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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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UNITED KINGDOM: UK arrivals to Romania to be required to quarantine for 14 days from 7 October 2020

The country’s government has announced that from midnight (local time) today, 7 October, arrivals to Romania from the UK must quarantine for 14 days. However, travellers not showing symptoms after 8 days may be released early following a negative COVID-19 test result. In addition, passengers planning to stay in Romania for 3 days or less are exempt from quarantine, as long as they provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result obtained a maximum of 48 hours before entering the country.
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CUBA: Country set to re-open resort town of Varadero from 15 October 2020

The government of Cuba have announced that the popular resort town of Varadero will be the latest area of the country to re-open for tourism, officially permitting foreign tourists on 15 October. Local authorities have accordingly created a ‘tourism corridor’ that will restrict tourists to particular areas, reducing the chances of community transmission. The corridor will run from K Street to Punta Hicacos within Varadero, with limited tours and excursions available within the designated zone. Passengers landing at Varadero Airport will be tested for COVID-19, after which they will quarantine at their hotel for a maximum of 24 hours while awaiting test results. If the test is negative, they can proceed with their trip.
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NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE HOLDINGS: Cruise group to extend suspension of operations until 30 November 2020

The group has announced that all three of its brands - Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises - will now extend the suspension of operations until at least 30 November.
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NEW ZEALAND: Country introduces 'Isolation Allocation System' requirement for all arrivals to New Zealand

The country's government has announced that from 08.00 (local time) on 5 October 2020, the new 'Managed Isolation Allocation System' will come in to force for all arrivals to New Zealand. The system is an online portal where passengers must obtain a voucher prior to travel that confirms their place in a managed isolation facility. There will be an initial one-month grace period before doing so becomes a legal requirement for all arrivals from from 00.01 (local time) on 3 November 2020.
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PERU: Country resumes international flights from 5 October 2020

Peru resumed international flights on 5 October; passengers must present a negative COVID-19 test result obtained a maximum of 72 hours prior to departure, when both leaving or entering the country. If they do not have this negative test result they will not be allowed to board, and must also present a sworn declaration confirming that they have been self-isolating between the time the test was performed and the time of travel.
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UNITED KINGDOM: Scotland reportedly considering return to full, mini COVID-19 lockdown

Reports from a tabloid newspaper in Scotland suggest that the devolved UK nation’s government is due to shortly place the country under a full, two-week mini COVID-19 lockdown from 9 October. The country’s first minister has today though said that although new measures will be announced from 7 October, a full lockdown is not planned.
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CANADA: Country's government says border restrictions with the U.S. will be in place for some time

The country’s government has said that border restrictions on non-essential travel with the U.S., which have most recently rolled over until at least 21 October, will remain in place for some time to come, until the COVID-19 pandemic in both nations is much less serious. From 8 October, Canada will though allow the entry of certain extended family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents, including those in an exclusive dating relationship of at least one year.
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FRANCE: Country's government places city of Paris on maximum COVID-19 alert level

the country’s government placed the Paris region on maximum COVID-19 alert level today, 5 October, invoking increased restrictions which will last for at least two weeks. Under the alert level, bars will be closed and restaurants will face strict conditions; indoor sporting facilities will be open only to children under 18 and most events in public settings will be banned.
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PAKISTAN INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES: COVID-19 PCR test requirement for all UAE passengers from 5 October 2020

The airline has announced that following guidance from the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA), new requirements will apply to all international passengers travelling to Pakistan from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from 5 October. Passengers will now be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result obtained a maximum of 96 hours before departure. The result should be uploaded on a dedicated app/web portal; passengers must download the 'PASS TRACK' app from Google Play or Apple store and enter their personal details. Only disabled passengers, those less than 12 years old or high level international delegates are exempt from this policy.
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MOROCCO: Country re-opens borders to international arrivals

