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The countries reopening their borders for travel this year, from Australia to Vietnam
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The countries reopening their borders for travel this year, from Australia to Vietnam

Laos This month, Laos opened to visitors from a limited number of countries on tours to designated “green zone” destinations. It is hoped that more will open up in April and July and that access will be extended to the UK. On 3 December 2021, a new Chinese-built railway linking the Chinese city of Kunming […]

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Omicron forces Asian countries to abandon reopening of borders
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Omicron forces Asian countries to abandon reopening of borders

The Omicron coronavirus variant has brought the slow reopening of Asia to a juddering halt as governments rush to reimpose travel restrictions even though the new strain is already circulating in the local community. Thailand and Singapore this week joined Japan in closing their borders to most foreign travellers. All three countries have reported domestic […]

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Australia delays border reopening as Omicron cases rise
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Australia delays border reopening as Omicron cases rise

SYDNEY, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Australia said on Monday it would delay the reopening of its international border by two weeks after reporting its first cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant. Prime Minister Scott Morrison convened a meeting of his national security committee and said it received advice from Australia’s chief health officer to delay […]

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Australia set for international border reopening for vaccinated public
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Australia set for international border reopening for vaccinated public

MELBOURNE, Oct 31 (Reuters) – Quarantine-free travel from New Zealand to Australia will resume from Monday, Australia’s tourism minister said on Sunday, as the country readies itself for a partial reopening of its international borders for the first time since March 2020. Vaccinated Australian citizens and permanent residents living in New South Wales, Victoria and […]

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Covid vaccination rate ahead of Nov tourism reopening
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Covid vaccination rate ahead of Nov tourism reopening

Tourist sitting on a swing at a beach in Thailand. © Marco Bottigelli | Moment | Getty Images Come Monday, Thailand will be lifting quarantine restrictions for travelers from more than 40 countries who have been fully vaccinated — even though less than half its population has been completely inoculated. //inserted mention of travelers needing […]

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Asia reopening boosts travel, fashion brands; pandemic winners take backseat
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Asia reopening boosts travel, fashion brands; pandemic winners take backseat

SINGAPORE/SYDNEY, Oct 28 (Reuters) – Fashion brands and airlines are creeping back into investors’ good graces in Asia as lockdowns ease and vaccination rises, boosting travel and leisure activities, taking some shine off pandemic stalwarts such as supermarkets and gadget makers. Earnings report cards show that people are spending less time watching TV or shopping […]

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World’s toughest travel curbs finally fall to reopening urge
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World’s toughest travel curbs finally fall to reopening urge

Some of the world’s longest and toughest pandemic-induced border curbs are finally being eased, with Asia-Pacific countries taking their firmest steps yet toward reopening to international travel in recent days. From Singapore to Sydney, Bali to Bangkok, authorities have announced a flurry of plans to welcome vaccinated travelers by drastically reducing or completely removing quarantine […]

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Indonesia’s Bali is reopening to tourists but not Australia, Singapore
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Indonesia’s Bali is reopening to tourists but not Australia, Singapore

The holiday island of Bali reopened to tourists from select countries Thursday in what Indonesian authorities have called a “baby steps” approach to resuming international travel. Indonesia closed its borders to foreign travelers some 18 months ago. Vaccinated tourists from 19 countries — including China, India, Japan, South Korea and New Zealand, as well as […]

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