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Thailand continues tourism reopening despite spiking Covid-19 cases

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has confirmed a further extension to its reopening plans with the Phuket Sandbox 7+7 programme. The new system will provide fully-vaccinated international travellers with even more options to visit multiple Thai destinations bringing back the opportunity to enjoy multicentre, island-hopping itineraries, without the need to quarantine.The decision, however, comes against a backdrop of Thailand being added to the red list in the UK.
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Hong Kong "vaccine bubble" concept updates

In view of the latest development in global and local COVID-19 epidemic situations, the Hong Kong SAR Government will tighten the border control measures for overseas inbound travellers based on "vaccine bubble" in order to build an anti-epidemic barrier to prevent the importation of cases. The new measures take effect from 9 August 2021.
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LAOS: Laos extends nationwide lockdown

The government of Laos has extended the current nationwide lockdown to 18 August 2021, originally set to expire on Tuesday 3 August.
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TURKEY: Turkey bans flights from several countries

Turkey recently deemed Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brazil, South Africa, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka high-risk, but allowed passengers from these to enter the country with a 72-hour PCR test and 14-day quarantine upon arrival. However, Turkey’s Interior Ministry issued a circular stating that the country had suspended direct flights from Bangladesh, Brazil, South Africa, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka as of July 1 and until further notice. Turkish authorities announced that the nation was suspending direct flights only from these six countries due to the spike of the new variants of the COVID-19 virus.
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HONG KONG: Hong Kong bans passenger flights from the United Kingdom

To curb the spread of new variants of COVID-19, the Hong Kong government announced yesterday 28 June that all passenger flights from the UK would be banned from flying to Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, starting Thursday 1 July. Hong Kong authorities classified the UK as “extremely high risk” because of the “recent rebound of the epidemic situation in the UK and the widespread Delta variant virus strain there”. Under the new classification, people who have stayed in the UK for more than two hours will be restricted from boarding passenger flights to Hong Kong.
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PHUKET: Thailand confirms reopening plan from 1 July 2021

The Tourism Authority of Thailand has set out its complete guidelines for the Phuket Sandbox reopening on the 1st of July 2021. All visitors to Phuket must: Obtain a Certificate of Entry at entrythailand.go.th after arriving from a medium- to low-risk country, regardless of vaccination. Be fully vaccinated at least two weeks before departure to Thailand. Present a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of departure. Take out COVID-19 health insurance with a minimum coverage of US$100 000. Take another COVID-19 test upon arrival. If travellers want to move around Thailand after they have stayed in Phuket, they must wait 14 days before moving out of Phuket. Travellers will also need to show proof that the 14-day arrival stay was completed in Phuket.
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UNITED STATES: Country's government eases travel warnings for 110 countries including Japan

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has eased travel recommendations for more than 110 countries and territories, including Japan; the new ratings include 61 nations that were lowered from its highest 'Level 4' rating that discouraged all travel, to recommending travel for fully COVID-19 vaccinated passengers. An additional 50 countries and territories have also been lowered to 'Level 2' or 'Level 1'.
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SINGAPORE AIRLINES: Airline confirms resumption of non-stop Manchester flights from 17 July 2021

The airline has confirmed the return of its non-stop Manchester route from 17 July; initially, the flight will operate three times weekly to and from Singapore, with an A350-900 aircraft - but it is hoped that in time this can gradually increase, and also include the return of the westbound transatlantic connection to Houston, USA.
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EMIRATES: Airline to reinstate flights to Thailand's Phuket from 2 July 2021

The Dubai-based airline has announced that it will resume four weekly services to Thailand's resort island of Phuket from 2 July, to coincide with the re-opening of the popular destination to international tourists; in addition, those who are vaccinated against COVID-19 will enjoy even fewer restrictions, with no quarantine applicable on arrival. The Dubai-Phuket route will be operated with a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in a three-class configuration, offering premium services in first and business class as well as economy class.
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INDIA: Country's capital of New Delhi to ease COVID-19 restrictions as cases drop

The government of India has said that its capital of New Delhi will start to ease its strict COVID-19 'lockdown' restrictions from 31 May if cases of the virus continue to fall within the city; one of the worst hit locations, New Delhi went into 'lockdown' on 20 April, but new cases have declined in recent weeks and test positivity rate has fallen under 2.5%, compared to 36% last month.
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UNITED STATES: U.S. government warns citizens against all travel to Japan from 24 May 2021

