Coronavirus: Travel issues: News analysis

Thailand grapples with public fears while trying to reopen borders

Concerns over second virus wave derail govt plan to isolate tourists in 'safe' Phuket zone

Bangkok karaoke bar manager Thitikorn Rattanarak had to pull part-time shifts at her local 7-Eleven store when Thailand ordered nightspots shut earlier this year to contain the coronavirus pandemic.

When bars reopened, border closures continued to shut out most of her patrons, who are Japanese.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 05, 2020, with the headline 'Thailand grapples with public fears while trying to reopen borders'. Print Edition | Subscribe