Phuket governor outlines plans to track and trace foreign arrivals

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The governor of Phuket says the authorities and provincial officials are creating a command centre for the purpose of tracking and tracing foreign tourists under the island’s sandbox scheme. The island re-opens in 1 week’s time to vaccinated tourists from low to medium-risk countries.

According to a Pattaya News report, governor Narong Woonciew says a meeting was held yesterday between officials and operation centre officers, who plan to use “Phuket Smart city technology” to monitor the movements of international arrivals. Narong himself has been appointed incident commander, with various government agencies, military officers and the police contributing to the tracking of foreign tourists and Thai people who arrive on the southern island. Narong says the centre will be connected to all immigration checkpoints and public services on Phuket.

“The operation centre will be located at Emergency Command Centre 191, Phuket Provincial Police, and will be connected to all immigration checkpoints and public services on the island, including the Phuket International Airport, land immigration checkpoints, water immigration checkpoints, hospitals, and hotels in order to effectively support the Phuket Sandbox operations. All of the visitors’ data and identification will be tracked and recorded in the ‘Mor Chana’ application.”

The governor adds that from July 1, all immigration checkpoints will be equipped with the necessary technology to screen people as they arrive, in a bid to control the spread of Covid-19 on the island.

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SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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