Phuket Extends COVID-19 Restrictions To May 12th, 2021

The governor of Phuket, Narong Woonclaw, has decided to extend COVID-19 restrictions until May 12th, 2021.
Had the governor not extended the restrictions, they would have ended on May 1st, 2021.
After meeting with 14 embassy representatives and foreign consuls, the Phuket Office of Public Relations published this announcement on Facebook.
Phuket Immigration sent out a warning to all foreigners that if they don’t follow the COVID-19 prevention measures and act socially responsible, they could face legal action and even deportation. This warning was extended to all foreigners.
This warning will apply to all tourists and foreigners on the island. Foreign offenders may face legal punishment, including deportation.
A group of 30 people is the only kind of mass gathering that is allowed. Classes at educational institutions and language schools are not permitted under these restrictions. You may continue to do academic testing.
More than 30 people can only gather in a building that is designated as a quarantine facility. Even when the activity is authorized, you still have to follow COVID-19 protection measures.
The Phuket government does not explain what kinds of mass gatherings will be permitted. In the past, mass gatherings of 50 people were permitted.
All forms of spectator activities like card games, Thai boxing, fish fighting, cockfighting, and gambling will be banned. In addition, all private nurseries and kindergartens, as well as kindergarten boarding schools, will be closed.
Checkpoints at The Chatcchai or on the Sarasin Bridge will be closed between 11 pm and 5 am. Emergency vehicles, medical supplies, or vehicles transporting essential items may still cross. Those with special permission may do so at any time.
When the checkpoint is open, they must have proof that they passed the antigen within the last 72 hours Drivers can pass if they have gotten both doses of the vaccine.
If they do not meet either requirement, they must undergo a rapid antigen Covid test- at their own expense (500 Thai baht) if they are foreign- if they come in from the following provinces:

Chiang Mai

Chon Buri


Prachuap Khiri Khan

Samut Prakan

Samut Sakhon

Nakhon Pathom

Pathum Thani


Nakhon Ratchasima


Udon Thani




Khon Kaen

Sa Kaeo

Nakhon Sri Thammarat


Surat Thani

Expats and Thais in Phuket who leave and come back, have the same testing requirements as well as the exemptions. Again, it is free for Thais. Foreigners will have to pay 500 Thai baht. Thai citizens had been required to pay in the past.
If you get a positive on the rapid antigen test, you will have to go immediately to the hospital for isolation and treatment.

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