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PHILIPPINES: Philippines to reopen borders 'soon'

The Philippines is looking to open its borders to fully vaccinated tourists coming from "green list" countries "soon". There are currently 44 countries and territories on the Philippines coronavirus “green list”. The Philippines added South Africa on November 16, effective until the next review on November 30.
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AUSTRIA: Austria – No to non-EU tourists

Austria will implement the first full-scale lockdown imposed by any European government this winter, from 22 November 2021. These regulations were announced just days after the state imposed a lockdown on unvaccinated people aged 12 years and over, and policed it with officers on the streets asking for vaccination certificates. This new lockdown will last a maximum of 20 days, and during this time, travel to Austria from non-EU countries for touristic purposes will not be allowed. Austria will become the first European state to make vaccination mandatory from February 1, 2022.
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Finnair : launches two new Norway routes

Finnair will start flying between Helsinki and Bergen and Tromsø in Norway on December 14th. The routes will be operated by Norwegian regional airline Widerøe, and the flights are sold and marketed by Finnair. “We are pleased to restart our services to Bergen and Tromsø,” said Ole Orvér, chief commercial officer at Finnair.
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Emirates : confirms wider premium economy rollout

Emirates has confirmed it will retrofit 105 of its wide-body aircraft with its premium economy product, in addition to other cabin enhancements. The 18-month retrofit programme, scheduled to begin at the end of 2022, will be entirely conducted at Emirates’ engineering centre in Dubai. It will see 52 Emirates A380s and 53 Boeing 777s fitted with the new cabin class. The airline is also considering installing a brand-new business class product on its Boeing 777 aircraft, with customised seats in a one-two-one layout.
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Avianca : to relaunch London connection in the spring

Avianca has confirmed the resumption of flights on the London to Bogotá route. Daily departures will begin on March 27th next year. The carrier said the decision to relaunch the route follows the lifting of restrictions for travellers arriving from Latin America in to the UK. “We are pleased to resume direct flights between the United Kingdom and Colombia, offering more and better options to our customers traveling between Europe and Latin America.
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British Airways : returns to US from Gatwick

Following the recent reopening of US borders for Brits, British Airways’ first transatlantic flight from Gatwick took off earlier bound for Tampa, Florida. The airline’s services to Tampa will operate three times a week. British Airways will also resume flights from Gatwick to popular family holiday-hotspot Orlando on Friday. This is the first time the airline has operated to these destinations, and to the US from Gatwick, since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in March last year. British Airways is planning on operating to 23 US airports this winter, more than any other transatlantic carrier, with 246 flights a week from January.
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AUSTRALIA: New changes to South Australia's border rules

Travellers from central Sydney and Melbourne will be allowed into South Australia when borders open on Tuesday, but travellers from local government areas with vaccination rates lower than 90 per cent will be prevented from attending high-risk settings like aged care and major events, like the Adelaide Ashes test. The SA Premier Steven Marshall says fully vaccinated travellers from every Victorian and New South Wales local government area will be permitted to travel, except for Byron Bay, which is yet to hit a vaccination rate of 80 per cent. Those travelling from New South Wales, Victoria and the ACT will be required to have a COVID test in the 72 hours prior to arrival in SA, and must undergo a daily symptom check for 14 days via a phone app. Those who travel from a local government area with a vaccination rate of less than 90 per cent will also have to undergo tests within 24 hours of arrival in SA, and again on days 6 and 13.
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EL SALVADOR: El Salvador removes all travel restrictions

El Salvador removed all entry requirements relating to COVID-19 on Wednesday, November 17. This means travellers to the Central American country no longer have to provide evidence of vaccination or negative COVID tests to enter. Despite the relaxation of the rules, the government is still recommending but not mandating that individuals get vaccinated, wear masks, and test when returning to and leaving the country.
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AUSTRALIA: Victoria lifts bulk of COVID restrictions

Victoria is on its way to becoming one of the most vaccinated places in the world, with nearly all remaining restrictions to be lifted statewide for fully vaccinated people from 11:59pm tonight. With Victoria set to hit the 90 per cent double dose milestone for eligible people in the coming days, the Acting Chief Health Officer has determined that almost all remaining restrictions in Victoria will ease from tonight – reaching Phase D of the National Plan. From this coming weekend, fully vaccinated Victorians can hit the dance floor once again, there’ll be no limits in the home and no caps or density limits for cafés and restaurants. The vaccinated economy will remain, as will masks in some high risk settings – as both are important in reducing risk as we get back to normal. All indoor and outdoor events with less than 30,000 fully vaccinated attendees will be able to proceed with no special approval and outdoor events with 30,000 or more will only need to publish their COVIDSafe Plan. From 11:59pm tonight, the vast majority of people who come into contact with a confirmed positive case outside their home won’t have to self-quarantine. These contacts will be required to get a standard (PCR) test and isolate until they get a negative result. In addition to isolation changes for contacts, people who have COVID-19 will be required to isolate for 10 days, instead of 14 days.
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Emirates to launch flights between Dubai and Tel Aviv

