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PEGASUS AIRLINES: Turkish low-cost airline launches new flights to Moldova from 23 April 2021

The Turkish low-cost airline has announced that it is increasing the number of direct flights that it offers from the Turkish city of Antalya, with the launch of a new service to Moldova's capital of Chisinau; the inaugural flight on the new route will operate from 23 April.
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CZECH REPUBLIC: Country's government increases COVID-19 border restrictions from 30 January 2021

The country's government has announced that from 30 January, the Czech Republic's borders will be closed to all foreign nationals to combat the spread of COVID-19, with limited exemptions; allowance will be made for reasons including those visiting next of kin, receiving medical care, or participating in weddings or funerals. Truck drivers who supply necessary goods will be able to cross the border, however border guards will check incoming persons on a random basis.
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LUFTHANSA: Germany Entry restrictions - latest travel regulations

“The German government has decided on Friday, January 29, further restrictions on travel. The airlines of the Lufthansa Group will implement these new entry regulations for flights to Germany accordingly. These will apply for the period effective January 30 until February 17, 2021, for passengers traveling from South Africa, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Brazil and Portugal to Germany. Under the new order from German authorities, Lufthansa Group may only carry passengers with German citizenship or permanent residence permits to Germany. In addition, connecting passengers may likewise continue to use these flights, provided they do not enter Germany and continue to a non-Schengen country. All passengers must present a negative Corona test prior to departure. This valid PCR, antigen or LAMP tests must all comply with guidelines of the German Robert Koch Institute (RKI) and they must not be older than 48 hours when entering Germany. Lufthansa intends to continue offering flights to the countries mentioned. The airline is closely monitoring the current situation and adjusts its flight schedules as necessary.”
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QATAR AIRWAYS: Suspends new bookings from South Africa to the UK

Qatar Airlines have temporarily suspended acceptance of new bookings from South Africa to the UK until further notice
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EMIRATES AIRLINE: Flights to South Africa remain suspended until 12 Feb 2021

Emirates’ flights to South Africa will remain suspended until 12th February 2021, in line with recent government directives.
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UNITED KINGDOM: Government of Wales confirms extension of COVID-19 'lockdown' measures

The government of the devolved UK administration of Wales has confirmed that current COVID-19 'lockdown' measures will be extended for a further three weeks until at least 22 February. The nation entered its most restrictive 'tier four' measures - effectively a national lockdown with a stay-at-home order - a few days before Christmas amid high case rates. The Welsh government has now said that the situation is improving; however, officials have ruled that the measures need to be extended for now to allow the health service to recover.
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UNITED KINGDOM: Emirates and Etihad suspend UK flights from 29 January 2021

Middle-eastern airlines Emirates and Etihad have announced the immediate suspension of UK flights from 13.00 (GMT) today, 29 January; the measures have been taken in response to an update from the UK government in which it added the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to its 'red list' of countries. This means that people who have been in or transited through the UAE (plus Burundi and Rwanda who were also added yesterday) will be denied entry to the UK, with the exception of UK and Irish nationals, and third country nationals with residence in the UK. Emirates announced it would suspend all U.K. passenger flights from 1300 (GMT) today, when the UK measures take effect. Etihad said it would only suspend flights arriving in the UK, with those departing remaining unaffected.
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CANADA: Country's government announces updated COVID-19 entry restrictions

The country's government has announced that all Canadian passengers returning from international travel will now be required to take a COVID-19 test on arrival, followed by three days of monitored hotel quarantine at their own expense while awaiting the results. Those with negative tests will then be permitted to quarantine at home for the remainder of a two-week period. Non-essential travel into Canada by most foreign nationals has been banned since the pandemic first began in March 2020.
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CHINA: Country's government mandates COVID-19 testing on domestic travellers from low-risk areas

The country's national government in Beijing has said that domestic visitors arriving in the capital from low-risk areas around mainland China must present a negative COVID-19 test result prior to arrival; the new measure will be in place until at least 15 March. Visitors from high and medium-risk areas remain barred from entering the city. Testing must occur within seven days prior to entry to Beijing, and travellers must also monitor their health and undergo further testing on the seventh and 14th day following their arrival.
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PORTUGAL: Country's government extends COVID-19 'lockdown' and increases curbs on international travel

The country's government announced yesterday, 28 January, that it had extended a national COVID-19 'lockdown' until mid-February, in addition to announcing further curbs on international travel. Among other measures, to attempt to curb the spread of the virus, Portuguese nationals will be banned from travelling to other countries by air, land or sea over the next 15 days; strict checks along the 1,200-km (750-mile) border with Spain will also be put in place.
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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: UAE suspends direct flights to the UK temporarily from 29 January 2021

