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EMIRATES: Airline offers passengers the chance to purchase adjoining seats

The Dubai-based airline has announced that it will now offer passengers the chance to purchase additional, empty seats when travelling in the economy cabin. Up to three adjoining seats on a flight will be offered to all economy class passengers holding a confirmed booking; passengers will not be able to pre-book empty seats, however, as these are subject to availability. Empty seats will only be offered for purchase at the airport check-in counter prior to flight departure, and costs range from $55-165 USD per empty seat, plus applicable taxes depending on the flight route.
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NEW ZEALAND: Country's government reinstates COVID-19 alert level 'three' in Auckland for seven days

The country's government has announced from 06.00 (local time) on 28 February, Auckland will be upgraded once again to COVID-19 alert level 'three' for a period of at least seven days; the remainder of the country will also move to alert level 'two'. The changes have been announced following the discovery of new community cases of COVID-19 in South Auckland.
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SOUTH AFRICA: Country moves to COVID-19 alert level 'one' from 28 February 2021

The country's government has announced that South Africa will move to COVID-19 alert level 'one' from 28 February, with a curfew in place daily between 00.01 and 04.00 (local time). The 20 land border crossing points previously re-opened will remain fully operational, with an additional 33 remaining closed. International air travel will only be permitted from Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport, King Shaka International Airport, Cape Town International Airport, Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport and Lanseria International Airport. All international travellers arriving at the aforementioned airports must produce a negative COVID-19 PCR test result on arrival obtained no more than 72 hours from departure. Passengers will also be subjected to health screening on arrival.
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GERMANY: Country's government to extend border checks until 3 March 2021

The country's government has announced that it is extending current, strict COVID-19 border checks at crossing points with the Czech Republic and Austria’s Tyrol province until at least 3 March. At these crossings, Germany is limiting entry to its own citizens and residents, truck drivers, health workers and a few others including cross-border commuters working in 'systemically relevant sectors'. All are required to show a negative COVID-19 test result.
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QANTAS: Airline to resume regular international passenger flights from 31 October 2021

The airline and its low-cost partner airline Jetstar have announced they will restart regular international passenger flights to most destinations from 31 October 2021. The airlines had previously anticipated flying internationally by July 2021, but this has been pushed back to allow Australia’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout to be completed.
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UNITED STATES: State of Vermont to lift COVID-19 quarantine requirement for vaccinated arrivals

Since November, people travelling in or out of Vermont have been subject to a strict, state-mandated quarantine; travellers must isolate for two weeks on entering or when preparing to leave the state, or for a week if they receive a negative COVID-19 test result. However, the rules are changing for people who have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine - from 2 March, travellers who have been vaccinated may come or go freely without isolating.
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UNITED KINGDOM: Scotland to move back into COVID-19 level system from 5 April 2021

The government of the devolved UK administration of Scotland has announced that it's current COVID-19 stay-at-home order is set to end on 5 April, to be followed by a return to a level system to ease out of lockdown restrictions. The Scottish government has said that will be able to give more details in mid-March on how restrictions will be eased from the end of April onwards.
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GULF AIR: Airline to resume flights to Singapore from 1 April 2021

The airline - the national carrier of Bahrain - has announced that it will resume flights to Singapore from 1 April. Operated by the flagship Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, the Singapore route will be added to Bangkok and Manila in the list of Asian destination offered by the carrier.
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AUSTRALIA: State of Queensland to suspend quarantine-free entry to arrivals from New Zealand

The government of the Australian state of Queensland has announced that it will suspend quarantine-free entry to arriving passengers from New Zealand, effective as of 18.00 (local time) on 24 February; passengers who arrive after 18.00 will be required to complete 14 days of quarantine. The announcement is in response to escalating COVID-19 cases in New Zealand.
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EMIRATES: Airline to resume flights to New York's Newark in June 2021

The Dubai-based airline has announced that it will resume daily flights to New York's Newark Liberty International Airport, via Athens, from 1 June. The addition of Newark via Athens will take Emirates’ U.S. network to 10 destinations following the resumption of services to Seattle, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York JFK, Washington DC, Dallas and San Francisco (to resume on 2 March).
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CHINA: Country's government introduces pre-departure quarantine for passengers from 'high-risk' destinations

