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SRI LANKA: Country resumes commercial flights and re-opens to international tourism

The country's government has today, 21 January, re-opened to foreign tourists and resumed international commercial flights following a closure of over 10 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Under new measures, visitors must be tested for COVID-19 in their country of origin a maximum of 72 hours prior to their flight, once more when they arrive at their hotel, and for a final time seven days later. They will be allowed to travel in 14 designated tourism zones under a 'travel bubble' initiative, without mixing with local people. So far around 180 hotels have been earmarked to provide approved accommodation for tourism.
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MALAYSIA: Country's government expands COVID-19 lockdown measures to most states

The country's government has today, 19 January, announced that it will extend COVID-19 lockdown restrictions across most of the country in order to curb further increases in infections. Last week capital city Kuala Lumpur and six states went into a two-week lockdown meaning that essential sectors including manufacturing, plantations and construction were allowed to stay open, but a nationwide travel ban was implemented; the lockdown will now also be imposed on six other states from 22 January for two weeks.
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SINGAPORE: Country's government announces mandatory COVID-19 testing for arrivals from 24 January 2021

Singapore’s Ministry of Health has announced that all passengers arriving in Singapore must take a COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test when they land in the country. The decision to implement the rule comes following the resurgence of COVID-19 around the world, and has been put into place to prevent importation and local transmission of the new, more-transmissible virus strains that have been discovered. The rule not only applies to foreign passengers, but to Singaporeans and permanent residents of the country, and is to come into effect from 23.59 (local time) on 24 January.
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PHILIPPINES: Country extends entry 'ban' to arrivals from 30 countries until 31 January 2021

The country's government has announced that it has extended its travel ban for arrivals from 30 countries until at least 31 January, due to the discovery of new COVID-19 variants. Under this measure, passengers from the UK, Denmark, Ireland, Japan, Australia, Israel, the Netherlands, China, Hong Kong, Switzerland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Lebanon, Singapore, Sweden, South Korea, South Africa, Canada, Spain, the United States, Portugal, India, Finland, Norway, Jordan, Brazil, Austria, Pakistan, Jamaica, Luxembourg, and Oman are prohibited from entering the Philippines.
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MALAYSIA: Country's government announces nationwide travel ban and COVID-19 lockdown in some states

The country's government announced yesterday, 11 January, a nationwide travel ban and 14-day COVID-19 lockdown in the capital and five other states, as the country combats a surge in infections. The lockdown, will takes effect at midnight on 13 January, will prevent all social activities and interstate domestic travel.
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INDONESIA: Country's government extends COVID-19 entry restrictions on foreign arrivals

The country's government announced yesterday, 11 January, that it has extended its ban on foreign arrivals for another 14 days in a bid to control the transmission of COVID-19; ministers have said the reason for the stricter measures against international visitors, which were imposed on 1 January, is to try to keep out the new COVID-19 variant first detected in the UK.
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SOUTH KOREA: Country updates its COVID-19 entry requirements from 8 January 2021

The country's government has updated its entry requirements and announced that, from 8 January 2021, all international travellers entering South Korea (with the exception of citizens) must present a COVID-19 negative PCR test result issued a maximum of 72 hours prior to departure; those who do not have a negative test result will be denied boarding. All travellers, regardless of visa type and nationality, are required to be re-tested at a government-designated facility within three days of arrival and a 14-day quarantine is required for all travellers, except for those holding a quarantine isolation exemption certificate. Transit travellers must transit within 24 hours and are not permitted to leave the airport under any circumstances.
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CATHAY PACIFIC: Airline suspends London flights until 25 January 2021

The airline has confirmed that all flights departing from the UK to Hong Kong will continue to be suspended until at least 25 January. Cathay Pacific have said the decision is in view of the entry restrictions put in place by the government of Hong Kong on arrivals from the UK.
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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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TAIWAN: Country's government suspends international airport transit from 1 January 2021

The country's government announced on 30 December that it will impose additional entry restrictions and quarantine regulations for non-nationals, effective from 00:01 (local time at the airport of departure) on 1 January 1, 2021. Among the updates measures is a temporary suspension on transiting through Taiwan.
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INDONESIA: Country updates entry requirements for permitted travellers

