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14 minutes ago, Mike Teavee said:

On what day last week? Only the Travel Restrictions announcement from the PM only came out on Wednesday afternoon/evening.

 

I came back from Koh Samed on the Wednesday morning & the expressway, in both directions, was the quietest I'd ever seen it.

 

 

 

6th and 8th respectively. Was in Saraburi and Ayutthaya on Monday this week and also no stops or issues (Not that i would expect any at the moment in those locations)

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You are aware why they are doing this, right?  It's to prevent the spread of the virus.  Just because you can break the rules, doesn't mean you should.  We're all in this together....

The whole point of travel restrictions is to limit and contain the spread of the virus....why do you think you're so special that you can circumvent this ? Are you willing to get tested before and qua

What rules?? Haven't you read any of the previous posts? Or are you a member of the "scared of your own shadow" brigade. I get the impression that you are just looking for some rules so that you can o

34 minutes ago, overherebc said:

 

 

Maybe the reason roads are quiet is because some/a lot of people have decided not to travel all over the place spreading or risking catching the virus. Let's work out who being sensible.

Yeah, the roads around Pattaya are very quiet.  Hardly any traffic at all.  Even over the weekend.  We love it!

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6 hours ago, Jeffr2 said:

Many had problems last time there was a checkpoint in place.  With many being stuck either on or off the island.  So, no BS.  No lie.  And yes, a huge inconvenience.

 

https://thethaiger.com/coronavirus/mass-exodus-as-40000-people-leave-phuket-this-morning
 

 

That was last time, we are talking about now. andbod has just shared his experience with us and made it very clear, no swab test, no quarantine, no questions asked, only a quick temperature check.
 

This is enough proof for me that entering Phuket is about as difficult as visiting your local shopping mall.

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22 minutes ago, taxin said:

That was last time, we are talking about now. andbod has just shared his experience with us and made it very clear, no swab test, no quarantine, no questions asked, only a quick temperature check.
 

This is enough proof for me that entering Phuket is about as difficult as visiting your local shopping mall.

That's what these people thought last time and were stuck either off or on the island.  No reason to think it 'couldn't' be the same now, especially as we're having way more infections than earlier in the year.

 

As they say, all's well...until it isn't.  Not to mention they are asking people to NOT travel to help control the spread.  Kinda hard to argue with them.  Though some do.

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1 minute ago, Jeffr2 said:

That's what these people thought last time and were stuck either off or on the island.  No reason to think it 'could' be the same now, especially as we're having way more infections than earlier in the year.

 

As they say, all's well...until it isn't.  Not to mention they are asking people to NOT travel to help control the spread.  Kinda hard to argue with them.  Though some do.

The OP’s initial query was in relation to any such difficulties in leaving Bangkok and heading to Phuket, he was not asking about the possibility of being stuck there, this is a separate risk and I’m pretty sure anyone with a memory will be aware of this.

 

So in answer to the OP’s question, currently there is no problem leaving Bangkok and entering Phuket, no paperwork required, no quarantine, no Covid tests required prior to or on arrival.

 

Those who are considering a shorter road trip south to Hua Hin I can also confirm there are no requirements, no paperwork required, no checkpoints. This can also be said for travel in the opposite direction, no problems leaving Hua Hin and entering Bangkok.

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Covid test will be required to board a plane for the US from 26 January on, even for US citizens.. Likely would have to show at BKK, if on us itenerary. 

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5 hours ago, overherebc said:

 

 

Maybe the reason roads are quiet is because some/a lot of people have decided not to travel all over the place spreading or risking catching the virus. Let's work out who being sensible.

Agreed but I was heading home to Bangkok before the travel restrictions had been announced (To my knowledge there have been zero cases in Koh Samed/Ban Phe so at worse I'd be driving through areas with Covid cases so no chance of catching/spreading it) but I had already made tentative arrangements to stay on Koh Samed if travel restrictions were put in place before I left.

 

Ironically when I got home, I stuck the bags in the room & went straight back out get some groceries from Tesco Lotus, when I got back I messaged my mate to let him know I was back & the 1st thing he said was "Don't go to Tesco Lotus as there was a Covid case there yesterday"!  

 

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2 hours ago, moontang said:

Covid test will be required to board a plane for the US from 26 January on, even for US citizens.. Likely would have to show at BKK, if on us itenerary. 

Same with the UK, though Thailand is on a list of "Safe" countries that you don't need to self quarantine for 2 weeks when arriving from so I don't know if there are exceptions around the CV19 tests or not....

 

Pretty sure it will be a blanket thing so will need a negative CV19 test < 72 hours before departure. 

 

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3 hours ago, Mike Teavee said:

Same with the UK, though Thailand is on a list of "Safe" countries that you don't need to self quarantine for 2 weeks when arriving from so I don't know if there are exceptions around the CV19 tests or not....

 

Pretty sure it will be a blanket thing so will need a negative CV19 test < 72 hours before departure. 

 

Yes, fortunately they are getting cheaper as time passes.. Saw a place in CM doing a 40 minute turnaround for 1395+200 for documentation.  The simpler tests will suffice. 

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The minibus went straight through Samut Sakhon, yesterday coming back from Chaam.  I did notice a checkpoint stopping everyone going south... and it looked a lot more involved than typical police checkpoints. 

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I would like to add some more informations : today the local health center contacted me and my wife and they will come to check our general health and if we respect the quaranteen rules.

They got the travel details from gophuket.com website, where I had registered before leaving from Bangkok. I don't think they are cross checking with passengers list.

 

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