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Phuket, Bali and Danang resorts gingerly weigh opening up

Tourism-dependent economies strained but on guard against COVID-19

BANGKOK/JAKARTA -- Major resort areas in Southeast Asia are cautious about opening to foreign tourists over concerns that the guests could bring COVID-19 with them, despite the severe economic repercussions if borders remain closed.

Thailand decided Tuesday to issue special visas to foreign tourists starting next month, on the condition that they quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Visitors will be allowed to travel to resort areas such as Phuket after isolation in a government-designated hotel. Thailand envisions the visas being used for long-term stays, as they are valid for up to 270 days. Plans call for initially issuing about 1,200 a month.

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