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UNITED AIRLINES: Airline to offer rapid airport COVID-19 testing to some passengers

The airline has announced that it will start to offer rapid airport COVID-19 testing for passengers travelling from San Francisco to Hawaii from 15 October; this is the first such pilot program announced by a U.S. airline. Passengers should schedule their tests ahead of time, which will be conducted in the terminal and yield results within 15 minutes. There will also be a mail-in test option available.
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AUSTRIA: Country issues COVID-19 travel warnings against a number of countries

The country’s government yesterday, 24 September, issued COVID-19 related travel warnings for Prague, as well as French regions that include Paris and Cote d’Azur; warnings are also being issued for Andorra, Argentina, Bahrain, Costa Rica, Israel, Kuwait and the Maldives. All of the most recent warnings will take effect from 28 September.
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SAS: Scandinavian Airlines to resume direct flights to China from 29 September 2020

The airline has said today that it will resume direct flights to China from the Nordic region from 29 September, following their suspension in January. Weekly flights from Copenhagen to Shanghai will operate initially, with flights to Beijing expected to resume by the end of October.
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CHINA: Country to allow entry to some foreign national visa holders from 28 September 2020

The government of China has said that from 28 September, foreigners holding visas and permits for work, personal matters and family reunions will be permitted to enter the country without the need to re-validate their visa; anyone with an expired visa will also now be able to re-apply.
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FRANCE: Country's government unveils tighter COVID-19 restrictions

The French government unveiled tighter COVID-19 restrictions yesterday, 23 September, including a map of ‘danger zones’ around the country. Designated areas include Marseille, where local authorities have been given days to enforce increased measures. Paris and its suburbs, plus Lille and Toulouse were also declared ‘reinforced danger zones’, entailing further restrictions on event attendance, gatherings and early closures for some businesses.
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BRITISH AIRWAYS: Airline releases flight schedule optimised for one-day European business trips

The airline has optimised their schedules in order to offer flights facilitating same-day business trips in Europe during October; they are now offering a selection of pre-09.00 outbound and post-17.00 (GMT+1) inbound flights between London Heathrow in the UK and key destination cities in Germany, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands and Poland, among others.
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KLM: Airline to continue flying a restricted schedule from October 2020

The airline said yesterday, 23 September, that it will not further expand its flight offering at this time, instead maintaining a restricted schedule during the winter months, including operating at around 55% of capacity in November.
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LUFTHANSA GROUP: Airline plans to introduce rapid COVID-19 testing from October 2020

The airlines of the Lufthansa Group have signalled their intentions to start making rapid COVID-19 antigen tests available to passengers from October, and may consider opening dedicated test centres at airports in the U.S. and Canada. Although rapid antigen tests are thought to be less accurate than PCR testing, they are able to yield results within around 15 minutes.
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FRANCE: Country's government set to unveil tighter COVID-19 restrictions

The country's government is reportedly set to unveil tighter COVID-19 restrictions for Paris today, 23 September, following a cabinet meeting. Among the measures are expected to be a ban on public gatherings of more than 10 people, as well as restrictions on alcohol sales and crowd numbers at major events.
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JAPAN: Country to ease entry restrictions for some foreign nationals from October 2020

The country's government has said that although restrictions are not yet set to change for those arriving for the purposes of tourism, from October the country will begin to allow some foreign visitors who are planning to stay for three months or more; this includes categories such as students and medical workers from any country; entry will be limited to 1,000 people per day.
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ALASKA AIRLINES: U.S. airline announces five new routes from 17 December 2020

The airline has announced five new routes due to launch from 17 December, which aim to primarily serve leisure travellers. Alaska Airlines will fly seasonally until 12 April 2021 between: Los Angeles and Cancun; Palm Springs, California and Boise, Idaho; Palm Springs, California and Reno, Nevada. The airline will also fly daily, year-round between Los Angeles and Reno and twice-daily, year-round between Palm Springs and San Jose, California. In addition, last month the airline said it would end change fees long-term on all flights for fare classes other than Saver.
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QATAR AIRWAYS: Airline to further increase flight network in October 2020

The middle eastern airline is set to further increase its network in the coming month; among the highlights, in mid-October Qatar will resume flights to Seychelles and Windhoek, Namibia. The airline will also increase frequencies to Clark International Airport and Manila in the Philippines; Copenhagen, Denmark; Dhaka, Bangladesh; Madrid, Spain; Manchester, UK and Stockholm, Sweden.
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DISNEY CRUISE LINE: Cruise line extends suspension of all departures until at least 6 December 2020

The cruise line has confirmed that it has extended the suspension of all departures until at least 6 December; canceled sailings include those on the Disney Fantasy through to 6 December, the Disney Dream and Disney Wonder through to 11 December and the Disney Magic through to 12 December.
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ITALY: Country's government to impose entry restrictions on some arrivals from France

The government of Italy has announced that from today, 22 September, people travelling to the country from Paris and some other areas of France will face mandatory COVID-19 testing. Testing will be mandatory for those travelling from Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Corsica, Hauts-de-France, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Occitanie, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, and Île-de-France - the region that includes Paris.
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BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS: Country set to re-open to visitors from 1 December 2020

The country’s government has announced plans to re-open the British Virgin Islands to visitors from 1 December, with further information on entry requirements and protocols to be released soon. The islands are currently in phase two of a controlled re-entry plan.
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AUSTRALIA: South Australia border to open to New South Wales

South Australia will open its border to New South Wales travellers from midnight 23 September, after the eastern state reached 14 days without reporting any COVID-19 cases with an unknown source.
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ARGENTINA: Country extends COVID-19 lockdown until at least 11 October 2020

The country's government has confirmed that Argentina’s COVID-19 lockdown has been extended until at least 11 October. The announcement of the quarantine extension will effectively also suspend international flights, which it was previously hoped would resume on 1 October, keeping borders closed for international tourism for the time being.
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AUSTRALIA: State of Queensland extends border bubble along New South Wales border and coast

The premier of the Australian state of Queensland has announced that Queensland's border bubble will be extended to include communities along the interstate border with New South Wales (NSW), and along the NSW eastern coast. The border bubble changes will come into effect at 01.00 (local time) on 1 October and allow approximately 152,000 people to arrive in Queensland without a border exemption. Residents of the extension areas will be able to apply for a border pass to allow them to freely travel around Queensland.
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ZIMBABWE: Country to resume international flights from 1 October 2020

The country's government has said that it will resume international flights from 1 October; Zimbabwe is ready to receive visitors and, according to a government directive, international travellers must on arrival produce a certificate showing they tested negative for COVID-19 a maximum of 48 hours prior to departure. The government, which re-opened tourism facilities such as national parks in August, has also lifted a ban on inter-city travel in the country. Land borders, however, remain closed.
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