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Phuket’s foreigners are being called out again over their alleged failures to comply with Covid-19 safety measures. A meeting comprised of high-ranking Phuket officials, and a majority of consuls and foreign government representatives decided that those who are not being “socially responsible” will face legal actions, with the most intransigent being kicked out of Thailand.

The meeting yesterday was all about discussing ways to prevent the spread of the virus for foreign tourists living in Phuket. 14 consul representatives were at the meeting, including these…

UK

Russia

France

Netherlands

Norway

Kazakhstan

Luxembourg

South Korea

Chile

Nepal

Switzerland

Mexico

Australia

Norway

According to the meeting’s report, participants were given the opportunity to express their opinions and make recommendations surrounding the Covid-19 epidemic. The report included this wording…

“However, if the investigation of the disease by the Phuket Provincial Public Health Office finds that you (foreigners) who are at high risk, or have tested positive for Covid-19, you (foreigners) must be socially responsible by preparing for treatment in strict accordance with the place set by the Public Health Office, which is this standard. The same standard as Thai citizens living in Phuket Province.”

“If you (foreigners) do not comply, there will be legal penalties and affect your consideration for permission to stay in the Kingdom.”

The report did not include any statements by the consuls on the message, but did note that the Honorary Consul of the UK proposed asking the provincial government to allocate quota vaccination doses against Covid-19 for foreigners living in Phuket and to clarify how long it would be before foreigners could receive the Covid-19 vaccine.

Watch Tim Newton’s editorial about foreigners wearing face masks…

Officials confirmed yesterday that expats in Phuket will be included and receive Covid-19 vaccines as part of the Thai government’s vaccination scheme. Dr. Chalermpong of Vachira Phuket Hospital, made the announcement and said the first 100,000 doses are earmarked for registered residents and people from other provinces that work in tourism, but the following batch will be open to other industries as well as foreigners. Chalermpong confirmed that eligibility for inoculation will be wide.

The Honorary Consul of Norway asked provincial officials to prepare information published on a central website for the convenience and speed of extraction of information to be used in public relations. The Dutch honorary consul, Seven Smulders, asked the provincial authorities to update the progress of Phuket’s Covid situation in English-language media.

Phuket government officials have recently threatened to strictly enforce the 20,000 baht face mask fine and contact consular officials for foreigners that refuse to mask up. The vice governor of Phuket has issued a stern warning that all people are required to wear face masks in public at all times.

But foreigners aren’t the only ones who are being criticised for not wearing masks. Thailand’s own PM was fined 6,000 baht recently for failing to wear a mask at a Cabinet meeting at the Government House by the Bangkok Governor. And, now, 3 Government House workers have contracted Covid-19.

However, no explanation has been provided as to what inspired the Phuket Immigration Office to start heavily emphasising the need for people to follow Covid prevention measures, other than the rising number of infections.

Yesterday was the first time the Phuket Immigration Office delivered a warning to foreigners in Phuket that they may have their stay in the country cut short if they are caught not following the Covid prevention measures. The meeting noted that there are currently approximately 11,000 foreigners living in Phuket.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

 

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32 Comments

32 Comments

  1. murika

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 12:16 pm

    foreigners meeting thai authorities to snitch on other foreigners, and recommending harder punitions for the foreigners, are they stupid?, is a fine of 20k not enough ? Deportation will separate families and destroy business, this is ridiculous, and participate in creating more racism, how can farang be less respectful of the distanciation and mask wearing rules, i’m sure you find the same percentage of non believers in any group, thai, farang, men, women, kids, adult, young and old, some humans don’t like to follow rules especially when they don’t make sense, like wearing a mask in your car with familly members you spend yours days at home with no mask

  2. Sydney B

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 12:17 pm

    The fact that UK ex pat’s are ignoring restrictions comes as no surprise. Here in the UK we have a good percentage who intentionally refuse to follow the guidelines of restrictions. Call it arrogance, ignorance or bloody mindeness, it is a problem we have had to deal with. To call it an ‘I’m alright Jack’ would be an understatement.
    Heavy fines is one answer. Custodial, short, sharp sentences is another.

  3. gigi

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 12:18 pm

    Send them all back to their homes

  4. Slugger

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 12:35 pm

    ‘to start heavily emphasizing the need for people to follow Covid prevention measures, other than the rising number of infections.’

    Really? Surely no-one is, at this stage, so naive. The Thai government must be pulling their hair out.

  5. Stardust

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 12:37 pm

    So there is no case study he presented or answer. It means it is just nonsense if not specify and give a case study and what exactly is the difference between Bangkok, Pattaya or Hua Hin. There are already restricticion nationwide and penalties, so what the hell is he talking about? And he has to present the cases he is talking about and what should be the difference between cases nation wide! Without doing that his credibility is done and suspected just be a racist and nothing else. As everbody could see there are also Thais, high Thai officials without masks . So about what Problems he is talking who should be different than anywhere else in Thailand?! So embassies asked about, so he has to deliver a answer to that, before shouting around!

