Coronavirus Phuket

Covid-19 News – Updates & Latest News about Coronavirus in Phuket.

  • Phuket officials alarmed by number of tourists testing positive on arrival

    Officials on the holiday island of Phuket have expressed alarm at the number of foreign tourists testing positive on arrival and are pointing the finger at allegedly fake results from pre-departure PCR tests. Deputy governor Pichet Panapong raised the issue during a call with the CCSA, in which he urged the government’s Covid-19 task force to improve screening measures for…

  • Phuket tourism operators call for curbs to be eased despite surge in infections

    Tourism operators on the southern island of Phuket say Covid-19 restrictions must be eased to help the sector recover, even with a surge in infections. The island has been recording around 200 daily new cases in recent days. However, Thanet Tantipiriyakit from the Phuket Tourism Council points out that the infections are mostly caused by local activities as opposed to…

  • Construction workers in Phuket must stay on site, get tested for Covid weekly

    With Covid-19 clusters reported at construction camps, workers at sites in Phuket must stay at the camp and must undergo testing for the coronavirus once a week. For weeks, many workers have been unable to leave camps not only in Phuket, but in other provinces like Bangkok. Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew announced that the measures were approved by the provincial…

  • Phuket restrictions to stay in place until at least the end of the month, exemptions apply

    Phuket’s restrictions will stay in place until at least the end of the month. This includes closing off the island to visitors, with exceptions. This move is in response to the rising Covid cases in the region. The exception to the rule is Phuket residents and visitors associated with the “Sandbox” scheme. Also, people who have had 2 doses of…

  • Unused Phuket Prison to be field hospital

    A Phuket prison that was collecting dust is now being put back into use, but not for warehousing humans until they reform and can be released back into society. Rather, the prison is going to be converted into another field hospital to help the island handle the increasing Covid cases, said governor Narong Woonciew earlier this week. At the moment,…

  • Phuket sealed off from tomorrow in bid to curb virus spread, save sandbox

    From tomorrow, the southern island of Phuket shuts its doors to all but essential delivery services, in a bid to curb the spread of Covid-19. A provincial order states that a ban on all domestic travel to and from the island will remain in place until at least August 16. “Phuket needs to come up with measures that aim to…

  • Officials reluctant to cancel Phuket sandbox, lifeline for desperate locals

    Officials have confirmed that the Phuket sandbox scheme will not be cancelled, despite rising infections on the island. At least not for now. The Bangkok Post reports that despite the island reporting 40 new infections yesterday, the highest number since it re-opened to foreign tourists, the governor is reluctant to put an end to the financial lifeline for desperate locals.…

  • Phuket adds and “clarifies” many restrictions, “no” booze

    Phuket officials announced yesterday that they’re going to kick restrictions up a notch. The Covid protection measures include a new order stipulating all domestic arrivals from anywhere in the country need to provide evidence that they have tested negative for Covid before they are allowed admittance into Phuket. The order came out after 9 pm last night. It will come…

  • Dozens arrested in Phuket baccarat game, including local politician

    Phuket police arrested 27 gamblers today who were allegedly playing baccarat at a seaside resort hotel. The alleged gamblers, which reportedly includes a local politician, have been charged with illegal gambling and violating the ban on gathering in groups. Police seized 3 baccarat tables, chips, computers and other items associated with gambling. The hotel where the alleged baccarat happened is…

  • Phuket marks first day of no new infections since the latest wave of Covid-19

    For the first day in the latest wave of Covid-19, no new infections were reported in Phuket yesterday. Phuket Provincial Public Health Office made a celebratory Facebook post for the decline in daily cases, a significant mark for the island province as local officials enforce tight restrictions and accelerate vaccinations to prepare for its reopening to foreign tourists in July.…

  • New scheduled departure times for people leaving Phuket

    While Phuket officials have allowed tens of thousands of people to leave the island to head back to their home provinces, the Phuket provincial government only allowed Phuket residents to leave the island in their own vehicles on April 30 and May 1, being the ‘first round’ and ‘second round’ of the mass exodus. But on the first day there…

