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MALAYSIA AIRLINES: Airline outlines plans to restore a daily UK flight service from July 2021

The airline has outlined plans to restore a 'significant' proportion of its international flight network by the end of 2021, with frequency increases on key routes to the UK, Australia and New Zealand. Among these increases in frequency are plans to offer a daily flight from the country's capital of Kuala Lumpur to the UK by July. In Australia, the airline has said that it expects to operate 39 weekly return flights to Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, and Perth by late December; services to New Zealand are set to resume from late March.
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IRELAND: Country's government suspends visa-free travel from South Africa and Brazil

The government of Ireland has announced a tightening of travel restrictions on passengers from South Africa and Brazil, including the suspension of visa-free travel. While South Africans can still travel to Ireland with immigration permission granted for work or study, arriving passengers will be subjected to strict COVID-19 testing and quarantine protocols. South African travellers will be required to supply a negative COVID-19 PCR test result within 72 hours of their departure; even with this proof, visitors will be required to stay in a designated quarantine facility for two weeks.
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UNITED KINGDOM: Country's government confirms hotel quarantine measures for incoming passengers

The UK’s home secretary has confirmed the introduction of a new requirement for all eligible arrivals from a list of ‘high-risk’ countries to be placed in government-assigned and monitored hotel quarantine for 10 days. Although a start date has not yet been confirmed, further guidance is to be expected from the UK’s Department of Health and Social Care next week. It has though been indicated that the measures will apply to all eligible arrivals from the UK’s ‘red list’ countries, which are deemed as high-risk for COVID-19 variants.
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RUSSIA: Country resumes international passenger flights with four countries

The country's government has announced that from 27 January, it will resume international passenger flights to and from Qatar, India, Vietnam and Finland - from which services were previously suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to an official government release, the flights to Qatar will depart three times a week, and to India, Vietnam and Finland twice a week.
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UNITED AIRLINES: Airline delays the start of a new Johannesburg to New York flight route until June 2021

The U.S. airline has confirmed that the start of a new, direct flight route between South Africa's Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport and New York's Newark Liberty International Airport has been delayed until 3 June. It was previously due to start from March 2021 - however the decision to delay has been made in response to current demand as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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GERMANY: Passengers to be required to wear masks on airlines and in airports from 1 February 2021

From 1 February, passengers age 6 years or older will be required to wear medical grade masks on German airlines and at airports in Germany. The rule will apply to passengers flying the Lufthansa Group carriers, which include Lufthansa, Austrian, Brussels, Eurowings and Swiss; it will also apply to on Condor and TUI fly Deutschland flights as well as to anyone in passenger areas at German airports. Under the rule, surgical masks or N95 masks will be permitted - cloth face coverings and masks with an outlet valve will not be allowed, and passengers must supply the masks themselves.
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QATAR AIRWAYS: Airline to increase African flight network to over 100 weekly flights

The middle-eastern airline has confirmed plans to continue to grow its African flight network to over 100 weekly flights to 23 destination cities. In addition to the current network, Qatar Airways has resumed services to a number of destinations, or is due to resume them by 1 February; these destinations include Alexandria and Cairo, Egypt; Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg, South Africa; Tunis, Tunisia and Casablanca, Morocco.
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UNITED AIRLINES: Airline updates mobile app to accept COVID-19 testing and vaccination records for travel

The airline has unveiled updated capability on its mobile app, ahead of a new requirement from 26 January for passengers arriving in the U.S. to show either a negative COVID-19 test result from within 72 hours of departure, or proof that they have recovered from the virus within the previous 90 days. United Airlines passengers can now upload the required documentation directly to the app for verification prior to their airport arrival.
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EMIRATES: Airline suspends flights to South Africa until 4 February 2021

The Dubai-based airline has confirmed that its flights to South Africa will remain suspended until at least 4 February, in line with recent directives from the government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) which restrict entry to passengers originating in South Africa. Passengers travelling from third country destinations and holding tickets with a final destination in South Africa will not be accepted for travel at their point of origin by Emirates; affected passengers should contact their travel agent or Emirates contact centre for rebooking options.
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FLYDUBAI: Budget airline adds four more cities to its European flight network from May 2021

Dubai government-owned budget airline flydubai has announced that it is adding an additional four destinations to its European flight network, taking the total on the continent to 20. The upcoming routes, which will begin from May, are Catania and Naples in Italy, Salzburg in Austria and the island of Malta. This will take the total global destination list to 65 destinations worldwide.
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UNITED STATES: Country's government updates travel restrictions for Europe, Brazil and South Africa

