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GEORGIA: Country to lift suspension on international flights from 1 February 2021

The country's government has announced that it will lift a suspension on international flights by 1 February, which has been in place since March as an anti-COVID-19 pandemic measure. Locally, shopping centres are set to re-open in the capital city of Tbilisi next month, and the authorities are also planning to re-open schools and public transport there in March.
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UNITED STATES: Country's government to require passengers to quarantine on arrival nationally

The country's new president yesterday, 21 January, signed an executive order requiring quarantines for individuals entering the U.S. - this is in addition to a raft of requirements including the wearing of masks for all interstate travel, and follows on from a previous announcement of the introduction of mandatory COVID-19 pre-testing for international arrivals from 26 January. The president did not specify how long people will be required to quarantine upon U.S. arrival; the executive order says only that the quarantine period will be in accord with CDC guidelines. On its website, the CDC recommends that in most cases individuals stay home for seven days after arriving from abroad.
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PORTUGAL: Country's government to suspend UK flights from 23 January 2021

The country's government has announced that from 23 January it will suspend all flights to and from the UK, as Portugal continues its efforts tackle a rapid spread of a new variant of COVID-19. Only special repatriation flights are due to be permitted to operate between both countries, according to Portugal's prime minister.
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UNITED KINGDOM: Country's government suspends entry for non-national arrivals from two additional countries

The UK transport secretary has announced that an urgent decision has been made to ban non-UK and Irish nationals arriving from Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo from 04.00 (GMT) today, Friday 22 January; an exemption is also granted to third country nationals with UK residence rights. The suspension is related to the ongoing monitoring of new strains of COVID-19 in a number of countries. Although the ban does not apply to British and Irish Nationals, and third country nationals with residence rights, all passengers returning from these destinations must also self-isolate for 10 days along with their households.
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UNITED KINGDOM: Northern Ireland extends COVID-19 'lockdown' measures until 5 March 2021

The government of Northern Ireland has announced that it will extend current COVID-19 'lockdown' restrictions until at least 5 March, with an interim review scheduled for 18 February. The measures, which include a closure of non-essential retailers and the urging of employees to work from home, began shortly after Christmas. Family gatherings are also prohibited and people have been ordered to stay at home for all but essential reasons.
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AUSTRALIA: Government of the Northern Territory (NT) makes face masks mandatory at all major airports

The government of the Australian region of the Northern Territory (NT) has announced that it is now mandatory for face masks to be worn at all major NT airports, and while on board an aircraft travelling to or from the area. Children under the age of 12 and people with a specified medical condition are not required to wear a mask.
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LEBANON: Country's government extends COVID-19 restrictions until 8 February 2021

The country's government announced today, 21 January, that it will extend a 24-hour lockdown imposed earlier this month by two weeks, to combat a continued rise in COVID-19 infections. The tight restrictions on movement across the country, which had been due to run until 25 January, will stay in place until at least 8 February.
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SRI LANKA: Country resumes commercial flights and re-opens to international tourism

The country's government has today, 21 January, re-opened to foreign tourists and resumed international commercial flights following a closure of over 10 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Under new measures, visitors must be tested for COVID-19 in their country of origin a maximum of 72 hours prior to their flight, once more when they arrive at their hotel, and for a final time seven days later. They will be allowed to travel in 14 designated tourism zones under a 'travel bubble' initiative, without mixing with local people. So far around 180 hotels have been earmarked to provide approved accommodation for tourism.
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CANADA: Country extends suspension on most international arrivals until 21 February 2021

The government of Canada yesterday, 20 January, announced a one month extension to a suspension on non-essential international travel to the country, stretching the restrictions until 21 February. Passengers eligible to enter Canada despite the suspension, which has been in force since March, must still quarantine for 14 days on arrival.
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EUROSTAR: COVID-19 PCR testing now available at London's St. Pancras International

The cross-channel rail provider has announced that customers can get a COVID-19 PCR test at London's St. Pancras International; the test costs £149 with results available the next day between 17.00 and 23.59 (local time), and passengers should book their test in advance but no more than 72 hours prior to departure. Although the testing initiative is in partnership with Eurostar, it is being operated by London Medical Laboratory - a third party provider.
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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: Dubai suspends entry to passengers from South Africa

The government of the UAE emirate of Dubai have announced that entry to passengers who have travelled from or through South Africa in the past ten days will now be suspended, after it introduced a raft of new restrictions to combat the spread of COVID-19. Travellers from South Africa holding valid Dubai residence visas will also need government approval before being allowed to depart. Returning residents, who have received approval from the GDRFA or Federal Authority, must also produce two negative COVID-19 PCR test results. These tests must be completed within 96 hours of departure and then upon arrival in Dubai. Rapid antigen test certificates will not be accepted. South Africans will still be allowed to transit through Dubai International Airport on route to their final destinations to other countries which still allow for entry. South Africans in transit will still need to produce a negative Covid-19 test and will be confined to the airport precinct.
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ISRAEL: Country's government extends COVID-19 'lockdown' and increases entry requirements

