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Want to come back to Thailand? Whilst the borders are still closed to simple visa-on-arrival and general tourism, you CAN get back to the country at this time if you have the resources, patience and need to get the requisite paperwork together. There will be red tape, stumbles and conflicting information. But be persistent and you’ll be able to travel to Thailand at this time.

The country is open, the beaches are pristine and mostly empty, and the shops are open in many locations, especially around Bangkok. Sure, many parts of the more touristy locations are still largely closed but there are plenty of Thai experiences still awaiting you as the country slowly re-opens for tourism. There’s also plenty of bars and nightlife re-opened and happy to welcome you back.

Please, before you do anything else, check with your country’s Thai Embassy to confirm the current situation for re-entry to Thailand for citizens of your country. In many cases the 500,000 Thai baht minimum bank balance requirement has now been dropped. Financial requirements are now, routinely, US$700 for a single traveller or US$1,500 for a family.

The situation is also continuously evolving. The Thaiger routinely publishes all changes and modifications to the visa and quarantine requirements at this time.

Quarantine

There is still a mandatory requirement for 14 days quarantine at an ASQ, Alternative State Quarantine, a registered hotel that has paid up with a local hospital. HERE‘s a list of registered ASQ hotels. Prices for your quarantine stay range from 23,000 – over 100,000 depending on the quality and space you desire. One of the main differences will be the quality of the food, so ask about the menus available – you’ll be stuck with little choice for your 14 day stay! In most cases you’ll be required to pay upfront and provide proof of payment as part of your visa applications. Some hotels allow a deposit and balance on arrival.

A few people have catalogued their journey through quarantine and the paperwork. Read HERE, and HERE and HERE and HERE. And watch Nick Davies interview with The Thaiger.

Flights

You’ll also need to present proof of your airline ticket to Thailand. New flights are being added all the time back into Thailand as previously grounded airlines are slowly dusting off their aircraft and adding new flights as demand increases. We would recommend searching for flights through an aggregator like skyscanner.com but, when you find a flight at the right time and price, book directly through the airline as it’s easier to deal directly through the airline at this time if things change (and they do, especially at this time).

Testing

You will need to provide proof of a negative PCR Covid test within 72 hours of your departure date. The test and results should take less than 24 hours. You should contact your local health providers or insurers ahead of time so that you will be able to schedule this to fit in with your plans.

Fit-to-fly certificate

Depending on your country, you will be able to get this from a local health practitioner or GP, and even online in some cases. but You’ll need to forward your negative Covid-19 test as evidence for the “fit-to-fly” certificate to be issued.

Insurance

You will need specific medical insurance covering US$100,000, including cover for Covid-19. The TAT (Tourism Authority of Thailand) has published its preferred list of Thai insurers HERE, but there are plenty of others. Safety Wing also has coverage HERE. And AXA has bespoke policies for medical insurance at this time HERE. This insurance is not overly expensive.

Certificate of Entry

A certificate of entry is required for every person entering Thailand. Go to this website HERE and follow the links.

VISA

Apart from all the other paperwork, created by Thailand’s desire to control potential threats from new Covid cases entering Thailand, you’ll also need a visa. There are a few options at the moment including the STV, Special Tourist Visa, the updated 60 day tourist visa and Elite Visas through the Thailand Elite Visa program. You should discuss your options at your local Thai embassy.

Do your homework before you undertake this venture as your timing of the various elements will be critical to a smooth flow of the red tape required. Also do a complete budget of the elements required to get back to Thailand.

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    Nipral

    Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 11:35 am

    You forget the compulsory sanity test for the stupid biped -if any- who apply and pay for
    a moronic STV !
    This year Mexico, South Africa and Dubai amongst many more alternatives have the high end
    tourists favor. Thailand will remain on the black list for a very long time !!!
    No problem, we’ll enjoy our holidays !!!

