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Phuket tightens screening measures for tourists, evidence of hotel booking mandatory

Phuket tightens screening measures for tourists, evidence of hotel booking mandatory

The Phuket communicable disease committee on Monday announced additional measures for screening people entering the province to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

The new measures, which will be enforced from September 8 to 14, stipulate that those who wish to enter the island for sightseeing must present evidence of hotel or similar accommodation booking with payment made in advance.

Visitors must also register via the website and present QR Code to officials at screening checkpoints.

Exceptions will be made for public health professionals who work in the province, as well as patients seeking medical treatment in Phuket. Patients must have evidence of doctor’s appointment, and must have been vaccinated at the required doses for at least 14 days or have recovered from Covid-19 within 90 days. They still need to present a Covid-19 test result via RT-PCR or antigen method taken within 72 hours of arrival.

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Permanent residents in Phuket and Phang Nga who regularly enter and exit Phuket must register at or present a travel certificate issued by a district chief, along with a vaccine certificate at required doses and a negative test result via antigen test kit (ATK). Each ATK result is valid for seven days.

The committee also banned entry into the province by land at the Tha Chatchai checkpoint from 11pm to 3am the next day, except in cases of emergency.