Phuket Governor enacts new order, basically banning domestic tourism and travel with a few essential exceptions

Phuket –

The Phuket bridge, airport, and pier will not allow anyone domestically to enter from August 3rd to August 16th, 2021 except for 12 necessary reasons including emergency vehicles and supplies, after a new order from the Phuket Governor tonight.

It’s critically important to note these are DOMESTIC restrictions and do not apply to international sandbox tourists, especially in regards to the airport.

The Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew tonight, (July 29th), has issued an announcement to strengthen measurements for travel restrictions as the number of Covid- 19 confirmed cases has steeply risen on the island, with almost all new cases coming from domestic visitors and not from international tourists who are taking part in the Sandbox.

The announcement concludes,

  1. No domestic people or vehicles will be allowed to enter Phuket Checkpoints, piers, and Phuket International airport except the following exceptions below:

1) Ambulances and rescue services

2) Medical supplies

3) Food, consumer goods, agricultural and livestock items

4) Petrol and gas

5) Money vehicles from banks

6) Media prints and parcels

7) People who have a necessary reason to travel by plane with a plane ticket on the entry date. This must be an essential, critical, reason.

8) Permission for work with the Phuket Disease Control Department

9) Permission from government offices with urgent duties in Phuket

10) Appointments from courts or investigators

11) Construction items and fixing devices only related to government projects to solve people’s problems.

12) Other reasons depend on officers at checkpoints

All exceptions MUST be fully vaccinated AND tested negative for Covid -19 at least 14 days before entering OR have recovered from COVID-19 within less than 90 days AND must have a negative test by an RT-PCR or Rapid Antigen test no more than 72 hours before entering.

Students under 18-years old who are unable to be vaccinated but need to commute in and out of Phuket for education must have: From their educational institutions, they will issue a form of identification. They will be tested with the RT-PCR test by the Phuket Public Health Office and the test can be used for up to 1 month.

For those who have vaccination appointments on the island, people must provide the appointment document AND must have a negative test by an RT-PCR or Rapid Antigen test no more than 72 hours before entering.

The Phuket Checkpoint (Tha Chatchai mainland gateway) is not allowing anyone or any vehicle to enter between 11:00 P.M. to 4:00 A.M., including exceptions. This new policy starts on August 3rd.


The Phuket Public Health Office announced a record-breaking 50 new and confirmed local cases of Covid-19 and one new death from the Phuket Sandbox today. TPN media notes that only ONE case was an international tourist from the Sandbox, with nearly all cases being domestic.

This makes a total of 1,073 cases of Covid-19 in the current round of infections in Phuket.

Of those 1,073, 30 confirmed cases are from the Phuket Sandbox. However, according to officials, all of those 30 were mild or asymptomatic with no signs of any spreading Covid-19 or being the source of a cluster. The overall issue, according to Phuket officials, is from domestic visitors, many trying to escape strict lockdowns in other parts of Thailand like Bangkok and Chonburi.



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Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.