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Phuket eases lockdown measures to attract tourists during Chinese New Year

By THE NATION

 

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Phuket Governor Narong Woonsiew said on Friday that the provincial communicable disease committee had approved relaxation of lockdown measures as no new cases had been reported in the province for 29 days since the new wave of Covid-19.

 

 

“Travellers from other provinces will not have to get their ID cards scanned before entering Phuket, but they still need to undergo thermo-scanning, checking in via MorChana application and pre-registering at the website www.gophuget.com before entering the province either by land, air, or sea channels,” he said.

 

“People from 28 provinces declared as red zone by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration due to the high number of infections, will not need to undergo mandatory 14-day quarantine before entering Phuket,” he added.

 

“However, those travelling from provinces in dark-red zones, namely Samut Sakhon, Rayong, Chonburi, Trad and Chanthaburi, where the number of infections is very high, would need to enter mandatory quarantine.”

 

The governor added that the easing of lockdown measures was aimed at helping boost Phuket’s economy which relies mostly on tourism.

 

“As the Chinese New Year festival [starting February 12] is drawing near, we hope to regain some of the tourists to help hotel entrepreneurs and those in related industries get back on their feet,” he said.

 

Other disease prevention measures announced by the Ministry of Public Health would still be strictly enforced in the province, the governor added.

 

Since the new outbreak was reported in Thailand in December, Phuket has found only three confirmed cases in the province -- from a family who had visited a big-bike festival on Koh Lanta in Krabi province on December 11. All patients had been treated, cured of Covid-19 and been discharged.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30401694?utm_source=category&utm_medium=internal_referral

 

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I can see the dark red provinces reducing their color in order to allow everyone to travel.

Chinese New Year holiday time I believe can run up to 2 weeks.  Big money potential.

So, I think any restrictions will be lifted early next month.

Should be interesting to see what happens after.  Hopefully, March will not see a big 3rd wave but wait and see.

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6 hours ago, bkk6060 said:

I can see the dark red provinces reducing their color in order to allow everyone to travel.

Chinese New Year holiday time I believe can run up to 2 weeks.  Big money potential.

So, I think any restrictions will be lifted early next month.

Should be interesting to see what happens after.  Hopefully, March will not see a big 3rd wave but wait and see.

The Authorities have been saying now for weeks that they would have this current outbreak under control by Feb.

This was never in doubt with the amount of Money involved over Chinese New Year.

An unusual tactic in reducing Infections, that appears to work.

 

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Whatever he decides he will be in the wrong this morning I had a drive up the west coast from Rawai to Patong it looks deserted lots of unit shuttered up so what are tourist going to do? All go to central shopping,

I must admit Patong beach looks good,

 

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Wife and I had made tour plans before high season.  Typical Thai authorities can't help be freak out if a migrant sneezes and everything is locked back down again and nobody want to be caught in an inter-provincial closure.  So we went no where.  Plans cancelled.  Personally they can take their Domestic Tourism plans and burn them along with the cane fields and forests to create some more PM2.5 air which is when we stop driving and stay at home with the air filters cranked on for the next three months or until it starts to rain again.

We'll reconsider when the government collectively gets their **** together, rolls out an effective vaccination program, and opens the businesses and country back up again.  We can wait.  We'll just support our local community and save money.  Anyway, I've pretty much have seen my fill of reclining buddhas and dual-priced forests and botanical gardens for this lifetime.  Once international borders open back up I'm taking my vacations elsewhere.  Portugal.  Mexico.  And while I'm their check out their long-term immigration requirements.  I'm tired of this place.

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Not sure if the Thai govt have allowed for the 28 days of quarantine Chinese face when returning. Several of my Chinese staff in Thailand have not contemplated a return because of this...then 2 weeks back in Thailand.

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