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GREECE: Country lifts COVID-19 quarantine requirement for EU Countries, U.S. and others

The country's government yesterday, 19 April, lifted COVID-19 quarantine restrictions for travellers from most European countries and the United States, as well as Israel; the easing of measures come as it prepares to re-open tourism services from next month. Air travelers from exempt countries will no longer be subject to a seven-day quarantine requirement if they hold a vaccination certificate or negative PCR test issued within the previous 72 hours. Other exempt countries include the United Arab Emirates, Serbia, Iceland, Liechstenstein, Norway and Switzerland.
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QATAR AIRWAYS: Airline introduces ultraviolet (UV) cabin hygiene system

The middle-eastern carrier has introduced the second version of its Honeywell ultraviolet (UV) cabin system, further advancing its hygiene measures on board in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The system now features extended UV wings that treat both narrow and wide areas on board, reducing the overall disinfection time. This version also includes a hand wand that disinfects areas like the cockpit and other smaller spaces and is non-motorised leading to less battery consumption.
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UNITED STATES: State of Alaska to offer COVID-19 to tourist visitors from 1 June 2021

The government of the U.S. state of Alaska has said that COVID-19 vaccines are due to be made available to visitors at key airports from 1 June, in a further attempt to bolster the state's tourism industry, which has been heavily affected by the pandemic. The state plans to offer vaccines at airports in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau and Ketchikan, with the clinics outside the security area; they will be available to anyone passing through from 1 June. State health officials are also encouraging travelers to test for COVID-19, although it's no longer mandated.
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UNITED STATES: Country's government to boost 'do not travel' guidance to 80% of countries globally

The U.S. state department said yesterday, 19 April, that it plans to boost its 'do not travel' guidance for citizens to include 80% of destination countries worldwide, citing the risk to travellers due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently around 34 our of 200 countries are listed under the level four guidance, implying that this will shortly increase to around 130 countries. So far, no indication has been given as to when the measures will eventually ease.
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EMIRATES: Airline launches IATA Travel Pass trials

The Dubai-based airline has become the latest carrier to launch trials of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Travel Pass. The mobile app is designed to help passengers easily and securely manage their travel in line with any government requirements for COVID-19 testing or vaccine information. In the future, travellers will also be able to share vaccination certificates with authorities and airlines to facilitate travel.
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INDIA: Country's capital to enter COVID-19 'lockdown' for six days from 19 April 2021

The country's government has announced that its capital of New Delhi will be under a strict COVID-19 'lockdown' for six days from the evening of Monday 19 April, following the news that India's healthcare system is at breaking point due to the worsening spikes in cases of the virus.
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HONG KONG: Region's government suspends flights from India, Pakistan and the Philippines for two weeks

The government of Hong Kong has announced that it will suspend flights from India, Pakistan and the Philippines from 20 April for two weeks after a mutant COVID-19 strain was detected in the Asian financial hub for the first time. The three countries will now be classified as 'extremely high risk' for the virus, after there have been multiple imported cases carrying the strain into Hong Kong in the past 14 days, the government have said.
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FRANCE: Country to quarantine South African arrivals starting from 24 April 2021

French authorities will restrict who can travel to France from Brazil, Argentina, Chile and South Africa, and will impose a 10-day quarantine on those who do. Entry from the four listed countries will be limited to French citizens and their families, citizens of other EU countries, and foreigners with permanent homes in France. Travellers must have tested negative for the virus before take-off, and will be given antigenic tests on arrival. The above restrictions will come into effect on 24 April. Currently, travellers from France’s low risk list of countries are not restricted and are subject to only a seven-day quarantine period according to France’s ministry of foreign affairs.
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AIRBALTIC: Airline to launch flights to Tenerife from September 2021

The Latvian airline has announced that from 2 September it will launch new flights from its base in Riga to Tenerife in Spain; the new service will operate three times per week using an Airbus A220-300 aircraft.
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WIZZ AIR: Low-cost airline to add new flights from London to Antalya and Rzeszow in 2021

The Abu Dhabi-based low-cost airline has announced that it will soon launch two new summer flight routes from London Luton Airport to Antalya in Turkey and Rzeszow in Poland. The services are due to begin from 22 June and 22 September respectively; with the addition of these new destinations, the airline will now operate a total of 74 routes from its base at London Luton Airport.
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FRONTIER AIRLINES: Low-cost U.S. airline to launch new flights to Latin America and the Caribbean