The country's government yesterday, 25 January, signed an order suspending entry to most non-U.S. citizens who have previously been in South Africa, which will be effective from 30 January. Also signed was an order extending an entry ban on nearly all non-U.S. travellers who have been in Brazil, the United Kingdom, Ireland and 26 countries in Europe.
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PERU: Country's government announces COVID-19 'lockdown' from 31 January 2021

The country's government has announced a two-week COVID-19 'lockdown' in 10 regions from 31 January until 14 February; the new restrictions will include a closure of all non-essential shops, a suspension of domestic air and land travel, and the extension of a suspension on international flights from Europe and Brazil in an attempt to curb new, more contagious strains of the virus.
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BULGARIA: Country to require all incoming passengers to take COVID-19 tests

The country's government announced today, 25 January, that all incoming passengers to the country will now be required to present a qualifying, negative COVID-19 PCR test result; this includes arrivals from the European Union (EU). The measures have been taken in an attempt to prevent a rise in new, more contagious variants of the virus. Domestically, the country currently plans to ease other restrictions and re-open secondary schools, shopping malls and gyms from 4 February.
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HONG KONG: Region's government lifts temporary COVID-19 'lockdown' in Kowloon district

The government of Hong Kong announced that it had lifted a COVID-19 'lockdown' early this morning, 25 January, imposed upon an area in the district of Kowloon on 23 January in response to the discovery of 13 confirmed cases of the virus in a residential area. Meanwhile, Hong Kong authorities have started to take further, firm measures to curb the spread of the virus including a ban on in-house dining after 18.00 (local time), and the closing of facilities such as gyms, sports venues and beauty salons.
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OMAN: Country's government extends land border closure until 1 February 2021

The country's government has confirmed that it will extend the closure of its land borders for a further week until at least 1 February to curb the spread of COVID-19. The land borders were originally closed last week in response to concerns over new variants of the virus.
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MOZAMBIQUE: Cyclone Eloise brings floods to port city of Beira

Parts of central Mozambique have been flooded after Cyclone Eloise struck near the port city of Beira with wind speeds of up to 160km/h; Beira received 250mm of rain in 24 hours. Local officials and aid agencies are assessing the scale of the damage to be able to help those affected, and trying to restore power and communications, which were cut off in some areas. The cyclone has now been downgraded to a tropical storm and was forecast to be heading toward Zimbabwe and northern South Africa, which have already experienced heavy rainfall.
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UNITED STATES: State of California expected to lift regional stay-at-home orders from 25 January 2021

The government of the U.S. state of California is reportedly expected to lift its current, regional stay-at-home orders across the state from today, 25 January, instead opting to move individual counties back into a tier-based re-opening framework. Most regions across California are expected to move into the 'purple' tier, meaning personal care services like hair salons can re-open with modifications, and restaurants can open for outdoor service.
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ISRAEL: Country's government to suspend international flights for one week from 25 January 2021

The country's government has announced that it will suspend passenger flights in and out of Israel for one week from the evening of 25 January; the measure reportedly comes into force from 22.00 (GMT) and will last until at least the end of January. The move comes as, locally, clashes have broken out between ultra-Orthodox protesters in the city of Bnei Brak and police forces attempting to enforce current COVID-19 'lockdown' rules.
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DENMARK: Additional restrictions for residents from South Africa, UK and UAE

All non-residents entering Denmark must show a worthy cause for travel and proof of a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or antigen test) taken no more than 24 hours before boarding the aircraft. Danish nationals and residents must also present a negative COVID-19 test. Additional entry restrictions apply to residents from the UK and South Africa. Direct flights from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to Denmark are banned from 22 to 26 January 2021. Also, COVID-19 tests taken in the UAE between these dates won't be accepted. If you're travelling to Denmark from the UAE on a continuous journey (transferring at one or more airports), you'll have to take a test in another country before boarding the final flight to Denmark.
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AUSTRALIA: Country's government suspends New Zealand travel bubble for 72 hours

The government of Australia has taken an immediate decision to suspend its travel bubble arrangement with New Zealand for at least 72 hours from today, 25 January, following the discovery of New Zealand's first community COVID-19 case in many months; after completion of the mandatory quarantine measures on arrival in New Zealand, a passenger then tested positive for a South African variant of the virus after re-joining the community. This prompted immediate reactive measures from the governments of both New Zealand and Australia.
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