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Austria, Spain: Update: Austria expands its travel warning for Spanish mainland to include Balearic islands

Austria, Spain: Update: Austria expands its travel warning for Spanish mainland to include Balearic islands | Travel Advisory | Scoop.it
VIENNA, Aug 18 (Reuters) - Austria is expanding its travel warning for the Spanish mainland to include the Balearic islands, such as Mallorca and Ibiza, because of an increase in coronavirus infections there, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said on Tuesday.


The travel warning for the popular tourist region will take effect on Monday, meaning that people arriving in Austria from that day will have to present a negative coronavirus test or else go into quarantine until they are tested.
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Japan, U.S.: Update: All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines will resume flights to the U.S. on 20 January amid 5G rollout concerns

Japan, U.S.: Update: All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines will resume flights to the U.S. on 20 January amid 5G rollout concerns | Travel Advisory | Scoop.it
Jan 19 (Reuters) - Two major Japanese airlines said Wednesday they will restore flights to the United States after the deployment of 5G mobile in the United States had prompted some foreign carriers to cancel numerous U.S. bound flights.


A decision by AT&T and Verizon Communications to delay switching on the powerful new telecom masts near key airports, following protests from airlines about possible interference, came too late to avoid a ripple of cancellations on Wednesday.


Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways said Wednesday they would resume Boeing 777 service to the United States on Thursday after announcing cancellations earlier based on guidance from Boeing.


Both airlines said they had been told by the Federal Aviation Administration there is no safety issue after the reduced wireless deployment.
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Finland: Aviation authorities warn of possible delays, cancellations at Helsinki Airport on 20-21 January because of winter weather

Finland: Aviation authorities warn of possible delays, cancellations at Helsinki Airport on 20-21 January because of winter weather | Travel Advisory | Scoop.it
According to weather forecast, heavy snowfall and strong wind is expected on 20-21 January. Passengers are kindly asked to prepare at least for some delays and to follow notifications of their own airline.


The air navigation company Finntraffic and its air traffic control may have to restrict the number of arrivals and departures for safety reasons due to strong winds and heavy snowfall.


Heavy snowfall often slows down unloading the baggage from the planes which affects the waiting time at baggage reclaim. Also, the de-icing of the planes takes longer. The ground handling companies and airlines at Helsinki Airport will do their best to guarantee as punctual operations as possible.
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Asia: Taiwan authorities expand on-arrival COVID-19 testing rules to short-haul flights

Asia: Taiwan authorities expand on-arrival COVID-19 testing rules to short-haul flights | Travel Advisory | Scoop.it
Covid-19 airport testing rules requiring passengers arriving in Taiwan on long-haul flights to wait for the result of their Covid-19 PCR tests at the airport will be expanded to short-haul arrivals from India and eight Southeast Asian countries starting Thursday, Health and Welfare Minister Chen Shih-chung announced Wednesday.


According to Central news agency (CNA), from Thursday, all passengers arriving in Taiwan on short-haul flights from India, the Philippines, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore will have to wait at the airport for their on-arrival Covid-19 test results before completing clearance procedures.
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U.S.: Update: Several international airlines make changes or cancel flights to U.S. ahead of 5G wireless rollout

U.S.: Update: Several international airlines make changes or cancel flights to U.S. ahead of 5G wireless rollout | Travel Advisory | Scoop.it

Jan 19 (Reuters) - Major international airlines rushed to change or cancel flights to the United States ahead of a 5G wireless rollout on Wednesday that has triggered safety concerns, despite two wireless carriers saying they will delay parts of the deployment.

 

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had warned that potential 5G interference could affect height readings that play a key role in bad-weather landings on some jets and airlines say the Boeing 777 is among models initially in the spotlight.

 

Despite an announcement by AT&T and Verizon that they would pause the 5G rollout near airports, several airlines still cancelled flights or switched aircraft models.

 

Late Tuesday, the FAA began updating its guidance on which airports and aircraft models would be affected, in a move expected to dramatically lessen the impact of the nearly 1,500 notices of 5G restrictions issued by the regulator.

 

The world's largest operator of the Boeing 777, Dubai's Emirates, said earlier it would suspend flights to nine U.S. destinations from Jan. 19, the planned date for the deployment of 5G wireless services.

