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NEW ZEALAND: Country's prime minister says Australia 'travel bubble' could be in place before 2021

The country’s prime minister has yesterday, 28 September, said that plans for a ‘travel bubble’ between New Zealand and some Australian states could finally be in place before the end of the year; with the virus largely contained in New Zealand, and as cases continue to decline in Australian regions, talks of the long-discussed arrangement have been revived.
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OMAN AIR: Airline to resume flights to Dubai and Doha from 1 October 2020

Muscat-based Oman Air will resume flights to 18 cities in 12 countries, including the UAE and Qatar by 1 October; this will include two scheduled flights per week to Dubai and Doha, according to an announcement by the airline on Twitter. All flights will depart and arrive on Sundays and Thursdays and will run until at least 24 October initially.
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EMIRATES: Airline to resume flights to Uganda and Oman from 2 October 2020

The Dubai-based airline has announced that it will shortly resume services to Entebbe, Uganda from 1 October and Muscat, Oman from 2 October; this will bring the total airline network globally to 94 cities. The Entebbe service will operate three weekly flights, and the flight from Dubai to Muscat will operate twice per week. Both routes will be served by a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.
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NETHERLANDS: Country imposes increased COVID-19 restrictions following surge in cases

The country’s government announced a range of new restrictions yesterday, 28 September, in response to a spike in COVID-19 cases which is being described as a second wave for the Netherlands. The measures include rules on the use of face masks, earlier closure of some businesses, restrictions on public events and advisories against non-essential domestic travel.
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EMIRATES: Airline provides special COVID-19 testing rates for passengers departing Dubai

The Dubai-based airline has announced that passengers due to depart from Dubai on their services can access a reduced COVID-19 PCR testing price of AED 150; this is available at the American Hospital Dubai Media City Clinic, the American Hospital Al Barsha Clinic and the American Hospital Al Khawanij Clinic (opening soon). Home or office testing is also available and test results will be available within 48 hours. Passengers must present a valid ticket/boarding pass and ID to take the COVID-19 PCR test at these rates.
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ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS (ANA): Airline releases updated flight schedule for November 2020

The Japanese airline yesterday, 28 September, released an updated flight schedule announcing that it will resume flights to Singapore and Bangkok in November, in addition to increasing frequency on other international routes; among them, twice-weekly services will fly from Tokyo Haneda to Sydney, Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam and Manila in the Philippines. One flight per week will also operate from Tokyo Haneda to London.
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HAWAIIAN AIRLINES: Airline to offer airport COVID-19 testing in some U.S. gateway airports

The airline has announced that it will begin to offer drive-thru COVID-19 testing in some U.S. gateway airports; initially it is partnering with a supplier to do so in Los Angeles and San Francisco, with more locations to come. Hawaiian Airlines have said the COVID-19 PCR tests will be shallow nasal-swab tests, a 'gold standard' screening that meets state guidelines; the tests will be $90 (USD) for results within 36 hours and $150 (USD) for day-of-travel express service.
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SWITZERLAND: Country includes UK on list of those from which quarantine is mandatory

The country’s government has added several countries including the UK, Ireland, Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands and Portugal to its list of countries from which travellers must go into a 10-day quarantine on arrival; the measures take effect from today, 28 September. Quarantine measures which are in force in Switzerland also apply to Liechtenstein.
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KENYA: Country extends nationwide COVID-19 curfew for a further two months

Kenya's president yesterday, 28 September, announced a 60 day extension on a nationwide curfew intended to curb the spread of COVID-19, but relaxed the starting time by two hours until 23.00 (local time), finishing each morning at 04.00. The president also lifted a ban on the sale of alcohol in restaurants and bars.
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EMIRATES: Airline set to resume flights to South Africa from 1 October 2020

The Dubai-based airline has announced that it will resume passenger flights to South Africa, coinciding with the re-opening of the country's borders on 1 October; passengers services to the South African cities of Johannesburg and Cape Town will resume from 1 October, to be followed by services to Durban from 4 October. The flights are still currently subject to final government approval.
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QATAR AIRWAYS: Airline to begin flights to Ghana's capital from 29 September 2020

The airline has announced that it will operate four weekly flights to Accra, Ghana via Lagos from 29 September, the fourth new destination launched by the national carrier of the State of Qatar since the start of the pandemic. The Accra service will be operated by the airline’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft featuring 22 seats in business class and 232 seats in economy class.
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ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES: Airline set to resume flights to South Africa in October 2020

The Ethiopian national airline has announced that, in conjunction with the re-opening of South Africa's borders from 1 October, it will resume commercial passenger flights to and from Johannesburg and Cape Town. A full list of operational flights across the airline's route network can be viewed on their website.
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DENMARK: Country extends COVID-19 restrictions until 18 October 2020

The country’s government has announced that it has extended its current COVID-19 restrictions for a two further weeks until at least 18 October. Among the restrictions is a limit of 50 people for both public and private gatherings.
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AUSTRALIA: City of Melbourne lifts COVID-19 night-time curfew from 28 September 2020

The state government of Australia's Victoria has announced that a night-time curfew imposed on the city of Melbourne will be lifted from the morning of 28 September. The curfew suspension was announced alongside other amendments to restrictions, including an increase on the number of people to be allowed at public gatherings.
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UKRAINE: Country to re-open borders to foreign nationals from 28 September 2020

The country's government has said that effective today, 28 September, it will re-open its borders for the purposes of tourism, but will continue to operate on a 'red' and 'green' classification system to determine entry requirements based on passengers' country of origin. Passengers coming from ‘green’ zone countries can enter Ukraine restriction free, while ‘red’ zone passengers will have to quarantine for 14 days, with the option of COVID-19 PCR testing to reduce this period.
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PERU: Country set to resume international flights from 5 October 2020

The country's government has announced that it is officially re-opening its borders for international flights on 5 October. Some of the first countries that will initially be allowed to operate flights for passengers travelling for business or professional purposes include Mexico, Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Spain and the U.S. All arrivals will be required to present proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result, obtained a maximum of 48 hours prior to arrival; passengers who do not present this could be denied boarding or will face a 14-day quarantine upon arrival.
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IRELAND: Country removes further nations from its travel 'green list'

The country’s government has removed Germany, Poland and Lithuania from its travel 'green list', leaving just four countries exempt from a 14-day quarantine for arriving passengers; as a result, travellers arriving from all countries other than Cyprus, Finland, Latvia and Liechtenstein must go into quarantine for 14 days from 28 September.
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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: UAE to resume issuing visitor visas for all seven regions

The government of the United Arab Emirates will resume issuing visas to foreign visitors for all seven of its regions as of today, 25 September, after a six-month suspension imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dubai, the region’s tourism and business hub and one of the seven emirates that make up the UAE, had already lifted its own visa ban in July.
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SOUTH AFRICA: Country to re-open borders to international travel from 1 October 2020

The country plans to begin a gradual re-opening of its borders to international travel from 1 October; however, the president has warned that entry may be limited to countries deemed to have low COVID-19 infection rates, and a list is yet to be released. Anyone who is permitted to enter will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test result obtained a maximum of 72 hours prior, or otherwise will face mandatory quarantine at their own cost.
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