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AMAWATERWAYS: Cruise operator suspends all remaining 2020 river sailings in three continents

The cruise operator has announced that it has cancelled the rest of its scheduled 2020 river cruises in Europe, Asia and Africa; this suspension does not though apply to the chartered river cruises being operated on the Rhine in partnership with a German tour operator. Passengers affected will be offered a future cruise credit equal to 115% of the value of their purchase, which will be valid for sailings through to the end of 2022.
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AUSTRALIA: City of Melbourne eases COVID-19 restrictions following decline in case numbers

The government of the Australian state of Victoria has from yesterday evening, 18 October, eased COVID-19 lockdown restrictions in the city of Melbourne as cases of the virus continue to decline. Among the changes, Melbourne residents will no longer face limits on the time they can spend away from their homes for education or recreation. Previous restrictions allowing residents to travel only 5 kilometers (3 miles) from home have also increased to 25 kilometers (15 miles). Regulations are due to be lifted even further by 2 November with the partial re-opening of shops, bars and restaurants.
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SINGAPORE AIRLINES: Updated flight schedules published for October, November and December 2020

The airline, along with partner carrier SilkAir, has published its latest schedule update for flights in October, November and December 2020. Among the updates are reinstated flights to destinations including Brunei, Fukuoka, Kathmandu and Male. The airlines have said that following these resumptions, by the end of December flight capacity will have reached 15% of pre-COVID-19 levels.
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AUSTRALIA: Country welcomes first quarantine-free flights from New Zealand to Sydney

The Safe Travel Zone between New Zealand and the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) is underway, with the arrival of Air New Zealand and Jetstar flights from Auckland to Sydney today, 16 October. Passengers travelling from New Zealand will be able to travel to the Australian states of NSW, Australian Capital Territory (ACT), and the Northern Territory (NT) without the requirement for quarantine on arrival in Australia. Passengers will be required to complete a health declaration stating they have been in New Zealand only during the preceding 14 days, and health screenings will also take place on arrival in Sydney.
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SEYCHELLES: Country's government updates list of countries from which entry is permitted

South Africans and citizens of nine other African countries will be able to visit Seychelles as tourists from today, 19 October, according to the latest official Seychelles Travel tourism travel advisory published on 16 October. The list of category one countries has been updated to include Botswana, Burundi, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Niger, Rwanda, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. Category one permitted countries are considered low and medium risk.
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NEW ZEALAND: Country introduces 'Isolation Allocation System' requirement for all arrivals to New Zealand

The country's government has announced that from 08.00 (local time) on 5 October 2020, the new 'Managed Isolation Allocation System' will come in to force for all arrivals to New Zealand. The system is an online portal where passengers must obtain a voucher prior to travel that confirms their place in a managed isolation facility. There will be an initial one-month grace period before doing so becomes a legal requirement for all arrivals from from 00.01 (local time) on 3 November 2020.
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AUSTRALIA: State of Queensland to re-open border to arrivals from New South Wales (NSW) from 1 November 2020

The Australian state of Queensland (QLD) will re-open its border to all arrivals from New South Wales (NSW) on 1 November, provided NSW goes 28 days without any 'mystery' COVID-19 cases, according to the new roadmap released by the QLD Government. Visitors and returning travellers from NSW can enter QLD with a valid Queensland Border Declaration Pass without having to complete mandatory quarantine, provided community transmission is deemed as being under control.
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AUSTRALIA: New Zealanders able to visit states of NSW and the Northern Territory from 16 October 2020

New Zealanders who do not live in a government-designated COVID-19 hotspot will be able to visit the Australian states of New South Wales (NSW) and the Northern Territory (NT) from 16 October without having to quarantine. New Zealanders who travel to these Australian states would still need to have the appropriate managed isolation booking upon return, spend two weeks in managed isolation and pay the applicable fee which applies to anyone who left New Zealand after 11 August. At this stage the arrangement is one-way, with Australians not yet able to travel to New Zealand under a similar arrangement.
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OMAN AIR: Airline introduces complimentary COVID-19 insurance from 1 October 2020

The airline has become the latest to offer complimentary COVID-19 cover for their passengers' medical and quarantine related expenses. The policy is available to all passengers with tickets issued from 1 October onwards and provides 24/7 COVID-19 assistance, COVID-19 emergency medical assistance up to 120,000 EUROS, quarantine accommodation costs up to 100 EURO per day, and repatriation costs.
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AUSTRALIA: Singapore to open borders to Australians from 8 October 2020

The government of Singapore has announced that it will open its borders to Australian citizens from 8 October, however will continue to exclude arrivals from the Australian state of Victoria from entering the country. The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) released a statement on Wednesday saying that, from midday on Thursday (14.00 AEST), 1 October, Australian citizens could apply for an Air Travel Pass for entry to the country on or after 8 October. Applicants must have remained in Australia for the previous 14 days before entry and undergo a COVID-19 test upon arrival at Singapore's Changi Airport. Only after obtaining a negative result will they be allowed to freely roam Singapore.
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NEW ZEALAND: Country's prime minister says Australia 'travel bubble' could be in place before 2021

The country’s prime minister has yesterday, 28 September, said that plans for a ‘travel bubble’ between New Zealand and some Australian states could finally be in place before the end of the year; with the virus largely contained in New Zealand, and as cases continue to decline in Australian regions, talks of the long-discussed arrangement have been revived.
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ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS (ANA): Airline releases updated flight schedule for November 2020

The Japanese airline yesterday, 28 September, released an updated flight schedule announcing that it will resume flights to Singapore and Bangkok in November, in addition to increasing frequency on other international routes; among them, twice-weekly services will fly from Tokyo Haneda to Sydney, Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam and Manila in the Philippines. One flight per week will also operate from Tokyo Haneda to London.
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AUSTRALIA: City of Melbourne lifts COVID-19 night-time curfew from 28 September 2020

The state government of Australia's Victoria has announced that a night-time curfew imposed on the city of Melbourne will be lifted from the morning of 28 September. The curfew suspension was announced alongside other amendments to restrictions, including an increase on the number of people to be allowed at public gatherings.
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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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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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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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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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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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