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EMIRATES AIRLINE: Suspension of passenger uplift from South Africa to Dubai further extended

The suspension of passenger uplift from South Africa ( JNB, DUR & CPT) to Dubai has been further extended up to & including 30th June 2021. Daily Passenger services to JNB only will continue as per below. EK763 DXB 09h55 – JNB 16h15 ( local time ) (passengers & cargo) EK764 JNB 19h10 ( local time ) – DXB 05h25 +1 (cargo only) *** Please note passengers who have been to or connected through South Africa in the last 14 days are not permitted to board from any other point to the UAE ***
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SPAIN: Country's government launches new visitor information tool for international passengers

Spanish government travel authority Turespaña has announced the launch of a new tool within its 'Travel Safe' microsite for international tourists wishing to travel to the country. The new tool allows passengers to consult COVID-19 travel restrictions on entry to Spain, as well as entry and exit requirements imposed by their respective countries. The microsite features a continually updated information system on these restrictions, meaning all the necessary information for planning a trip from 50 countries is readily available.
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ITALY: Country reportedly opens to U.S. leisure passengers on 'quarantine free' flights

The country's borders have reportedly re-opened to arriving U.S. passengers travelling on approved 'quarantine-free' flights, according to announcements from carriers American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines; Italy on 16 May began to welcome leisure passengers on the flights, which previously were open only to U.S. citizens visiting the country for work or other essential travel. Regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status, to enter the country passengers must provide proof of a negative test result obtained within 72 hours of departure, and then pass another test on arrival to avoid Italy's 14-day quarantine.
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VIRGIN ATLANTIC: Airline extends South Africa flight suspension until June 2021

The airline has confirmed a further extension of its suspension of flights to South Africa; under the updated announcement, flights between London and Cape Town are suspended until at least 5 June, and flights between London and Johannesburg are suspended until at least 2 June. However, this could be subject to change dependent on developments with the relaxing of COVID-19 restrictions.
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DELTA AIR LINES: Airline extends South Africa flight suspension until 4 August 2021

The airline has confirmed a further extension of its suspension of flights to South Africa; under the updated announcement, Delta Air Lines has cancelled flights until at least 4 August. This could, however, be subject to change.
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LA COMPAGNIE: Airline to resume U.S. flight operations in June 2021

The small, all business class airline has said that it plans to resume flights between Paris and New York's Newark Liberty International Airport from early June; the resumption of a seasonal summer route from Nice to Newark is also then expected to follow in early July. Confirmed schedules will be released should the U.S. and France formally relax international travel restrictions further.
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TAIWAN: Country's government tightens domestic COVID-19 restrictions

The government of Taiwan raised its COVID-19 alert level on 15 May in the capital of Taipei, as well as the surrounding area, in response to a reporting additional 180 new domestic cases of the virus. The increased restrictions will last for at least two weeks; face masks are to be worn outdoors for the first time, and the government now encourages work and study from home. In addition will be the closing of cinemas and entertainment spots, while limiting gatherings of families and friends to five indoors and 10 outdoors.
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SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS: Airline plans to resume flight operations in July or August 2021

The airline has said that it aims to resume flights in July or August, but the restart date will depend on how the COVID-19 pandemic progresses and whether the airline can resolve a pilot dispute; state-owned South African Airways (SAA), which was put into administration in December 2019, has not flown commercially since September, when its administrators further postponed all operations pending funding for a restructuring.
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HONG KONG: Region delays planned travel bubble with Singapore for a second time

A travel bubble between Hong Kong and Singapore due to open on 26 May has been postponed for a second time, following a spike in COVID-19 cases in Singapore which has further stalled the plan for quarantine-free travel between the financial hubs. The bubble was initially scheduled to begin in November 2020 but was postponed after a rise in infections in Hong Kong. Under the delayed plan, passengers would still be required to test negative for COVID-19 before departure and on arrival, to move freely between the cities.
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SAUDI ARABIA: Country's government re-opens outbound international travel for its citizens

The government of Saudi Arabia has from 17 May lifted a 'ban' on citizens travelling out of the Gulf state without prior permission from authorities. Saudi nationals who have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination dose a minimum of two weeks prior to travel, those who have recovered from COVID-19 within the last six months, and those under 18 will be allowed to travel for the first time since March 2020.
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UNITED AIRLINES: Airline to add more than 400 daily flights in July 2021

