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Hong Kong to reopen to visitors, Thailand loosens entry rules

Bangkok drops negative COVID test requirement to bring tourists back

The Tourism Authority of Thailand hopes to welcome 5.6 million foreign tourists this year.   © Reuters

HONG KONG / BANGKOK / TOKYO -- Hong Kong is dropping a ban on visitors arriving in the city for the first time since the pandemic started, as Thailand loosens entry requirements to draw tourists to boost its beleaguered economy.

Singapore joined the twin announcements Friday by saying it too would further loosen its COVID-19 rules, including reducing pre-visit test requirements and lifting all restrictions on employees returning to their workplace.

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