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AUSTRALIA: Government of the Northern Territory (NT) makes face masks mandatory at all major airports

The government of the Australian region of the Northern Territory (NT) has announced that it is now mandatory for face masks to be worn at all major NT airports, and while on board an aircraft travelling to or from the area. Children under the age of 12 and people with a specified medical condition are not required to wear a mask.
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AUSTRALIA: Country updates entry requirements from 22 January 2021

The country's government has published updated entry requirements; if travelling to Australia on or after 22 January, passengers must present evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result to their airline at check-in; the result must have been obtained a maximum of 72 hours prior to departure. If passengers transit through a third country on their return journey to Australia, they are required to check on any local requirements at their transit destination and confirm with their airline any specific requirements for onward travel. Masks must be worn on all international flights, including at airports, and limited exemptions from the pre-departure testing requirements can be found on the Australian Department of Health website.
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AUSTRALIA: State of Tasmania and Australian Capital Territory (ACT) ease COVID-19 border restrictions

The governments of the Australian state of Tasmania, as well as the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) have confirmed that they are further easing COVID-19 restrictions for domestic interstate travel. Among these relaxations, the Tasmanian premier announced yesterday , 18 January, that Greater Brisbane is now downgraded to be classified as ‘medium risk’, meaning travellers from the area are allowed to visit Tasmania. The Greater Sydney area and Wollongong in New South Wales however will remain unchanged as 'medium risk' for the time being. The Tasmanian government has also lifted restrictions for hotspots in the state of Victoria, meaning all travellers from the state are now classified as 'low risk' and can enter Tasmania without having to quarantine. From 22 January, a public health directive for face masks to be worn on commercial flights in Tasmanian airspace, both from interstate and within the state, and at airports, will come into force.
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MOROCCO: Country's government suspends entry to passengers from four additional countries

The country's government confirmed yesterday, 18 January, that it had suspended entry to passengers from Australia, Brazil, Ireland and New Zealand following the discovery of its first imported case of a new variant of COVID-19 first detected in the UK; these measures are in addition to the suspension of entry to UK passengers which was imposed in late December. On 23 December, the country also imposed a nationwide four-week curfew from 21.00 to 06.00 (local time) daily to curb the spread of the virus.
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NEW ZEALAND: Country introduces pre-departure COVID-19 test requirement for arrivals from most countries

The New Zealand Government is extending pre-departure testing to all passengers to New Zealand except from Australia, Antarctica and most Pacific Islands. The change will come into force for all flights arriving in New Zealand after 23.59 (NZT) on 25 January, to minimise disruption for those passengers with imminent departures. Other countries will be considered for exclusion if their situations change.
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AUSTRALIA: Tropical cyclone 'Kimi' due to make landfall in far-north Queensland on 18 January 2021

The tropical cyclone is predicted to make landfall in the area around Cardwell, in Australia's state of Queensland, on the evening of 18 January; a warning has been issued for an area covering from Port Douglas to Lucinda. The cyclone is expected to continue south-west and to cross the coast between Innisfail and Lucinda. Destructive wind gusts up to 150 kilometres per hour are predicted along with heavy rainfall, abnormally high tides and flash flooding.
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AUSTRALIA: Country's national government lifts COVID-19 'hotspot' status for Greater Brisbane

The national government of Australia has announced that it has now revoked a COVID-19 'hotspot' declaration for the Greater Brisbane area, after the state of Queensland recorded no new cases of the virus via community transmission. In Greater Brisbane there is still however a mask mandate in place and restrictions on venues, events and gatherings. Residents and visitors must wear a mask indoors at shopping centres, supermarkets, cinemas, on public transport, in taxis and rideshares, at the library and places of worship.
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AUSTRALIA: State of Victoria downgrades Greater Brisbane area to COVID-19 'orange zone' status

The government of the Australian state of Victoria have announced that residents and visitors from Brisbane, in the further north state of Queensland, will be able to now travel to Victoria without needing to apply for an exemption under a relaxation of the states' COVID-19 border restrictions. From 18.00 AEDT on 16 January, the local government areas of Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Redlands, Logan and Ipswich have been downgraded from a 'red zone' to an 'orange zone'. People travelling from 'orange zones' can apply online for a permit to enter Victoria. Arrivals need to get tested for COVID-19 within three days of arriving in Victoria, but only need to isolate until they get a negative result.
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EMIRATES: Airline suspends flights to Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne until further notice

The Dubai-based airline has announced that it will be suspending all flights to and from the Australian cities of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane until further notice due to unspecified operational reasons. Each route will operate its final outbound and inbound flight from Dubai between 16-20 January, and then will remain suspended until further notice. The airline will, however, continue to operate a twice-weekly service to the Australian city of Perth.
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AUSTRALIA: Greater Brisbane COVID-19 lockdown set to end on 11 January 2021

An Australian government COVID-19 lockdown of more than 2.3 million residents in the south-east of the state of Queensland will end as scheduled at 18.00 (local time) on 11 January, after the state recorded no new locally-acquired COVID-19 cases on Monday. There is a list of requirements in place, including the carrying of masks at all times. The full list can be accessed online.
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AUSTRALIA: State of Tasmania declares Greater Brisbane a 'high risk' COVID-19 area

