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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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SWITZERLAND: Country's government announces increased COVID-19 restrictions

The country's government today announced tighter measures to tackle new COVID-19 variants, but opted not to impose a similar full 'lockdown' to neighbouring countries to control the pandemic. Among the measures will be the closure shops selling 'non-essential' supplies from 18 January, the requirement to work from home where possible, the closure of restaurants and sporting sites for a further five weeks and further limits on gatherings.
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SUDAN: Country lifts ban on countries with new COVID-19 variant until 11 April 2021

The country's government has announced today that it has lifted a ban on passengers arriving from UK, the Netherlands and South Africa as of 14 January, until at least 11 April. The country imposed the ban on 23 December due to the discovery of the new variant in the three countries. Instead of the ban, passengers from the three countries have to quarantine for 14 days after arriving in Sudan; all passengers coming from abroad must also have a certificate showing a negative test for COVID-19 issued within 72 hours of travel. (REUTERS Newswire)
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JORDAN: Country's government ends mandatory COVID-19 quarantine for tourist arrivals

The country's government has announced that foreign tourists are no longer required to undergo mandatory COVID-19 quarantine upon arrival to Jordan from 13 January. When entering the country however, non-national visitors must present the results of a PCR test for COVID-19, made no later than 72 hours before departure. At the airport, passengers need to undergo repeated tests. If the test is positive, then the tourist will have to be in self-isolation, and then take the test again.
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INDONESIA: Country's government extends COVID-19 entry restrictions on foreign arrivals

The country's government announced yesterday, 11 January, that it has extended its ban on foreign arrivals for another 14 days in a bid to control the transmission of COVID-19; ministers have said the reason for the stricter measures against international visitors, which were imposed on 1 January, is to try to keep out the new COVID-19 variant first detected in the UK.
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LEBANON: Country's government announces increased COVID-19 lockdown restrictions

The country's government announced yesterday, 11 January, that it will tighten it's COVID-19 lockdown measures in the coming days to combat whelming curbs in recent infections. From 14 January a new 24 hour curfew will be in place until 05.00 (local time) on 25 January. The new measures also include stricter procedures at the airport for passengers arriving from Cairo, Addis Ababa, Baghdad, Istanbul and Adana; those arriving from these destinations will have to quarantine for seven days at a hotel, while all others will quarantine for up to 72 hours.
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CANADA: Country confirms extension of land border closure with U.S. until at least 21 February 2021

The government of Canada has confirmed that the US-Canada land border closure has once again been extended for a tenth time, for at least another 30 days until 21 February. The extension means the land border will remain closed for all non-essential traffic, including US tourists wanting to enter Canada.
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AUSTRIA: Country's government to increase entry requirements for arriving passengers from 15 January 2021

The country's government has announced that from midnight on 15 January, passengers arriving in Austria must register online for a Pre-Travel-Clearance (PTC). The PTC application form will be available at www.oesterreich.gv.at in English and German. Daily commuters, travelers in transit and people who have to travel to Austria for unforeseen family reasons are exempted from the online registration. For more information please visit the website of the Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection.
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UNITED KINGDOM: UK government confirms inbound COVID-19 testing requirements in England from 15 January 2021

The UK government has published a written statement confirming that a requirement for all international arrivals to England, including UK nationals, to present a qualifying negative COVID-19 test result obtained a maximum of 72 hours prior to departure, will begin from 04.00 (GMT) on Friday 15 January 2021. There are a limited number of permanent and temporary exemptions by point of departure, including an indefinite exemption to passengers from St. Helena, Ascension Island and the Falklands. In addition, arrivals from three countries will have a temporary exemption until 21 January due to a lack of testing infrastructure: Antigua and Barbuda, St Lucia and Barbados.
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MALAYSIA: Country's government announces nationwide travel ban and COVID-19 lockdown in some states

The country's government announced yesterday, 11 January, a nationwide travel ban and 14-day COVID-19 lockdown in the capital and five other states, as the country combats a surge in infections. The lockdown, will takes effect at midnight on 13 January, will prevent all social activities and interstate domestic travel.
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UNITED STATES: Country's government confirms that travellers to the U.S. will require proof of a negative COVID-19 test

The country's government has confirmed that passengers arriving in the U.S.from international destinations will be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test before boarding their flight, from 26 January; the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the new policy today, 12 January. The CDC said travellers must get a viral test within three days before their flight to the U.S. A verifiable test result must be in the form of written documentation (paper or electronic copy) of a laboratory test result.
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WESTJET: Airline announces reduced flight capacity in February and March 2021