The country's government has announced that a nationwide COVID-19 'lockdown' has been extended by at least a further ten days until 31 January, following increases in new infection rates within Israel. In addition, ministers also approved a fine of NIS 2,500 for anyone who arrives in the country without a recent, negative COVID-19 test result. Under the new policy, the test must be conducted a maximum of 72 hours prior to landing in Israel.
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UNITED KINGDOM: Government of Scotland extends COVID-19 lockdown until mid-February 2021

The government of the devolved UK administration of Scotland has confirmed that current COVID-19 restrictions are to be extended until at least the middle of February, with schools remaining closed to the majority of pupils; the measures include a legally-enforceable stay-at-home order. All non-essential shops, pubs, cafes, bars, gyms and hairdressers are closed and travel restrictions prevent anyone leaving their local authority area, with limited exceptions. The situation will be reviewed on 2 February.
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AUSTRALIA: Country updates entry requirements from 22 January 2021

The country's government has published updated entry requirements; if travelling to Australia on or after 22 January, passengers must present evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result to their airline at check-in; the result must have been obtained a maximum of 72 hours prior to departure. If passengers transit through a third country on their return journey to Australia, they are required to check on any local requirements at their transit destination and confirm with their airline any specific requirements for onward travel. Masks must be worn on all international flights, including at airports, and limited exemptions from the pre-departure testing requirements can be found on the Australian Department of Health website.
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NETHERLANDS: Country imposes flight suspensions on a number of destinations from 23 January 2021

The country's government has announced that from 23 January they will place a ban on passenger flights from the UK, South Africa and a number of South American countries. In addition, if passengers are travelling from areas with a high incidence of COVID-19, regardless of their nationality, they must present two negative COVID-19 test results; the first is a negative PCR test result obtained a maximum of 72 hours prior to departure, and the second is a negative rapid test result obtained no more than four hours prior to boarding. Locally, a restrictive COVID-19 'lockdown’ remains in place in the country until at least 9 February, included a nighttime curfew.
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NEW ZEALAND: Country introduces pre-departure COVID-19 test requirement for arrivals from most countries

The New Zealand Government is extending pre-departure testing to all passengers to New Zealand except from Australia, Antarctica and most Pacific Islands. The change will come into force for all flights arriving in New Zealand after 23.59 (NZT) on 25 January, to minimise disruption for those passengers with imminent departures. Other countries will be considered for exclusion if their situations change.
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MALAYSIA: Country's government expands COVID-19 lockdown measures to most states

The country's government has today, 19 January, announced that it will extend COVID-19 lockdown restrictions across most of the country in order to curb further increases in infections. Last week capital city Kuala Lumpur and six states went into a two-week lockdown meaning that essential sectors including manufacturing, plantations and construction were allowed to stay open, but a nationwide travel ban was implemented; the lockdown will now also be imposed on six other states from 22 January for two weeks.
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RWANDA: Country's government places capital city Kigali under 15-day COVID-19 lockdown

The country's government has imposed a 15-day COVID-19 lockdown on the capital city of Kigali, as Rwanda battles a second wave of cases of the virus; all movement outside homes in the capital will now require an approved permit from the police, except for essential service providers. Travel between Kigali and other provinces and districts will not be permitted, except for essential services and tourism, and tourists must have COVID-19-negative certificates. The government has also increased the hours of a nationwide night-time curfew which is now amended to between 18.00 and 04.00 daily.
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COLOMBIA: Country's government extends nightly COVID-19 curfew in its capital until 28 January 2021

The country's government announced yesterday, 18 January, that it will impose an extended nightly curfew in the capital city of Bogota for almost two weeks, while the whole city will also enter another full quarantine measure this coming weekend. The nightly curfew from 20.00 to 04.00 (local time) will now be in force until at least 28 January.
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AUSTRALIA: State of Tasmania and Australian Capital Territory (ACT) ease COVID-19 border restrictions

The governments of the Australian state of Tasmania, as well as the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) have confirmed that they are further easing COVID-19 restrictions for domestic interstate travel. Among these relaxations, the Tasmanian premier announced yesterday , 18 January, that Greater Brisbane is now downgraded to be classified as ‘medium risk’, meaning travellers from the area are allowed to visit Tasmania. The Greater Sydney area and Wollongong in New South Wales however will remain unchanged as 'medium risk' for the time being. The Tasmanian government has also lifted restrictions for hotspots in the state of Victoria, meaning all travellers from the state are now classified as 'low risk' and can enter Tasmania without having to quarantine. From 22 January, a public health directive for face masks to be worn on commercial flights in Tasmanian airspace, both from interstate and within the state, and at airports, will come into force.
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