  6. Craig

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 12:51 pm

    Some will always try to get around the rules. Whether it’s wearing a mask for the protection of others/self or actually having required money in a Thai bank for retirement, there are always some who can’t or refuse to follow established rules.

    Whatever Thais do, they do. Those who compare themselves and can’t/refuse to follow established rules make a bad example for the rest.

  7. Stardust

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 12:53 pm

    By the way it were Thai hiso government officials who went clubbing unmasked in Thong lors hiso gentlemen clubs who created that mess and 3rd wave. These superspreaders wnt from club to club and after sent everybody int Songkran. I not see any consequences happened of that yet or of the first and second wave!

  8. Jason

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 12:59 pm

    Have the Thai authorities released the data of how many foreigners and infected and how many Thais, this way we can see the scale of the problem; if there is one….

  9. Michael

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 1:05 pm

    There is a simple solution for this:

    AVOID PHUKET. The xenophobia and racism is without limits.

    There are anyway better places to spend your time. And when Covid is gone we will visit the beaches of Da Nang.

  10. CHE

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 1:21 pm

    @murika – Sorry to say but what would separate families, destroy business (and why not, bring the 7 plagues over our heads) would be noncompliant people. Just wear the damn mask!

  11. Phuket Dan

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 2:18 pm

    The mask is a symbol of submission, nothing else! Does nothing to prevent the spread of “the dangerous covid”. Even if covid was as dangerous as the media and authorities promote (which it is not) the cost for society with these lockdowns, restrictions and rules are pushing the world towards famine and WW3!!!

  12. David Mann

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 3:11 pm

    @Gigi I don’t understand what you mean. Many of the people you are referring to are home. Thailand is their home, they are home. You see, just as my home country has many Thais living here and have families here with businesses etc, so too are many Americans doing the same in Thailand and hence it is their home. Hope I’ve explained that ok?

  13. murika

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 3:11 pm

    @CHE – if wearing the mask was enough, the covid would be long gone in some areas, open your eyes to payut propaganda and stop being a capo

  14. Bill Fischer

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 3:50 pm

    Yes, go after everyone who fails to comply. I just went down to Chalong and Rawai. I always wear a mask when outside. I saw two bars open when ‘working girls’ shouting at everyone passing by. Guess how many were wearing masks. There are some bars open just a couple of hundred meters from the Chalong roundabout. No masks being worn. Many massage parlors were open. I saw two cops on a motorbike being passed by two young local chaps: no helmets and no masks. I also saw plenty of foreigners not wearing masks. Go after ALL OF THEM! Yes, foreigners who don’t want to comply should be sent home, ASAP.

  15. Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 4:11 pm

    First I note that ferangs in Phuket will be fined B20.000, yet the P.M. was fined B6000. Dual pricing again.
    Next Phuket cannot afford to kick out any foreigner. By now most will be expats, and each one will be supporting a woman. two kids from her previous Thai husband. The grandmother, grandfather. Their’ water buffalo. The woman’s brother’s fighting cockerel. The kids two cats, and the family’s two dogs.
    Who is going to support that lot if the expat is deported, back to North Platte Nebraska?

  16. PATRICK LEE

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 4:12 pm

    Local should be jailed and Foreigner should be Deported – if they are guilty

  17. Bill Fischer

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 4:30 pm

    @Michael “AVOID PHUKET. The xenophobia and racism is without limits” It’s probably your personality or maybe you’re only going to the tackiest tourism spots on Phuket wear they are worn out from aggressive/rude tourists.

    Having lived in Phuket for 30 years, I wholeheartedly disagree with your assessment. I sure the locals in Da Nang will be jumping backflips to have such a quality visitor as your good self.

    As a Phuketian, I thank you for not coming back. Take your attitude elsewhere.

  18. Ted

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 5:04 pm

    That Thais choose to look for others to blame and always choose the easy route (C19 ? we don’t test so its not here) is nothing new and to be honest, it’s not really a Thai problem as it is human problem, even though most countries has governments that thinks like governments and not only to themselves. I mean, even US has a president now that thinks about his voters and those who voted against him, so there’s still hope for Thailand.

    That said. I am glad mrs and I haven’t booked a flight yet and that the hotels are easy to cancel, same time that I’m sorry Phuket if your leaders don’t change with the “new” “anti foreigner/visitor” rules because I wont come and spend my thb. As Thailand has other wonderful 5* hotels so you can keep yours [empty]!

  19. Dreqo

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 5:53 pm

    The new future Chinese owners of Phuket will probably sort this all out once they’ve got the keys and deeds.