The airline has announced that it is planning to cut nearly a third of its flight capacity in February and March in light of stricter entry requirements announced by the government of Canada in recent weeks. The cuts include more than 230 weekly flights with 160 of them domestic; this includes 11 routes from Edmonton to Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and Phoenix as well as those from Vancouver to those same three cities as well as Cabo, Los Angeles and Palm Springs; and finally from Calgary to both Las Vegas and Orlando. The carrier also announced a seasonal suspension to 13 international destinations, largely in the Caribbean and Central America but also including London Gatwick.
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EMIRATES: Airline to resume non-stop flights to three additional U.S. destinations by March 2021

The Dubai-based airline has announced that it will resume non-stop flights to the U.S. city of Seattle from 1 February, as well as Dallas and San Francisco from 2 March. The addition of these three destinations will take Emirates’ North American network to 10 destinations following the resumption of services to Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York JFK, Toronto and Washington DC.
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ALASKA AIRLINES: U.S. airline two new domestic flight routes from southern California

The airline has announced that it will add two new domestic U.S. routes in the coming months from airports in southern California; firstly, a daily non-stop service between Los Angeles and Austin, Texas will be launched on 18 March, increasing to three-times daily from 20 May. Additionally, a non-stop daily service between San Diego and New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport will begin on 4 April.
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SOUTH AFRICA: Country's government confirms closure of land ports of entry until 15 February 2021

The government of South Africa has confirmed that the country will remain in adjusted COVID-19 alert level 'three', and that the 20 land ports of entry currently open will now be closed until 15 February. These include Beitbridge, Lebombo, Maseru Bridge, Oshoek, Ficksburg and Kopfontein. Entry and departure through these ports of entry will be permitted for the following reasons only: the transportation of fuel, cargo and goods, emergency medical attention for a life-threatening condition, the return of South African nationals, permanent residents or persons with other valid visas, Diplomats, the departure of foreign nationals and daily commuters from neighboring countries who attend school in South Africa.
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UNITED KINGDOM: Scotland removes Dubai from its 'travel corridor' list from 11 January 2021

The government of the devolved UK administration of Scotland has announced that as of 04.00 (GMT) today, Monday 11 January, anyone arriving or returning to Scotland from Dubai will be required to self-isolate for 10 days, as the region has been removed from the list of those that are exempt from self-isolation requirements. Those passengers that have travelled back to Scotland from Dubai since 3 January 2021 are also being asked to isolate for 10 days, from the date they arrived back in the country. Other destinations in the UAE currently remain exempt from self-isolation requirements for arrival in Scotland, and arrivals to England from Dubai remain exempt from self-isolation requirements at this time also.
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UNITED KINGDOM: UK government removes the United Arab Emirates from its 'travel corridor' lists from 12 January 2021

The UK government has announced that as of 04.00 (GMT) on Tuesday 12 January, anyone arriving or returning to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will be required to self-isolate for 10 days, as the country will be removed from the list of nations that are exempt from self-isolation requirements. This includes all emirates of the UAE; Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ajman, Fujairah, Umm Al-Quwain, Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah.
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AUSTRALIA: Greater Brisbane COVID-19 lockdown set to end on 11 January 2021

An Australian government COVID-19 lockdown of more than 2.3 million residents in the south-east of the state of Queensland will end as scheduled at 18.00 (local time) on 11 January, after the state recorded no new locally-acquired COVID-19 cases on Monday. There is a list of requirements in place, including the carrying of masks at all times. The full list can be accessed online.
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KENYA: Country to require all passengers to hold a 'Digital Health Pass'

The country's government has announced that all inbound and outbound travellers are now required to present digitally verified proof of a negative COVID-19 test result. In line with the Africa CDC Trusted Traveller (TT) initiative, an online system designed to authenticate and verify travellers' COVID-19 certificates, no Kenyan laboratory will issue Covid-19 certificates without Trusted Travel (TT) codes. In-bound travellers from countries yet to onboard to the trusted travel initiative will use a toll made available through the UNDP-supported global haven partnership for COVID-19 test results and vaccine certificates verification. The government, however, did not issue clear procedures of how the verification system works for incoming travellers, who also need to present a negative COVID-19 certificate.
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AUSTRALIA: State of Western Australia closes border to arrivals from Queensland from 8 January 2021

The government of the Australian state of Western Australia (WA) has announced that it will enact a hard border closure on arrivals from the state of Queensland as of midnight (local time) on 8 January 2021. All existing 'G2G' travel passes will be cancelled and only people with a valid exemption will be allowed to enter the state from Queensland. Additional quarantine requirements have also been imposed for passengers who have arrived into WA since 2 January.
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