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SOUTH AFRICA: Country's land borders may re-open with strict new protocols from 15 February 2021

The country's government has announced that it aims to re-open its land borders with neighbouring countries from as early as 15 February, albeit with strict protocols in place; this includes the deployment of additional healthcare workers, ticketing systems for COVID-19 testing and queue limits. The queue between the Weighbridge and Beitbridge border post, for example, will be limited to just 700 metres. Current travel regulations require all persons entering South Africa from abroad – whether via land or air – to present a negative COVID-19 test result.
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DENMARK: Country's government mandates COVID-19 arrival testing for passengers

The government of Denmark has announced that passengers arriving in the country must now take a COVID-19 test upon arrival, and then proceed to self-isolate for 10 days; however, it is possible to shorten the isolation period if a negative test result is obtained no earlier than the fourth day after entry into Denmark. Limited exemptions apply, and all non-residents entering Denmark must in addition show both a worthy cause for travel and proof of a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or antigen) result taken no more than 24 hours before boarding the aircraft. Danish nationals and residents must also present a negative COVID-19 test.
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UNITED KINGDOM: Country's government announces updates to upcoming COVID-19 entry restrictions

The UK government has today, 9 February, announced further updates to COVID-19 border measures due to take effect from 15 February; from this date, all international arrivals, whether subject to home quarantine or hotel quarantine, will be required by law to take two further COVID-19 PCR tests on day two and day eight of that quarantine. In addition, UK and Irish residents entering England from 33 “red list” countries will be required to book a mandatory hotel quarantine stay through an online booking platform, at a cost of £1750 for an individual travelling alone - this package will include the hotel stay, transport and testing. A booking platform for both of these initiatives is due to go live on Thursday 11 February, when full guidance will reportedly be published. A raft of penalties, including large fines and imprisonment, will also be introduced for anyone in breach of these rules. The devolved UK nations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are expected to announce similar, confirmed measures shortly.
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UNITED STATES: Country's government introduces fines for passengers refusing to wear face masks

The United States Transport Security Administration (TSA) has announced that passengers in the U.S. can now be fined for refusing to wear face masks during transit to limit the transmission of COVID-19; passengers will be fine between $250 and $1500 (USD) if in breach of these new measures on aircraft and other forms of public transportation such as trains and buses. Exempted from the requirement are children under two years old and people with a disability or medical exemption. The mask mandate is effective until at least 11 May.
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VIRGIN ATLANTIC: Airline suspends flights to South Africa until 28 February 2021

The airline has announced that due to national COVID-19 'lockdown' measures in the UK, as well as travel restrictions in many of the destinations in which they operate, they have been forced to make a number of schedule changes to their flight routes. Among them are the services between the UK and both Cape Town and Johannesburg in South Africa, which will remain suspended until 28 February.
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ISRAEL: Country's government extends airport and land border closures until 21 February 2021

The country's government has announced the extended closure of Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport to all inbound and outbound passenger flights through to 21 February, in an effort to combat the spread of new COVID-19 variants; all land border crossings will also remain closed through to 21 February. During this period, officials will only allow travel to and from Israel in exceptional circumstances subject to approval; the closures apply to both foreign nationals and Israeli nationals. Israeli authorities also announced on 4 February that all arriving international travelers will be subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine at government-designated facilities.
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RWANDAIR: Airline cancels flights to South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia cancelled until further notice

Rwanda's national airline has announced the suspension of its flights to the cities of Johannesburg, Cape Town, Lusaka and Harare until further notice, effective as of 8 February. The action has been taken in response t concerns over the spread of COVID-19 variants, and scheduled flights will reportedly resume as soon as there is more clarity on the situation going forwards.
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SWITZERLAND: Country's government updates COVID-19 entry requirements from 8 February 2021

The country's government has announced updated COVID-19 entry requirements effective from today, 8 February; passengers arriving to Switzerland by air must now present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result to airline staff prior to boarding, with passengers to be fined for not complying. Arrivals from countries deemed 'high-risk' for the virus must quarantine on arrival, with limited qualifying factors allowing some passengers to shorten this isolation period. International arrivals by air, boat, bus or train must also complete an online contact tracing form.
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RWANDA: Country's government publishes updated COVID-19 entry and exit requirements

