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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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UNITED KINGDOM: Country's government announces a suspension to all 'travel corridors' from 18 January 2021

The country's government has announced that all UK 'travel corridors' that previously allowed arrivals from some countries to avoid having to self-isolate on arrival, have now been temporarily suspended from today, 18 January; all passengers from countries not subject to stricter measures must now self-isolate for 10 days, unless they qualify for a 'test to release' scheme, which could shorten this to as little as five days with a negative COVID-19 test result. Passengers arriving in the UK, whether by boat, train or air, also now have to show proof of a qualifying, negative COVID-19 test result to be allowed entry. The test must be taken in the 72 hours before travelling and anyone arriving without one faces a fine of up to £500. The UK government has said the travel corridor suspension will be in force until at least 15 February.
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SINGAPORE: Country's government announces mandatory COVID-19 testing for arrivals from 24 January 2021

Singapore’s Ministry of Health has announced that all passengers arriving in Singapore must take a COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test when they land in the country. The decision to implement the rule comes following the resurgence of COVID-19 around the world, and has been put into place to prevent importation and local transmission of the new, more-transmissible virus strains that have been discovered. The rule not only applies to foreign passengers, but to Singaporeans and permanent residents of the country, and is to come into effect from 23.59 (local time) on 24 January.
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AMRESORTS: Luxury resort brand to begin in-house COVID-19 testing from 26 January 2021

The brand has announced that from 26 January it will begin on-property COVID-19 antigen testing across the majority of its properties, with guests able to schedule an onsite departure test via their concierge. Tests will be administered by international private hospital network 'Hospiten', with results available the same day. The Hospiten testing program will be available across most AMResorts destinations, except for Costa Rica, Curacao, St. Martin and Acapulco, Ixtapa and Huatulco, Mexico. AMResorts' portfolio, located throughout Mexico, Jamaica, Curacao, the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Panama and Spain, includes 67 properties under the Breathless, Zoetry, Secrets, Dreams, Now, Reflect, Sunscape and Alua brands.
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UNITED KINGDOM: Government of Wales confirms start date for pre-departure COVID-19 testing requirement

The government of the devolved UK administration of Wales has confirmed that from 04.00 (local time) on 18 January, it will introduce a pre-departure COVID-19 testing requirement for all areas from outside the Common Travel Area of the rest of the United Kingdom, Ireland, the Isle of Man, and the Channel Islands. The measures will effectively mirror those imposed in Scotland and England which require arrivals by air, sea and rail to return a negative COVID-19 test result up to 72 hours prior to departure. England had been due to introduce like measures on Friday, but the rollout was later pushed back to Monday. Northern Ireland is preparing to enact similar rules. Like England, the Welsh pre-departure testing regime will operate alongside quarantine, rather than replacing it.
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AUSTRIA: Country's government extends COVID-19 lockdown until 7 February 2021

The country's government has announced that it is extending Austria's national COVID-19 'lockdown' until 7 February in a drive to push down still-high infection figures, as officials worry about the possible impact of new COVID-19 variants. The country's chancellor has said that some local measures will also be tightened as a result of the more infectious variants that were first detected in Britain and South Africa, and that people will now be asked to stay two metres apart instead of one metre. Beginning on Jan. 25, they will also be required to wear full protective masks on public transport and in shops, rather than just fabric face coverings.
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AUSTRALIA: Tropical cyclone 'Kimi' due to make landfall in far-north Queensland on 18 January 2021

The tropical cyclone is predicted to make landfall in the area around Cardwell, in Australia's state of Queensland, on the evening of 18 January; a warning has been issued for an area covering from Port Douglas to Lucinda. The cyclone is expected to continue south-west and to cross the coast between Innisfail and Lucinda. Destructive wind gusts up to 150 kilometres per hour are predicted along with heavy rainfall, abnormally high tides and flash flooding.
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AUSTRALIA: Country's national government lifts COVID-19 'hotspot' status for Greater Brisbane

The national government of Australia has announced that it has now revoked a COVID-19 'hotspot' declaration for the Greater Brisbane area, after the state of Queensland recorded no new cases of the virus via community transmission. In Greater Brisbane there is still however a mask mandate in place and restrictions on venues, events and gatherings. Residents and visitors must wear a mask indoors at shopping centres, supermarkets, cinemas, on public transport, in taxis and rideshares, at the library and places of worship.
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FRANCE: Country's government updates COVID-19 entry requirements

The country's government has updated its latest COVID-19 entry requirements, stipulating that all travellers arriving from outside the European Union are required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test, undertaken within 72 hours prior to departure, to gain entry into France. Upon entry into France, those travellers are required to self-isolate for seven days and then undergo a second COVID-19 PCR test at the end of this period; self-isolation can take place at home. A nationwide curfew due to COVID-19 is in force from 18.00 to 06.00 (local time), with limited exceptions to the curfew permitted.
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WIZZ AIR: Airline to add flights from Abu Dhabi to Tel Aviv from February 2021