Emirates Airline has announced intentions to launch daily flights between Dubai and Tel Aviv, with service beginning on December 6. Emirates will give more alternatives for travellers to and from Tel Aviv through Dubai with the launch of services in only a few weeks, according to Adnan Kazim, Emirates Airline’s Chief Commercial Officer. Emirates had already been operating in Israel through its low-cost flyDubai budget airline, which currently operates four weekly flights between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.
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AUSTRALIA: SA closes its border to the NT

South Australia has closed its border to the Northern Territory in response to a growing cluster which has emerged in the Top End communities of Katherine and Robinson River. Only South Australian residents are allowed to enter the state from the Northern Territory after police issued a new directive late on Wednesday night. Travellers who have been in the Katherine local government area since November 10 will be allowed to return home but they must be double vaccinated and quarantine at home for seven days. Unvaccinated people will be forced into hotel quarantine for 14 days.
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AUSTRALIA: Lockdown for Greater Katherine has been extended

The lockdown for Greater Katherine has been extended. It will run until 6pm on Monday, November 22, taking it to seven days total.
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AUSTRALIA: Western Australia tightens border with NT

West Australia has tightened its border restrictions with Northern Territory as it battles a fresh outbreak which has now grown to 11 cases. Authorities have elevated the Northern Territory to “low-risk”, with only fully vaccinated travellers allowed into Western Australia. They must also go into self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Anyone who arrived into West Australia from the Northern Territory since November 10 and has been to any of the exposure sites must get tested and self-isolate for 14 days.
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AUSTRALIA: Snap lockdown for Greater Katherine

Greater Katherine and the remote community of Robinson River have both entered a three-day lockdown after two people tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday. The lockdowns, which started at 6pm on Monday (15 November 2021), are due to lift at 6pm on Thursday.
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FRANCE: France changes the vaccination passport application

Since France introduced its health passport, travellers entering the country from outside the EU had to convert their vaccine passports into a format compatible with the French system. The government will introduce another system whereby travellers must pay for their QR code. Anyone vaccinated outside the EU, Schengen zone, or the UK must use the new system to use the French health passport, or they will be unable to enter cafés, theatres, bars, restaurants and tourist attractions, or use long-distance train travel. Travellers can now only receive their codes through physically visiting and presenting their passport and vaccination certificate at French pharmacies. Previously, travellers had to apply online or by email in advance to obtain their code. The pharmacies will issue a QR code, which travellers can scan into the French TousAntiCovid app to create their health pass for up to 36 Euros.
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RWANDA: Rwanda announces new COVID-19 protocol

Fully vaccinated international travellers arriving in Rwanda no longer need to quarantine at designated hotels while waiting for PCR test results. Proof of full vaccination is required to avoid quarantine, and travellers who cannot provide such proof, as well as unvaccinated travellers, must self-isolate in a designated quarantine hotel until they receive a negative PCR test result. All travellers, regardless of vaccination status, must arrive in Rwanda with negative PCR test results received within 72 hours of departure.
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AUSTRALIA: The Greater Darwin lockout will end at midnight tonight

Mr Gunner says all wastewater testing results for the region have come back negative, and CCTV vision has led authorities to downgrade a number of close contact sites to casual sites. A mask mandate will remain in place until 5:00pm on Friday (12 November) afternoon, with people in the Greater Darwin and Katherine regions required to wear a mask when they can’t physically distance from others.
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US lifts Covid travel restrictions

On 8 November, the US will ease restrictions that effectively halted tourism and non-essential travel from 33 countries, including the UK, most of Europe and China. Now all visitors with a WHO-approved vaccination (which includes AstraZeneca) will be allowed to visit the US. Visitors with passports from any country where fewer than 10% of the country’s population has been vaccinated will also be allowed.
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AUSTRALIA: Darwin lockout extended until midnight tonight

The lockout in Darwin has been extended by 24 hours and has now been scheduled to end at midnight on Tuesday, 9 November 2021, as the Northern Territory records another day of zero local cases. The Katherine lockout was lifted as of 5pm on Monday, 8 November 2021.
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ARGENTINA: Argentina reopens to vaccinated tourists

Travellers will have to fill out an Affidavit of Migration and show proof that they have insurance that covers COVID-19 to enter Argentina as the country opens to fully vaccinated travellers. Eligible travellers must also show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of entering the country, according to Travel and Leisure.
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