Phuket Tightens Measures for High-Risk Province Arrivals

Phuket’s authorities have decided to tighten travel restrictions for people arriving from the ten maximum controlled and restricted zones and 24 maximum controlled provinces.

The stricter measures will be in effect for the entire month starting Thursday and are intended to control the Covid-19 spread in Thailand.

Governor Narong Woonsiew announced the new restrictions on Monday.

From July 15th, people arriving in Phuket from the aforementioned provinces must be fully vaccinated or have received an AstraZeneca shot.

Travelers must receive the coronavirus jab at least 14 days before their trip.

People who have recovered from Covid-19 no more than 90 days before arrival can also enter the island.

However, they must have taken an RT-PCR or antigen test no more than a week before arriving.

Also, students under 18 who cannot get vaccinated but need to leave or enter Phuket for academic reasons must obtain an ID card from their educational institutes.

They must show the ID card to health officials at entry or exit checkpoints.

Students also need a Covid-19 RT-PCR test certificate, issued by the provincial health office and valid for one month, to be authorized to enter or leave the island.

The rules do not apply to children under six.

People entering Phuket are required to download the Mor Chana app on their cell phones.

Officials use the app to monitor visitors’ movements on the island during their stay.

Also, those who become ill or suspect they may have caught the virus should immediately report to authorities.