Washington Post

As virus shuts borders, digital nomads find it hard to roam

Amid the islands of southern Thailand, though, perpetual sun made the pandemic seem distant.  Arkivfoto: Sakchai Lalit

When Dree Ziegler arrived in Koh Tao for a scuba diving course, she anticipated a short stay on the Gulf of Thailand resort island. It was the middle of March. The coronavirus had the world's attention by then; much of the United States was enduring a gray, wet month and watching an inkblot spread of infection in Asia and Europe.

Amid the islands of southern Thailand, though, perpetual sun made the pandemic seem distant. The headlines belonged to crowded cities, not the gulf's ivory-colored beaches and vivid coral. But three days after Ziegler reached Koh Tao, the State Department raised the global threat level to 4, its most serious travel advisory...

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