The country's government has published updated requirements, restricting entry for foreign nationals to those already holding a valid stay permit (KITAS/KITAP) until at least 14 January 2021. However, all such travellers must undergo hotel quarantine and also require a negative COVID-19 PCR test result obtained a maximum of 48 hours prior to departure. Passengers will be required to undergo a further COVID-19 PCR test on arrival in addition to quarantine requirements.
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PHILIPPINES: Country restricts entry to visitors from 20 countries

The country's government has announced that it will close its borders to international arrivals from 20 countries, including South Africa, until at least 15 January, citing the discovery of a new COVID-19 variant internationally. In addition to the UK, locations with lower rates of COVID-19 including Australia, Hong Kong, and Singapore also fall under the restriction. International passengers who transit through these locations are also not exempt from the restrictions. However, Filipino citizens will still be able to return to the country; they are required to undergo 14 days of quarantine upon arrival, regardless of COVID-19 test results.
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PHILIPPINES: Country's government suspends UK flights until at least 31 December 2020

The country's government has temporarily suspended flights from the UK to the Philippines starting at 00.01 (local time) on 24 December until 31 December 2020. Passengers not arriving directly from the UK who have been in the UK within 14 days prior to arrival to the Philippines, including those just transiting through the Philippines, are prohibited from entering the country during this period. The restrictions have been introduced in response to the discovery of a new strain of COVID-19 within parts of the UK.
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TAIWAN: Country's government imposes additional restrictions for UK passengers

The country's government has announced that all passengers arriving directly from the UK, or those who have been in the UK in the previous 14 days, will be required to complete their mandatory 14 day quarantine at a designated quarantine centre. From 23 December 2020, the frequency of direct flights from the UK to Taiwan will also be reduced. The restrictions have been introduced in response to the discovery of a new strain of COVID-19 within parts of the UK.
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JAPAN: Country's government suspends entry to some UK passengers from 24 December 2020

The country's government has announced that from 24 December, foreign nationals arriving from the UK and in possession of visas issued since 1 October under the 'Global Residence Track' will not be permitted to enter Japan. Quarantine requirements are now also in place for those on the Short-Term Business Trips scheme. The restrictions have been introduced in response to the discovery of a new strain of COVID-19 within parts of the UK.
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RUSSIA: Country's government suspends UK flights from 22 December 2020

The country's government announced on 21 December 2020 the suspension of flights between the UK and Russia from 00:01 (local time) on 22 December 2020, for a period of one week. The restrictions have been introduced in response to the discovery of a new strain of COVID-19 within parts of the UK.
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SINGAPORE: Country's government to suspend entry and transit for UK passengers from 24 December 2020

The country's government has announced that from 23:59 (local time) on 23 December, all travellers who have been in the UK in the previous 14 days before travel will not be permitted to enter or transit Singapore. The restrictions have been introduced in response to the discovery of a new strain of COVID-19 within parts of the UK.
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INDIA: Country's government to suspend UK flights from 22 December 2020

The country's government has announced that all flights from the UK to India will be suspended from 22 December 2020 (23.59 hours IST) until 31 December 2020 (23.59 hours IST). Passengers arriving into India from the UK before 22 December deadline will be subject to a mandatory RT-PCR test on arrival. The restriction has been introduced in response to the discovery of a new strain of COVID-19 within parts of the UK.
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HONG KONG: Region to deny entry to UK passengers from 22 December 2020

The country's government announced on 21 December that from 00.01 (local time) on 22 December, travellers who have visited the UK for more than two hours within the past 14 days will be denied entry to Hong Kong. The restrictions have been introduced in response to the discovery of a new strain of COVID-19 within parts of the UK.
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SINGAPORE: Country to allow entry to business travellers from all countries

The government of Singapore has announced today, 15 December, that it's set to launch a new segregated travel lane for business travellers on short-term stays; the initiative will be open to a limited number of business, official, and high economic value travelers from all countries who are coming to Singapore for short-term stays of up to 14 days. Applications are due to open in mid-January 2021, and passengers will be required to adhere to strict COVID-19 health and testing protocols, including staying within a 'bubble' at segregated facilities.
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