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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: Area of Greater Brisbane to enter COVID-19 lockdown from 8 January 2021

The government of the Australian state of Queensland has announced that residents and visitors in the city of Brisbane's Metro North, Metro South and West Moreton Hospital and Health Services - the council areas of Brisbane, Ipswich, Moreton Bay, Logan and Redlands, will be required to stay at home during a three-say COVID-19 lockdown due to start today, 8 January at 18.00 (local time). The measures are currently set to end at 18.00 (local time) on Monday 11 January.
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UNITED KINGDOM: South Africa ban extended and further countries removed from 'travel corridors' list

The UK government has announced that entry into England will be banned to those who have travelled from or through any southern African country in the last 10 days including Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Eswatini, Zambia, Malawi, Lesotho, Mozambique and Angola – as well as Seychelles and Mauritius. This does not include British and Irish Nationals, longer-term visa holders and permanent residents, who will be able to enter but are required to self-isolate for 10 days on arrival along with their household. The government has therefore also removed Botswana, Seychelles and Mauritius from the travel corridor list, with the changes coming into place from 04.00 (local time) on Saturday 9 January 2021. The measures will be in place for an initial period of 2 weeks before being reviewed. The country's government has also removed Israel (and Jerusalem) from the 'travel corridor' list.
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SAUDI ARABIA: Country set to re-open to tourism from 31 March 2021

The country's government has announced that Saudi Arabia is to lift its travel ban and begin re-opening for tourism on 31 March. Currently, in accordance with restrictions in force as of 8 January, only non-Saudis who hold valid exit and entry, work, or residency visas are permitted to enter; travelers with tourist visas are barred from entry. Non-Saudis arriving from the UK, South Africa, India, Brazil, Argentina, and other countries where the new variant of the COVID-19 virus has been detected must currently remain outside of these countries for 14 days before entering Saudi Arabia. Saudi nationals are currently permitted to enter the kingdom from countries where the new variant has been found but must quarantine for 14 days and submit to two COVID-19 tests.
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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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AUSTRALIA: State of Tasmania declares Greater Brisbane a 'high risk' COVID-19 area

The government of the Australian island-state of Tasmania has declared the area of Greater Brisbane a high-risk COVID-19 area. Any passenger arriving in Tasmania from 8 January, who has been in the Greater Brisbane area since 2 January 2021, will be required to immediately self-isolate for up to 14 days.
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SOUTH KOREA: Country updates its COVID-19 entry requirements from 8 January 2021

The country's government has updated its entry requirements and announced that, from 8 January 2021, all international travellers entering South Korea (with the exception of citizens) must present a COVID-19 negative PCR test result issued a maximum of 72 hours prior to departure; those who do not have a negative test result will be denied boarding. All travellers, regardless of visa type and nationality, are required to be re-tested at a government-designated facility within three days of arrival and a 14-day quarantine is required for all travellers, except for those holding a quarantine isolation exemption certificate. Transit travellers must transit within 24 hours and are not permitted to leave the airport under any circumstances.
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CATHAY PACIFIC: Airline suspends London flights until 25 January 2021

The airline has confirmed that all flights departing from the UK to Hong Kong will continue to be suspended until at least 25 January. Cathay Pacific have said the decision is in view of the entry restrictions put in place by the government of Hong Kong on arrivals from the UK.
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QANTAS: Airline resumes booking for international flights from 1 July 2021

The Australian airline has said that it has started taking bookings for international flights from 1 July; Qantas had previously said that it did not expect to fly internationally until much later in the year. Ticket sales for Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore, which had been set to start in March, have been pushed back to July, while other destinations like London have been brought forward from October. New Zealand is the only overseas destination to which Qantas is currently flying.
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QATAR AIRWAYS: Airline to launch U.S. services to Seattle from 29 January 2021

The middle-eastern airline has announced that it will bring forward the launch of four weekly flights to Seattle on its Boeing 777 aircraft to the new date of 29 January. The move will mean that the airline's U.S. network will grow to 11 gateways, surpassing the number of destinations they operated in the country pre-COVID-19.
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OMAN AIR: Airline to resume flights to Dubai from 11 January 2021

