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Alcohol ban, retirement visas, reopening plans and vaccine apologies.

Restaurants in Bangkok may be allowed to resume selling alcohol if the Ministry of Public Health provides a proposal for the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration.

The ministry is expected to raise the proposal this Friday.

Foreigners living in Thailand on retirement visas will in future have to prove they have insurance coverage of at least three million baht against Covid-19.

The extra insurance coverage regulation does not apply to other non-immigrant visa categories.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said on Wednesday the country will be fully reopened within 120 days.

All businesses will be able to resume normal operations and visitors will be free to travel across the country.

Prayut said the goal was achievable "if there are enough vaccines."

Prayut also apologised for delays in Covid-19 vaccinations.

Vaccine deliveries took time because they had to wait for production and quality checks. Many countries faced the same problem, he said.


  • achieve: to succeed in doing something very good or difficult - บรรลุผลสำเร็จ
  • apologise: to say you are sorry for doing something wrong or for causing a problem - ขอโทษ
  • immigrant: a person who has come to a different country in order to live there permanently - ผู้อพยพ, คนย้ายถิ่น
  • insurance: an arrangement in which you regularly pay an insurance company an amount of money so that they will give you money if something you own is damaged, lost, or stolen, or if you die or are ill or injured - การประกัน
  • operation: a business activity - การดำเนินการทางธุรกิจ
  • proposal: a plan or suggestion for a group to consider - ข้อเสนอ
  • regulation: an official rule that controls the way that things are done - กฎระเบียบ
  • resume: to begin again after stopping for a period of time - ดำเนินต่อไปใหม่, กลับมาอีกครั้ง
  • retirement (noun): the time when you stop working, especially because of old age - เกษียณอายุ, การอำลาวงการ
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