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The Telegraph‘s Asia correspondent Nicola Smith says Asian countries are contemplating a complicated network of regional travel bubbles to help boost their economies after months of border closures:

Hong Kong has initiated talks with 11 jurisdictions, including Singapore, Japan, Thailand, Australia and New Zealand, on a travel bubble under pressure from the tourism industry which has called for residents to be allowed quarantine-free travel.

Thailand’s Foreign Ministry said it had reached out to Japan, China, South Korea, Singapore and Hong Kong to negotiate special travel arrangements.

Singapore already has green channels with China and South Korea and has now announced that a reciprocal green lane between Singapore and Indonesia will begin on October 26, the Straits Times reported on Monday.

Australia on Friday will open its borders for the first time since March to allow travel from New Zealand, and is also considering the creation of travel bubbles with other low-risk countries including Singapore, Japan and South Korea.