The Abu Dhabi-based airline has announced that from 12 February it will begin to offer flights to Tel Aviv, Israel. The airline recently confirmed Athens as its inaugural destination, with flights from Abu Dhabi International Airport commencing from 15 January. This will also be followed by flights to Thessaloniki, starting on 4 February.
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UNITED KINGDOM: Scotland to tighten local COVID-19 restrictions from 16 January 2021

The government of the devolved UK nation of Scotland has announced that from today, 16 January, it will be tightening local COVID-19 restrictions around takeaway and click-and-collect services to further curb increases of cases of the virus. Only shops selling essential items - such as clothing, footwear, baby equipment, homeware and books - will be allowed to offer click and collect. Collections must also be outdoors, with appointments staggered to avoid queuing; takeaways can no longer allow customers indoors, and must instead operate from a hatch or doorway.
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AUSTRALIA: State of Victoria downgrades Greater Brisbane area to COVID-19 'orange zone' status

The government of the Australian state of Victoria have announced that residents and visitors from Brisbane, in the further north state of Queensland, will be able to now travel to Victoria without needing to apply for an exemption under a relaxation of the states' COVID-19 border restrictions. From 18.00 AEDT on 16 January, the local government areas of Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Redlands, Logan and Ipswich have been downgraded from a 'red zone' to an 'orange zone'. People travelling from 'orange zones' can apply online for a permit to enter Victoria. Arrivals need to get tested for COVID-19 within three days of arriving in Victoria, but only need to isolate until they get a negative result.
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MONTENEGRO: Country's government removes COVID-19 testing and quarantine for arriving tourists

The country's government on 12 January removed its COVID-19 PCR testing and/or quarantine requirements for tourist arrivals from high-risk nations and stopped the use of their ‘country lists’, which dictated which nations could visit under those requirements. Since the relaxation of the measures, foreign national arrivals from all nations are treated equally and not subjected to entry restrictions when travelling to Montenegro. Locally, the wearing of masks is required in all public spaces, both indoor and outdoor; a curfew is also in effect daily from 22.00 to 05.00 (local time).
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PHILIPPINES: Country extends entry 'ban' to arrivals from 30 countries until 31 January 2021

The country's government has announced that it has extended its travel ban for arrivals from 30 countries until at least 31 January, due to the discovery of new COVID-19 variants. Under this measure, passengers from the UK, Denmark, Ireland, Japan, Australia, Israel, the Netherlands, China, Hong Kong, Switzerland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Lebanon, Singapore, Sweden, South Korea, South Africa, Canada, Spain, the United States, Portugal, India, Finland, Norway, Jordan, Brazil, Austria, Pakistan, Jamaica, Luxembourg, and Oman are prohibited from entering the Philippines.
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NORWEGIAN: Airline suspend long-haul flight operations

The low-cost airline has announced an updated flight schedule plan for 2021 which will focus on a dedicated short-haul route network and suspend long-haul flight operations, as it plans a return from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic upon the industry. Norwegian has said that it will focus on its core Nordics business, operating a European short haul network with narrow body aircraft.
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EMIRATES: Airline suspends flights to Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne until further notice

The Dubai-based airline has announced that it will be suspending all flights to and from the Australian cities of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane until further notice due to unspecified operational reasons. Each route will operate its final outbound and inbound flight from Dubai between 16-20 January, and then will remain suspended until further notice. The airline will, however, continue to operate a twice-weekly service to the Australian city of Perth.
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UNITED KINGDOM: Country's government suspends entry for non-national arrivals from South American countries

The country's government has announced that most passengers from South American countries are no longer permitted to enter the UK, amid fears over a new COVOD-19 variant first identified in Brazil. The measure, which also applies to Portugal and Cape Verde, came into force at 04.00 (GMT) on 15 January. Included among the suspension are people who have travelled from, or through, the South American countries of Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela in the last 10 days. It also applies to Portugal because of its strong links to Brazil and the former Portuguese colony of Cape Verde off the coast of west Africa, as well as Panama in central America. Exemptions apply to UK and Irish nationals, as well as third-country nationals with residence in the UK.
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SEYCHELLES: Country re-opens its borders to tourist arrivals who have received a COVID-19 vaccine

The country's government 14 January re-opened its borders to visitors from anywhere in the world on the condition that they have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccination. In addition to the vaccine, arrivals must also produce a negative COVID-19 PCR test result obtained a maximum of 72 hours prior to departure. Arrivals to the island nation must provide proof of the vaccination and negative test result via a qualifying certificate, and this will not be required to enter quarantine upon arrival.
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EMIRATES: Airline suspends flights to South Africa from 16 January 2021

The airline has announced that flights to and from South Africa will temporarily be suspended from 16 January to 28 January 2021 due to operational reasons. The last flights to the three South African gateways will be on 14 January. Customers holding tickets with final destinations in South Africa from 16 January to 28 January will not be accepted for travel at their point of origin. Affected customers should contact their travel agent or Emirates contact centre for rebooking options.
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