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Phuket extends Covid entry restrictions to May 12



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Phuket’s governor has extended the Covid-19 restrictions and entry measures until May 12, after they were set to expire at the end of April. Phuket Governor, Narong Woonciew, announced the orders following a meeting with 14 foreign consuls and embassy representatives on Tuesday.

Phuket Immigration have since warned that foreigners who skirted the Covid prevention measures and acted “socially irresponsible”, would face legal action and may even be deported.

Recently, such foreigners have been called out for not wearing face masks, with a fine of 20,000 baht being announced for those who ignore such rules. Now, those rules have been extended, including all pubs, entertainment venues and bars being forced to close until May 12.

All classes in which people physically attend at any educational institutions or language schools are against those rules. Only those arriving at an establishment for academic testing are allowed to continue to do so. Mass gatherings have also been limited to 30 people. The detailed wording on mass gatherings includes:

“Unless authorised by the competent official, or is an activity performed by a competent official, or is an activity in an area designated as a quarantine facility. Any such activities that are authorised must follow Covid protection measures.”

There is no further explanation as to what kinds of mass gatherings would be included in that category of being able to receive authorisation. Previously, the mass gathering rule was limited to 50 people.

Gambling, cockfighting, fish fighting, Thai boxing, card games, or any other kind of spectator activities are banned. Training for different sports is also prohibited as well as snorkelling and diving tours. All private kindergartens and nurseries will continue to be closed, except kindergarten boarding schools.

The checkpoint at Tha Chatchai, at the north end of the island, is closed from 11pm to 5am daily. Only ambulances, vehicles transporting essential items and medical supplies are allowed to cross during those hours, or anyone else with special permission. For those drivers who want to enter Phuket during the checkpoint’s opening hours, they must present a rapid antigen test, showing a negative result for Covid-19 that was taken within 72 hours of arriving at the checkpoint.

Drivers can also pass through if they are fully inoculated against Covid. If they have met neither requirement, they must undergo a rapid antigen Covid test- at their own expense if they are foreign- if they are arriving from these provinces…

Chiang Mai

Chon Buri


Prachuap Khiri Khan

Samut Prakan

Samut Sakhon

Nakhon Pathom

Pathum Thani


Nakhon Ratchasima


Udon Thani




Khon Kaen

Sa Kaeo

Nakhon Sri Thammarat


Surat Thani

SOURCE: The Phuket News


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  1. Alex

    Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 9:41 pm

    Is that really that there are excemptions? Is I heard even you come from Khao Lak you need to do a test

  2. Alex

    Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 9:48 pm

    I mean if you go out of phuket to Phangna and come back in a day, youd probably will need a test, right?

  3. wayno

    Friday, April 30, 2021 at 2:29 am

    Phukets decision to welcome domestic travellers without restrictions over the recent holidays in an attempt to reap the finantial rewards has ruined its chance of being the fabled sandbox

  4. Bill Fischer

    Friday, April 30, 2021 at 7:28 am

    I just went out to buy breakfast this morning. The first SIX locals I saw were not wearing masks. Three of them were food servers. I went cycling in the Chalong and Rawai area on Wednesday and saw bars completely open with one bar having a dozen unmasked girls standing around trying to lure in punters. I saw a small minimart with a big group of foreigners drinking, no masks, and sitting shoulder-to-shoulder. I passed several massage places. The girls or ladyboys were not sitting out near the street like usual, but just inside their establishments and clearing open. This is not going to go away if the police don’t start patrolling, period. The only hope is mass vaccinations. Thai culture (no problem attitude) is not conducive to everyone following the rules. We’re doomed!

  5. stu

    Friday, April 30, 2021 at 9:58 am

    @Bill Fischer – doomed? as in we are all going to die? i dont think that covid19 has doomed everyone in thailand to death…. but thanks for ur dire warning.

  6. Buttaxe

    Friday, April 30, 2021 at 10:24 am

    I really don’t know why any informed person would want to go to this corrupt sh*th*ole. It’s no better than many other places in Thailand but seems to take a particular pleasure in cheating visitors – Thai and foreign alike.

  7. Maverick

    Friday, April 30, 2021 at 11:42 am

    @Bill Fischer – most of the cops are in quarantine in Chalong…….they will soon be out catching up with lost earnings – suggest you stay home no risk there, unlike laydyboy massages

  8. Covid19 PsyOp

    Friday, April 30, 2021 at 11:50 am

    @Bill Fischer

    Very good observations. Here is your medal of honor as being a good citizen. Please next time make pictures of everyone, post on Social Media and tell everyone how you helped to prevent the spread of a virus less deadly than Tuberculosis, for which we never saw any measures, yet our civilization is still not doomed for death.

    I just hope all people like you will get a vaccine soon, so the problems that comes with with your talk will disappear in the near future lol
    Cant wait for the vaccines to have the worldwide effect like they have in India now already. Finally we are getting rid of the stupid people..

  9. Simon Small

    Friday, April 30, 2021 at 12:57 pm

    “I just went out to buy breakfast this morning. etc

    …Thai culture (no problem attitude) is not conducive to everyone following the rules.”

    I think your observations, while undoubtedly correct, probably say a lot more about those on Phuket, Thai and farang alike, than they do about “Thai culture”.

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