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ROOM MATE HOTELS: Hotel brand to introduce rapid COVID-19 antigen tests for all guests

Spain-based boutique hotel brand Room Mate is introducing rapid COVID-19 antigen tests for all guests free of charge from the end of October. Guests will be able to take a test on arrival at reception, with results available in 15 minutes, and must re-take a test every 3-5 days if staying for a longer period. The brand operates around 25 properties across Europe and the U.S.
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GERMANY: Country lifts blanket travel advisory against all non-EU nations

The country’s government has officially lifted its blanket warning for citizens against travel to all countries outside of the European Union this morning, 1 October, although it is speculated that it will change little for most travellers, who still face a raft of other restrictions currently in place. Germany has also, though, warned against travel to an additional number of destinations including Wales and Northern Ireland; passengers from Wales and Northern Ireland must now quarantine on arrival for 14 days, although in most federal German states they may be released early following a negative COVID-19 test.
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AUSTRALIA: Singapore to open borders to Australians from 8 October 2020

The government of Singapore has announced that it will open its borders to Australian citizens from 8 October, however will continue to exclude arrivals from the Australian state of Victoria from entering the country. The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) released a statement on Wednesday saying that, from midday on Thursday (14.00 AEST), 1 October, Australian citizens could apply for an Air Travel Pass for entry to the country on or after 8 October. Applicants must have remained in Australia for the previous 14 days before entry and undergo a COVID-19 test upon arrival at Singapore's Changi Airport. Only after obtaining a negative result will they be allowed to freely roam Singapore.
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BAHAMAS: Country introduces new COVID-19 travel and testing protocols

The government of the Bahamas is still set to re-open the country's tourism sector on 15 October however, all incoming visitors will now be required ‘Vacation in Place’ for 14 days or the duration of their stay, depending on which is shorter, until 31 October. From 1 November, the mandatory 'Vacation in Place' requirement will be then removed for all visitors, returning citizens and residents, enabling everyone to move around and explore the destination beyond the confines of their hotel or other accommodations.
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BARBADOS: Country releases updated entry requirements

The country's government has released its latest COVID-19 entry requirements and guidance, and has divided countries into very low risk, low risk, medium risk and high risk categories for the purposes of the entry of their citizens. All passengers must fill out the online Barbados immigration arrival form and submit it 24 hours prior to travel. All travellers, except those from ‘very low risk' nations, must also bring a negative COVID-19 PCR test result obtained a maximum of 72 hours before arrival. Those from ‘medium risk' countries will also undergo a second COVID-19 PCR test between days four and five of their stay. Travellers from ‘high risk' countries will also undergo a second COVID-19 PCR test on the fifth day of their stay in order to leave isolation on the seventh day. Passengers from ‘very low risk' and ‘low risk' nations are not required to quarantine/isolate.
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SPAIN: Country's national government orders a lockdown for capital city Madrid

The country’s national government, reportedly to the dismay of Madrid’s regional government, has announced that a lockdown will shortly be imposed on the city of Madrid which will include a restriction on movement except for essential purposes; social gatherings and the opening times of some businesses will also be further restricted.
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ITALY: Country's government considering extending state of emergency until 31 January 2021

The country's government is reportedly intending to extend a state of emergency, which is currently due to expire in mid-October, due to an increase in COVID-19 cases. Reports from two national newspapers in Italy suggest that a provisional date of 31 January 2021 is being considered, but is not yet official.
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UZBEKISTAN: Country to re-open international air travel from 1 October 2020

The country's government has confirmed that effective today, 1 October, Uzbekistan's border is re-open and international flights and trains will resume gradually; Uzbekistani citizens and permanent residents are also permitted to enter and exit the country. Travellers arriving from countries categorised as ‘green’, and who have been in these countries for the previous 10 days, are not subject to quarantine. Travellers arriving from countries categorised as ‘yellow', and who have been in these countries for the previous 10 days, must present a negative COVID-19 test result obtained a maximum of 72 hours prior to travel, and are subject to home quarantine for 14 days. Finally, travellers arriving from, or who have visited in the previous 10 days, countries categorised as ‘red’ are subject to mandatory government quarantine for 14 days.
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SOUTH AFRICA: Country updates entry requirements and restrictions for international travel

