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Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has declared that Thailand will fully reopen its borders within four months. The country will be also ready to begin welcoming fully vaccinated foreign tourists, starting with Phuket on 1 July.

“The time has now come for us to look ahead and set the date on which we can fully open our country and start welcoming visitors, because it is one of the important ways by which we can start to reduce the enormous suffering of people who have lost their incomes,” Mr. Prayut says.

“I know this decision comes with some risks because, when we open the country, there will be an increase in infections, no matter how good our precautions may be, but I think, when we consider the economic needs of people, the time has now come for us to take a calculated risk. The priorities for our country must now advance to the next level.”