The U.S. airline has announced that it will add more than 400 daily flights to its July schedule and increase services to re-opened European destinations, as easing COVID-19 restrictions spur summer travel demand. Among the additions, giving passengers more options for transatlantic travel, will be a fourth weekly flight to Dubrovnik, Croatia as well as more seats to Athens, Greece.
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EASYJET: Airline returns to leisure travel from the United Kingdom

The low-cost airline has relaunched holiday and leisure flights from the UK to European destinations, and throughout May will operate 186 flights to destinations given a ‘green list’ classification by the UK government, as part of an easing of COVID-19 travel restrictions beginning on 17 May. Among them, easyJet will operate flights to Portugal, Gibraltar, Israel and Iceland which are on this list. However, the airline has also said it will continue to operate to ‘amber’ countries, where it sees demand among customers willing to accept the mandatory COVID-19 quarantine and testing requirements on their return to the UK.
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GREECE: Country's government ends COVID-19 lockdown measures and re-opens to tourism

The country's government has officially launched its summer tourist season, lifting most remaining COVID-19 restrictions on movement and declaring their intentions to put the lockdown behind them. In order to be accepted for entry, passengers from a list of 53 approved countries have to fill in a passenger locator form (PLF) the day before they travel, listing where they are staying; they must also supply a COVID-19 vaccine certificate, a negative PCR test result or a documentation of recent recovery from the virus.
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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: UAE airlines Etihad and flydubai cancel flights to Israel's Tel Aviv

United Arab Emirates (UAE) airlines Etihad Airways and flydubai have announced the cancellation of flights to Israel's Tel Aviv, joining others making similar decisions due to escalating hostilities in the region; Abu Dhabi's Etihad has suspended all passenger and cargo services to Tel Aviv from 16 May, while flydubai has also cancelled flights from Dubai on 16 May, although other services are currently scheduled for the following week.
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WIZZ AIR: Airline to expand Italy flight operations with new Rome base

The Abu Dhabi-based low-cost airline has announced that it will open a new base in Rome, offering 32 new flight services to 19 countries; Wizz Air have said this is the biggest number of routes ever announced at one time, and four Airbus A321neo aircraft will be based at Rome Fiumicino airport in July to facilitate. The new services, which include two UK routes from Rome to London Luton and Liverpool John Lennon, will complement the 25 routes already operating from Rome Fiumicino and Rome Ciampino airports.
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JAPAN: Country's government extends COVID-19 state of emergency to three more regions

The country's government has extended a current COVID-19 state of emergency to cover an additional three prefectures where rises in infections have been detected; the news comes as Japan grapples with a surge of a more infectious strain of the virus just 10 weeks before the Tokyo Olympics are due to start. Hokkaido, Okayama and Hiroshima will join Tokyo, Osaka and four other prefectures from 16 May under a state of emergency until at least 31 May. Among the restrictions imposed are an 20.00 (local time) closing deadline for eateries and a ban on alcohol at most bars and restaurants.
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BRITISH AIRWAYS: Airline to trial new rapid COVID-19 testing

The airline has announced that it will launch a trial with medical tech company Canary Global to assess if its Pelican Ultra Rapid COVID-19 test can play a role in further re-opening international travel; it is hoped the test can display a result within 25 seconds, and British Airways will first be inviting flight and cabin crew to take the Pelican test and will compare the performance of the result against tests that they are already using. Subject to successful evaluation, the airline hopes to be able to offer the test technology on applicable routes where testing must meet set specificity and sensitivity standards.
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QANTAS: Airline delays international flight resumption to December 2021

The airline has said that it will delay its planned resumption of international flights further to the end of 2021, in response to a newly revised COVID-19 vaccine rollout timeline from the Australian government. Qantas now expects to resume international service in late December, after previously targeting late October. The Australian government now plans the larger re-opening of the country's borders in mid-2022.
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BRITISH AIRWAYS: Airline to trial digital queueing system at London Heathrow Airport

The airline has said that it well be trialling new queueing technology at London Heathrow Airport from partner Qmatic, which aims to enable passengers to virtually queue at check-in by pre-booking their slot time in advance of arriving at the airport. The optional technology will be trialled for three months on selected flights departing the airport's Terminal 5; passengers will be sent an email before travel inviting them to book their personal check in time.
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UNITED KINGDOM: UK government confirms use of NHS COVID-19 app as 'vaccine passport'

The UK government has confirmed that an NHS app offered in England will be available to use as a COVID-19 vaccine passport from 17 May, in line with the easing of national restrictions which will allow UK passengers to resume limited international travel to some destinations. However, it will only be accessible to those who have had both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.
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