The airline has announced that it will resume the operation of five weekly flights to Dubai from 11 January; the flights to and from Dubai will operate on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday each week. The national carrier of the sultanate of Oman has said that it will maintain its comprehensive safety program throughout all elements of the journey to ensure that passengers fly confidently.
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WIZZ AIR: Airline to launch additional flights to Greek destinations in January and February 2021

The Abu Dhabi-based airline has confirmed it will commence flights to Athens from Abu Dhabi International Airport from 15 January, and to Thessaloniki from 4 February.
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QATAR AIRWAYS: Airline expands partnership with LATAM Airlines Brasil to expand available flight offering

The middle-eastern airline has increased its São Paulo services to ten weekly flights and also expanded a partnership with LATAM Airlines Brasil, allowing their passengers to book travel on 45 additional LATAM Airlines Brasil flights and have access to over 40 domestic and international destinations on the South American carrier’s network. This includes Brasilia, Curitiba, Porto Velho, Rio Branco, Rio de Janeiro, São José, Lima (Peru), Montevideo (Uruguay) and Santiago (Chile).
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GERMANY: Country's government increases COVID-19 testing requirements for arrivals from risk areas

The country's government has announced that international arrivals from COVID-19 risk areas will now be required to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result prior to arrival, in addition to undertaking a second test five days after arrival following a mandatory quarantine period.
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UNITED KINGDOM: Country's government imposes COVID-19 'Tier 5' lockdown measures nationally

The country's government announced yesterday evening a return to a national COVID-19 ‘lockdown’ for England following a rise in infections, which came into effect from 00.01 (GMT) today, Tuesday 5 January. Among the restrictions are a blanket closure of all non-essential retail and most leisure facilities nationwide, the closure of schools, and an increased emphasis on staying home at all times with the exception of a small number of exemptions. The devolved administrations of the UK have also made similar announcements, with a similar full ‘lockdown’ announced in Scotland; schools have also closed to most pupils in Wales and Northern Ireland.
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SUDAN: Country extends restrictions on arrivals from South Africa, the UK and Netherlands

The country's government has extended a ban on entry previously imposed on passengers arriving from the UK, the Netherlands and South Africa; the measure is now set to expire no earlier than 13 January, after previously being set to expire on 7 January. The restriction has been in place since 22 December following the emergence of new and more infectious strains of COVID-19 in the UK and South Africa.
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TAIWAN: Country's government suspends international airport transit from 1 January 2021

The country's government announced on 30 December that it will impose additional entry restrictions and quarantine regulations for non-nationals, effective from 00:01 (local time at the airport of departure) on 1 January 1, 2021. Among the updates measures is a temporary suspension on transiting through Taiwan.
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AUSTRALIA: States & Territories commence closing borders

Victoria will close its border with New South Wales (NSW) from 11:50pm on Friday, 1 January 2021. Those who arrive in the 24 hours before the border closure will still need to take a COVID-19 test. Victorians who arrive back from NSW after the deadline will need to go into hotel quarantine. Western Australia (WA) has also announced it will close its border with Victoria from midnight on Thursday, 31 December. Anyone who has entered WA from Victoria since December 21 will have to go into quarantine immediately for 14 days from their date of arrival. South Australia (SA) will close its border with New South Wales from 12:01am on Friday, 1 January. Travellers from NSW will be banned from entering SA unless they are essential travellers, returning South Australians or permanently relocating. The Northern Territory will close its border to travellers from greater metropolitan Sydney from midnight tonight. Those who arrive after midnight will go into mandatory quarantine at either Howard Springs in Darwin or in Alice Springs.
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WIZZ AIR: Airline to launch new summer connections from the UK

The airline has confirmed the addition of six new flight routes to its network out of the UK. The new routes, launching in the spring, offer connections between Doncaster Sheffield, Gatwick and London Luton airports and sunshine destinations in Turkey, Bulgaria, Spain and Greece. The new holiday routes include four summer-only routes from Doncaster Sheffield Airport.
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QATAR AIRWAYS: Airline expands partnership with Oman Air

The airline has continued to expand its portfolio of partnerships by signing an expanded 'codeshare' agreement with Oman Air. The deal is designed to boost connectivity and provide more flexible travel options for customers. The expanded agreement is the first step in further strengthening strategic cooperation between the two airlines that first began in 2000. Sales of the additional destinations will commence in 2021.
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