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      Kim

      Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 1:54 pm

      Nipral. No HNW individual from the 1st World would go to Mexico at present. Some places in SA, maybe. Dubai, hell no. Who would want to be blasted every hour with some male screaming at a microphone! Although the Thai requirements are illiterate best and the persistent tourist overcharging, then I would at any given day rather stay in Thailand than any of your stated countries.

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        Nipral

        Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 2:07 pm

        You dont seem to know Mexico and probably never set foot in Dubai.
        So enjoy Thailand where you’ll probably make e wealth of new friends ????

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          Kim

          Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 3:11 pm

          I am already enjoying Thailand due to my Thailand Elite Visa. Enjoy the sand pit – I believe you will feel at home! As for your very rich assumption in regard to my travel ability then its clear that whereever you are from you have no clue as to what a travel advisory is – the joke is on you. hahahah

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        SG666

        Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 2:38 pm

        You never have been to Dubai obviously, nice place, excellent accommodations, great food, clean beaches, great shopping and a bunch of nice attractions which LOScam will never be able to get in maybe 100 years or so. One of my favorite places together wit Singapore which I plan to visit next year once I left LOScam for good.

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          Kim

          Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 3:17 pm

          Yeah, right. Are you a cousin of Nipral? Please elaborate in regard to the nice attractions? You mean the free concert you hear from the public loudspeakers? I will however agree with you that sillyspore generally is a nice place.

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            SG666

            Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 4:15 pm

            2 first class Aqua parks for example, if you like you can do some nice off road trips in the desert, Ferrari world in Abu Dhabi not to forget, etc. etc.. The fountains, but maybe KL in this regard is even nicer.

            And regarding prayers, we have the same thing on Phuket, it doesn’t does not bother me. For .this I live in a clean environment, not in a stinky dump like in LOScam

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          Perceville Smithers

          Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 3:19 pm

          Dubai is overhyped. And, it’s the primary destination for a vacation. I’ve been going there for more than 10 yrs. You can do all you need to in 4 days.

          Also, unless you’re married, you have to know which hotels to book.

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          Perceville Smithers

          Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 3:26 pm

          You’re just running your mouth! I’ve been to both and each are expensive and neither are long-stay destinations.

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            SG666

            Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 4:29 pm

            Really ? I worked there for 3 years from 2011-2014. Had a very good time there. Fuel and quality cars are cheap, accommodation in the Marina was excellent at around 4K US per month, paid by the company of course up front.

            International schooling was excellent and cheaper and better quality of what you get in LOScam, etc. etc.

            I agree that SG and the UAE are expensive places to live but when you are on a budget of 8-10K US with a family you are better of in the UAE AND Singapore than in Land of Scam.

            Have to admit that at this moment due to the tourism crisis living cost on Phuekt getting reasonable though.

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          Khunplastic

          Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 5:20 pm

          Nothing but a pile of ready mix cement in the baking sun.
          If you enjoy watching virtual slave labour with next to no human rights toiling in 45 degree heat,if you enjoy openly sexist and racist government policy,if you enjoy watching lots of people and their family’s who worked there for years that have huge morgages on local properties having their contracts being nulled and voided at an instant then being shoved on the first flight out it is indeed a marvelous place for you.
          Best scuttle of back to the sand pit and sit yourself on your throne in rock bottoms, scarlets or the irish village with all your invisible mates.imshalla.

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            SG666

            Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 6:11 pm

            As you may have noticed there are virtual slave labor in LOScam too, mostly from Myanmar, same as I would call LOScam a racist society. Love the fact that they are not pro Gay too in the UAE.

            If someone can not pay his or her bank dues this isn’t my problem, I don’t care. I purchased 2 apartments there and paid in cash, never a problem, they still serve me well and provide me with a monthly income.

            Been to the Irish village, yes, but not really liked it, too much piss heads and far to drive from the marina. Trader Vics at Madinat was a much nicer place, liked the cruising at the walk, still missing my C6 and counting the days to do it again.

