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Thailand: ‘Real world’ versus the ‘rules’, Part 378.

Arriving in Phuket this morning (Sunday), nearly 24 hours after the introduction of new restrictions for travellers back to the island from around Thailand, we’ve had 4 people contact The Thaiger saying that ‘nothing has changed’ from recent weeks. On 2 of the flights the passengers were asked, before boarding’ to download the Mor Chana app. In one of the other cases, the passengers were asked to download the www.gophuget.com site, but not the Mor Chana app.

Otherwise there appeared no additional impediments to their travel from Bangkok to Phuket. Under the new restrictions, announced yesterday by the Phuket Governor with over 3 pages (in Thai) of additional restrictions, people travelling from Bangkok, which comes under Group 3, would be required to conduct 14 days of self-quarantine, apparently monitored by the Mor Chana app. That certainly didn’t happen to any of the arrivees on flights this morning from Bangkok to Phuket.

Airport authorities may have been instructed to provide some ‘wriggle room’ for flights today, or over the next few days. Or, as often happen in Thailand, there may be some mis communication between branches of government or interpretation of the new guidelines.

Over recent months there has been a pre-flight screening area where travellers can scan a QR code and fill in their details for the AoT, but this has been largely un-enforced. And, apart from a temperature check on arrival (sometimes at the entry to airport buildings as well), there has been little additional restrictions, )apart from the mandatory wearing of masks of course).

In any case, we will keep readers updated with the real world consequences of the new restrictions, around Thailand for travellers.

Yesterday’s report here…

All arrivals from the “highest-risk” areas within the ‘red zone’ provinces “must now quarantine for 14 days” when they arrive in Phuket. People arriving from less high risk areas, Group 5 only, will not be required to quarantine. Everyone else will, including people travelling from anywhere in Bangkok.

The new restrictions are in effect from now until the end of the month, or until the situation “resolves”, according to the translation from the announcement.

Here are the links to download the Mor Chana App, in Thai and English versions…

Download on Google Play HERE.

Download on Apple Store HERE.

UPDATE: Phuket announces restrictions for travel to Phuket | News by The Thaiger

Here are the 5 groups.

GROUP 1

People arriving from Samut Sakhon, Chonburi, Rayong, Chanthaburi or Trat…

  • Must present to officials a letter certifying the necessity of traveling outside the most strictly controlled areas
    Must download the Mor Chana application on their smartphone and show present it to officials on request
    Must register online through www.gophuget.com to inform details of travelling to Phuket.
  • In the event that a person cannot register, the visitor must report to the relevant local municipality or the tambon administration organisation in the area where the visitor is staying on arriving at the destination area.
  • Must undergo swab test at the local hospital for the area where the visitor is staying. if the visitor has already been tested for Covid-19 within 72 hours prior to departure, the visitor must present a medical certificate with laboratory test results to officers.
  • Must quarantine at home or a hotel (ASQ) under the supervision of the communicable disease control officer for a period of 14 days.
  • Must strictly follow measures, surveillance, prevention and disease control.

GROUP 2

People arriving from Samut Prakan. Nonthaburi, Nakhon Pathom or the following districts in Bangkok… Nong Khaem District, Bang Phlat District, Bang Khae District, Bang Khun or Thian District

  • Must download the Mor Chana application on their smartphone and show present it to officials on request.
  • Must register online through www.gophuget.com to inform details of travelling to Phuket.
  • In the event that a person cannot register, the visitor must report to the relevant local municipality or the tambon administration organisation in the area where the visitor is staying on arriving at the destination area.
  • Must undergo swab test at the local hospital for the area where the visitor is staying. if the visitor has already been tested for Covid-19 within 72 hours prior to departure, the visitor must present a medical certificate with laboratory test results to officers.
  • Must quarantine at home or a hotel (ASQ) under the supervision of the communicable disease control officer for a period of 14 days.
  • Must strictly follow measures, surveillance, prevention and disease control.

