MMalaysia and Singapore have become the latest Asian countries to tighten travel restrictions amid the global surge in the omicron variant.
Singapore has frozen the sale of tickets for its non-quarantine “travel lanes” program that allowed vaccinated people from 24 countries to enter, and Malaysia in turn has frozen the sale of bus and plane tickets to Singapore. – its only travel lane.
It comes after Thailand announced yesterday that it will reinstate a mandatory Covid-19 quarantine for foreign visitors. It has not been confirmed whether Thailand will return to its “sandbox” program, where visitors could visit parts of the country, like the island of Phuket, without needing to isolate themselves.
At the end of November, Japan banned the entry of foreign nationals and imposed a managed quarantine on returning nationals. Those rules were supposed to last for a month, but Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has confirmed that the restrictions will continue into the new year.
Other countries around the world have tightened border restrictions in recent days. New Zealand announced yesterday that it will delay reopening its borders until the end of February due to fears around the omicron variant.
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