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          Patrick Kelly

          Friday, November 27, 2020 at 3:59 am

          Makes my head hurt just thinking about the logistics in order to travel to Thailand. Travel is untenable at this time. I will wait until it gets easier. If that’s a matter of years….so be it.

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        Toby Andrews

        Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 4:02 pm

        Did you ever take a sanity test Kim?

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          Kim

          Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 4:43 pm

          Toby. Obviously you did not

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      Toby Andrews

      Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 4:00 pm

      oh I might not pass the sanity test. lol

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      J West

      Friday, November 27, 2020 at 9:19 am

      Agree Mexico as a viable alternative. It seems many British and EU Vacationers , airlines and tour co’s also agree. It’s booming there. Beautiful place and very affordable. Visa’s etc are a non issue. And unlike Dubai you have legal rights Irrespective of religion. .

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    RORY N KEELAN

    Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 12:29 pm

    I live in Cyprus – No Thai embassy so I cannot even start the process

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    Gunter

    Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 1:29 pm

    my friend flew to thailand. he was diagnosed with an asymptomatic coronavirus. Hospital bill 250,000 baht. The insurance company refused to pay as the case was asymptomatic. Now a friend borrows money to return home

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      nipral

      Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 2:17 pm

      Anyone surprised ???

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        Toby Andrews

        Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 4:04 pm

        Not me.

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      Issan John

      Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 5:17 pm

      20,000 baht a day? … not in an ICU? … and no insurance coverage, although it’s specifically covered by the approved insurers?

      Any specifics of the insurance company, which hospital he was in and when, etc?

      Not doubting you, just asking …

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        Manu

        Friday, November 27, 2020 at 11:08 am

        Insurance pays if you have covid-19 not if you are tested positive with sars-cod-2. So maybe this guy was tested positive with sars-cov-2, sent automatically to hospital(like all others arriving in Thailand, tested psotive but asymptomatic) but turned out to have not contracted the disease covid-19. So I guess they keep him 14 days in a private room anyway, doing tests on him (oxygene, scanners. etc…) with all sorts of medical staff on him around the clock. He is tested again after 14 days, let’s say he is negative this time and he never had covid-19… well 20 000 BTh a day seems about right to me.

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          Issan John

          Saturday, November 28, 2020 at 2:00 pm

          Not according to the Thai Ministry of Public Health who make no such differentiation with their testing, referring to both as “laboratory-confirmed Covid-19”, which is what approved insurers are obliged to accept.

          Also not according to the insurers if you have the correct insurance:

          “AXA will cover for the hospital expense necessarily incurred if an insured person is tested positive for COVID-19 regardless of the showing of symptoms. The claim payment is subject to the insured person satisfying the other terms and conditions of the policy”.

          What I’d guess is that he simply had the wrong insurance, which covered either only “emergency medical care” which this obviously wasn’t, or excluded coverage while “awaiting tests for an undiagnosed condition” as he was until all the tests were completed.

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    Wijnschenk

    Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 3:07 pm

    I am just wandering what will happen when we get injection against corona.
    Will this nonsens stop??
    Os more moronic ideas to get money….

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      ray

      Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 5:09 pm

      I suppose it all depends on how much losses the country can take and whether they can handle the civil unrest that no doubt will follow.

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      Toby Andrews

      Saturday, November 28, 2020 at 5:09 pm

      This nonsense will not stop.
      The scamming Thais have discovered a way of making money by declaring a person is infected, hence hospital bills.
      There is not second opinion,. No, another test.
      Plus Thai insurance has found a way to not pay, no surprise there.

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    Johnny Dee

    Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 5:35 pm

    Here we go again the Thai way wow.. Thai government please read the manual omg it’s just common sense open the borders let people bring proof that theyv been vaccines and tested and let’s get this show on the road before it’s too late. The officials don’t care about their own people as the pockets have already been lined but it’s the Thai people who need tourism I feel sorry for.. OPEN THE BORDERS for crying out loud!!!!!

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      Issan John

      Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 6:10 pm

      “OPEN THE BORDERS for crying out loud!!!!!”

