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BELIZE: Belize introduces updated tourism protocols

Belize has further relaxed the restrictions on movement of visitors. The following are the updated protocols that are now in effect for the tourism industry: The Safe Corridor for tourists has been expanded to include all Gold Standard and Certified entities including hotels, tour operators, restaurants, tourism sites, gift shops, car rentals and taxis. These are included on the Belize Health App for tourists to select. Updated entry requirements for Belize 1.An application to enter Belize is no longer necessary. All residents and tourists are free to travel at any time. 2. Residents and tourists who arrive with a negative PCR test or test negative at the airport no longer need to quarantine for 10 days. 3. It is mandatory for all incoming passengers (residents and tourists) to download the Belize Health App and complete the information within 72 hours of arrival.
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BAHAMAS: Country's government continues to gradually ease COVID-19 restrictions

The country's government has continued to ease COVID-19 restrictions on Grand Bahama Island , following its recent move into 'phase three' on 15 October. From 1 November, visitors will be permitted to explore the island more freely; however entry requirements still entail both COVID-19 PCR pre-testing and a further two tests, on and after arrival.
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UAE: Passengers from India and Pakistan no longer require 'Ok To Board' pre-approval

The government of the UAE has confirmed that 'Ok to Board' pre-approval is no longer required for passengers travelling to Dubai from India or Pakistan. Any such approval process will now be managed and updated by airport teams directly at the time of check-in.
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UNITED KINGDOM: Wales to enter short-term circuit breaker lockdown from 23 October 2020

The government of the devolved UK nation have announced that Wales will go into a circuit break-style lockdown from 18.00 (GMT+1) on 23 October, lasting until 9 November; a number of restrictions apply which ultimately mean that residents will be told to stay home in most circumstances. The BBC has published a guide to these restrictions, which also includes a summary of current restrictions in all other UK nations.
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SLOVENIA: Country introduces updated COVID-19 restrictions from 20 October 2020

The country's government has announced updated COVID-19 restrictions as part of a declared 'epidemic' alert level, which came into effect today, 20 October; among the new measures, most gatherings are limited to six people, and all larger public gatherings are prohibited. A curfew will also be imposed every day from 21.00 (local time) to 06.00.
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UNITED KINGDOM: London Heathrow Airport begins rapid COVID-19 testing trial for some passengers

London Heathrow Airport has today, 20 October, started trialling one-hour rapid COVID-19 testing for passengers departing from the UK to Hong Kong and Italy, to allow them to avoid quarantine with a negative result. The facilities have reportedly been initially set up for four weeks, but could be extended depending on demand.
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IRELAND: Country announced tough level five COVID-19 lockdown measures

The country’s government yesterday, 19 October, introduced some of Europe’s toughest COVID-19 restrictions by closing non-essential retail, limiting restaurants and pubs to take away service and telling people not to travel more than five kilometres from their home. The restrictions will initially stay in place for at least five weeks.
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BELGIUM: Country's government re-imposes COVID-19 curfew

The government of Belgium has opted to re-introduce a COVID-19 curfew effective from today, 19 October; the curfew will be in effect from 00.01 to 05.00 (local time). Belgium already has a mandatory mask requirement on public transport and in all indoor public places. All cafés and restaurants are currently closed.
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AUSTRIA: Country imposes additional COVID-19 restrictions following rise in case numbers

The country’s government is set to impose increased COVID-19 restrictions following an increase in cases; among the restrictions, gatherings will be limited to a maximum of six people indoors and 12 people outdoors. Professionally organised events will also have higher limits combined with requirements such as assigned seating.
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AUSTRALIA: City of Melbourne eases COVID-19 restrictions following decline in case numbers

The government of the Australian state of Victoria has from yesterday evening, 18 October, eased COVID-19 lockdown restrictions in the city of Melbourne as cases of the virus continue to decline. Among the changes, Melbourne residents will no longer face limits on the time they can spend away from their homes for education or recreation. Previous restrictions allowing residents to travel only 5 kilometers (3 miles) from home have also increased to 25 kilometers (15 miles). Regulations are due to be lifted even further by 2 November with the partial re-opening of shops, bars and restaurants.
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SWITZERLAND: Country imposes additional COVID-19 restrictions following rise in case numbers

