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Phuket government plans to require quarantine for “red zone” arrivals

Caitlin Ashworth

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People travelling to Phuket from a province classified as a “red zone” for a high risk of Covid-19 will face a 14 day quarantine, either at a facility or at a resident’s home, according to Phuket governor Narong Woonciew. A provincial order has not been issued yet and people can still enter Phuket without a required quarantine.

Travellers coming from any of the 28 “red” provinces will be “asked” to undergo a Covid-19 swab test and will also have to pay 3,000 baht for each test, according to a report by the Phuket public relations department. Phuket News says travellers from any of the 8 provinces considered to have the highest risk for Covid-19 will be “asked” to take the swab test while the test is not mandatory for travellers from the other 20 “red zone” provinces.

Red zone provinces with the highest risk are Bangkok (specifically the Nong Khaem, Bang Phlat, Bang Khae and Bang Khun Thian districts), Samut Sakhon, Rayong, Chonburi, Chanthaburi, Samut Prakan, Nonthaburi and Nakhon Pathom.

“However, at this time, people who enter the Phuket area by land, sea and air can enter as normal but will have intensive screening, and ask for everyone’s cooperation to install the Mor Chana application.”

The Mor Chana mobile application is being used to help track those who may have come in close contact with people infected with Covid-19. The app also features a self-assessment to determine the level of risk for the coronavirus.

Phuket officials also plan to relaunch a web platform that would allow those from “red zone” provinces to register their travel details before arriving in Phuket.

Red zone provinces: Bangkok, Tak, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Ayutthaya, Sara Buri, Lop Buri, Sing Buri, Ang Thong, Nakhon Nayok, Kanchanaburi, Nakhon Pathom, Ratchaburi, Suphan Buri, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Phetchaburi, Samut Songkhram, Samut Sakhon, Chachoengsao, Prachin Buri, Sa Kaeo, Samut Prakan, Chanthaburi, Chon Buri, Trat, Rayongm Chumphon, Ranong.

SOURCE: Phuket News

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    Alte Ledertasche

    Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 11:15 am

    This is equivalent to closing the airport and Sarasin Bridge to visitors from this provinces. Nobody will want to pay for the rapid test with the risk to ending up in s third world hospital.

    Especially Bangkok is the killer as most domestic flights go over Bangkok.

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      Peter

      Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 11:29 am

      Mass hysteria is now taking hold in Thailand.
      It’s really pathetic. Borders within borders, what’s next towns within provinces?
      No central direction and the realisation that vaccination is months or years away.
      The good news for Thailand is that their citizens excel at sitting on their arses at home being totally non productive.

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    Issan John

    Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 11:47 am

    With no centrally applied controls, I can’t see that the Phuket governor has much choice – central controls would at least mean that more funding could be made available.

    Rather ironic, at best, that the TAT is still encouraging domestic tourism with the “travel together” scheme, while tourists are being “asked” to pay 3,000 baht for the Covid tests to allow them to do so.

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    Mr cynic

    Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 5:16 pm

    Anybody know if the 3000 baht fee is the same for all irrespective of race creed or coulor or is it along the lines of the Phuket marathon/national park entry way of charging fees school of thought?

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    Maag

    Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 7:59 pm

    Total lockdown for 90 days is the solution !

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      jm

      Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 10:21 pm

      very short sighted solution…Imagine a virus with a life exspectancy of 70 years, would you advice a life-time lockdown?

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    Toby Andrews

    Friday, January 8, 2021 at 12:01 am

    After a comprehensive search, I still cannot identify all of the medals this governor displays.
    Could it be some of them are fake?
    Er, this is Thailand, so YES!

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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