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The government is considering easing entry restrictions for foreign visitors possibly in the third or final quarter of this year, with priority given to those arriving from coronavirus-free areas, says Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak.

He said relaxing inbound travel restrictions is the first step in kickstarting the tourism industry, but the government has carefully screen travellers and use a tracking system to reduce the risk of a second wave of infections.

Mr Somkid said visitors from countries or areas where Covid-19 outbreaks have been contained are likely to be the first to be allowed in.

“It doesn’t have to be an entire country — we can allow visitors from towns or provinces which are free from the coronavirus. Travel restrictions will be gradually eased and foreign visitors are expected to return in the third or fourth quarter of this year,” he said.

The third quarter of the year starts next month.

Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam, meanwhile, signalled that the emergency decree, which is set to expire on June 30, could be extended.

He said the decree enables returnees to be brought from Suvarnabhumi airport in Samut Prakan to the state quarantine facility in Chon Buri’s Sattahip district without delay.

However, Pheu Thai Party member Thossaporn Serirak insisted the government must further ease the lockdown measures and lift the emergency decree to allow people to get back to work and earn a living.

Vocabulary:

contain : to prevent from spreading; to keep within limits - จำกัด,ควบคุมไว้

delay (noun): causing to happen at a later time; happening at a later time than expected - การเลื่อน, ช้ากว่าปกติ

emergency decree (noun): a situation where the government takes on special powers in a dangerous situation and the rights of the people are often limited in some way - ประกาศภาวะฉุกเฉิน  

entire : including everything, everyone or every part - ทั้งหมด

gradually : slowly and in small stages or amounts - อย่างทีละน้อย

inbound : travelling towards a particular point, particularly into a city - ขาเข้า (opposite of outbound ขาออก)

kick start : to start quickly and suddenly, like kicking the starting pedal of a motorcycle -

measures (noun): actions taken to solve a particular problem - มาตรการ

quarantine (noun): a situation in which a person or animal that might have a disease is kept separate from other people or animals so that they do not catch the disease - การกักบริเวณ, การจำกัดบริเวณ

quarter (noun): three months of the year on the official calendar of the government or companies - ไตรมาส

restriction : a rule, action or situation that limits or controls someone or something - การจำกัด, การควบคุม

screen : to find out information about people to see if they are suitable for something, at risk of something, etc. - คัดเลือก, แยกออก, เลือกออก

track (verb): to try to follow and find someone or something - ตามรอย

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