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Phuket requires Covid-19 vaccination or 72-hour test

Neill Fronde



FILE PHOTO: Checkpoints in Phuket will only allow Covid-19 tested or vaccinated travellers in.

To help wrangle the spread of the Covid-19 outbreak in Phuket, strict controls for everyone entering the island go into effect today until the end of April. The provincial communicable disease committee approved the measures in an effort to stop the proliferation of Covid-19 in the province.

The new regulations state that only people who have received both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine or have tested to be Coronavirus-free within 3 days of arrival, will be allowed to enter Phuket. Proper certification or documentation must be presented to verify this information – either a Covid-19 vaccination certificate or the results of a recent negative Covid-19 test.

Anyone attempting to enter Phuket without the full vaccine doses, or a negative Covid-19 test within the last 72 hours, will be charged 500 baht for a rapid antigen test at their port of entry. For Thais, the cost is free. The 2-tier price policy has been slammed by expats and other foreigners in the country. Read HERE.

These tests generate results in about 15 minutes and then negative-tested visitors will be allowed to proceed. If a person receives the test and is diagnosed positive for Covid-19 they will be sent to medical facilities immediately for treatment.

All entrants to Phuket are also required to use the Mor Chana Covid-19 contact tracing app to check in and record their travel timelines. That mobile app is available at

The new restrictions apply to local and foreign travellers except for people making deliveries that are not staying overnight. Those people will get a special certification from their companies to present at the checkpoint entrance to the island.

Phuket is now classified as a Red Zone province, one of 19 provinces throughout Thailand where infections are on the rise. 208 current Covid-19 infections were registered at the start of this week in Phuket.

In response to the increasing Covid-19 infections in Phuket, Surat Thani has made special restrictions for anyone travelling from Phuket to Surat Thani. Those people will be required to scan and register their trip through the “Save Surat” website before being quarantined for 14 days.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World


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    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 6:15 pm

    and what if you have the one jab Johnson vaccine…that doesn’t count?

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    James King

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 8:11 pm

    I would like to know what happens when people leave Phuket.
    Surely they aren’t going to allow people to enter an airport or get on an airplane with hundreds of other people unles they have Covid19 clearance.

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    Bruno Filip

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 10:10 pm

    It’s an antigen test, it’s the people testing positive they should allow to proceed as they have recovered from Covid and are unlikely to have contracted it again. How can they not understand this?

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    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 8:07 am

    The rapid test is free for Thais only, we farangs pay 500 Baht. Amazing Thailand.

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    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 8:31 am

    So they do NOT require vaccination nor the 72-hour test. Instead they only require a donation of 300 baht and a useless 15-minute rapid test.

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      Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 10:12 am

      500 baht for foreigners, free for Thais

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    Simon Small

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 8:53 am

    “How can they not understand this?”

    Presumably they do understand the rapid flow / antigen test, @Bruno Filip, even if you clearly don’t.

    They don’t tell you if someone has “recovered from Covid and are unlikely to have contracted it again”.

    That’a QAnon myth.

    They tell you, albeit very unreliably, if someone is likely to be contagious.

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    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 11:05 am

    Why is everyone’s panties in a bunch because of foreigners having to pay. Thais have socialized medicine and it’s free to them. We foreigners have always paid.

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    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 11:44 pm

    Please…why is anyone familiar with Thailand “surprised” by the 500 baht fee for non-Thais ? It’s the same in many countries but in this case tied to the social medical system. The 500 baht is insignificant. What falanges need worry about is what happens if you test positive. It is then that you will face the financial consequences of being non-Thai.

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Neill is a journalist from the United States with 10 years broadcasting experience and national news and magazine publications. He graduated with a degree in journalism and communications from the University of California and has been living in Thailand since 2014.

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