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Why Asia should rethink strict travel rules

Ultra-cautious reopening policies risk deeper economic pain

| Singapore
The departure hall of the Changi Airport in Singapore, pictured on Oct. 12: the costs of international travel restrictions grow with each passing month.   © Reuters

James Crabtree is an associate professor in practice at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. He is author of "The Billionaire Raj."

A rare sense of COVID-era optimism coursed between Singapore and Hong Kong last week, on news of a mooted two-way travel bubble. The prospect of business trips without irksome quarantine rules, or even a Christmas holiday, suddenly seemed a little less distant for millions of marooned residents of the two Asian city-states

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