GROUP 3

People arriving from the highest controlled areas (red) 20 provinces

  • Must download the Mor Chana application on their smartphone and show present it to officials on request.
  • Must register online through www.gophuget.com to inform details of travelling to Phuket.
  • In the event that a person cannot register, the visitor must report to the relevant local municipality or the tambon administration organisation in the area where the visitor is staying on arriving at the destination area.
  • Must quarantine at home or a hotel (ASQ) for a period of 14 days.
  • Must strictly follow measures, surveillance, prevention and disease control.

GROUP 4

People traveling from Sukhothai, Kamphaeng Phet, Nakhon Sawan, Uthai Thani, Chainat, Phetchabun, Chaiyaphum, Buriram, Nakhon Ratchasima, Surat Thani or Phang Nga

  • Must download the Mor Chana application on their smartphone and show present it to officials on request.
  • Must register online through www.gophuget.com to inform details of travelling to Phuket.
  • In the event that a person cannot register, the visitor must report to the relevant local municipality or the tambon administration organisation in the area where the visitor is staying on arriving at the destination area.
  • Must provide self-monitoring at the place where they are staying for a period of 14 days.
  • Must strictly follow measures, surveillance, prevention and disease control.

GROUP 5

People arriving from high surveillance areas (yellow) in 38 provinces

  • Must download the Mor Chana application on their smartphone and show present it to officials on request.
  • Must register online through www.gophuget.com to inform details of travelling to Phuket.
  • In the event that a person cannot register, the visitor must report to the relevant local municipality or the tambon administration organisation in the area where the visitor is staying on arriving at the destination area.
  • Must strictly follow measures, surveillance, prevention and disease control.

People who violate or fail to comply with the order could face legal action under Section 51 of the Communicable Disease Act, which incurs a fine of up to 20,000 baht, according to the order.

People may also be punished under Section 18 of the act, which incurs a penalty of a fie of up to 40,000 baht or up to 2 years in jail, or both.

More information about the Mor Chana App here…

The minimum required for all individuals travelling to Phuket is to 1) download the “Mor Chana” app on their smartphones and display them when the officer calls for inspection, and 2) register online through the website www.gophuget.com to inform officials of the travel details to Phuket.

SOURCE: Phuket PR Department

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    Tappi Gianni

    Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 5:10 pm

    If i make VACCINE in ITALY and i will arrive in BANGKOK i must to stay in the hotel for quarantine? If yes i must to go to KALASIN where i have the house i must to stay other 14 days in quarantine.thank you for your replay.

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      RA

      Monday, January 11, 2021 at 9:45 am

      You must quarantine for 14 days regardless if you have vaccine or not. And must be a government approved facility, not a private house.

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    Steve Gendeson

    Monday, January 11, 2021 at 11:10 am

    The end of this article is very poorly written. It says “All arrivals from the “highest-risk” areas within the ‘red zone’ provinces “must now quarantine for 14 days” when they arrive in Phuket. Then later in the same paragraph says everyone except for group 5 will be required to quarantine. That’s redundant and confusing. Why not just leave the first part out if it says everyone has to quarantine in the second part? And why specify “people from the highest risk areas within the red zone provinces” to have to quarantine and then later say “everyone else other the group 5 will have to quarantine”?

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    jm

    Monday, January 11, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    people leaving the ASQ hotel after quarantine and going to Phuket the same day should be considered as coming from a low risk zone and registered as group 5. It’s a non-sense to request a second quarantine after finishing the first one.

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    gagamba

    Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 3:38 am

    hi just a question I will travel to puket from Huahin Prachuapkhirikan by land (bus) do i need to be quarantined 14 days in Phuket?

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    Daniel

    Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 4:04 am

    So I am in quarantine in Bangkok now. I have to quarantine again if I go to Phuket? There doesn’t seem to be any distinction in regards to people already quarantined elsewhere

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    Pat

    Friday, January 15, 2021 at 12:07 pm

    I am planning to take a flight from Chiangmai to Phuket, with a 2 hour stop in Bangkok.
    Will that count as coming from Chiangmai, or Bangkok? 555

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