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Thailand reduces quarantine period from April: 5 things to know

Government weighs tourism revenue against public health

Visitors pass the Reclining Buddha at the temple Wat Pho in Bangkok. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)

BANGKOK -- Thailand will shorten its mandatory quarantine period for foreigners arriving in the country, starting in April.

The kingdom will use its soil as a testing ground for every tourism-dependent country around the world. Reducing the isolation period is a crucial step for the recovery of South Asia's second-largest economy, yet the trial may expose the country to the risk of another domestic epidemic.

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