The country's government has announced that it will now require passengers arriving from some destinations deemed 'high-risk' for COVID-19 to complete 14 days of self-quarantine prior to departure. The new rule applies to a number of African countries including the Republic of Congo, Seychelles, and South Africa, as well as other high-risk locations including Egypt, Indonesia, and Saudi Arabia, according to the respective Chinese embassy websites. Passengers will also now be requited to take COVID-19 PCR and antibody tests at designated venues within 48 hours of boarding to qualify for a green health code. Upon arrival in China, travellers will not be exempt from standard quarantine requirements.
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POLAND: Country's government eases COVID-19 entry restrictions for some arrivals

The country's government announced updated entry requirements for arrivals which took effect from 22 February; among them, quarantine requirements on arrival have been lifted for passengers arriving with certification that they have been vaccinated for COVID-19. The certification must show that the passenger has received a European Union-approved vaccine.
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GUATEMALA: Country's government to allow restriction-free entry for COVID-19 vaccinated passengers

The country's government has announced that it will now permit entry to international passengers without the need for COVID-19 PCR testing or quarantine periods on arrival, providing they are vaccinated against the virus. Passengers arriving for the purposes of tourists can do so if they can present evidence that they have received two full doses; the last dose must have been administered no less than two weeks prior to the date of travel. Meanwhile, un-vaccinated tourist arrivals must present a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test result obtained a maximum of three days before departure, or a medical certificate showing proof of recovery from the virus. Passengers under 10 years old are exempt from all testing, vaccine or proof of recovery requirements.
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UNITED KINGDOM: Country's government unveils plan to end COVID-19 restrictions in England by June 2021

The UK government has announced a new four-step 'roadmap' to ease COVID-19 restrictions in England which could see all legal limits on social contact lifted by 21 June, if strict conditions are met. There will be a gap of at least five weeks between each of the plan's steps to allow for the impact of changes on infection rates and hospital admissions to be assessed. During step three, which will begin no earlier than 17 May, an easing of international travel restrictions is also due to begin.
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UNITED STATES: Borders with Canada and Mexico to remain closed until at least 21 March 2021

The U.S. government has announced that its land borders with both Mexico and Canada will remain closed to non-essential travel for at least another month until 21 March. The land border restrictions, aimed at controlling the COVID-19 pandemic, were first announced in March and have thus far been renewed monthly.
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UNITED STATES: U.S. airlines to collect contact tracing information for all international arrivals

It has been announced that major U.S. airlines are set to assist public health officials by asking for the personal information of passengers arriving in the country, in a bid to speed up potential contact tracing needs. The information that the airlines will be asking of its US-bound international passengers is as follows: legal name, two phone numbers, email address and the address of where travellers will be staying in the US - or address of permanent residence in the US. Submitting the information is voluntary, with passengers not obligated to pass on such information when asked to do so.
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NEW ZEALAND: Country's government reduces Auckland COVID-19 alert level to 'one'

The country's government has announced that from today, 22 February, the city of Auckland's COVID-19 alert level has been reduced to 'one', the lowest classification, at which the rest of the country also currently sits. At level 'one', face masks must be worn on public transport and domestic flights.
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ISRAEL: Country's government eases some local COVID-19 restrictions

The country's government has announced an easing of some local COVID-19 restrictions, following evidence that a vaccine program in the country is proving effective; a number of facilities and services are now able to re-open,including gyms, hotels and synagogues. However, they require a ‘green passport’, a certificate that can only be obtained once you have been vaccinated. In addition, crowds are now allowed back at concerts, and sporting events have reopened at 75% capacity - however they have a cap of no more than 300 people inside and 500 outside. Despite this easing of local restrictions, Israel's main airport in Tel Aviv will remain closed for a further two weeks.
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NEW ZEALAND: Country resumes quarantine-free travel from Australia

The country's government announced that from 21 February it has lifted a suspension on quarantine-free flights from Australia; however, new COVID-19 testing requirements are in place for passengers who have been in Auckland 14 days prior to travel.
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