of communicable disease control;
  12. People travelling under the Phuket Sandbox and their vehicle driver (must have documentation proof);
  13. Any government officials with the necessity to travel to and from Phuket;
  14. People with an international air ticket out of Phuket on the actual date of travelling only (must have documentation proof);
  15. People who are required to appear in the courts;
  16. Domestic travellers to Phuket for tourism purposes, starting from 8 September, 2021, as mentioned above.
  17. Any other cases with substantial reasons to enter Phuket upon consideration of the officials at Phuket’s checkpoints.
  18. (NEW) Patients or people with an advance appointment for medical treatment or a public health service, including their accompanying person. This also includes medical personnel and public health officials.

Requirements for people who are allowed domestic entry to Phuket.

*People and vehicles mentioned above will only be allowed domestic entry to Phuket under the conditions that they must:

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

OR

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

OR

– Have received 1 dose of the AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least 14 days before arrival,

OR

– Have recovered from COVID-19 for less than 90 days,

AND

– Have received a negative test by an RT-PCR or Rapid Antigen test no more than 72 hours from the test date.

Children and adolescents aged 6 to under 18 years who are unable to be vaccinated must have received a negative test by an RT-PCR or Rapid Antigen test no more than 72 hours before arrival.

Students under 18 years old, who are unable to be vaccinated but need to commute in and out of Phuket for education, must have an identification card as proof. They are required to contact the Phuket Provincial Public Health Office for a COVID-19 test by an RT-PCR method. The certificate for the test result can be used up to 1 month from the test date.

People with a valid appointment certificate for the 2nd dose of inoculation in Phuket must have received a negative test by an RT-PCR or Rapid Antigen test no more than 72 hours before arrival.

(NEW) Residents of Phuket and Phang-Nga whose names are on the local house registration system will be allowed to enter Phuket provided that their vaccination status meet the entry requirements. They must also have received a negative test by a Rapid Antigen test, which can be used up to 7 days. In addition, they are required to register via www.gophuget.com or obtain a certificate from a district office in Phuket.

Self-protective measures and distancing efforts

All travellers into Phuket must register their entry in advance via the website www.gophuget.com and be ready to show their registration to a disease control officer before entering Phuket.

Travelling by land transport through the Tha Chatchai checkpoint CANNOT be done during the hours of 23.00-03.00 Hrs. (from previously until 04.00 Hrs.), except for emergency only.

As usual, people are asked to continue abiding by the health and safety measures in place; such as, wearing a face mask at all times while outside of their residence, regularly washing hands with soap and water/cleaning alcohol, and avoiding unnecessary close contact with others.

TAT would like to remind all travellers to continue with D-M-H-T-T-A precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19: D – Distancing, – Mask wearing, – Handwashing, T – Temperature check, T – Testing for COVID-19, and A – alert application.

For regular updates on the tourism-related COVID-19 situation in Thailand, visit the TAT Newsroom via www.tatnews.org; Facebook (tatnews.org); and Twitter (Tatnews_Org).

For additional information and assistance relating to Thailand’s tourism, contact the TAT Contact Centre 1672 or Tourist Police 1155.