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has announced that direct flights to and from the UK have been temporarily suspended as of today, 29 January, following the UK's decision to add the country to it's travel 'red list' from which non-UK and Irish nationals, or passengers of other nationalities without UK residence, are banned from entering. The suspension comes into effect from 13.00 (GMT), and passengers booked for travel on flights due to arrive in the UK after this time should not go to Dubai International Airport, but instead contact their airline for more information.
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BRITISH AIRWAYS: Flights from South Africa to Heathrow cancelled up until 16 April

British Airways has cancelled additional flights from Johannesburg to Heathrow up until *16 April 2021 inclusive and from Cape Town to Heathrow up until *16 April 2021 inclusive (*subject to change).
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NORWAY: Country's government announces border closure to international travellers

The country's government has announced a closure of its borders to foreign travellers who do not have Norwegian citizenship or residency, with limited exemptions. All travellers to Norway (including citizens) must also now register no more than 72 hours prior their arrival, and arrivals from countries designated as 'high-risk' for COVID-19 must also undergo testing upon arrival. Additional restrictions apply to travellers arriving from the UK, South Africa, Ireland, the Netherlands, Austria, Portugal and Brazil. Eligible passengers travelling from a high-risk country must also present proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 24 hours before arrival. Norwegian residents are exempt from this requirement.
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PHILIPPINES: Country's government extends COVID-19 measures in the city of Manila

The country's government today, 29 January, announced that it had extended partial COVID-19 restrictions in the capital city of Manila until at least the end of February, in a big to slow a spike in infections of the virus; the measures include the limited operations of shopping malls and dine-in eateries, as well as curbs on gatherings and public transport capacity. Meanwhile, the country's government today also relaxed travel curbs on international travellers coming from more than 30 countries including the U.S and China, starting from next month.
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INDIA: Country's government may be set to permit the resumption of regular international air travel

The country's government has said today that it may be set to resume regular international air travel, under a package of fresh relaxations in COVID-19 measures announced today, 28 January, which will go into effect from 1 February. India suspended all incoming and outgoing international flights, as well as domestic air travel, in the last week March 2020. International flights to and from India have since been resumed in a phased manner with about two dozen countries under bilateral 'air bubble' agreements. Meanwhile, the country has also fully resumed domestic air services.
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EMIRATES: Airline announces new requirement for Dubai arrivals from 31 January 2021

The airline has announced a new requirement for passengers arriving into its hub airport in Dubai from 31 January from any point of origin; all passengers must hold a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate, for which a negative result must have been obtained from a test taken a maximum of 72 hours prior to departure. Nationals of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are exempt, but must still take a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival at Dubai International Airport. Passengers transiting through Dubai must also continue to ensure that they comply with the entry requirements of their respective destination country.
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AIRLINK & LUFTHANSA: Interline agreement.

Lufthansa and SWISS are partnering with Airlin, to offer customers access to over 25 domestic destinations in South Africa. The interline agreement allows customers the convenience of purchasing a single ticket to or from a multitude of destinations in Southern Africa. The Lufthansa Group is pleased to offer customers, even more, travel convenience through this partnership.
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QATAR AIRWAYS: Airline announces partnership with low-cost South African carrier Mango Airlines

Middle-eastern airline Qatar Airways has announced that it has signed a partnership agreement with low-cost South African carrier Mango Airlines; the move will allow greater connectivity for regional travel throughout South Africa, for passengers travelling to or from the middle east, in addition to those travelling onto destinations in Qatar's global network via its hub in Doha.
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AUSTRALIA: State of Queensland to re-open border to travellers from New South Wales (NSW)

The government of the Australian state of Queensland has confirmed that it will re-open its border to travellers from the Greater Sydney metropolitan area, in the state of New South Wales (NSW) from 1 February. The decision means that those arriving in Queensland from Greater Sydney, as well as Wollongong, Central Coast and the Blue Mountains will no longer be required to quarantine on arrival.
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BRAZIL: Country's government suspends flights with South Africa, the UK and Ireland

The country's government has yesterday, 26 January, announced a temporary suspension of all international flights which have originated from, or passed through, the countries of the UK, Ireland and South Africa. The Brazilian authorities have also suspended boarding permits for persons who have arrived from the UK and South Africa or were there in transit in the past 14 days. Failure to comply with the new rules will result in the deportation of the passenger to their country of origin.
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