 

Emirates flights to New York's JFK, Los Angeles and Washington DC will continue to operate.

 

Japan's two major airlines, All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines, said they would curtail Boeing 777 flights. ANA said it was cancelling or changing the aircraft used on some U.S. flights.

 

Germany's Lufthansa said it had cancelled a flight from Frankfurt to Miami and was switching aircraft used on some U.S. services from Boeing 747-8 to 747-400. Subsidiary Austrian Airlines would switch from a 777 to a 767 on its Newark service.

 

Korean Air Lines said it had switched away from 777s and 747-8s on six U.S. passenger and cargo flights, Taiwan's China Airlines said it would reschedule some flights and Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific Airways said it would deploy different aircraft types if needed.

 

The airlines said they were acting in response to a notice from Boeing that 5G signals may interfere with the radio altimeter on the 777, leading to restrictions.

 

A spokesperson for Boeing had no immediate comment.

 

The 777 last year was the second-most used widebody plane on flights to and from U.S. airports with around 210,000 flights, behind only the 767, according to data from FlightRadar24.

 

Industry sources said Boeing had issued technical advisories noting potential interference, but that flight restrictions were in the hands of the FAA, which has for now limited operations at key airports unless airlines qualify for special approvals.

 

Radio altimeters give precise readings of the height above the ground on approach and help with automated landings, as well as verifying the jet has landed before allowing reverse thrust.

 

Air India, which serves four U.S. destinations with Boeing 777s, said those flights would be curtailed or face changes in aircraft type starting from Wednesday.

 

Singapore Airlines said it had switched the aircraft used on select U.S. routes based on guidance from Boeing and in consultation with its regulators.

 

WORKHORSE JET

 

The announcement of cancellations came despite the wireless carriers delaying turning on some 5G towers near key airports.

 

Airline industry sources said the decision had arrived too late to affect complex aircraft and crewing decisions for some Wednesday flights.

 

British Airways opted to switch aircraft on its daily flight to Los Angeles to an Airbus A380 from the usual Boeing 777 service, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

 

Cargo airlines AeroLogic and Polar diverted away from Cincinnati to Atlanta, according to web tracker FlightRadar24 which said Atlanta was not subject to 5G related restrictions.

 

Flightradar24 said the A350 may also be used. The radio altimeters on the two Airbus jets have been cleared while the planemaker is still assessing its other models.

 

The 777 mini-jumbo is a workhorse of the long-haul travel market that remains depressed following COVID-19, while its freighter equivalent has reshaped the aviation route map during the pandemic, according to a spokesperson for Flightradar24.

 

Not all 777 flights are affected. Emirates, which is also a major user of the larger A380, will switch to the larger aircraft for Los Angeles and New York but keep flying the 777 to Washington, which is not affected.

 

Qatar Airways, which operates both 777s and A350s to the United States, said all 12 of its U.S. routes were operating as scheduled, with minor delays expected on flights from the United States to Doha.

 

Israel's El Al and Abu Dhabi's Etihad Airways said their services had not been affected.

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India, U.S.: Air India to cancel flights into the U.S. from 19 January amid 5G services concerns

India, U.S.: Air India to cancel flights into the U.S. from 19 January amid 5G services concerns | Travel Advisory | Scoop.it

Several international airlines say they will cancel flights into the U.S. starting Wednesday amid uncertainty about interference between new 5G cell phone service and critical airplane technologies.


Air India said it would suspend service between Delhi Airport and San Francisco, Chicago and JFK. It will also suspend a Mumbai to Newark flight.

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Global: CDC advises avoiding travel to 22 countries because of COVID-19

Global: CDC advises avoiding travel to 22 countries because of COVID-19 | Travel Advisory | Scoop.it

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported to "avoid travel" to  Albania, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bermuda, Bolivia, British Virgin Islands, Cape Verde, Egypt, Grenada, Guyana, Israel, Panama, Qatar, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, Sao Tome and Principe, St Martin/St Maarten, Suriname, Turks & Caicos, Uruguay because of COVID-19.

 

If you must travel, make sure you are fully vaccinated.

