NEW RULES FOR DOMESTIC ENTRY TO PHUKET

All domestic travellers entering Phuket must be vaccinated against Covid-19 and also test negative for the virus. The new rules imposed by Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew go into effect today (July 20th) and will be in place until at least August 2.

Many people have been leaving “dark red” provinces, like Bangkok, to avoid tight restrictions including curfews, work at home requests and business closures.  Narong says many of those people from high risk areas are coming to Phuket, which is the only province classified as a “yellow” zone due to the low number of Covid-19 infections.

Travellers must have either received 2 doses of the Sinovac or Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccines, or just a dose of the AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least 14 days before arriving to the island province.

Travellers must also show proof of a negative result from either a RT-PCR test or rapid antigen test issued no more than 7 days before arrival.  The tracking application Mor Chana must be downloaded on arrival to Phuket and must be connected to the smartphone’s GPS throughout the trip.

Those entering Phuket are told to self-monitor for any Covid-19 symptoms and to contact a local hospital if they feel ill.

Children under 6 years old who are travelling with their parents are exempt from the rule as well as those who recovered from Covid-19 within the past 90 days. Students under 18 years old who need to travel in and out of the province need undergo a RT-PCR Covid-19 test by the Phuket Public Health Office. The results are valid for up to a month.

The Phuket Checkpoint, also known as the Tha Chatchai mainland gateway, is closed from 11pm to 4am.