Requirements Updated To Enter Phuket for Domestic Travelers

Provincial officials have updated travel measures to Phuket, allowing some domestic travelers to visit the island.

The updated measures went into effect on August 18 and will continue until August 31.

Under Phuket Provincial Order No. 4627/2564, local tourists can travel to the island through land, sea, and air checkpoints.

But domestic travelers wanting to enter Phuket must meet a few criteria, including being a resident of the island, having a permanent job in Phuket, or traveling on essential matters that cannot be postponed.

Anyone who returns to the island or can present a house registration book, confirming to be a resident, can visit Phuket.

Those who can demonstrate that they have permanent jobs there have also been authorized to enter.

The new measures also allow entry for foreign tourists who came to Thailand under the Sandbox scheme or another tourism project.

They also extend to drivers or service providers who can prove they operate or carry out activities for an authorized tourism scheme.

People who need to visit Phuket for essential business or matters that cannot be postponed can also enter the island.

Those citing essential reasons should be admitted on a case-by-case basis by checkpoints’ bosses, provincial officials said.

Domestic travelers eligible to enter the island must also meet entry requirements, such as being vaccinated against Covid-19.

Officials have cleared entry to eligible individuals who have received two doses of Sinovac and Sinopharm vaccines.

Local visitors can also visit Phuket if they have been vaccinated with a combination of Sinovac and AstraZeneca vaccines.

Eligible travelers who have been administered a dose of the AstraZeneca, Moderna, Pfizer, or Johnson & Johnson vaccines have also been allowed entry if they have been vaccinated at least 14 days before traveling.

Covid-19 patients who recovered within 90 days before arriving in Phuket must undergo a coronavirus PCR test or an antigen test.

They must be tested within 72 hours after the traveling and obtain a negative result.