 

Because of the current situation in Albania, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bermuda, Bolivia, British Virgin Islands, Cape Verde, Egypt, Grenada, Guyana, Israel, Panama, Qatar, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, Sao Tome and Principe, St Martin/St Maarten, Suriname, Turks & Caicos, Uruguay, even fully vaccinated travelers may be at risk for getting and spreading COVID-19 variants.

 

Travelers should follow recommendations or requirements, including wearing a mask and staying six feet apart from others.

 

Links to information concerning "Level 4: Very High Level of COVID-19" from the CDC:

 

Albania: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/covid-4/coronavirus-albania

 

Argentina: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/covid-4/coronavirus-argentina

 

Australia: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/covid-4/coronavirus-australia

 

Bahamas: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/covid-4/coronavirus-the-bahamas

 

Bahrain: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/covid-4/coronavirus-bahrain

 

Bermuda: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/covid-4/coronavirus-bermuda

 

Bolivia: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/covid-4/coronavirus-bolivia

 

British Virgin Islands: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/covid-4/coronavirus-british-virgin-islands

 

Cape Verde: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/covid-4/coronavirus-cape-verde

 

Egypt: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/covid-4/coronavirus-egypt

 

Grenada: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/covid-4/coronavirus-grenada

 

Guyana: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/covid-4/coronavirus-guyana

 

Israel: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/covid-4/coronavirus-israel

 

Panama: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/covid-4/coronavirus-panama

 

Qatar: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/covid-4/coronavirus-qatar

 

St Kitts & Nevis: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/covid-4/coronavirus-st-kitts-and-nevis

 

Saint Lucia: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/covid-4/coronavirus-saint-lucia

 

Sao Tome and Principe: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/covid-4/coronavirus-sao-tome-and-principe

 

St Martin/St Maarten: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/covid-4/coronavirus-sint-maarten

 

Suriname: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/covid-4/coronavirus-suriname

 

Turks & Caicos: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/covid-4/coronavirus-turks-and-caicos

 

Uruguay: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/covid-4/coronavirus-uruguay

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Africa, Kuwait: Update: Kuwait government allows resumption of commercial flights with nine African countries after suspension because of Omicron variant

Africa, Kuwait: Update: Kuwait government allows resumption of commercial flights with nine African countries after suspension because of Omicron variant | Travel Advisory | Scoop.it
The Kuwaiti cabinet on Monday agreed on resuming commercial flights with nine African countries after a hiatus over the emergence of the coronavirus Omicron variant. In a statement following the cabinet regular meeting today, Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs and Foreign Minister Dr. Sheikh Ahmad Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Sabah said the government has instructed relevant state bodies to resume commercial flights with South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zambia, and Malawi. The cabinet stressed that all relevant preventive measures set by the coronavirus emergency committee have to be strictly observed, the minister added.


On November 28, Kuwait suspended flights to the nine African countries, where the Omicron variant were detected. Dr. Sheikh Ahmad Nasser revealed that the government has ease quarantine measures to vaccinated arrivals to Kuwait. As of Tuesday, January 18, immunized arrivals could avoid the seven-day quarantine if they conducted a PCR test upon entering the country and the result was negative, the minister said. The cabinet also urged citizens and residents to abide by all coronavirus preventive measures and not to hesitate to take the booster dose of the vaccine to help stop the spread of the virus
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Barbados: Other essential-service workers may join nurses' strike, including airport technicians, union leader warns

Barbados: Other essential-service workers may join nurses' strike, including airport technicians, union leader warns | Travel Advisory | Scoop.it

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With no resolution in sight to the now seven-week-long nurses' strike, the head of the Unity Workers’ Union (UWU) on Monday warned the government of escalated action.

 

In fact, according to Caswell Franklyn, some workers in other essential services have already started to withdraw their services in support of their nursing colleagues.

 

"If the government does not sit down with us, we will be asking our members at the airport to take action," he said after Monday's protest. "And, in fact, some of the technicians at the airport called in sick today. The technicians are the people who operate the control tower and the lighting at the airport, and if they are off duty international flights will not be able to land, so if nothing is done, we will call out all of our members there."

 

"This is merely a shot across the bow hoping that government will listen to our concerns," the trade union leader warned.

