Visitors to Phuket using water transport undergo strict Covid screening


BANGKOK (The Nation / ANN): The Ministry of the Navy launched measures in Phuket on Sunday June 27 to screen travelers arriving and departing by river transport in a bid to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

The move came after Cabinet on Tuesday approved the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) proposal to reopen Phuket on July 1 and three Surat Thani islands – Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao – on July 15.

The measurements are as follows:

▪︎ Three jetties – Ao Chalong, Rassada and Ao Po – will be checkpoints to control the arrivals and departures of travelers via maritime transport.

▪︎ Foreign travelers can leave Phuket by yacht at five yacht piers – Yacht Haven Marina, Ao Po Grand Marina, Phuket, Royal Phuket Marina and Marina Ao Chalong – but they must notify authorities at least six hours before departure.

▪︎ Foreign travelers must comply with Covid-19 preventive measures, use the smartphone and ship tracking application (if applicable) and contact authorities before arrival and departure.

▪︎ Thai nationals and foreign expatriates (except children under the age of six) who wish to enter Phuket must have received two Covid-19 vaccines or one AstraZeneca vaccine at least 15 days before travel, or must have recovered from Covid-19 at least 90 days before travel, or test negative no more than seven days before departure. In addition, they must use a tracking app.

▪︎ Transport operators and their agents should regularly disinfect ships, provide sanitizing hand gels on the ship, wear a face mask, organize seats in accordance with the principles of social distancing and limit the number of passengers. If they use air-conditioned vessels, they must also improve the ventilation system.

▪︎ Platform operators should regularly disinfect platforms, provide hand sanitizer gels, wear a face mask, organize seating according to the principles of social distancing, and monitor those responsible and passenger symptoms.

In addition, they must report daily passenger arrival and departure information to the relevant government agencies.

To ensure safety and gain the trust of travelers, authorities have been tasked with carrying out more stringent tasks than usual, Deputy Transport Minister Athirat Rattanaset said. – The Nation / Asia news network

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