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VIRGIN ATLANTIC: Airline to launch two new India to Manchester routes from December 2020

The airline has announced that it will launch two new routes from Manchester to New Delhi and Mumbai in an attempt to target the visiting friends and relatives (VFR) market. Virgin will start flying three times per week from Manchester to Mumbai on 19 December with a twice-weekly route to Delhi due to follow on 5 January; the routes will likely fly Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft featuring economy, premium economy and upper class cabins.
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SINGAPORE AIRLINES: Updated flight schedules published for October, November and December 2020

The airline, along with partner carrier SilkAir, has published its latest schedule update for flights in October, November and December 2020. Among the updates are reinstated flights to destinations including Brunei, Fukuoka, Kathmandu and Male. The airlines have said that following these resumptions, by the end of December flight capacity will have reached 15% of pre-COVID-19 levels.
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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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AMERICAN AIRLINES: Airline begins new direct flights to Florida's Key West

The U.S. airline has announced and already commenced, as part of its Autumn schedule, a new nonstop service to Florida's Key West from its operating hubs in Charlotte, North Carolina and Dallas Forth-Worth. The new flights, which started on 8 October, feature 76-seat regional jets from Charlotte and 128-seat Airbus 319s from Dallas.
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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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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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NETHERLANDS: Country's government announces partial COVID-19 lockdown from 14 October 2020

The country's prime minister has announced a partial COVID-19 lockdown following a surge in cases of the virus. The new measures come into effect on 14 October and will see all bars, restaurants and cafes closed, and the sale of alcohol banned after 20.00 (local time). In addition, the wearing of face masks will be mandatory in all indoor spaces.
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NAMIBIA: Country re-opens four additional border posts to visitors

The government of Namibia has re-opened four additional land and sea border posts with immediate effect; Katima Mulilo, Ariamsvlei and Noordoewer border posts, and Walvis Bay harbour are open for travellers, subject to applicable health regulations. Until now during the COVID-19 pandemic, Namibia has only allowed tourists into the country through Hosea Kutako International Airport.
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EUROPEAN UNION: EU introduces COVID-19 'traffic light' warning system

The European Union has introduced a traffic light system highlighting the COVID-19 risk across its 27 member nations; there are now four indications of the pandemic’s severity ranging from 'green' when the notification rate is less than 25 and the test positivity rate is less than 4%, through to 'red' if the notification rate is 50 or more and the test positivity rate is 4% or more. Member nations may also be classified as 'grey' if sufficient information is not available. As well as the EU members, data is also provided for Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, but not the UK. On the basis of this new system, member nations will then decide whether they introduce certain restrictions, such as quarantine or tests, on travellers coming from other areas; there will be no restrictions, such as quarantine or testing, on travellers coming from ‘green’ regions.
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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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FRANCE: Country to impose night-time COVID-19 curfew from 17 October 2020

The country's president has announced a new night-time curfew from 21.00 to 06.00 (local time) in Paris and eight other cities to try to curb the rapid spread of COVID-19. It will come into effect from 17 October and last for at least four weeks; a public health emergency has also been declared. The curfew will apply to Paris and its suburbs as well as Marseille, Lyon, Lille, Saint-Etienne, Rouen, Toulouse, Grenoble and Montpellier. The measures will stop people visiting restaurants and private homes, and they will need a valid reason to be outside their homes during the hours of curfew. Only 'essential' trips will be permitted.
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CZECH REPUBLIC: Country's government tightens COVID-19 restrictions amid rise in cases

The country's government is imposing a three-week partial COVID-19 lockdown shutting schools, bars and clubs as the Czech Republic and other European countries struggle to contain a sharp rise in cases of the virus; restaurants will be closed and public consumption of alcohol is temporarily banned. Schools, bars and clubs will be closed until 3 November while restaurants will be restricted to deliveries and takeaways, until 20.00 (local time) each day. Masks, already being worn in shops and on public transport, will also have to be worn at tram stops and on train platforms. The maximum number of people gathering in a group, whether indoors or outside, will be six.
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INDIA: Country's government expects full return to international flight schedule in early 2021

The government of India has said that it expects international flights to and from the country be fully operational by the first quarter of 2021, most recently extending a current international suspension until at least 31 October 2020. While domestic services have been allowed to resume, international passenger flights in and out of India have been suspended since 23 March because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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NETHERLANDS: Country's government due to announce stricter COVID-19 restrictions

A new round of COVID-19 social restrictions are due to be announced by the country’s government today, 13 October, including the possible closure of many businesses and an evening ban on alcohol sales. Team sports will also be halted for many, and the use of public transport will be limited to essential travel only; the measures are expected to stay in place for two weeks.
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PERU: Country has resumed international flights with other South American nations

The country has restarted international flights for the first time since they were suspended in March due to the pandemic. Services have now resumed between Peru and Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Paraguay and Uruguay; Peru does, however, remain under a state of emergency with strict measures in place until at least the end of October. Flights to Europe are tipped to potentially be added to the schedule soon.
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UNITED KINGDOM: Country's government introduces new three-tier COVID-19 restrictions

The UK prime minister yesterday, 12 October, announced a raft of updated COVID-19 restrictions in the form of a new three-tier classification system for all regions across the country. The lockdowns will include shutting pubs and bars and banning wedding receptions in areas placed in the “very high” alert level from 14 October; other alert levels in the new system are “medium” and “high”. So far, just one region in northern England is classified in the highest category.
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ITALY: Country expands list of countries which now require COVID-19 testing prior to entry

The country’s government has now expanded a recent change in COVID-19 testing requirements, either prior to travel or on arrival, to anyone who has come from or stayed in Belgium, France, the UK, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Czech Republic and Spain in the previous 14 days. Passengers must present evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result on arrival obtained a maximum of 72 hours prior to departure; alternatively, a free test may be taken on arrival, but passengers must self-isolate until the results are received, unless their arrival airport has rapid testing available.
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INDONESIA & SINGAPORE: Countries to open bilateral travel corridor from 26 October 2020

The governments of the two countries have announced that, in a bid to kick start essential business travel between them, Indonesia and Singapore have agreed to open a travel corridor. The arrangements, known as the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL), will officially come into effect on 26 October. Travellers must use the green lane by air between Singapore Changi Airport and Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Jakarta, or by sea between Tanah Merah Terminal and Batam Centre Ferry Terminal. Indonesians travelling to Singapore must apply in advance for a Safe Travel Pass. All travellers in both directions must be sponsored by a business or government entity, and must have negative pre-departure and post-arrival COVID-19 swab tests.
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UNITED KINGDOM: UK passengers arriving in Ukraine must now self-isolate for 14 days

The government of Ukraine has declared the UK a ‘red zone’, meaning that UK arrivals are now required to undergo 14 days of self-isolation proven by a tracking app, or quarantine for the same period in a government-approved facility.
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