The country's government has confirmed that national border regulations have been relaxed to international visitors, including passengers from the UK. As of now, travellers who do not require a visa can enter the country upon the presentation of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result obtained a maximum of 72 hours before departure. Passengers must also present either an invite issued by a Moroccan company, or an accommodation booking for the duration of their stay.
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SOUTH AFRICA: Country reinstates visa-free international travel for 11 countries

The government of South Africa has announced that the visa-free travel status of citizens from a number of countries and territories has been reinstated. The countries include: South Korea, Spain, Italy, Germany, Hong Kong, Singapore, USA, UK, France, Portugal and Iran - however, this visa-free status does not alter other current COVID-19 regulations. Immigration officers will be required to assess the movement and place of origin of the traveller and not the country of origin of the airline concerned. Transit travellers through South Africa by air will be allowed to connect to their destinations, subject to them complying with applicable health protocols but need not produce a negative COVID-19 test result obtained within the previous 72 hours.
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PANAMA: Country to re-open its borders to international visitors from 12 October 2020

The country’s government has announced that it will re-open its borders to international visitors from all countries from 12 October; a number of regulations will though be in place, including the requirement to present a negative COVID-19 test result obtained a maximum of 48 hours prior to travel.
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EMIRATES: Airline introduces self-check-in options in Dubai International Airport

The Dubai-based airline has introduced self-check-in and bag drop kiosks at Terminal 3 of Dubai International Airport. The service is now available to customers travelling to all destinations except the US, Canada, China, India and Hong Kong due to additional requirements imposed by the respective countries. The 16 new self-service bag drop machines and eight self-service kiosks complement the existing desks manned by Emirates check-in agents and aim to reduce waiting time for customers during peak periods. More self-services facilities are planned to be added in the coming months.
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PAKISTAN: Country set to re-open to international tourism from 5 October 2020

The country's government has announced that it is re-opening its borders for tourism from 5 October with updated COVID-19 entry requirements for all incoming passengers. All arriving passengers must submit contact information before boarding a flight to Pakistan and must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result obtained a maximum of 96 hours prior to arrival. However, the following countries are exempt from this test requirement: Australia, Malaysia, Belarus, Myanmar, Bulgaria, New Zealand, Canada, Norway, China, Poland, Cuba, Rwanda, El Salvador, S. Korea, Estonia, Saudi Arabia, Fiji, Senegal, Finland, Serbia, Germany, Singapore, Greece, Slovakia, Italy, Sri Lanka, Japan, Sweden, Kazakhstan, Thailand, Kenya, Togo, Latvia, Turkey, Lithuania, Uganda, Malawi, Uruguay. Travellers are not required to quarantine upon arrival in Pakistan.
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HUNGARY: Country to extend border closure for a further month until at least November 2020

The government of Hungary has announced that its borders will remain closed for tourism for another 30 days, until at least 1 November. Although the earliest the nation's borders will now re-open will be on 1 November, if the COVID-19 situation does not show any signs of improving, the closure could be extended for a third time.
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AUSTRALIA: State of Queensland to re-open border to arrivals from New South Wales (NSW) from 1 November 2020

The Australian state of Queensland (QLD) will re-open its border to all arrivals from New South Wales (NSW) on 1 November, provided NSW goes 28 days without any 'mystery' COVID-19 cases, according to the new roadmap released by the QLD Government. Visitors and returning travellers from NSW can enter QLD with a valid Queensland Border Declaration Pass without having to complete mandatory quarantine, provided community transmission is deemed as being under control.
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AUSTRALIA: New Zealanders able to visit states of NSW and the Northern Territory from 16 October 2020

New Zealanders who do not live in a government-designated COVID-19 hotspot will be able to visit the Australian states of New South Wales (NSW) and the Northern Territory (NT) from 16 October without having to quarantine. New Zealanders who travel to these Australian states would still need to have the appropriate managed isolation booking upon return, spend two weeks in managed isolation and pay the applicable fee which applies to anyone who left New Zealand after 11 August. At this stage the arrangement is one-way, with Australians not yet able to travel to New Zealand under a similar arrangement.
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