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Phuket airport to ban flights April 10-30 over virus fears

Jack Burton

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The southern island province of Phuket has sealed its borders by land and sea, and yesterday provincial governor Phakkhaphong Thawiphat announced that air transport to Phuket will also shut down beginning April 10 until at least April 30 in order to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus.

“Shutting down the air transport route requires seven days notification in advance according to Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT)’s regulations, therefore the shutdown order will come into effect on April 10 and will last until April 30, just like other transport routes.”

Phuket has only one land transport channel connected to the Thai mainland: Sarasin Bridge via the Tha Chatchai Checkpoint. It too is now closed under the governor’s order for all transport, except for vehicles that carry necessary goods such as gas, medical supplies and food, and some government vehicles. Others must seek permission from the Public Health Ministry.

Marine transport channels both international and inter-provincial face the same restrictions. Crews on foreign ships allowed to enter Phuket must not disembark under any circumstances. Crews from domestic ships can disembark in Phuket, but only after they provide a doctor’s certificate and undergo screening as specified by the Ministry of Public Health.

SOURCE: The Nation

 

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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