  • Phuket reports no new Covid-19 cases for fourth day, one new death

    The southern island province of Phuket reported no new Covid-19 cases today, a fourth consecutive day, though there was one additional death. The man was a 63 year old hotelier from Khao Lak in neighbouring Phang Nga province on the mainland, who visited Phuket before falling ill. He travelled to Phuket between March 19-21 and first began exhibiting symptoms on…

  • People returning from Phuket to Krabi greeted with 14 day quarantine

    Some Krabi residents, joining the exodus from Phuket after the Phuket opened its only land border at Sarasin Bridge last week, were greeted with a mandatory swab-test yesterday. 76 Krabi residents returned from Phuket yesterday, Krabi’s governor, Kitibadee Prawit, joined public health officials and Krabi Hospital’s director in overseeing collection of swab samples from a group of 76 returnees on…

  • “Arrivals from Phuket have been screened for virus” – Interior Ministry

    Following concerns raised in a number of destination provinces, the Interior Ministry has moved to reassure people that everyone leaving the island of Phuket to head home to the provinces has been screened for the Covid-19 virus. The Bangkok Post reports that a number of citizens elsewhere in the country became concerned when seeing footage of heavy traffic and long…

  • Phuket departees “spread coronavirus to his province” – Krabi deputy governor

    As thousands of non-residents left Phuket over the weekend, one of the neighbouring officials was quick to air his feelings about Phuket departees entering his province. The deputy governor of Krabi province, Somkuan Khan-ngern, claimed that “they had spread coronavirus to his province”. Later he retracted the comment and apologised to the media saying that his comments were “a thoughtless accusation,…

  • Rush for fit-to-travel documents for people leaving Phuket

    Authorities announced yesterday that those who want to leave Phuket by road must register online no later than Friday, May 8, to obtain fit-to-travel certificates. While the southern province of Phuket remains closed to entry, authorities have begun allowing people to leave. Tens of thousands, both tourists and Thais from other provinces, have been trapped on the island since it…

  • Phuket’s Bang Tao tambon erupts over continued restrictions

    Angry villagers gathered in The Bang Tao subdistrict of the southern province of Phuket today to protest continued travel restrictions on their tambon and demand the right to travel more freely, like much of the rest of Phuket. The Muslim-majority beachside community of Bang Tao has become the island’s hotzone for Covid-19 infections since the closure of the Patong municipality…

  • Phuket Covid-19 update: 3 new cases, no deaths (Saturday)

    Phuket, in Thailand’s South, reports 3 new Covid-19 infections today, a jump from zero yesterday, but still well within the low single digits. All 3 are in the Bang Tao area in the beachside community on the island’s west coast. The area has become the island’s hotbed of infections since the closure of the Patong sub-district and its infamous Bangla…

  • Phuket exodus derailed by outgoing governor, traffic jams force rethink

    Thousands of residents and inter-provincial workers, trapped in Phuket for the last month due to Covid-19 and the complete shutdown of the island, began leaving yesterday. With unfortunate results. The lockdown was soon reimposed after the road from Phuket to the Tha Chatchai checkpoint became jammed with with cars from tao early as 5am, stretching back several kilometres. In a…

  • Sub-district restrictions remain intact for 5 locations in Phuket

    Phuket’s outgoing Governor Phakaphong Tavipatana has confirmed that the island’s sub-district lockdowns will end tonight (or technically at 4am Friday morning because of the national curfews). But five ‘at risk’ locations on the island will remain closed off with checkpoints to curb any further re-ignition of the Covid-19 infections on the island. 3 more cases were announced for the island…

  • Phuket Covid-19 update: 3 new cases, 3 more recovered (Thursday)

    PHOTO: Phuket 101 The southern province of Phuket has reported 3 new Covid-19 infections, up from none yesterday, bringing the total on the island to 217 since the outbreak began. All 3 new cases are inthe Bang Tao subdistrict, which has become the latest hot zone since the closure of Patong and its famous Bangla Road red light district. Phuket…

  • Zero cases reported in Phuket today (Wednesday)

    Phuket has recorded no new cases of Covid-19 infections in the past 24 hours. That’s great news after a number of new cases kept popping up in a cluster in the island’s Bang Tao community. The outgoing Phuket Governor Phakaphong Tavipatana announced yesterday afternoon that island officials would start opening up the island’s sub-districts with most travel restrictions between tambons…