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CANADA: Country's government expected to lift COVID-19 border restrictions gradually from July 2021

The country's government has set out a timeline for its cautious first step toward easing COVID-19 border restrictions, announcing that it is prepared to relax quarantine protocols for fully vaccinated citizens returning home starting in early July. Canada’s air and land borders have allowed for only essential travel since March of last year, and people returning home are required to quarantine for 14 days. If they arrive by air, they also must stay in a designated hotel until they receive a negative COVID-19 test.
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NEW ZEALAND: Country extends pause on quarantine-free travel from Australian state of Victoria

The quarantine-free travel arrangement between New Zealand and the Australian state of Victoria has been extended an additional seven days until at least 19.59 (local NZ time) on Thursday 17 June. The government is taking a precautionary approach in continuing the pause which will be reviewed again on 16 June.
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UNITED STATES: Country's government eases travel warnings for 110 countries including Japan

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has eased travel recommendations for more than 110 countries and territories, including Japan; the new ratings include 61 nations that were lowered from its highest 'Level 4' rating that discouraged all travel, to recommending travel for fully COVID-19 vaccinated passengers. An additional 50 countries and territories have also been lowered to 'Level 2' or 'Level 1'.
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UNITED KINGDOM: Country's government announces intentions to re-open transatlantic U.S. travel

The UK government released a statement late on 9 June stating in conjunction with the U.S. government, it is expecting to agree to work to open up travel between the two countries 'as soon as possible'. However, U.S. and UK airline officials say that they do not expect Washington to lift restrictions until around 4 July at the earliest.
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PUERTO RICO: Country's government eases COVID-19 related local restrictions

The government of the U.S. territory has eased local COVID-19 restrictions for the first time since the start of the pandemic; among the easing of measures, bars have reopened at 50% capacity, along with game rooms. Outdoor bars have no capacity limits, but patrons must maintain a six-foot distance between people who are not in the same family unit. Restaurant capacity increased to 75%, as did capacity in pool facilities and places like museums, casinos and theatres. Social activities, including corporate or business events, can also take place at 75% capacity; attendees must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test or proof of full vaccination.
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EMIRATES: Airline to launch two new France flight routes from July 2021

The Dubai-based airline has announced that it will will resume flights to Nice from 2 July and Lyon 9 July, initially offering four flights per week to each French city; the move is in line with France easing its COVID-19 entry requirements for visitors. The lifting of entry restrictions will enable travellers based in the UAE to visit France without the need for quarantine.
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ETIHAD: Airline reportedly confirms that it will not resume flight services to Los Angeles

The Abu Dhabi-based airline has reportedly dropped its flight route to Los Angeles permanently from its online route map; Etihad's decision not to resume Los Angeles flights as the COVID-19 pandemic begins to winds down leaves the airline with just three U.S. destinations - New York JFK, Washington Dulles and Chicago O'Hare. Prior to the pandemic, Etihad operated flights to Los Angeles five times per week, but the route has been suspended since March 2020.
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SINGAPORE AIRLINES: Airline confirms resumption of non-stop Manchester flights from 17 July 2021

The airline has confirmed the return of its non-stop Manchester route from 17 July; initially, the flight will operate three times weekly to and from Singapore, with an A350-900 aircraft - but it is hoped that in time this can gradually increase, and also include the return of the westbound transatlantic connection to Houston, USA.
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SPAIN: Country re-opens borders to COVID-19 vaccinated international passengers

The country's government started its summer tourism season on 7 June, as it re-opened its borders to COVID-19 vaccinated visitors from most countries, as well as European visitors who can prove that they are not currently infected. Visitors need proof they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before the trip, or that they overcame a COVID-19 infection in the past six months.
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ST BARTS: Island set to re-open to COVID-19 vaccinated visitors from 9 June 2021

The government of France has authorised the island of St. Barts to re-open its borders to fully COVID-19 vaccinated U.S. passengers from 9 June, the same day that France eases border restrictions. Visitors to St. Barts must provide proof of full vaccination, plus proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result obtained within three days of arrival, or an antigen test result obtained within 48 hours. Visitors under 18 do not need proof of vaccination, and those below the age of five are not subject to testing.
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ST LUCIA: Caribbean nation eases restrictions for COVID-19 vaccinated passengers