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Sweden: Update: Authorities lift negative COVID-19 test requirement for foreign travelers

Sweden: Update: Authorities lift negative COVID-19 test requirement for foreign travelers | Travel Advisory | Scoop.it
From media reports: Reuters reported travelers to Sweden will no longer be required to show a negative COVID test before entering the country, the government said on Tuesday.


Sweden introduced rules for a recent negative COVID test on 28 December 2021 in a bid to slow the spread of the more contagious Omicron variant. Since then, Sweden has repeatedly set new daily case records with Omicron now the totally dominant variant.


"Travelers are no longer considered to pose a particular risk of affecting the spread of Omicron in Sweden," the government said in a statement.


Sweden has recorded more than 20,000 new daily cases over the past few days, roughly double the previous record from earlier waves. The number of cases has put a strain on health-care services but not to the same extent as before the vaccine rollout.


The Local in Sweden reported that less than four weeks after it was introduced, Sweden will scrap the COVID test requirement for foreign visitors from some countries and bring back the vaccine pass rules that applied before the start of 2022.


The Swedish government made the announcement following a request from the Public Health Agency, with the new border rules set to come into force on Friday, 21 January. The official press release from the Ministry of Justice concerning changes in entry bans for people traveling to Sweden can be found here.
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Tonga: Update: Airport and communication services remain disrupted on 18 January after significant damage caused by volcano eruption

Tonga: Update: Airport and communication services remain disrupted on 18 January after significant damage caused by volcano eruption | Travel Advisory | Scoop.it
Officials in Tonga confirmed that at least three people have died following Saturday's massive volcanic eruption and tsunami in the government's first statement since the catastrophe.


A closed airport and lack of communication have continued to hinder international relief measures on the Pacific island nation, even as significant damage was reported along the western coast of the country’s main island on Tuesday.


"Water supplies have been seriously affected by the volcanic ash," the government said in a statement. "Challenges to the sea and air transportation remain due to damage sustained by the wharves and the ash that is covering the runways. Domestic and international flights have been deferred until further notice as the airports undergo clean-up."


The New Zealand High Commission reported damage on the island of Tongatapu, which is home to many holiday resorts, and the waterfront of capital Nuku'alofa.


The United Nations also said that satellite visuals showed extensive damage on the western coast of Tongatapu, with several resorts and houses destroyed or severely damaged.


The official toll of injuries and damage from the disaster on Tonga is still unclear, as the South Pacific archipelago has remained severed from the rest of the world after its main undersea communications cable was cut during the eruption on the uninhabited volcanic island of Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha'apai. Repairing the cable is likely to take weeks.


"We don't have any further information that would suggest... significant casualties, although, as you would appreciate, information is still relatively patchy," Australia's Minister for the Pacific Zed Seselja said on Nine's Today show on Tuesday.


He said the airport could likely open by Wednesday, with volcanic ash currently preventing planes from landing safely.

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Netherlands, South Africa: Travelers entering Netherlands from South Africa required to quarantine for 10 days as Dutch government reclassifies country as 'very high-risk' zone

Netherlands, South Africa: Travelers entering Netherlands from South Africa required to quarantine for 10 days as Dutch government reclassifies country as 'very high-risk' zone | Travel Advisory | Scoop.it
Authorities in the Netherlands have reclassified South Africa as a very high-risk zone without a variant of concern, the country’s government has confirmed. 


The recent decision that became effective on January 16 means that South African citizens who have completed their immunization process against the virus are exempted from the EU entry ban. However, travelers still are obliged to present a negative result of the Coronavirus test upon their arrival in the Dutch Republic and follow quarantine requirements, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.


The Netherlands' authorities have confirmed that all persons over the age of 12 are obliged to follow mandatory quarantine requirements upon their arrival in this country.

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Global: European Union reinstates some restrictions on travelers from Argentina, Australia, Canada; 'safe' list updated

Global: European Union reinstates some restrictions on travelers from Argentina, Australia, Canada; 'safe' list updated | Travel Advisory | Scoop.it
Updating the list of countries for which travel restrictions should be lifted, the Council of the European Union decided to remove Argentina, Australia, and Canada from it, thus, advising the Member States to reinstate travel restrictions on travelers from these three countries.