The country’s government yesterday, 18 October, announced tighter COVID-19 restrictions including a nation-wide obligation to wear masks and a ban on large scale public gatherings; gatherings of more than 15 people in public places will be banned from today, 19 October, and masks must be worn in all indoor public places.
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SOUTH AFRICA: Country publishes updated list of countries designated 'high-risk'

The government of South Africa has today, 19 October, issued a revised list of countries designated as 'high-risk' for the purposes of international travel. As a reminder, international travel for business and leisure purposes resumed on 1 October 2020 in South Africa with restrictions in place; travel is currently restricted from countries with infection rates deemed to be high, and travel for leisure purposes from 'high-risk' countries is not permitted. Only high skill visa holders, investors in the economy and diplomats are allowed entry into South Africa from 'high-risk' countries with the necessary approvals in place.
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MALTA: Country introduces increased COVID-19 restrictions following rise in case numbers

The country's government has announced that from today, 19 October, it is making the wearing of face masks mandatory in public and ordering clubs, bars and places of entertainment to close at 23.00 (local time). In addition, rapid testing for COVID-19 will also be rolled out for airport arrivals, and at schools and clinics where cases of the virus are suspected.
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CANADA: Country confirms extension of land border closure with U.S. until at least 21 November 2020

The government of Canada has confirmed that the US-Canada land border closure has once again been extended for a seventh time, for at least another 30 days until 21 November. The extension means the land border will remain closed for all non-essential traffic, including US tourists wanting to enter Canada. Separately, Canada also previously announced 8 October that it would shortly re-open to selected international travellers arriving by air.
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POLAND: Country's government tightens COVID-19 restrictions in response to rise in cases

The country’s government yesterday, 15 October, announced new restrictions aiming to curb a rise in COVID-19 infections within Poland; this includes limits on opening hours for bars and restaurants, sports events and schools in some areas. Sports events will be held without audiences and gyms and swimming pools will close. The capital Warsaw will also be downgraded to a ‘red’ zone.
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AUSTRALIA: Country welcomes first quarantine-free flights from New Zealand to Sydney

The Safe Travel Zone between New Zealand and the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) is underway, with the arrival of Air New Zealand and Jetstar flights from Auckland to Sydney today, 16 October. Passengers travelling from New Zealand will be able to travel to the Australian states of NSW, Australian Capital Territory (ACT), and the Northern Territory (NT) without the requirement for quarantine on arrival in Australia. Passengers will be required to complete a health declaration stating they have been in New Zealand only during the preceding 14 days, and health screenings will also take place on arrival in Sydney.
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SEYCHELLES: Country's government updates list of countries from which entry is permitted

South Africans and citizens of nine other African countries will be able to visit Seychelles as tourists from today, 19 October, according to the latest official Seychelles Travel tourism travel advisory published on 16 October. The list of category one countries has been updated to include Botswana, Burundi, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Niger, Rwanda, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. Category one permitted countries are considered low and medium risk.
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HONG KONG: Region to establish travel bubble with Singapore

The two regions have announced today, 15 October, that they will establish a travel bubble to re-connect international travel between them; passengers will though require negative COVID-19 test results and will be required to travel on dedicated flights. The launch date is due to be announced in the coming weeks.
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CURACAO: Caribbean nation to re-open borders to some U.S. states from November 2020

The country's government has announced that it will open its borders to residents of the U.S. stated of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut from November, with more states to follow soon. Initially, all incoming visitors must present proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result obtained a maximum of 72 hours of traveling, and upload their results to the new Digital Immigration Card within 48 hours prior to travel. In addition, residents of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut must present a valid state-issued ID as proof of residence.
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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: Direct flight schedule with Israel to be delayed until January 2021

Direct flights between Israel and the UAE, slated to begin in October after a landmark normalisation deal, are to be postponed until January 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The air link, announced after the two states signed the deal at the White House last month, aims to open up tourism and new business ventures despite the COVID-19 slowdown. But a second lockdown in Israel, which now has one of the world's highest infection rates per capita, has put plans on hold.
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