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Phuket requires Covid paperwork to enter from red zone provinces from Wednesday (April 21)

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From this Wednesday Phuket joins other provinces after additional entry restrictions were announced today by the Phuket Governor.

If you’re flying into Phuket you’ll need either a certificate of proof that you’ve had both doses of an approved Covid-19 vaccine, a Covid-19-free certificate, not older than 72 hours, or you’ll have to do a Rapid Covid Test at a cost of 300 baht at the airport.

This situation will apply until at least the end of April. The downside of coming to Phuket at this time will be risking a positive Rapid Covid Test, if you don’t have the other paperwork, and ending up in a field hospital.

If you’re arriving in Phuket by road, through the Thachatchai road checkpoint at the top of the island, only travellers from the red zone provinces will be affected by the new restrictions. If you’re from an orange zone you’ll be able to enter without the paperwork, for now anyway.

You need to have downloaded and filled out the Mor Chana app and register through the www.gophuget.com (Yes, Phuket with a ‘g’) website. The app will track you during your time on the island should officials need to contact you.

The government is asking people to limit their travel, particularly to red zone provinces. Hereโ€™s a list of the red zone provinces.

1. Bangkok
2. Chiang Mai
3. Chon Buri
4. Samut Prakan
5. Prachuap Khiri Kan
6. Samut Sakhon
7. Pathum Thani
8. Nakhon Pathom
9. Phuket
10. Nakhon Ratchasima
11. Nonthaburi
12. Songkhla
13. Tak
14. Udon Thani
15. Suphanburi
16. Sa Kaeo
17. Rayong
18. Khon Kaen

You can expect other provinces to introduce similar restrictions over the next few days. We’ll keep you up to date on thethaiger.com

Phuket requires Covid paperwork to enter from red zone provinces from Wednesday (April 21) | News by Thaiger

 

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    Dambo

    Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 12:37 am

    This is just madness! A prison within the prison. When will it ever end?

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    Yes man

    Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 1:11 am

    Ok so to stay out of a field hospital(illegal detainment) Don’t travel out the province. Got it. Once in the field hospital, they could theoritcally extend you stay indefinitely with false positives, at cost to foreigners.

    Wow. Just wow guys.

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      Thaiger

      Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 7:32 am

      Why the hell would they want to do that? You better check for monsters under your bed.

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        Steve369.

        Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 11:23 am

        Thanks for the tip, been about 50 years since I last checked under my bed for monsters 555

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    Bill Fischer

    Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 7:22 am

    @Yes Man, Seriously? Do you have ANY proof that ‘they’ could contain you indefinitely or that this is illegal? Do you have any proof whatsoever that foreigners are going to be targetted, which sounds like what you’re suggesting?

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    aspire

    Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 7:35 am

    How much does it actually cost to stay in quarantine if you get a positive test as a foreigner, not seen this reported anywhere.

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    aspire

    Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 7:40 am

    300baht for a rapid test seems reasonable, why aren’t these being used more eg weekly testing for those at high risk like hotels,retail – followed by a pcr test to confirm if positive.

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    Sander

    Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 10:15 am

    The poster in this article is a little ambiguous with the ‘remarks’ section stating that everyone is required to be tested upon arrival at Phuket airport. Does that apply only for Box 3 or does it apply to EVERYONE (including boxes 1 & 2)?

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    Steve369.

    Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 11:25 am

    What the hell is a rapid test?

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    Kim

    Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 12:18 pm

    I wonder if the rapid test is available for travellers leaving Phuket. I would love to have one of those instead of having to find a clinic in Bangkok before flying home.

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    Amy Sukwan

    Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 6:04 pm

    I agree with the first commenter. I’d need a cost breakdown for the forced hospitalization and a timeline of when I can venture out of it, before I’d want to leave Phuket. How many cycles of amplification is the rapid test run at? If the test is positive and I am asymptomatic, how long will I have to stay in the hospital for? How much does that cost per day? I know it’s only like a 4% chance even at high amplifications, but it is a consideration. Thai hospitals are thought to pad bills on foreigners to make up for lost income on Thais. It is a realistic thought…

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    Henry Ford

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 8:05 am

    Who would take the risk of travelling to Phuket now. These tests are not that accurate. You could end up in a field hospital even if you don’t have Covid. I have cancelled my planned trip to Phuket.

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    GeniusFarang

    Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 4:37 pm

    @Bill Fischer – Umm have you never Ben stopped by police while in Thailand? Youโ€™ve never been forced to pay extra? Are you living in fantasy land? Yes false positives would mean you continuously have to stay until their arbitrary false positive, faulty test says itโ€™s ok….or until the person who READS the test says itโ€™s ok.

    Wake up and use your brain.

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Tim Newton has lived in Thailand since 2012. An Australian, he has worked in the media, principally radio and TV, for nearly 40 years. He has won the Deutsche Welle Award for best radio talk program, presented 3,900 radio news bulletins in Thailand alone, hosted 450 daily TV news programs, produced 1,800 videos, TV commercials and documentaries and is now the General Manager and writer for The Thaiger. He's reported for CNN, Deutsche Welle TV, CBC, Australia's ABC TV and Australian radio during the 2018 Cave Rescue.

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FILE PHOTO: The Phuket checkpoint now lists 25 provinces as a red zone.

Visitors to Phuket from Krabi, Trang, Ranong, and Phatthalung will now have to prove they’re vaccinated or have a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of arrival, as they’ve been added to the red zone province list. People entering without those qualifications will have to take a rapid antigen test on the spot before being allowed into Phuket.

The 4 provinces join a group of 21 other provinces already on the Phuket red zone list requiring strict measures to enter. That list even includes Phuket itself, as people do exit the province have to prove a negative test or vaccination before being allowed to re-enter.

Phuket’s vice governor made the announcement yesterday after the governor signed the order and put it into effect until at least May 15th. That same order requires all trucks transporting goods to travel from 11 pm to 5 am, the nighttime hours that other people are not allowed to enter the island. Phuket recently closed its entry checkpoints from late night to early morning after reports of exhaustion from the health officials working to test everyone or verify their credentials.

Delivery drivers will also have to pass the same requirements as red zone province arrivals before entering Phuket. Any driver who does not have a negative test within 72 hours or proof that they’ve received both doses of a vaccine approved by Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration, will be forced to wait until the regular checkpoint opens at 5 am to receive a rapid antigen test.

Over 40,000 people from red zones have now been tested at the checkpoint to enter Phuket. In the first week of the requirement which began on April 22, health officials tested more than 22,000 people, overwhelming staff and prompting the government to close the entrance from 11 pm to 5 am to give checkpoint workers a break.

The 25 provinces currently classified as a red zone for entering Phuket are as follows:

Bangkok Nakhon Pathom Pathum Thani Rayong Suphan Buri
Chiang Mai Nakhon Ratchasima Phatthalung Sa Kaeo Surat Thani
Chonburi Nakhon Sri Thammarat Phuket Samut Prakan Tak
Khon Kaen Narathiwat Prachuap Khiri Khan Samut Sakhon Trang
Krabi Nonthaburi Ranong Songkhla Udon Thani

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