Photos: Tourists finally roam free as Phuket opens for business on Thursday

Thailand reopened the popular resort island of Phuket to vaccinated travellers from Thursday, even as the more virulent delta strain of coronavirus sweeps through the region. Inoculated tourists from low- and medium-risk countries such as the U.S. and Spain will be allowed to holiday in Phuket without quarantining.

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Fully vaccinated tourists finally roam free for the first time in more than a year on Thailand's island of Phuket. Tourists swam in hotel pools and walked along Phuket's postcard-perfect beaches after receiving a COVID-19 test result within 24 hours of arrival.(REUTERS/Jorge Silva)

Fully vaccinated tourists finally roam free for the first time in more than a year on Thailand's island of Phuket. Tourists swam in hotel pools and walked along Phuket's postcard-perfect beaches after receiving a COVID-19 test result within 24 hours of arrival.(REUTERS/Jorge Silva)

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Newly-arrived tourists from Israel, relax in a jacuzzi.(REUTERS/Jorge Silva)

Newly-arrived tourists from Israel, relax in a jacuzzi.(REUTERS/Jorge Silva)

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Tourists from Israel have a ball of a time as Phuket reopens to overseas tourists, allowing foreigners fully vaccinated against the coronavirus disease.(REUTERS/Jorge Silva)

Tourists from Israel have a ball of a time as Phuket reopens to overseas tourists, allowing foreigners fully vaccinated against the coronavirus disease.(REUTERS/Jorge Silva)

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A traveller from Israel who was visiting with her husband and friends enjoys a dip in the hotel pool.(REUTERS/Jorge Silva)

A traveller from Israel who was visiting with her husband and friends enjoys a dip in the hotel pool.(REUTERS/Jorge Silva)

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Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha applauds while greeting visitors arriving from Singapore.(REUTERS)

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha applauds while greeting visitors arriving from Singapore.(REUTERS)

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The 'Phuket Sandbox' initiative allows free movement on the island for fully vaccinated tourists, with no quarantine required, although masks are required in most public places.(REUTERS/Jorge Silva)

The 'Phuket Sandbox' initiative allows free movement on the island for fully vaccinated tourists, with no quarantine required, although masks are required in most public places.(REUTERS/Jorge Silva)

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"This is the perfect place to just relax and clean our minds, our heads, after a long time," said a visitor from Israel.(REUTERS/Jorge Silva)

"This is the perfect place to just relax and clean our minds, our heads, after a long time," said a visitor from Israel.(REUTERS/Jorge Silva)

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