Marine and medical officers perform Covid-19 tests and install tracking application for five foreign yacht passengers after arriving in Phuket

Phuket –

Officers from the Thai Maritime Enforcement Command Center and related agencies yesterday, March 7th, performed Covid-19 health screenings against five yacht passengers at a temporary detention pier of Ao Po, Phuket.

The AGNES yacht was reportedly traveling from Singapore and arrived at Thailand’s border in the afternoon. All passengers were required to perform a 14-day state quarantine on board in accordance with the health measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 before leaving the watercraft.

Medical officers then carried out the Covid-19 tests using the RT-PCR swab method and installed a tracking wristband (or QR code wristband) on the foreigners to track their traveling history.

According to the officials, they will have their Covid-19 test again after the end of the detention. They will be able to travel in the country if their overall results prove negative for the Covid-19 Coronavirus. This is part of an overall plan to allow “yacht quarantine” for those who wish to come to the country by private yacht.


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National News Writer at The Pattaya News from September 2020 to October, 2022. Born and raised in Bangkok, Nop enjoys telling stories of her hometown through her words and pictures. Her educational experience in the United States and her passion for journalism have shaped her genuine interests in society, politics, education, culture, and art.