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Phuket bus terminal chief says foreigners can use inter-provincial services

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Phuket bus terminal chief says foreigners can use inter-provincial services
Photo: The Phuket News

Foreigners can use inter-provincial bus services again under the new relaxed measures, according to Chop Puttasupa, Chief of Phuket Bus Terminal 2.

His declaration follows the Transport Co., operator of many inter-provincial bus services, announcing on their website last week that only people who hold Thai citizen ID cards could use their services.

However, according to Mr. Puttasupa, foreigners were banned from using inter-provincial bus services due to an order that was declared when the covid-19 pandemic began. Under the latest easing of restrictions, the rules do not apply anymore.

He said that foreigners can now purchase tickets and travel on buses between provinces but must continue to comply with local and national health regulations to prevent coronavirus spread.

Explaining the situation, he said:

“At the time (when the nationwide lockdown began), there were serious concerns about foreigners traveling between provinces, especially since it included foreign workers from Myanmar, Malaysia, and other countries.

So the Department of Land Transport issued its own nationwide order to ban all foreigners from traveling on buses between any provinces.

He noted that all people using inter-provincial bus services, both Thai citizens and foreigners, must register their movements on the ThaiChana application.

Meanwhile, authorities at Wat Pho have attempted to explain signs at the entrance of the famous temple reading “Only Thai People” and “Now Not Open For Foreigners”.

Wit Artchinda, an official at the Wat Pho, explained that some areas of the temple are undergoing repairs, and foreign visitors may be “disappointed” if they paid 200 baht to see the construction works.

He continued by saying that the temple had decided to follow the government’s covid-19 preventative measures.

However, the government made no announcement about stopping foreigners from visiting public places as part of the coronavirus restrictions.

Source: The Phuket News