      How can you talk about “common sense” when the vaccines haven’t even been approved yet, and those that are nearest approval apparently don’t offer any protection against transmission, for crying out loud?????

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    Issan John

    Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 8:35 pm

    Genuine question, which only just struck me after watching the vid, but where visas are concerned are re-entry permits no longer valid?

    There just seem to be a lot of people who are apparently retirees or married to Thais, so who I would have thought would be here on extension of stays or marriage visas, so who I would have also thought would be out of the country on re-entry permits, who seem to be “stuck out of Thailand” because they can’t get a visa.

    Are re-entry permits not valid at the moment?

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    Gianluca

    Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 8:48 pm

    Thank you for the update, everything getting better slowly. Now they only need to take away the 14 days quarantine .?
    And then i can’t wait to back to the paradise .

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    Al

    Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 8:59 pm

    “Common sense” john? Thought that would be foreign to the website’s numero uno who pontificates and tries to brow beat others who don’t agree with him/her.

    Why doncha tell us where to go for ANY evidence that the con-vid virus actually exists? I have asked you and others and got back nothing which would stand 2 minutes in a court of law. (If that!).
    And as for your vaccine, you know where you can shove them – sideways with a lit industrial sized candle on it…..

    Of several countries I have lived and spent some quality time, there’s always some ex-pat p***k who is the biggest gobshite around and is a know all. No wonder you have so much time to spend trawling through all of this articles and replies – you have no mates/pals/buddies and even the rest of the punters at the local beer bar avoid you also.

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      Latecomer

      Friday, November 27, 2020 at 4:56 am

      Issan John is actually an old, sad, wrinkled lady from a cold northern European city. No kids, no husband, no relatives, no friends. And lot of time to read about Thailand, almost as if she had visited the place

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      Issan John

      Saturday, November 28, 2020 at 2:05 pm

      You already have been told, photos demanded referenced, etc, but you just prefer to maintain that you haven’t been. Pointless.

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    Johnny Dee

    Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 9:16 pm

    Oh Isaac John who everyone laughs about here we go again with you’re utter nonsense typical answer from you. The people need tourism it can be done safely but maybe if you was in power the country would be back to the 1970s where people struggled like today. Maybe someday you might post something positive one can can hope.

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      Bobby m

      Friday, November 27, 2020 at 4:57 pm

      Agree Johnny. He is undoubtedly the man that knows everything about nothing and nothing about everything. Spends all of his time reading the comments and then trawling the internet to try and prove that the contributors are wrong.

      He is obviously petrified of Covid, that appears to be obvious. I don’t bother reading his posts anymore as they are a waste of time and you know what they are going to say anyway, so there is no point. Sad sad person.

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      Issan John

      Saturday, November 28, 2020 at 2:18 pm

      “The people need tourism it can be done safely …”

      How?

      Without affecting all the other sectors as it has in the West, how?

      Maybe you can come up with the answer none of the actual experts in the tourism / hotel / hospitality industry have been able to … or maybe not.

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    EdwardV

    Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 9:57 pm

    It’s all about the quarantine. Thailand knows this and it’s why after two prior attempts to reduce it to 10 days they will try again. Of course reducing it to 10 days won’t make much difference but it doesn’t change the fact it’s the main impediment and Thailand knows it. The extra cost can be overcome, the extra paperwork can be worked through, and all the hoops can be jumped for a place as wonderful as Thailand. However nothing can over come a 15 day quarantine to someone who has 30 days or less of vacation time (and that’s just about everyone). Oh well it’s time to start planning that second trip to Hawaii instead. Aloha everyone.

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      Issan John

      Saturday, November 28, 2020 at 2:14 pm

      Agreed, Ed V.

      There’s no safe or viable solution, despite what the bar stool experts here say – unsurprisingly none have come up with anything constructive – and no genuine experts in the hotel / hospitality field have managed to come up with any solutions either.

