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Phuket governor announces new restrictions for travel to Phuket, effective now

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Travelling to Phuket? You need to be aware of the changed circumstances for arrivals, depending where you’re travelling from. A 3 page announcement was released by the Phuket PR department this afternoon with the new restrictions for arrivals on the island. The announcement splits up travellers into 5 potential groups.

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.

Phuket governor announces new restrictions for travel to Phuket, effective now | 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

 

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    Mike

    Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 6:48 pm

    So, if I arrive in Thailand and am forced to quarantine for two weeks in Bangkok, I can now go to Phuket and be forced to quarantine for another 2 weeks. I’m sure that will entice the tourists!

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      chris

      Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 8:48 am

      what kind of idiot thinks that right now is a good time to be a tourist?

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      chris

      Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 8:50 am

      what kind of idiot thinks now is a good time for tourism?

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        Mike

        Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 12:35 pm

        Maybe the kind of idiot with a brain bigger than the size of a pea who realizes that after living in the US and not getting covid where they have 300000 new cases a day that getting covid in Thailand that has maybe 200 cases a day that the chance of catching covid would be near impossible

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    john

    Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 10:06 pm

    They dont mention anything about people in ASQ already, you get done with ASQ have another covid test and instantly want to travel to say Pattaya to find a condo for rent. Are they dead ass going to make you quarantine AGAIN for 14days when you JUST completed it and are proven fake covid free?

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    Toby Andrews

    Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 10:52 pm

    It is like Siberia. Everyone knows where it is, but no one wants to go there.
    The Phukers think their island is so wonderful, but beaches are everywhere in Thailand without having to deal with the self appointed delusional important officials that revel in their unjustified power.
    They love it.

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    gjan

    Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 12:03 am

    what do you have to do if you arrive in bangkok from international destination, stay 2 weeks in quarantine, and then travel to phuket? i assume it’s ok to show the results of covid test + download app?

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      Andre

      Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 4:38 am

      No. You could get potentially get infected 10 seconds after you walk out the door of the ASQ hotel. The taxi driver could infect you, the cute woman at the rental car company could infect you, the bus driver could infect you, the 7/11 clerk could infect you when you go there to get your first beer after ASQ – even the just touching the door at 7/11 could infect you.

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        J West

        Monday, January 11, 2021 at 12:55 pm

        Exactly. Covid is spreading like wildfire. Pattaya and Phuket are in full meltdown. While I’m loving the butt-kicking the local taxi-mafia, rip off scammers and double pricers are getting, I’m sad for the local sidewalk vendors who always provided fair service at fair prices. But, it’s not just the tourist sewers where things are bad. I went to a barber shop in On Nut ( Bangkok) yesterday and observed so many once-regular shops and vendors shuttered. A previously bustling Soi was half populated. My conclusion, if media is reporting that that tourism is only 20% of the Thai GDP I beg to differ, it looks like more than 50% is on life support.

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    Andre

    Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 4:11 am

    Final nail in the coffin for the tourism industry in Phuket. Maybe in the long term it is for the better good with a reset, but I guess many small bussineses won’t survive this as it essentially also means the death to domestic tourism. Sad for those affected.

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    David Mann

    Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 5:32 am

    John,
    Can you explain a little further what you mean when you say “fake Covid free”?
    Thank you

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    Jason

    Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 6:38 am

    There is nothing simple that can’t be made infinitely more complicated, if you really put your mind to it!

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    RA

    Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 9:22 am

    What happened to education? What about a little critical thinking.

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    roy

    Friday, January 15, 2021 at 7:39 pm

    ok, so this was *not* implemented? above it says group 3 20 red provinces must quarantine. But a recent thaiger youtube video said it was “just talk”. Where are you getting the info from ?

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    Mr Danny.

    Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 2:53 pm

    Welcome to communism.

    And if you have to call people and idiot to make a point.

    You are more then likely one yourself, and more.

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