The government of the Caribbean island of St. Lucia has announced the easing of COVID-19 restrictions for fully vaccinated arrivals; under the new guidelines, vaccinated travelers may book car rentals, dine at more restaurants and have increased access to iconic areas like Soufrière and Rodney Bay. They can now also stay at a range of COVID-certified accommodations, including hotels, vacation rentals and villas. Previously travelers were restricted to one of two approved properties.
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DENMARK: Country re-opens to COVID-19 vaccinated passengers from 4 June 2021

The country's government has officially re-opened its borders to fully COVID-19 vaccinated American and British tourists from 4 June, according to a statement from Denmark's tourism authority. To be recognised a visitor must have received the final dose of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before arrival; this includes Moderna, Vaxzevria (also known as Astra Zeneca), Vaccine Janssen, Comirnaty, Johnson and Johnson and Pfizer. Fully vaccinated travelers will no longer be required to provide a negative COVID-19 test result or isolate upon arrival.
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NEW ZEALAND: Country extends pause on quarantine-free travel between Australian state of Victoria

The pause on quarantine-free travel between New Zealand and the Australian state of Victoria had been scheduled until 7.59 pm on 4 June. It has now been extended an additional 6 days until at least 11.59 pm NZT on Thursday 10 June.
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BRITISH AIRWAYS: Airline to trial IATA Travel Pass on flights from London Heathrow Airport

The airline has confirmed that it will begin trialling the IATA Travel Pass on flights from London Heathrow to Geneva and Zurich in Switzerland in the coming week; the app can be downloaded onto a mobile device directly from the app store. Once downloaded, customers will create a secure account and will be presented with the entry requirements for their destination. British Airways’ customers can then book a COVID-19 test with an approved provider and the results will be automatically uploaded into the app by the lab.
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EMIRATES: Airline to reinstate flights to Thailand's Phuket from 2 July 2021

The Dubai-based airline has announced that it will resume four weekly services to Thailand's resort island of Phuket from 2 July, to coincide with the re-opening of the popular destination to international tourists; in addition, those who are vaccinated against COVID-19 will enjoy even fewer restrictions, with no quarantine applicable on arrival. The Dubai-Phuket route will be operated with a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in a three-class configuration, offering premium services in first and business class as well as economy class.
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EMIRATES: Airline to increase Italy flight connections from 1 July 2021

The Dubai-based airline has said that it will resume flights to Venice from 1 July, initially offering three weekly services on the route. Emirates will also increase services to Milan from eight to ten weekly flights in July. This will comprise of a daily service on the Dubai-Milan-New York JFK route, and a three-weekly return flights between Dubai and Milan. Together with five weekly flights to Rome and three weekly flights to Bologna, this will take the total services to Italy to 21 weekly flights to four cities in July.
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OMAN AIR: Airline to launch flights to Georgia's Tbilisi from 16 June 2021

The middle-eastern airline has announced the upcoming launch of a seasonal service between Muscat and Tbilisi, Georgia; Oman Air will offer two weekly direct flights, on Wednesdays and Sundays, operated with a Boeing 737 aircraft. The flights are currently due to operate until mid-September, subject to government approvals.
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AMERICAN AIRLINES: Airline to offer additional COVID-19 testing options to passengers

The U.S. airline has said that it is expanding its pre-flight COVID-19 testing program with new self-administered and more in-person testing options; customers can now order an Abbott BinaxNOW home test through telehealth provider eMed. These 15-minute, self-administered tests are supervised virtually by an eMed certified guide 72 hours before a customer’s return to the U.S.
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SEYCHELLES: Country's government restricts entry to passengers from South Africa from 2 June 2021

The government of the Seychelles has announced that from 2 June, South Africa has been reinstated to the non-permitted list of countries for entry; this means that only Seychellois and permanent residents are allowed to enter the Seychelles, and are to be quarantined for 10 days in a certified establishment regardless of of proof of COVID-19 vaccination - which should be submitted when applying for entry. More information can be found on the Seychelles government portal.
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UNITED KINGDOM: London Heathrow Airport opens dedicated 'red list' arrivals terminal

The airport has announced the re-opening Terminal 3 as a dedicated facility for arrivals into the UK from 'red list' countries; monitored hotel quarantine for arrivals from the most at-risk for COVID-19 destinations has been required for nearly four months, however there had been concerns of passengers mixing in queues during immigration. There are 43 countries on the red list, but direct flights are permitted from only a few of them, including India. Only British and Irish nationals or UK residents are allowed to travel from countries on the list, but must pay for quarantine in a hotel for ten nights after their arrival in the UK.
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