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JAMAICA: Country updates COVID-19 pre-testing requirement from 10 October 2020

The country's government has announced revised COVID-19 pre-testing requirements for international visitors effective from today, 10 October. Arrivals may now choose between presenting a negative COVID-19 Antigen test result, or a negative PCR test result, either of which should be obtained from a sample supplied a maximum of 10 days prior to arrival Testing must be performed by an accredited lab and results must be presented to the air carrier prior to boarding a flight to Jamaica as well as upon arrival. All visitors will also undergo screening on arrival including a brief interview with a health officer. Business travellers will receive a swab test at the airport, and must remain in quarantine until results are available. The current process will be in effect until 31 October.
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EMIRATES: Airline updates COVID-19 testing protocols for passengers travelling to or via Dubai

The Dubai-based airline has announced amendments to their COVID-19 PCR testing protocols for passengers travelling to, via and from Dubai International Airport. Included within the amendments is the update that COVID-19 PCR testing is no longer required for all transiting passengers unless the passenger destination country requires it, OR for those transiting from a select group of countries. Full information can be found on the airline website.
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QATAR AIRWAYS: Airline to introduce flight to San Francisco from 15 December 2020

The airline has announced that it will launch a four-times weekly service between Qatar's capital of Doha and San Francisco from 15 December. It will operate an Airbus A350 that features 36 business-class seats and 236 seats in economy; it’s the fifth global destination Qatar Airways has added during the pandemic, joining Toronto, Brisbane, Accra (Ghana) and Cebu (Philippines).
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SPAIN: Country's government imposes a state of emergency in the city of Madrid

Spain's government has declared a state of emergency in Madrid as of today, 9 October, with immediate effect. The state of emergency will last for two weeks and measures prohibit all non-essential trips in and out of the capital and nine of its suburbs. Restaurants must close at 23.00 (local time) and stores at 22.00; both must limit occupancy to 50% of their capacity. The national government has ordered police in Madrid to fine people if they leave their municipalities without justification.
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PORTUGAL: Country introduces digitalised pre-departure form for arrivals

The government of Portugal has from today, 9 October, replaced a physical passenger pre-departure form with a digital version, which must be completed online prior to travel by all passengers arriving in mainland Portugal (Faro, Lisbon and Porto). Passengers are required to carry a copy of their completion receipt, either printed or on a mobile device, to be presented at the boarding gate for verification. Madeira and the Azores will continue with their own respective pre-departure forms, which remain unchanged.
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ST KITTS AND NEVIS: Country to re-open borders to international arrivals from 31 October 2020

The country’s government has announced that St Kitts and Nevis will re-open its borders to international visitors from 31 October; entry protocols will include providing evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result obtained a maximum of 72 hours prior to arrival, and the need to take a second test upon arrival. Even if negative, passengers must then quarantine for seven days at one of four approved hotels and face a final, third test before being allowed to roam freely.
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UNITED KINGDOM: UK arrivals to Italy now require COVID-19 PCR testing

The UK's Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) has published updated information on new COVID-19 testing requirements for UK travellers arriving in Italy. 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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SOUTHWEST AIRLINES: Airline to introduce new domestic U.S. flights from Miami

The U.S. airline has announced details of a number of new domestic flight routes to be introduced from Miami from 15 November; Southwest will fly a combined 12 daily frequencies from Miami, with services including Baltimore, Chicago Midway, Houston Hobby and Tampa.
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FRANCE: Country's government to place Lyon and Lille on maximum COVID-19 alert

The country's government will put Lyon and Lille on maximum COVID-19 alert, according to French radio reports today, 7 October, paving the way for new restrictions to curb the spread of the virus in the two cities. Elsewhere, Paris and Marseille are already on maximum alert; this has resulted in bars in the capital having to close for two weeks, and restaurants having to set up new sanitary protocols to stay open.
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HILTON HOTELS: Hilton introduces further remote working pilot program in the U.S. and UK

The hotel brand is expanding its remote working initiatives even further, now by not only offering special overnight rates in rooms optimised as workspaces, but by also offering day rates under a ‘WorkSpace by Hilton’ label. The pilot program is being rolled out at properties across the U.S. and UK.
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ITALY: Country's government confirms mandatory mask requirement in outdoor settings

The country’s government yesterday, 7 October, went ahead with plans to make face masks mandatory in outdoor settings nationwide in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. Several Italian regions including Lazio however, around the capital Rome, had already done so.
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HAWAIIAN AIRLINES: Airline to offer COVID-19 home-testing solution for U.S. passengers

The airline has announced a partnership with 'Vault Health' which will allow them offer passengers travelling to Hawaii from the U.S. mainland a mail-in home COVID-19 saliva test. The test is to be performed using saliva collected during a Zoom-enabled video supervised test visit with a supervisor, and is claimed to be fast and efficient, allowing passengers to adhere to the 72 hour eligible testing window prior to departure.
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ITALY: Country's government to make COVID-19 testing mandatory for arrivals from four countries

The country’s health minister yesterday, 7 October, said that Italy will make testing for COVID-19 compulsory for people traveling from the United Kingdom, Netherlands, Belgium and the Czech Republic.
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TUNISIA: Country imposes curfew in capital Tunis to curb COVID-19 cases

The country's government has confirmed that a curfew has been imposed in its capital region of Tunis to slow a surge in COVID-19 cases. In the four provinces that make up greater Tunis the nightly curfew is between 21.00 and 05.00 (local time), and also includes a suspension of Friday prayers in mosques. The curfew will start at 19.00 at weekends.
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SOUTH AFRICA: Country's government introduces rapid COVID-19 testing at ports of entry

The country's government has announced that rapid COVID-19 antigen tests will be rolled out at all South Africa’s ports of entry with immediate effect. Any passengers who arrive without an existing negative PCR test result will be screened for symptoms and sent for testing at a cost of R150-170 per person. Results of antigen tests are typically available within 15 minutes, and anyone testing positive must quarantine at a designated facility. However, any passengers who are 'red-flagged' for showing symptoms of COVID-19 may still be quarantined, even with a negative antigen test result on arrival.
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JAPAN: Country may reinstate overseas travel to 12 countries from November 2020

The country’s government is reportedly planning to remove a ban on overseas travel to China and 11 other countries from next month, according to a domestic newspaper source today, 8 October. The 11 other countries and regions may include Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Vietnam and Malaysia; however, unnecessary and non-urgent visits to these destinations would still not be encouraged.
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FINNAIR: Airline to begin weekly service from Helsinki to Nanjing, China from 23 October 2020

The airline has announced that from 23 October, subject to government approval, it will begin one flight per week from Helsinki to Nanjing, China; the service is set to continue until at least 21 March 2021.
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FINNAIR: Airline announces streamlined flight schedule for winter 2020/21

The airline has streamlined its flight schedule for the winter season in response to reduced customer demand, however has planned to increase frequencies from Spring 2021. From 25 October, 2020 to 31 March 2021, Finnair will serve 45 domestic and European destinations with reduced weekly frequencies on almost all routes.
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