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LEBANON: Country's government extends COVID-19 restrictions until 8 February 2021

The country's government announced today, 21 January, that it will extend a 24-hour lockdown imposed earlier this month by two weeks, to combat a continued rise in COVID-19 infections. The tight restrictions on movement across the country, which had been due to run until 25 January, will stay in place until at least 8 February.
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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: Dubai suspends entry to passengers from South Africa

The government of the UAE emirate of Dubai have announced that entry to passengers who have travelled from or through South Africa in the past ten days will now be suspended, after it introduced a raft of new restrictions to combat the spread of COVID-19. Travellers from South Africa holding valid Dubai residence visas will also need government approval before being allowed to depart. Returning residents, who have received approval from the GDRFA or Federal Authority, must also produce two negative COVID-19 PCR test results. These tests must be completed within 96 hours of departure and then upon arrival in Dubai. Rapid antigen test certificates will not be accepted. South Africans will still be allowed to transit through Dubai International Airport on route to their final destinations to other countries which still allow for entry. South Africans in transit will still need to produce a negative Covid-19 test and will be confined to the airport precinct.
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ISRAEL: Country's government extends COVID-19 'lockdown' and increases entry requirements

The country's government has announced that a nationwide COVID-19 'lockdown' has been extended by at least a further ten days until 31 January, following increases in new infection rates within Israel. In addition, ministers also approved a fine of NIS 2,500 for anyone who arrives in the country without a recent, negative COVID-19 test result. Under the new policy, the test must be conducted a maximum of 72 hours prior to landing in Israel.
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SINGAPORE AIRLINES: Airline plans to vaccinate crew against COVID-19

The airline has launched a bid to vaccinate all of its crew against COVID-19, in a move that hopes to increase passenger confidence in flying with Singapore Airlines. Mirroring a similar scheme at Dubai-based airline Emirates, Singapore Airlines hope to offer the vaccine to pilots, gate agents, flight attendants and anyone whose job requires contact with the public.
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EMIRATES: Airline to vaccinate crew against COVID-19

The airline has launched a bid to vaccinate all of its UAE-based workforce against COVID-19, in a move that hopes to increase passenger confidence in flying with Emirates. The inoculation drive has already started, with priority being placed on its frontline aviation workforce, including cabin crew, flight deck and other operationally focused roles.
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NETHERLANDS: Country imposes flight suspensions on a number of destinations from 23 January 2021

The country's government has announced that from 23 January they will place a ban on passenger flights from the UK, South Africa and a number of South American countries. In addition, if passengers are travelling from areas with a high incidence of COVID-19, regardless of their nationality, they must present two negative COVID-19 test results; the first is a negative PCR test result obtained a maximum of 72 hours prior to departure, and the second is a negative rapid test result obtained no more than four hours prior to boarding. Locally, a restrictive COVID-19 'lockdown’ remains in place in the country until at least 9 February, included a nighttime curfew.
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ETIHAD: Airline partners with IATA on COVID-19 'Travel Pass'

The airline has partnered with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in order to launch a 'Travel Pass' for passengers; the mobile app is designed to help passengers easily and securely manage their travel in line with government requirements for COVID-19 tests or vaccines. The mobile app will initially be offered to Etihad’s passengers on selected flights from Abu Dhabi in the first quarter of 2021 - if successful, it will be extended to other destinations on the airline's network.
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WIZZ AIR: Airline to add flights from Abu Dhabi to Tel Aviv from February 2021

The Abu Dhabi-based airline has announced that from 12 February it will begin to offer flights to Tel Aviv, Israel. The airline recently confirmed Athens as its inaugural destination, with flights from Abu Dhabi International Airport commencing from 15 January. This will also be followed by flights to Thessaloniki, starting on 4 February.
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NORWEGIAN: Airline suspend long-haul flight operations

The low-cost airline has announced an updated flight schedule plan for 2021 which will focus on a dedicated short-haul route network and suspend long-haul flight operations, as it plans a return from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic upon the industry. Norwegian has said that it will focus on its core Nordics business, operating a European short haul network with narrow body aircraft.
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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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EMIRATES: Airline suspends flights to South Africa from 16 January 2021

The airline has announced that flights to and from South Africa will temporarily be suspended from 16 January to 28 January 2021 due to operational reasons. The last flights to the three South African gateways will be on 14 January. Customers holding tickets with final destinations in South Africa from 16 January to 28 January will not be accepted for travel at their point of origin. Affected customers should contact their travel agent or Emirates contact centre for rebooking options.
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NETHERLANDS: Country to require travellers from South Africa, UK and Ireland to produce two negative COVID-19 test results