The country's government has published updated COVID-19 entry requirements; among them, international arrivals require a negative COVID-19 PCR test result obtained a maximum of 72 hours prior to arrival, with further screening measures and COVID-19 testing applicable on arrival at the destination airport. Passengers will need to wait for the results of their post-arrival testing in a designated transit hotel and then continue to self-isolate for a further seven days on release. Passengers departing from the country must also present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result obtained a maximum of 120 hours prior to travel. Locally, restrictions to limit the spread of COVID-19 are still in place throughout the country, including specific measures in the city of Kigali; among them, a curfew is in place from 19.00 to 04.00 (local time) across the country, other non-essential movement is restricted and face masks must be worn in public.
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AIRLINK: South African regional airline to resume Sishen flights from 15 February 2021

The airline has announced that it will resume scheduled air services between Johannesburg and Sishen, a large iron mine located in Kathu, in South Africa's Northern Cape. The route will resume from 15 February 2021 and is being relaunched to provide vital air connectivity to the crucial mining centre.
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QATAR AIRWAYS: Airline to resume flights to Moscow from 2 March 2021

The middle-eastern airline has announced that it will be resuming flights to Moscow from 2 March, in addition to once again connecting to other destinations such as the Maldives and Zanzibar from its Doha hub. The airline is to resume three flights per week to Moscow, operated by an Airbus A320 offering 12 seats in business class and 120 seats in economy.
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EMIRATES: Airline to resume services from the UK from 2 February 2021

The Dubai-based airline has announced that it will re-instate outbound passengers flights from the UK from tomorrow, 2 February. Initially this will include a daily flight from London Heathrow and four weekly from Manchester; services from Birmingham and Glasgow will continue to be cargo-only. Passengers traveling from the UK should ensure they are permitted to travel as per latest the UK government advisory, and check the local entry requirements of their destination.
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CYPRUS: Country's government updates COVID-19 testing and isolation requirements for arrivals from some countries

The government of Cyprus has announced the adoption of new measures from 6 February to impose both a mandatory 72 hour self-isolation period, and a requirement for COVID-19 arrival testing for passengers arriving in the country from destinations classified as category 'A' and 'B' on the basis of their COVID-19 risk levels. A curfew remains in place between 21.00 and 05.00 (local time) and other restrictions on movement and gatherings apply.
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WIZZ AIR: Low-cost airline to launch new Sarajevo flights in May 2021

The Abu Dhabi-based low-cost airline has announced that from 21 May it will begin operating two flights per week between London Luton Airport and the city of Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina; in addition, Wizz Air is also increasing frequencies on flights to Suceava, Romania; Athens, Greece; Reykjavik, Iceland; and Dalaman, Turkey.
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EMIREATES: Airline suspends travel for non-nationals to Kuwait and Saudi Arabia until 20 February 2021

The Dubai-based airline has announced that it will not accept non-Kuwaiti nationals on flights to Kuwait from 7 to 20 February 2021, with limited exemptions; in addition, it will also not accept non-Saudi nationals on flights to Saudi Arabia, until further notice.
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MYANMAR: Country's government suspends air operations until at least 31 May 2021

The UK's Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) has reported that the government and military of Myanmar have directed airports to close, with all domestic and international commercial passenger flights to remain suspended until 31 May at the earliest.
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EMIRATES: Airline extends suspension of flights to South Africa until 28 February 2021

The Dubai-based airline has announced that its flights to South Africa will now remain suspended until at least 28 February, in line with recent government directives.
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UNITED KINGDOM: Edinburgh Airport opens new COVID-19 testing facility

The Scottish Airport has launched an on-site COVID-19 testing service, offering fast and accurate lateral flow and PCR testing. PCR testing costs £99 per person for the general public, £80 per person for airline passengers and £60 per person for Edinburgh Airport staff. Lateral flow tests are also available for £50 per person. No booking is required for lateral flow tests as this is a walk-in service, however passengers who require a PCR test should book via the 'ExpressTest' website prior to arrival.
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JAPAN: Country's government extends COVID-19 entry restrictions until 7 March 2021

The country's government has announced that it has extended a current state of emergency, which will now last until at least 7 March 2021; a suspension of entry for foreign travellers for the purposes of tourism has also been extended. At present, no foreign travellers are allowed to visit the country for this purpose, with arrivals from 152 countries suspended outright with very few exceptions.
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AUSTRALIA: State governments announce updated COVID-19 border restrictions for travellers from Victoria

A number of state governments in Australia have announced updated border restrictions in response to the unfolding situation with COVID-19 cases in the state of Victoria. South Australia (SA) has confirmed its border with Victoria will remain open; there will, however, be greater requirements for testing for those entering SA from the Greater Melbourne area. New South Wales (NSW) and Queensland (QLD) have not declared Victoria a COVID-19 'hotspot' so far, however, both states have introduced testing requirements for arrivals from Victoria's exposure sites.
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