  20. gigi

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 6:01 pm

    @David Mann I agree on this point, but if they tell you take the test and wear the mask, I don’t understand why they don’t respect the rules … then they send them back to their country of origin

  21. barney p

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 7:06 pm

    Can someone please remind these Phuket local govt. jerkoffs that they are in charge of a tourist resort and that their farang witch hunt is not in line with how Phuket likes to profile itself. A case of wrong people at the wrong place.

  22. Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 7:50 pm

    Michael you are right. I was there years ago. The taxi driver doubled my hotel bill because the hotel had to give him commission.
    I was on the beach, wanted a Pepsi. I called back Pepsi. It did not arrive. I had to walk back up the beach to collect the Pepsi, They were spoiled rotten.
    Everything was a rip off, and today they show no sign of changing.
    It is all well and good for the expats. They know where to go, and the Thais know them and want repeat custom from them.
    But a new face will be scammed without mercy. Phuket the rip off Koh of Thailand. Don’t go there.

  23. Michael

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 11:50 pm

    @Bill Fischer – The current problems are caused by the Thai for the full 100%.

    It wasn’t the farang people bringing Covid into this country. I personally know somebody from Cambodia who visits her family back home every month. No problems passing the Thai/Cambodian border. Thanks to the corrupt Thai border control.

    It also wasn’t farang people luring cheap Myanmar workers into Samut Sakhon fish packers.

    It also wasn’t farang crossing illegally in Myanmar to play the casino and lurid sex triangle.

    It also wasn’t farang super spreading the Thonglor Bar Disease to friends and family.

    It also wasn’t farang who stalled vaccine distribution.

    This fingerpointing at farang is xenophobia, racism.

    I hope you enjoy it over there.

  24. Kim

    Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 9:13 am

    @Bill Fischer – you mean the tourists who gets aggressive after having been ripped off and scammed? I’m sure you and/or your Thai relatives/associates has a business on Phuket and wants to portray Phuket as such a welcoming and law abiding island with no corruption etc? You don’t think it is xenophobic when a government official calls foreigners “dirty” and the local buffalos incite hate and violence against foreigners ie shoot foreigners with slingshots?

  25. Jeff

    Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 11:53 am

    Follow the rules of the country in which you are a visitor or go home. Just because you may not like the rules, is no justification to ignore it. Go home if you can’t or don’t want to follow the rules. I am a foreigner and believe this 100% no matter which country you’re visiting. Since this is a story about foreigners, I won’t conflate or deflect to what I think about Thais doing the same thing.

  26. CHE

    Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 1:04 pm

    @murika – Who said it was enough? Certainly not me. All more the prophylactic reason to wear it.

  27. Toby Andrews

    Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 1:20 pm

    True in a foreign country one must try to fit in.
    When I go to France I wear a beret and horizontal stripped shirt. When I go to Holland I wear wooden clogs, although they are becoming hard to find now.

  28. Kim

    Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 1:22 pm

    @Jeff – Completely agree, however, as a foreigner you should still have the liberty to voice your lawful opinion, as long as you dont deliberately insult anyone.

  29. Ronald

    Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 2:28 pm

    @Bill Fischer – Quality visitors in Phuket? I have been in Phuket several times. Maybe they should rename this island to “Scam Island”. It already starts when you put one foot outside of the airport.
    Phuket doesn’t have the quality to attract quality visitors. Beaches often dirty, water often too dirty to swim in, and prices are too high for what is offered. Service sucks. The single and only reason I can think of to go to Phuket is cheap pro*******.
    Maybe, after 30 years of living in Phuket you should travel to other countries, and see what they do there. Maybe then you will understand Phuket and (lack of) quality.

  30. David

    Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 6:20 pm

    most people still think, a law is a law,
    and some, few millions per country, still think, experts on tv tell the truth.
    a easy question, why is point 1 and 2 not learnt in school ?
    why most people are not interested in politics and not “obey” every “law” ??

    1. tv and news is a part of government, what is a part of
    banks /few influential people. see blackrock.
    just the money-interest system,
    shows how fair life is, and what few think about most.

    2. governments /states, are not states, so how can a law, be a law ?
    where is the public vote, shows /proves that millions of people want this and that ?
    article 1, civil-rights, ohchr /uno, what all governments accepted.
    without votes, no politicians.

  31. Harvey

    Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 8:37 am

    Thailand is still looking for its Reichstag and someone to blame for its pandemic. How about let’s blame the government for it pathetic response to distribute the vaccine.

  32. Mungus

    Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 3:07 pm

    @Phuket Dan – Bollocks You are clearly a duped non-science observing moron. I bet you love that bloody fool who feigns to be a musician Ted Nuggent…Only look at what’s happened to him as of late…Deniers into whiners..So if you refuse to wear a mask will you sign a release saying you will also refuse medical services once you go to death’s doorstep and cry for yer Mum? Stop spewing a bunch of absolute rubbish.

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