The country's government has announced that international travel for business and leisure purposes will resume as of today, 1 October 2020, with restrictions in place. Travel for leisure purposes from high risk countries is not permitted. Only high skill visa holders, investors in the economy and diplomats will be allowed entry into South Africa from high risk countries with the necessary approvals in place. Travellers from countries deemed medium and low risk will only be allowed into the country subject to certain visa requirements. Passengers from the African continent will be permitted entry for business and leisure purposes, however will need to comply with other entry requirements. South Africans are permitted to depart the country and travel freely, however will be required to check the entry requirements of the country they wish to travel to. Any returning South African citizen will be subject to entry regulations and protocols and may be required to enter quarantine.
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OMAN AIR: Airline introduces complimentary COVID-19 insurance from 1 October 2020

The airline has become the latest to offer complimentary COVID-19 cover for their passengers' medical and quarantine related expenses. The policy is available to all passengers with tickets issued from 1 October onwards and provides 24/7 COVID-19 assistance, COVID-19 emergency medical assistance up to 120,000 EUROS, quarantine accommodation costs up to 100 EURO per day, and repatriation costs.
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CZECH REPUBLIC: Country to declare a state of emergency from 5 October 2020

The country’s government announced on Twitter yesterday, 30 September, that it will declare a state of emergency from 5 October, allowing it to implement tighter public restrictions including curbs on public gatherings and events. The state of emergency will initially be set to last for at least 30 days.
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AMERICAN AIRLINES: Airline partners with Caribbean nations to pilot COVID-19 testing

The airline has announced a first-of-its-kind agreement with select Caribbean governments to directly offer COVID-19 tests prior to travel; the scheme will begin next month in Miami International Airport in collaboration with Jamaica, and will initially be open only to Jamaican residents. If the pilot proves successful, however, the airline hopes to expand availability to all passengers flying from select U.S. airports to around 20 participating Caribbean nations and associate nations.
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GERMANY: Country to introduce increased COVID-19 restrictions for its citizens

The country’s chancellor has yesterday, 29 September, announced that she will introduce a number of increased restrictions to curb COVID-19 infection rates over the winter months; the measures include, but are not limited to, restricting the size of gatherings and increasing penalties for those not adhering to the track and trace system.
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SWISS AIR LINES: Airline releases updated flight schedules for Winter 2020/21

The airline has published updates to their flight schedules and pledged to keep Switzerland connected with the world throughout the winter, despite strict quarantine restrictions. Among additions to their short haul services will be Munich and Wroclaw, Poland from the end of October; Luxembourg, Birmingham, London City and Nuremberg from February 2021 and Graz from March 2021.
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EMIRATES: Airline updates 'OK to board' requirement for some passengers travelling to Iraq

The Dubai-based airline has announced that it has updated its 'OK to board' approval process for some passengers travelling to Iraq; all non-Iraqi nationals travelling to the country will now require this approval for travel using all visa types. The documents required are the passenger booking reference, passport copy and visa copy, and the approval can be obtained at check-in.
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SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS: Airline operations suspended until funding is confirmed

Administrators in charge of South African Airways (SAA) have said that they have suspended all operations and put the state-owned airline under “care and maintenance” until funding for a restructuring plan is found. It is understood that all existing cargo and repatriation flights will be undertaken but no new ones will be accepted.
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SOUTH AFRICA: Country releases information on essential business travel to South Africa from 'high risk' countries

The country's government has said that travellers who wish to make an application to travel from a 'high risk' country to South Africa for essential business purposes may do so as of 1 October. Applications must be made in writing to the Minister of Home Affairs and must demonstrate justifiable reasons for their request. Applications must be directed to: Covid19BusinessTravel@dha.gov.za with the following supporting documentation: a copy of the passenger's passport and/or temporary residence visa; ​proof of business activities to be undertaken in the country; proof of travel itinerary and proof of address or accommodation in South Africa.
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CANADA: Country's borders remain closed to international tourists until at least 31 October 2020

The latest updates from the country's government show that Canada's borders will remain closed to all international tourists until at least 31 October. This applies to tourism and leisure travel from all countries including the U.S. by land, air or sea. Canadian citizens and permanent residents are exempt from the ban but face a strict 14-day self-quarantine on returning to Canada. The closure of Canada's land border to all non-essential crossings between the country and the United States also remains in place until at least 21 October.
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THAILAND: Country to start gradual re-opening of tourism in Phuket from 8 October 2020

The country's government is set to trial a return to tourism on the island of Phuket from 8 October, when a flight carrying around 120 people will fly directly into the region’s airport from Guangzhou, China. Visitors will be provided a long stay visa, be quarantined for 14 days, be required to provide a negative COVID-19 test result and be tested a further two times during quarantine.
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