Connect with us

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

UPDATE: Phuket announces restrictions for travel to Phuket

Thaiger

Published 

 on 

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 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

 

Want more Thailand news from the Thaiger family?

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS for instant updates on your mobile
📝️ Join the conversation on Thaiger Talk - discuss news & life in our Thailand forums
📧 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🔔 Subscribe to or Join our YouTube channel for daily video updates

image

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

If you have story ideas, a restaurant to review, an event to cover or an issue to discuss, contact The Thaiger editorial staff.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Thailand3 hours ago

Tourism officials eye August reopening under “Pattaya Move On” travel scheme

Thailand4 hours ago

Thailand News Today | Covid vaccine for foreigners, PM “not going anywhere”, Boss update | June 15

Best of4 hours ago

Top 8 Affordable Hotels to stay in Bangkok

Phuket Sandbox July 1st

days
hours
minutes
seconds

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in July - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages in June!

Sponsored by image

Thailand4 hours ago

Central Bankruptcy Court approves Thai Airways debt restructuring plan

Best of4 hours ago

Top 5 secret islands and beaches in Thailand

Best of5 hours ago

5 best national parks in Phuket

Thailand5 hours ago

Australian man arrested for alleged child sex abuse in Thai border town

Best of5 hours ago

10 best fruits and vegetables in Thailand

Thailand5 hours ago

3 dead in 3 truck crash in Surat Thani

Thailand6 hours ago

Bangkok Post and Fazwaz join together to galvanise property listings platform

Bangkok6 hours ago

CCSA has yet to begin talks on lifting alcohol ban at Bangkok restaurants

Coronavirus (Covid-19)6 hours ago

Yala enters lockdown today

Thailand7 hours ago

Thai police say they’ve gathered “strong evidence” on transnational drug trade

Phuket7 hours ago

Indonesian fisherman rescued after 9 days adrift at sea

Thailand8 hours ago

More than 100 cats rescued from owner

Thailand3 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism3 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism4 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism4 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Southern floods, Face mask fines, Thai Air Asia woes | January 8

Trending