The country's government has announced that it is tightening its travel restrictions for visitors entering from South Africa, the UK and Ireland from 15 January 2021; while essential travel is still permitted, arriving passengers will need to submit two negative COVID-19 test results prior to departure.
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KLM: Airline cancels South Africa flights from 15 January to 17 January 2021

The Dutch airline has announced that due to regulations released by the country's government, it must cancel scheduled flights from South Africa to Amsterdam between the evening of Friday 15 January and the evening of Sunday 17 January. However, flights KL 592 from Johannesburg and KL 598 from Cape Town departing tonight, 14 January, will operate as planned.
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JORDAN: Country's government ends mandatory COVID-19 quarantine for tourist arrivals

The country's government has announced that foreign tourists are no longer required to undergo mandatory COVID-19 quarantine upon arrival to Jordan from 13 January. When entering the country however, non-national visitors must present the results of a PCR test for COVID-19, made no later than 72 hours before departure. At the airport, passengers need to undergo repeated tests. If the test is positive, then the tourist will have to be in self-isolation, and then take the test again.
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LEBANON: Country's government announces increased COVID-19 lockdown restrictions

The country's government announced yesterday, 11 January, that it will tighten it's COVID-19 lockdown measures in the coming days to combat whelming curbs in recent infections. From 14 January a new 24 hour curfew will be in place until 05.00 (local time) on 25 January. The new measures also include stricter procedures at the airport for passengers arriving from Cairo, Addis Ababa, Baghdad, Istanbul and Adana; those arriving from these destinations will have to quarantine for seven days at a hotel, while all others will quarantine for up to 72 hours.
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UNITED KINGDOM: UK government removes the United Arab Emirates from its 'travel corridor' lists from 12 January 2021

The UK government has announced that as of 04.00 (GMT) on Tuesday 12 January, anyone arriving or returning to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will be required to self-isolate for 10 days, as the country will be removed from the list of nations that are exempt from self-isolation requirements. This includes all emirates of the UAE; Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ajman, Fujairah, Umm Al-Quwain, Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah.
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SOUTH AFRICA: Country's government confirms closure of land ports of entry until 15 February 2021

The government of South Africa has confirmed that the country will remain in adjusted COVID-19 alert level 'three', and that the 20 land ports of entry currently open will now be closed until 15 February. These include Beitbridge, Lebombo, Maseru Bridge, Oshoek, Ficksburg and Kopfontein. Entry and departure through these ports of entry will be permitted for the following reasons only: the transportation of fuel, cargo and goods, emergency medical attention for a life-threatening condition, the return of South African nationals, permanent residents or persons with other valid visas, Diplomats, the departure of foreign nationals and daily commuters from neighboring countries who attend school in South Africa.
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UNITED KINGDOM: Scotland removes Dubai from its 'travel corridor' list from 11 January 2021

The government of the devolved UK administration of Scotland has announced that as of 04.00 (GMT) today, Monday 11 January, anyone arriving or returning to Scotland from Dubai will be required to self-isolate for 10 days, as the region has been removed from the list of those that are exempt from self-isolation requirements. Those passengers that have travelled back to Scotland from Dubai since 3 January 2021 are also being asked to isolate for 10 days, from the date they arrived back in the country. Other destinations in the UAE currently remain exempt from self-isolation requirements for arrival in Scotland, and arrivals to England from Dubai remain exempt from self-isolation requirements at this time also.
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EMIRATES: Airline to resume non-stop flights to three additional U.S. destinations by March 2021

The Dubai-based airline has announced that it will resume non-stop flights to the U.S. city of Seattle from 1 February, as well as Dallas and San Francisco from 2 March. The addition of these three destinations will take Emirates’ North American network to 10 destinations following the resumption of services to Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York JFK, Toronto and Washington DC.
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SAUDI ARABIA: Country set to re-open to tourism from 31 March 2021

The country's government has announced that Saudi Arabia is to lift its travel ban and begin re-opening for tourism on 31 March. Currently, in accordance with restrictions in force as of 8 January, only non-Saudis who hold valid exit and entry, work, or residency visas are permitted to enter; travelers with tourist visas are barred from entry. Non-Saudis arriving from the UK, South Africa, India, Brazil, Argentina, and other countries where the new variant of the COVID-19 virus has been detected must currently remain outside of these countries for 14 days before entering Saudi Arabia. Saudi nationals are currently permitted to enter the kingdom from countries where the new variant has been found but must quarantine for 14 days and submit to two COVID-19 tests.
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