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Phuket to remove most tambon travel restrictions



Phuket will start opening up again with most travel restrictions between sub-districts to be lifted, excepting five areas on the island which are still considered ‘at risk’.

Phuket’s outgoing Governor Phakaphong Tavipatana announced the lifting of the restrictions for travel between the island’s tambons, introduced back on April 13. Checkpoints were set up restricting non-essential travel between the island’s 17 sub-districts.

But even within the tambons, the provincial authorities say they may not lock down the entire area, instead focus on the smaller communities where the infections have been concentrated. Further, they say they could lift restrictions again if communities have been without new infections for 14 days.

For example, Patong’s last infection report was on April 21, so the restrictions could be lifted from May 5.

The meeting the Phuket Communicable Disease Committee considered opening the boundaries between every sub-district except for 5 locations…

• Bangla Road, in Patong Subdistrict

• Village Moo 2, 3 and 5, Bang Tao Village, in the Cherngtalay Subdistrict

(Here is a more detailed list for the Cherngtalay Subdistrict…

Village No. (moo) 1, Cherngtalay Village
Village No.  (moo) 2, Bang Tao Nai Village
Village No. (moo) 3 of Surin Beach
Village No. (moo) 4, Pasak Village
Village No. (moo) 4 in Ban Nai Thon
Village No. (moo) 5 in Bang Tao Nok Village
Village No.  (moo) 6 in Ban Khok Tanot)

• Routes in and out of Prachasamakhee Village on Thepkasatree Road, Moo 2, in the Koh Kaew Subdistrict

• Moo 2, Soi Bangchee, in the Ratsada Subdistrict

• Chao Fa Garden Village, in the Wichit Subdistrict

Phuketians will still be required to wear a face mask in public at all times, keeping washing their hands and maintaining ‘social distance’ protocols.

There was no date on the notice to say when the tambon restrictions are being lifted, but it is believed to apply after midnight on April 30.


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