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Singapore quarantine-free travel stirs hope for wider Asia revival

Philippines, Thailand also easing rules for some arrivals to spur economies

SINGAPORE -- Quarantine-free travel is slowly resuming in Asia, with Singapore and some other key destinations opening up to passengers who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Asia has lagged far behind Europe and North America in reviving cross-border travel. But as inoculation rates rise and economic pressures mount, the Philippines, Thailand and other countries are also gradually reopening their borders to visitors from selected departure points -- moves the aviation industry hopes will spread.

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