With the sub-district lockdown in Phuket that prevented people from moving around ending at 4 am this morning, thousands of people have been streaming off the southern island.
Traffic jams and gridlocks were visible from the early hours of this morning at Tha Chatchai checkpoint as more than 40,000 people registered to leave the island and return to their home provinces.
Many Thai people who live on the island work in the tourism industry which has been decimated by the coronavirus pandemic, meaning they wanted to return home as soon as possible.
Unfortunately, the lockdown of Phuket over the past few weeks meant they were stuck there until it was lifted this morning.
Authorities have restricted departures to 5,000 people per day and implemented a sticker system to indicate where people were going after crossing the checkpoint and passing a health screening.
- Pink indicated that people were traveling to Phang Nga province.
- Yellow indicated that people were traveling to Krabi province.
- Green indicated that people were traveling to Ranong province.
- Blue indicated that people were traveling to Surat Thani province.
People traveling to other provinces were provided with documents as they pass through health screening checkpoints.
Everyone who is leaving Phuket must self-isolate for 14 days upon arriving at their destination.
Source: Newshawk Phuket