      The one thing I think the TAT etc deserve criticism for, though, is not following Vietnam’s lead and simply having the courage to say “.Sorry guys, shit happens, there’s no solution that won’t cause even bigger problems in other sectors, so don’t expect any changes for a year.”

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    Johnny Dee

    Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 10:12 pm

    Al totally agree with you about Isaan know nothing John who has no friends or buddies poor man he needs to get a life and live a bit IMO

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    James

    Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 11:35 pm

    Most insurance policies only cover for emergencies, being admitted to hospital if you are a symptomatic is not classed as an emergency so the insurance companies won’t cough up.

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    Patrick Kelly

    Friday, November 27, 2020 at 3:58 am

    Makes my head hurt just thinking about the logistics in order to travel to Thailand. Travel is untenable at this time. I will wait until it gets easier. If that’s a matter of years….so be it.

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    Patrick Kelly

    Friday, November 27, 2020 at 4:04 am

    Some in Thailand will attempt to keep the country closed for years….this will fail due to the economic hardships.

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    David

    Friday, November 27, 2020 at 8:47 am

    The army have made it to stressful.

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    Pierre

    Friday, November 27, 2020 at 10:49 am

    I did my homework, I have everything, I’ve been a good boy. Flight ticket, ASQ hotel for quarantine, assurance, etc., everything. We’re ready to go, only the new 60 day visa is missing, I have to take an appointment online (welcome to 2020 Thailand – better late than never) and what do I have? The first available date will be in … February !!!! The Bern Thai embassy can not see me before February to start the visa process…. 2 and half months, plus the 10 necessary days (they can take up to 2 weeks in Switherland), 1 more week for the CoE… We’re out of quarantine for Songkran if we are lucky… The Thai issue is not the Covid, it’s the Thais

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      Toby Andrews

      Saturday, November 28, 2020 at 5:31 pm

      Ah a real trial of taking steps to enter Thailand, and you point out that the Thai red tape prevents you Pierre.
      Thank you for that. It seems it is the Thai fault.
      Have you tried taking these steps to enter Thailand?.
      You put your right foot in. You put your right foot out.
      You put your right foot in, and you shake it all about.

      .
      ..
      .
      This might work as well as the official steps you have to take.

      lol

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    Don R

    Saturday, November 28, 2020 at 9:29 pm

    If I didn’t have a job that more or less requires me to stay in Asia, I would’ve left 6 months ago.

    By preventing their population from developing immunity, Asia will probably be the last region in the world to return to normal. There’s also a strong tendency among Asians to defer to the authorities without question.

    I think it’s high time for tourists to seek greener pastures. Africa or S America could use a tourist boom to spur development.

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      Issan John

      Sunday, November 29, 2020 at 9:00 pm

      “… immunity …”?

      What “immunity”?

      This from the Lancet last month:

      “The arrival of a second wave and the realisation of the challenges ahead has led to renewed interest in a so-called herd immunity approach, which suggests allowing a large uncontrolled outbreak in the low-risk population while protecting the vulnerable. Proponents suggest this would lead to the development of infection-acquired population immunity in the low-risk population, which will eventually protect the vulnerable.
      This is a dangerous fallacy unsupported by scientific evidence.
      Any pandemic management strategy relying upon immunity from natural infections for COVID-19 is flawed.”

      What do you know that they don’t?

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    Issan John

    Sunday, November 29, 2020 at 9:08 pm

    … and maybe you should remind the protesters about their “strong tendency … to defer to the authorities without question.”

    They seem to have forgotten about it … as they did in 2014, and 2012, and 2010, and 2008, and …..

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      Toby Andrews

      Monday, November 30, 2020 at 4:29 pm

      You seem to justify your arguments on facts that suit you.
      I remembers you writing that the protesters are a small percentage of the Thai population, and this should not indicate the choices of Thailand.
      Now a poster states that Asians have a strong tendency to defy to authority, you quote your supposed small percentage of the population, who do not have a strong tendency to defer to authorities, to support your opinion.
      I agree with the poster that Asians have a strong tendency to defer to authorities.

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