Phuket foreigners in trouble again over ignoring Covid rules

29 Apr 2021

Foreigners in Phuket are being called out again over their alleged failures to comply with Covid-19 safety guidelines. Those that are not being "socially responsible" will face legal action, with the most intransigent being kicked out of Thailand, decided to a meeting composed of high-ranking Phuket officials, a majority of consuls, and foreign government representatives.

The purpose of yesterday's meeting was to discuss ways to prevent the virus for foreign tourists living in Phuket. 14 consul representatives were at the meeting, including these…
France, UK, Switzerland, Netherlands, Australia, Russia,
Mexico, Norway, South Korea, Kazakhstan, Chile, Luxembourg, and Nepal.
Participants were allowed to express their opinions and make recommendations about the Covid-19 epidemic, according to the meeting's report. 
“However, if the Phuket Provincial Public Health Office's investigation of the disease finds that you (foreigners) are at high risk for the disease or have tested positive for Covid-19, you (foreigners) must be socially responsible by preparing for treatment in strict accordance with the Public Health Office's place, which is this standard. Thai citizens in Phuket Province are kept to the same standard.”
Officials confirmed yesterday that ex-pats in Phuket will be included in the Thai government's vaccine and will receive Covid-19 vaccinations. The first 100,000 doses are earmarked for registered residents and people from other provinces that work in tourism, according to Dr. Chalermpong of Vachira Phuket Hospital, but the following batch will be open to other industries as well as foreigners. Chalermpong confirmed that inoculation eligibility will be wide.
Officials from the Phuket government have recently threatened to strictly enforce the 20,000 baht face mask fine and contact consular officials for foreigners that refuse to wear a mask. The vice governor of Phuket has issued a stern warning that all people are required to wear face masks at all times in public.