COVID-19 in Thailand: Border Closures in Southern Thailand

Thailand hasn’t shut down the country, but several provincial governments in Southern Thailand announced the lockdown of the area to contain coronavirus.

[Update Sep 2020] Thailand has resumed most domestic transportation options, (including airport operations) and business operations (including hotel, day cares and schools).

According to the Public Health Ministry, the contagion of the virus has spread to 59 of Thailand's 76 provinces, with most of the confirmed cases still in Bangkok and its vicinity, but there are signs of an increase in new cases in other provinces as locals return home.


Phuket is on complete lockdown from 30 March 2020 until 30 April 2020 or further notice. There are currently 41 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 298 people in quarantine, including 37 foreigners.

-  All transportation by land and sea to the island banned, vehicles and vessels providing essential goods, and services are exempted.

- Phuket International Airport will be close from 10-30 April 2020. The news was confirmed by Airports of Thailand (AoT) management at Phuket Airport on 30 March 2020.

- All beaches on the island, along with zoos, and animal shows, will be closed to visitors as well.

- The province has also closed the following: shopping malls, pharmacies, shops, entertainment venues, spas, restaurants, amulet markets, golf clubs, pet-service shops, beauty clinics, barber and tattoo shops, and swimming pools of both government and private organizations.

- Phuket Province is requesting all residents and tourists remain in their residence from 8:00 pm to 3:00 am.

All licensed hotels in Phuket province have been ordered to close from Saturday 4 April 2020. Those hotels that still are open and have guests are not allowed to accept new guests.‬

[UPDATE] On 7 April 2020, Phuket issued an order requiring people going outdoors to always wear a face mask, or face a fine of up to 20,000 THB. The order took effect immediately.


The Governor of Krabi has signed the order to limit travel in & out of the province 4-30 April. Also, Koh Phi Phi, Koh Lanta & Ao Nang will be in lockdown. No-one allowed in or out. Only outgoing traffic is possible if you can show travel documents confirming your outbound flight.

All hotels with no guest to be closed.

Masks are compulsory.

Hu Hin & Cha-Am

The Governor of Prachuab Khiri Khan Province, which includes Hua Hin and Cha-Am, has signed this order to close ALL hotels except ones that already have guests or ones being used for quarantine.

In addition, everyone must wear a mask outside or pay a fine of up to 20,000 THB.

Surat Thani

Surat Thani resolved to close all hotels in this southern province from 8 April 2020 until 30 April 2020, to help stop the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). This requirement affects the popular tourist islands of Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao.

Hotels are allowed to let existing guests stay until their checkout time. They must not accept new guests during the closure period.

Koh Tao

Koh Tao Municipality announced that every traveler who enters Koh Tao starting from 1 April 2020 onwards must present the following documents to the boat company before traveling:

  1. Medical certificate issued within 72 hours by a government hospital
  2. Koh Tao Entry Request Form issued by Koh Tao COVID-19 Screening Center
    **Except medical personals and government approved individuals

Remark: 14-day quarantine is required for everyone who enters Koh Tao, starting from their arrival date.

Phang Nga

Phang Nga province has not yet been found to be infected with Covid-19 but Phang Nga governor announced the lockdown of Phang Nga from 30 March - 30 April 2020. Travelers in and out Phang Nga province must self-quarantine at home for 14 days to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

[Update] The Governor of Phang Nga has signed the order to close the provincial borders from 4 April onwards. No one is allowed to enter or leave. In addition, all hotels will be closed unless they already have guests.


The Governor of Satun has signed the order prohibiting people to enter, exit or travel across the province until 30 April. Exceptions include emergency vehicles and trucks transporting goods.


Songkhla has extended the order temporarily shutting down venues such as restaurants, department stores except for the supermarkets and food shops for take-out or delivery, marketplaces, beauty shops, barber shops and exhibition centers, closing them from 7-31 April 2020, and prohibited people from certain areas in three districts.

The new order also prohibits people from entering certain areas in Singha Nakhon, Khuan Niang and Bang Klam districts:

  • In Singha Nakhon district, Muang Ngam, Chan Sawang and Kaew Juladis beaches and public parks between 18:00 and 05:00.
  • In Khuan Niang district, Pak Bang Phumi beach and the beach at Moo 3 in tambon Rattaphum.
  • In Bang Klam district, Chalerm Phra Kiat (Phru Nang Tung) public park.

A violation of this order is liable to a jail term of up to one year and/or fine up to 100,000 THB.


Pattani was classified as a high-risk area by the communicable disease control committee on 26 March 2020. Most recently, registered cases in Pattani increased from 29 to 33 people infected. Most of which were attending a religious event in Malaysia.

Pattani prohibits people from crossing into or leaving province, except for medical treatment, sterilization, or transporting necessary products starting from 28 March 2020.


One of the most serious outbreaks in Thailand so far occurred at Bannang Sata Hospital in Yala province as a medical doctor and two nurses have been found with COVID-19 so many hospital workers and medical personnel are now under observation.

Yala province also announced that people are forbidden to travel into or out of the province without official permission.


Narathiwat has also issued strict orders to deal with COVID-19 and prevent local people from getting infected. The latest death was of a 50-year-old man in Narathiwat province, bordering with Malaysia, who apparently contracted the disease when attending a religious event in Kuala Lumpur.

- People are forbidden to travel into or out of the province without official permission.

- Narathiwat Airport has temporarily suspended its services from 29 March 2020 and will remain closed until the virus situation is resolved.