The government of the Australian island-state of Tasmania has declared the area of Greater Brisbane a high-risk COVID-19 area. Any passenger arriving in Tasmania from 8 January, who has been in the Greater Brisbane area since 2 January 2021, will be required to immediately self-isolate for up to 14 days.
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AUSTRALIA: State of Western Australia closes border to arrivals from Queensland from 8 January 2021

The government of the Australian state of Western Australia (WA) has announced that it will enact a hard border closure on arrivals from the state of Queensland as of midnight (local time) on 8 January 2021. All existing 'G2G' travel passes will be cancelled and only people with a valid exemption will be allowed to enter the state from Queensland. Additional quarantine requirements have also been imposed for passengers who have arrived into WA since 2 January.
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AUSTRALIA: Area of Greater Brisbane to enter COVID-19 lockdown from 8 January 2021

The government of the Australian state of Queensland has announced that residents and visitors in the city of Brisbane's Metro North, Metro South and West Moreton Hospital and Health Services - the council areas of Brisbane, Ipswich, Moreton Bay, Logan and Redlands, will be required to stay at home during a three-say COVID-19 lockdown due to start today, 8 January at 18.00 (local time). The measures are currently set to end at 18.00 (local time) on Monday 11 January.
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QANTAS: Airline resumes booking for international flights from 1 July 2021

The Australian airline has said that it has started taking bookings for international flights from 1 July; Qantas had previously said that it did not expect to fly internationally until much later in the year. Ticket sales for Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore, which had been set to start in March, have been pushed back to July, while other destinations like London have been brought forward from October. New Zealand is the only overseas destination to which Qantas is currently flying.
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AUSTRALIA: States & Territories commence closing borders

Victoria will close its border with New South Wales (NSW) from 11:50pm on Friday, 1 January 2021. Those who arrive in the 24 hours before the border closure will still need to take a COVID-19 test. Victorians who arrive back from NSW after the deadline will need to go into hotel quarantine. Western Australia (WA) has also announced it will close its border with Victoria from midnight on Thursday, 31 December. Anyone who has entered WA from Victoria since December 21 will have to go into quarantine immediately for 14 days from their date of arrival. South Australia (SA) will close its border with New South Wales from 12:01am on Friday, 1 January. Travellers from NSW will be banned from entering SA unless they are essential travellers, returning South Australians or permanently relocating. The Northern Territory will close its border to travellers from greater metropolitan Sydney from midnight tonight. Those who arrive after midnight will go into mandatory quarantine at either Howard Springs in Darwin or in Alice Springs.
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ANGOLA: Country's government imposes border restrictions due to concerns over variant COVID-19 strains

The country's government has announced the closure of Angola's air, land, and sea borders to passenger travel to and from Australia, Nigeria, South Africa, and the UK from 23.59 (local time) on 26 December due to the emergence of a variant strain of COVID-19; it is currently unclear how long this measure will be in place. Regardless of the travel ban, entry into Angola remains highly restricted as part of the nation's pandemic-related state of calamity, which is in effect until at least 10 January 2021. International travel and internal restrictions therefore remain in place.
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TUNISIA: Country's government suspends flights with the UK, South Africa and Australia

The country's government has announced the suspension of air links with the UK, South Africa and Australia, from 28 December until further notice. Anyone who has resided or transited through these countries will not be allowed access to Tunisian territory.
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AUSTRALIA: State governments introduce border closures in response to New South Wales outbreak

The Australian states of Queensland, the Northern Territory and the ACT have joined Victoria and South Australia in strengthening border restrictions, re-introducing 14-day quarantine requirements for visitors from New South Wales (NSW). For a full list of declared hotspots please check directly with each State's COVID-19 website.
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AUSTRALIA: State governments impose increased COVID-19 restrictions after outbreak in New South Wales (NSW)

The governments of some Australian states have re-imposed increased COVID-19 restrictions following the confirmation of a clustered outbreak of the virus in New South Wales' (NSW) northern beaches. The state of Queensland has also recorded three new cases of COVID-19 and has declared NSW's northern beaches a 'hotspot'. The state of Tasmania has closed its border to anyone who has been in the same on or since 11 December, and the states of Victoria and the Northern Territory have asked people who have been on the northern beaches to quarantine for 14 days. The state of Western Australia has gone one step further and imposed this restriction on anyone arriving from the state of New South Wales (NSW) as a whole. More to come.
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JAPAN AIRLINES: Airline introduces free COVID-19 insurance policy for passengers

The airline has announced that it is the latest carrier to provide free COVID-19 insurance cover for passengers who test positive for the virus while travelling. The policies are provided by Allianz Travel and cover medical costs relating to a positive diagnosis, as well as isolation and additional travel costs. The cover applies to all passengers on Japan Airlines (JAL) marketed and operated flights for travel between 23 December 2020 and 30 June 2021, and is valid for 31 days from the first leg of the journey.
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