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Singapore halts bookings for quarantine-free entry due to omicron

Air tickets, as well as buses from Malaysia, hit by one-month sales suspension

Passengers from Amsterdam arrive at Singapore's Changi Airport via a vaccinated travel lane in October.   © Reuters

SINGAPORE -- Singapore is halting sales of new tickets for inbound flights and buses under the country's quarantine-free entry programs, the government said on Wednesday, due to growing fears of the omicron coronavirus variant.

The city-state follows Thailand, which on Tuesday announced it would stop quarantine-free visits until at least Jan. 4. The moves show the rapidly spreading new strain is beginning to undermine Asia's recovery from the pandemic.

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