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Phuket is “100% ready” for Special Tourist Visa flights – Transport Minister

Caitlin Ashworth

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The Phuket International Airport is ready for international tourists. The airport has been preparing for weeks and initially expected a group foreigners on the new Special Tourist Visa to arrive last month. Covid-19 mobile testing vehicles were even sent to the airport in early October, prepared to test all the tourists upon arrival, but the travel plans were cancelled last minute. Now, Phuket is “100% ready,” according to Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob.

“At this stage, Phuket International Airport is 100% ready for welcoming and testing tourists arriving on the STV (Special Tourist Visa). The lab and mobile lab trucks together can test 578 tourists per day.”

Last month’s plans to host a group of tourists travelling from China on the new long stay visa were cancelled last minute due to a misunderstanding with tourism officials. Supposedly, a list of those “interested” in the new visa was passed off as those who had already applied and were ready to travel.

While Phuket has prepared for international tourists, Sakayam says permission for travellers on the new visa to fly directly to Phuket has not yet been confirmed.

“We have to wait for the prime minister to inspect (the airport) first to ensure its readiness and to build confidence among people.”

So far, 17 hotels have also been approved as alternative state quarantine facilities and are ready for tourists.

“I was told that Phuket now has about 1,900 rooms in hotels to welcome tourists as alternative local quarantine venues, and the Phuket government is trying to reach 5,000 rooms within one month.”

SOURCE: Phuket News

 

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    Toby Andrews

    Monday, November 2, 2020 at 12:28 pm

    Apparently ready too late.
    I just read in this very forum, that all quarantine from now on will be in Bangkok only.

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      Joe Mitzel

      Monday, November 2, 2020 at 11:34 pm

      toby can you direct me to these forums thank you!

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    rafael

    Monday, November 2, 2020 at 12:32 pm

    Why anyone want to be loock down in hotel and pay exuberent amounts,for so called holidays?

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      Bob

      Monday, November 2, 2020 at 12:45 pm

      Not to forget the farang bracelet (you will have to buy) and that you cannot use a public hospital if you catch c19 IN THAILAND despite having insurance with a THAI company.

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      Ron Hamer

      Monday, November 2, 2020 at 8:24 pm

      To Physically get to their Thai Bank / account and WITHDRAW ALL THEIR MONEY.

      Example – 800,000 baht which was SUPPOSED to be for Retirement Visa Coverage.

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    Johnny Rambo

    Monday, November 2, 2020 at 12:52 pm

    Get ready for nothing you Thai laughingstocks. Nobody will come anyway. You either give up on the 14-days-quarantine measure or watch your empty airports rot off slowly.

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    Mongoos

    Monday, November 2, 2020 at 2:05 pm

    You have to quash the 100,000 usd insurance its way too much for a runny nose and a fever.knowone with an ounce of sense would come under these rules.After all it’s supposed to be a holiday not a boot camp

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    Nik Hunt

    Monday, November 2, 2020 at 2:42 pm

    Airport ready but no practical way to come. Even if someone is willing for a 14 day quarantine, the STV seems not to be available for most, plus complete obscurity about the details: Thai health insurance only, wristband, booking confirmation for complete stay, what countries are allowed…???

    Impossible to jump through these convoluted hoops, a trip to the moon can be planned more easily

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      Joe Mitzel

      Monday, November 2, 2020 at 11:36 pm

      facts!!!!

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    Thomas

    Monday, November 2, 2020 at 3:19 pm

    Again. It’s boring now. They recycle the same bullshit every week now.

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    NICKY

    Monday, November 2, 2020 at 4:09 pm

    This is all about vote bank politics.if they really want open they look at dubai how its operating for tourists no quarantine ,no exorbitant health insurance just two tests and good to go

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    Al

    Monday, November 2, 2020 at 4:15 pm

    This has to be planned a long time ago. (along with many other countries). There has to have been an organised plan before all of this went down in Thailand and elsewhere.

    Remember in the past the likes of swine flu, HIV, SARS, the bird flu and the Zika virus etc.?
    If something looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it probably is……a duck. Substitute “duck” for “BS”………

    Even a child would know that much!

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    Toby Andrews

    Monday, November 2, 2020 at 4:54 pm

    Oh, I have just noticed. The airport sign is not ready in the photograph. The letter H is not showing correctly.

    lol

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    EdwardV

    Monday, November 2, 2020 at 10:52 pm

    Ready for what? The TAT announced on October 30th all STV persons will be required to quarantine in Bangkok for the entire first phase. Who exactly does the transport minister think is coming to Phuket? The bulk of the European snow birds have already book and started landing in Mexico and the Caribbean. Most regular tourists are not allowed in Thailand, and the few that can are not willing to quarantine. No doubt a few will trickle in here and there over time, but it will be a far cry from a fraction of the normal. I really don’t understand this blind delusion expecting tourist to come just because sectors of Thailand wants them too. Not when Thailand has done everything in their power to show how much they don’t want them. It is now it too expensive, too bureaucratic and too restrictive. All three things that are the opposite of why so many use to come in the first place.

