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Hong Kong to End Mandatory Hotel Quarantine for Travelers
September 24, 2022

Hong Kong to End Mandatory Hotel Quarantine for Travelers

By Zen Soo
Hong Kong has mostly aligned with China’s “zero-COVID” strategy. Now Chief Executive John Lee says the city must provide “maximum room” for “connectivity with the world.”

Thai Tourism Sector Has Turned a Corner, Senior Officials Say
September 20, 2022

Thai Tourism Sector Has Turned a Corner, Senior Officials Say

By Sebastian Strangio
The country is aiming to attract more than 30 million tourists in 2023, but its success may depend on the future of China's "zero-COVID" policy.
How China Set Its Response to COVID-19 From Crisis to Opportunity
September 16, 2022

How China Set Its Response to COVID-19 From Crisis to Opportunity

By Flavia Lucenti
The response to COVID-19 contrasts with the CCP’s reaction to previous health crises, when the approach was to downplay the extent of the virus.

Japan Set to Welcome Unrestricted Tourism by October
September 14, 2022

Japan Set to Welcome Unrestricted Tourism by October

By Thisanka Siripala
Japan’s struggling tourism sector sees a light at the end of the tunnel as “self-guided” tours make way for full travel.

China’s Chengdu Enforces Strict Lockdown Despite Earthquake
September 07, 2022

China’s Chengdu Enforces Strict Lockdown Despite Earthquake

By Associated Press
Even a 6.8 magnitude earthquake wasn’t enough for authorities to allow residents to exit their apartment buildings.

Singapore Loosens Mandatory Mask Rules, COVID-19 Travel Requirements
August 29, 2022

Singapore Loosens Mandatory Mask Rules, COVID-19 Travel Requirements

By Sebastian Strangio
After nearly three years, the city-state has taken a significant step toward living with the disease.

Japan to Ease COVID-19 Border Controls From Sept. 7
August 24, 2022

Japan to Ease COVID-19 Border Controls From Sept. 7

By Mari Yamaguchi
Japan, which has imposed some of the toughest border measures amid the pandemic, continues its gradual reopening even as case counts soar.
How ‘Third Way’ Countries Live With COVID-19
August 16, 2022

How ‘Third Way’ Countries Live With COVID-19

By Wayne Soon
Australia, Japan, South Korea, and others have found middle ground between a full return to pre-pandemic normalcy and attempts to cling to “zero COVID.”

China’s Low-Growth Zero-COVID Policy Signals Transition Away From Reform Period
August 08, 2022

China’s Low-Growth Zero-COVID Policy Signals Transition Away From Reform Period

By Sara Hsu
China’s days of encouraging economic growth at any cost are over.

Why Can’t Turkmen Citizens in Turkey Travel Back Home?
August 02, 2022

Why Can’t Turkmen Citizens in Turkey Travel Back Home?

By Merdan Amanov
Although Ashgabat has resumed limited flights to Russia and the UAE, there are still no regular public flights to and from Turkey.

Japan’s Record-Breaking Summer COVID-19 Surge
July 28, 2022

Japan’s Record-Breaking Summer COVID-19 Surge

By Thisanka Siripala
The government has shifted its focus from prevention to priority treatment for the severely ill amid strains on the healthcare system.
Micronesia’s First COVID-19 Outbreak Balloons, Causing Alarm
July 26, 2022

Micronesia’s First COVID-19 Outbreak Balloons, Causing Alarm

By Nick Perry
Micronesia has logged over 1,000 cases just a week since becoming the final nation in the world with a population of more than 100,000 to experience a COVID outbreak.

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