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Thailand resumes quarantine-free tourism

Country hopes to boost tourism-reliant economy after omicron proves less fatal

Thailand is hoping that its beach resorts, such as Cha-Am in Phetchaburi province pictured here, will pick up trade after it relaxes border controls.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- Thailand restarted its quarantine-free entry program for vaccinated travelers on Tuesday after a five-week suspension, as the tourism-dependent kingdom hopes to boost its ailing economy.

Southeast Asia's calibrated tourism reopening had been widely disrupted by omicron outbreaks, but countries are now reopening after the COVID variant has been found to cause less severe disease.

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