The U.S. government and its health officials have as of 24 May warned its citizens against travel to Japan due to a surge in COVID-19 cases in the country, which is preparing to host the Olympics in just two months. The twin alerts don’t prevent U.S. citizens from visiting the country, but could have an impact on insurance rates for passengers, and may factor into decisions by Olympic athletes and spectators on whether to compete in or attend the games, which are due to start in July.
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SPAIN: Country to lift COVID-19 entry restrictions for passengers from UK and Japan from 24 May 2021

The government of Spain has said that it will officially lift COVID-19 restrictions for passengers from the UK and Japan on 24 May, when a decree takes effect; both countries will be on a list of those whose residents are able to avoid restrictions on non-essential travel to the EU, and will not need a negative COVID-19 PCR test result. However, UK tourists travelling to Spain will still have to quarantine on their return.
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HONG KONG: Region delays planned travel bubble with Singapore for a second time

A travel bubble between Hong Kong and Singapore due to open on 26 May has been postponed for a second time, following a spike in COVID-19 cases in Singapore which has further stalled the plan for quarantine-free travel between the financial hubs. The bubble was initially scheduled to begin in November 2020 but was postponed after a rise in infections in Hong Kong. Under the delayed plan, passengers would still be required to test negative for COVID-19 before departure and on arrival, to move freely between the cities.
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TAIWAN: Country's government tightens domestic COVID-19 restrictions

The government of Taiwan raised its COVID-19 alert level on 15 May in the capital of Taipei, as well as the surrounding area, in response to a reporting additional 180 new domestic cases of the virus. The increased restrictions will last for at least two weeks; face masks are to be worn outdoors for the first time, and the government now encourages work and study from home. In addition will be the closing of cinemas and entertainment spots, while limiting gatherings of families and friends to five indoors and 10 outdoors.
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JAPAN: Country's government extends COVID-19 state of emergency to three more regions

The country's government has extended a current COVID-19 state of emergency to cover an additional three prefectures where rises in infections have been detected; the news comes as Japan grapples with a surge of a more infectious strain of the virus just 10 weeks before the Tokyo Olympics are due to start. Hokkaido, Okayama and Hiroshima will join Tokyo, Osaka and four other prefectures from 16 May under a state of emergency until at least 31 May. Among the restrictions imposed are an 20.00 (local time) closing deadline for eateries and a ban on alcohol at most bars and restaurants.
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JAPAN: Country's government extends COVID-19 restrictions as Olympics draw closer

The government of Japan has announced the extension of a state of emergency in several regions of the country, originally imposed as a result of a surge in COVID-19 infections. Restrictions in Tokyo, Osaka, Hyogo and Kyoto had been due to end on 11 May, but will now remain in place until at least the end of the month. Under the state of emergency, bars and restaurants have had to close or stop serving alcohol, while cinemas and other leisure venues have also been closed.
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OMAN: Country's government extends entry restrictions on passengers from 14 countries

The country's government has extended a 'ban' due to come into force on 7 May to last indefinitely until further notice; the restriction prevents entry to Oman for passengers coming from Sudan, Lebanon, South Africa, Brazil, Nigeria, Tanzania, Ghana, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, the UK, India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. It also includes those coming from any third country, if they passed through any of the named countries during the 14 days prior to arrival in Oman.
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TAIWAN: Country's government is the latest to restrict arriving passengers from India

The government of Taiwan has become the latest to 'ban' arrivals from India today, 3 May, as the latter struggles to deal with a huge surge in COVID-19 infections; except for Taiwanese citizens, anyone who has been in India in the 14 days prior to arrival will be denied entry, while returning citizens face 14 days in centralised COVID-19 quarantine facilities.
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UNITED STATES: Country's government restricts most travel from India from 4 May 2021

The U.S. president has imposed new travel restrictions on India in light of recent surges in cases of COVID-19, preventing most non-U.S. citizens from entering the United States; the new restrictions take effect on 4 May at 00.01 Eastern Time (ET).
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AUSTRALIA: Country's government suspends flights from COVID-19 'hotspot' India

The prime minister of Australia has today, 27 April, announced in a televised news conference that the country has suspended direct flights from India in response to a surge of COVID-19 cases in India. The suspension is currently due to be in force until at least 15 May, and primarily impacts two passenger services from India into Sydney, plus two repatriation flights from India to Darwin, totalling around 500 arrivals.
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