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Phuket Restricts Domestic Tourism to Covid-19 Vaccinated, Recovered Travelers

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New and upgraded screening measures have been announced for domestic travelers entering Phuket.

The rules, which apply to both Thais and foreigners living in Thailand, will be enforced through at least Aug. 2 and require that anyone from Bangkok and the 75 other provinces wanting to enter Phuket via all types of transportation and through the Tha Chatchai checkpoint must:

  1. Have received two doses of Sinovac or Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine, or the first dose of AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines at least 14 days before arrival, or,
  2. Have recovered from a COVID-19 infection less than 90 days ago, and
  3. Have received a negative test by an RT-PCR or rapid antigen test no more than seven days before travelling.

Children under 6 years old travelling with a parent or guardian are exempt from taking the test. However, testing will be required for youngsters aged 6-18 years travelling with a parent or guardian.

Students under 18 who are unable to be vaccinated but need to commute in and out of Phuket for education, should obtain identification from their respective educational establishment or provincial educational institution to show officials when entering or exiting Phuket. They must undergo an RT-PCR test at the Phuket Provincial Public Health Office, and obtain a certificate of testing that is valid for no more than one month.

  • All travellers must download and install the Mor Chana mobile application and turn on the location-sharing function at all times.
  • All travellers must be able to provide proof to the above-mentioned requirements to officials at the point of entry to Phuket.
  • Travelling by land transport through the Tha Chatchai checkpoint cannot be done during the hours of 11 p.m. to 4 a.m.
  • All travelers must self-monitor for any unusual symptoms and contact a local hospital if unsure.