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Thailand Seeks Safe Way of Reopening Borders to Boost Economy

  • Foreign visitors make up two-thirds of nation’s tourism income
  • Tourists may need to wear GPS wristbands, face quarantine
Thais Flock to Beaches As Nation Considers Protocols for Return of Foreign Tourists
Photographer: Andre Malerba/Bloomberg

Thailand is cautiously looking at plans to reopen its borders as it struggles to survive an extended period without international visitors, who account for about two-thirds of the country’s tourism income.

“The virus won’t go away soon and we have to think about the economy. But we can’t just reopen the borders. We have to be careful,” Transport Minister Saksiam Chidchob said in an interview. “Thailand has a limited budget so we have to make sure we can control the disease well.”