Phuket relaxes COVID-19 restrictions from June 1

Published on : Monday, May 31, 2021

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to provide the following updates on Phuket’s announcement to relax the COVID-19 restrictions and entry measures from 1 June, 2021.

Phuket Governor Mr. Narong Woonciew signed two orders on Friday, 28 May, 2021, including Order Number 2920/2564 on the measures for entry and COVID-19 screening, and Order Number 2921/2564 on the relaxation of business closures and a new set of COVID-19 prevention guidelines. Both of the orders come into effect from 1 June, 2021, until further notice.

All arrivals at all points of entry must be fully vaccinated (complete the vaccination series) or must have received at least one dose of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, or must have recovered from COVID-19 for no longer than 90 days, or must have tested negative for COVID-19 using an RT-PCR or a rapid antigen method within seven days of arriving (from previously within 72 hours of arriving).

The measure excludes children under five years of age. That said children up to five years of age travelling with their parents must also have tested negative for COVID-19.

However, the announcement only mentioned that for arrivals by road at Tha Chat Chai and by water at all ports and piers who are unable to show the necessary documents will be required to observe a 14-day quarantine at home or in a hotel.

Meanwhile, the announcement noted that arrivals by air at Phuket International Airport must download the Application Mor Chana (“Doctors Win”) and register their entry online. They are required to set the Mor Chana app on all the time while in Phuket, as well as self-monitor their symptoms and avoid visiting crowded places.

Hotels and other establishments providing accommodation to any arrivals to Phuket must follow the provincial public health guidelines, including travel movement tracking. Any operators who violate or fail to comply with the order shall be liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding one (1) month or to a fine not exceeding ten thousand (10,000) Baht, or both.

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