Tourists on Central Pattaya Beach, Thailand, in December. Other than for  arrivals in Phuket, the country suspended its experiment in allowing quarantine-free entry to vaccinated visitors when the Omicron Covid-19 variant became a threat. Photo: Lauren DeCicca/Getty Images
Tourists on Central Pattaya Beach, Thailand, in December. Other than for arrivals in Phuket, the country suspended its experiment in allowing quarantine-free entry to vaccinated visitors when the Omicron Covid-19 variant became a threat. Photo: Lauren DeCicca/Getty Images
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Coronavirus: Omicron variant delays Asian leisure travel’s return until … well, when? Let’s hope 2022 sees us taking overseas holidays again

  • The emergence of the Omicron variant of coronavirus has caused a tightening of travel restrictions in parts of Asia and delayed the resumption of leisure travel
  • Weekend getaways and spontaneous travel remain a distant prospect. Sure, our carbon footprints have shrunk, but here’s hoping for holidays abroad in 2022

Tourists on Central Pattaya Beach, Thailand, in December. Other than for  arrivals in Phuket, the country suspended its experiment in allowing quarantine-free entry to vaccinated visitors when the Omicron Covid-19 variant became a threat. Photo: Lauren DeCicca/Getty Images
Tourists on Central Pattaya Beach, Thailand, in December. Other than for arrivals in Phuket, the country suspended its experiment in allowing quarantine-free entry to vaccinated visitors when the Omicron Covid-19 variant became a threat. Photo: Lauren DeCicca/Getty Images
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