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Thailand to open Phuket for vaccinated tourists without quarantine

Government to rush shots for island residents ahead of July 'sandbox' opening

The resort island of Phuket is set to become Thailand's experimental "sandbox" for reopening to vaccinated foreign tourists. (File photo by AFP/Jiji)

BANGKOK -- Thailand will start allowing foreign travelers who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 to visit the popular resort island of Phuket without quarantining first -- the country's latest desperate effort to revive its tourism sector.

The Centre for Economic Situation Administration, a special economic council chaired by Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, made the decision on Friday. The cabinet is expected to endorse the plan as soon as Tuesday at its regular weekly meeting.

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