The low-cost U.S. airline has announced seven new flight routes to Latin America and the Caribbean to be launched in Summer 2021. From Miami the carrier will serve St. Maarten, Nassau and San Jose, Costa Rica. From Orlando, Frontier will fly to St Maarten and San Jose. From San Juan, the airline will serve St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. And from Dallas-Fort Worth, Frontier will be flying to Cancun. Launch dates for the routes range from 10 June through to 10 July, and frequencies range from weekly to four times per week.
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FLYBE: Collapsed UK regional airline to return to flying in Summer 2021

UK regional airline Flybe, who previously collapsed during the COVID-19 pandemic, is preparing to return to the skies in the Summer of 2021 after the sale of assets to a new company previously known as Thyme Opco - who will now be renamed as 'Flybe Limited'. The airline previously had a hub based at Exeter Airport and also operated flights from Cornwall Airport Newquay.
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FRANCE: Country's government to impose 10-day quarantine for passengers arriving from Brazil

The government of France has announced that it will order a strict 10-day quarantine for all passengers arriving from Brazil from 24 April, in a bad to prevent the spread of a COVID-19 variant first discovered in the South American country. In addition, the suspension of all flights to Brazil by the government of France has now been extended until at least 23 April.
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MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL: Hotel chain partners with Uber to expand U.S. Bonvoy loyalty program

Marriott International has announced that members on its Bonvoy loyalty program can now earn points via Uber, in an effort to diversify the hotel brand's loyalty offering amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Through the partnership, Bonvoy members can earn points toward free nights at Marriott properties, including home rentals, by ordering food delivery via Uber Eats or requesting select Uber rides. The perk is available in the United States, and those who sign up and have at least one qualifying transaction by May 31 will get 2,000 Bonvoy bonus points.
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ROCKY MOUNTAINEER: Luxury train operator delays restart of departures until 5 July 2021

The Canadian luxury rail-tour company has announced that it has delayed the start of its travel season in the country until at least 5 July 2021; the operator had previously hoped to begin offering services in June.
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AIR FRANCE: Airline plans to launch flights to Denver from 2 July 2021

The airline has announced that it is planning to make Denver its newest U.S. gateway destination, with a three times per week service planned from 2 July; however, this is subject to the status of travel restrictions. If successful, the flight route would operate through to 29 October. In total, Air France hopes to serve 12 U.S. destinations this summer pending the easing of travel restrictions between the U.S. and France. The other 11 cities are Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Houston Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, San Francisco and Washington.
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ITALY: Country's government to ease COVID-19 restrictions from 26 April 2021

The country's government has said that it will ease COVID-19 restrictions in many areas from 26 April, after strict curbs on business and movement have been in place for most of this year. From this date, the more lenient 'yellow' and 'white' zone classifications will be reinstated where infection levels are low - in these areas restaurants and bars will be able to serve clients at outside tables, and cinemas and theatres will reopen with attendance limits.
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ANGUILLA: Country's government eases COVID-19 quarantine requirement for vaccinated visitors

The country's government has announced an easing of the required COVID-19 quarantine period for fully vaccinated visitors from 14 days to seven days as part of an updated, phased approach to health protocols that aim to revitalise the island's economy. In addition from 1 July, all visitors entering Anguilla must be vaccinated; fees and quarantine requirements will be removed, although a negative COVID-19 test undertaken three to five days prior to arrival will still be required.
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COLOMBIA: Country's government to impose repeat COVID-19 weekend 'lockdown' in capital

The mayor of Colombia's capital of Bogota has announced that the city will repeat a three-day lockdown this weekend, 16-18 April, in a bid to slow COVID-19 infections; a similar lockdown last weekend has helped slow the transmission of the virus, reportedly. Residents must stay at home on Friday through to Sunday, and limits on when people can shop based on their ID number will continue.
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EASYJET: Airline expects to resume flying at scale from May 2021

The low-cost airline has announced today, 14 April, that it plans to resume flying at scale from late May 2021 onwards; easyJet said that most countries were planning to resume flying at scale in May, and it expected a ramp up from late May. It said that overall in its April to end of June quarter it would fly up to 20% of 2019 capacity levels.
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