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Thailand reopens borders for vaccinated tourists to boost economy

First quarantine-free flight arrives from Japan

BANGKOK -- Thailand started welcoming fully-vaccinated international visitors without requiring any quarantine period on Monday, taking a risk to loosen its border control so as to boost its ailing economy with tourist spending.

The first flight under the new quarantine-free program arrived at Bangkok's main air gateway Suvarnabhumi Airport from Tokyo just after midnight on Monday. The All Nippon Airways flight carried 27 passengers and 11 crew. Thai Airways International flights from Munich and Seoul came next.

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