Phuket sets quarantine requirement for those entering the province, some exempt

Photo via PR Phuket

A 14-day period in quarantine is required for those entering Phuket who are either not vaccinated against the coronavirus or have not been tested for Covid-19 within 72 hours of arrival.

Phuket Vice Governor Piyapong Choowong made the announcement yesterday, adding they will no longer require Covid-19 tests on arrival. Phuket News notes that the required tests were problematic, particularly for truck drivers who were delivering essential items to the island on a regular basis.

“If you stay in Phuket shorter than 14 days, then you will be in quarantine as long as you stay on the island… From today on, no rapid tests anymore. Arrivals without any documents must get the quarantine order at the checkpoint.”

Piyapong says staff from the Phuket Public Health Office will hand out quarantine orders to those entering the province. The a copy of the order will be sent to the Emergency Operation Centre, which will follow up with those who are in quarantine at their homes or hotels.

The main Phuket checkpoint will only be open from 8:30am to 8:30pm. Only delivery vehicles can enter outside of those hours.

Those only entering Phuket for a short day trip are exempt from the quarantine rule, according to the Phuket News.

SOURCE: Phuket News

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Tanutam Thawan

Local Thai journalist speaking fluent Thai and English. Tanutam studied in Khon Kaen before attending Bangkok’s Chulalongkhorn University.


  1. There’s just no way to justify or explain any of this.

    Visit for the day / visit every day and you can come and go … and presumably (maybe?) delivery drivers can also come and go … but stay overnight and you’re quarantined …

    … but the quarantine’s unsupervised – maybe?

  2. Do these idiots think before they open their mouths and make announcements? Quarantine required for 14 days but you are exempt if you are there for a day trip? How does that make any sense. Just goes to show how clueless the people in charge are including the government. Their lack of planning, ridiculous decisions and the on going merry go round of closing/opening/lockdown/no lockdown has plunged many peoples lives/livelihoods in financial turmoil. F**kin morons

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