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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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Update on Phuket’s Covid-19 vaccination campaign

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Photo via Facebook/ วัคซีนภูเก็ต (PR Phuket)

So far, around 22% of the population in Phuket has been vaccinated against Covid-19, according to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration. The island province aims to vaccinate 70% of the population by the end of June to reach “herd immunity”. Officials remain committed to the original plan to reopen to vaccinated foreign travellers by July 1, as ambitious as it sounds given the current situation with cases on the island.

Nationwide, only 645,500 people, which is about 1% of the population in Thailand, have received both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Here are some updates on Phuket’s immunisation campaign…

  • Phuket is set to receive 140,000 doses of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine next month. Those who are are over 60 years old, and who have registered for the vaccine, will be the first to get injected. The inoculations with the AstraZeneca jab will start on June 7.
  • The island province continues to use the Sinovac vaccine in its mass immunisation campaign. Phuket just received 200,000 doses of the Sinovac vaccine and will start the next round of injections on May 18. Another 200,000 doses will arrive around the end of the month to be used as a second injection for those injected this month.
  • Expats working in tourism-related business or in the education sector in Phuket are allowed to register for a vaccine under the government campaign, according to the Phuket Health Office. Foreigners working for businesses outside of the tourism or hospitality sector will be included in the next phase of vaccinations, a source told Phuket News. Foreigners must have a valid work permit to register for a vaccine.

SOURCE: Phuket News

 

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Phuket tightens restrictions: No parties, no visits from friends

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No, your friends can’t come over. No parties. No drinking with friends. No large gatherings. As part of Phuket’s efforts to stop the spread of Covid-19, local authorities have tightened restrictions and say friends are not allowed to gather at private homes.

“No parties of any kind allowed… No house party, no friends gathering in the residence.”

Along with temporary closures of some businesses and venues, the order says, parties involving alcohol are banned and gatherings of more than 30 people are banned. The only gatherings allowed are religious ceremonies like weddings and funerals.

Foreigners who violate any of Phuket’s disease control measures could be deported and lose their permission to stay in Thailand. On Sunday, 2 British men in Phuket were each fined 6,000 baht for having a “party.” Only 6 people were gathered at the home. Police from the Cherng Talay station came by the home after a call from a neighbour.

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3 organisers of Phuket’s Kolour superspreader event charged

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FILE PHOTO: 3 managers involved in the Kolour superspreader event have been charged.

As Thailand still wrestles to control the third wave of Covid-19, much of which stems from entertainment venues in Bangkok and a massive party in Phuket, Patong police announced that the managers of the Phuket venues that hosted the Kolour superspreader event will be charged under the Emergency Decree. The case report was filed with the public prosecutor yesterday according to the Patong police chief, confirming that 3 people will be prosecuted for the event.

The Kolour Beachside Festival was held April 2 and 3 with events at Café Del Mar Phuket in Kamala, and Shelter Phuket Dance and Night Club and Illuzion Nightclub, both in Patong. Before the festival, Phuket had gone more than a hundred days without any new Covid-19 infections, but by April 7 the Phuket provincial Public Health office announced 8 new infections, half of which had been at the Kolour parties. In the following weeks, officials plead for attendees to be tested as infections spread.

Charges were delayed in being filed to the Phuket Public Prosecutor’s office as a special investigation committee was ordered to be created to oversee the investigation at the request of Region 8’s Police Commander. That committee brought together officials from various law enforcement in the area including the Patong Police, Kamala Police, Phuket Provincial Police, and the Region 8 Police to investigate the Kolour event before anyone was charged.

The manager of Café Del Mar, along with the managing director and the manager of Shelter and Illuzion, which are under the same management team, will be charged for the Kolour festival violating Thailand’s Emergency Decree that was declared to help protect the country from Covid-19 outbreaks. A breach of the Emergency Decree can be held liable for up to 40,000 Baht and 2 years in jail under Section 9 of the Decree.

The latter 2 are also facing charges of operating an unlicensed entertainment venue. This carries the possibility of another year in prison and a fine of up to 60,000 baht, in accordance with Thai Law under Section 26 of the Entertainment Place Act.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

 

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