"The Council updated the list of countries, special administrative regions, and other entities and territorial authorities for which travel restrictions should be lifted. In particular Argentina, Australia and Canada were removed from the list," the statement of the Council reads.


The decision to reinstate entry rules follows the increased infection rates registered in these countries. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Argentina has reported 877,424 new infection cases in the last seven days.


During the same period, Australia reported 511,267 new cases, and Canada reported 262,710 new cases, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.


Under the previous recommendation from the Council, travelers from Argentina, Australia, and Canada were able to travel to the EU Member States without being subject to strict entry restrictions.


However, in line with the new update, the three above-mentioned countries will no longer be considered as epidemiologically safe, and thus, travelers from these areas will have to follow entry rules when reaching the Member States, provided that the recommendation is adopted.


Since each EU Member State has the right to decide on its own entry rules, travelers from Argentina, Australia, and Canada may face different entry rules depending on their destination country.


Following the new update, the safe third countries list now includes:


Bahrain
Chile
Colombia
Indonesia
Kuwait
New Zealand
Peru
Qatar
Rwanda
Saudi Arabia
South Korea
United Arab Emirates
Uruguay
China, subject to confirmation of reciprocity
Currently, all EU countries require travelers to present a valid vaccination certificate that indicates that the holder has been fully immunized against the virus. Certificates that prove that the holder has recovered from the virus are also recognized.


Except for having to provide one of the certificates mentioned above, travelers of third countries not placed on the safe list may also be required to undergo an entry test. Nonetheless, the rules vary from one country to another and the vaccination status of each traveler.
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Ireland: Update: Irish Rail cancels several services in Dublin because of staffing issues caused by COVID-19 variant

Ireland: Update: Irish Rail cancels several services in Dublin because of staffing issues caused by COVID-19 variant | Travel Advisory | Scoop.it

Irish Rail have announced their latest train cancellations as COVID-19 absences continue to curtail services.


The Omicron surge has caused the public transport provider to limit some services over the past month as staff members were out sick with the virus or absent due to being close contacts.


A number of Dublin commuter services have been canceled today, with the latest disruptions affecting Pearse and Grand Canal Dock trains.

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Bulgaria: Update: Authorities extend current entry restrictions until 31 March

Bulgaria: Update: Authorities extend current entry restrictions until 31 March | Travel Advisory | Scoop.it

Amid increasing Omicron infection rates, the Bulgarian authorities have once again warned that travelers coming from the Member States and the United Kingdom that are found on the red category must present their vaccination or recovery certificate, in addition to a negative PCR test result, performed within 72 hours of departure in order to enter Bulgaria, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.


The same further notes that Bulgarian citizens or permanent residents are required to present one of the required health certificates (vaccination, recovery, or PCR test) in order to be permitted in their home country or country of residence. If they fail to present such document, they must undergo a ten-day quarantine- with the possibility of reducing the isolation time if the PCR test taken three days after arrival is negative.


Unlike the several EU Member States that have abolished their colour-coded systems, the Bulgarian government continues to apply the practice, and from January 20, when this order enters force until March 31, arrivals from the red zone are required to present a vaccination, recovery, or test certificate, in order to enter the country. The negative test result must be a PCR test performed within three days of departure.


Countries found on Bulgaria's red category include:


EU Member States: (except for Vatican City and Romania), the United Kingdom, Greenland, Isle of Man, Gibraltar, Georgia, Faroe Islands


Asia: Mongolia, North Korea, Myanmar, Bhutan, Sri Lanka , Maldives, Oman, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Singapore, Brunei, Jordan, Bangladesh


Africa: Mozambique, Tanzania, Namibia, South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe, Seychelles, Zambia, Cape Verde.


South America: Paraguay, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Chile, Aruba, Cayman Islands, Sint Eustatius, Saba, Bolivia, Panama, Costa Rica, Saint Lucia, Uruguay, Suriname, Brazil, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Grenada, Argentina,


North America: United States of America, Curacao, Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands, Bermuda, Canada, British Virgin Islands,


Oceania: Fiji and Australia

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Cyprus: Update: Vaccinated passengers and those recovered from COVID-19 will be exempted from travel restrictions from 1 March

Cyprus: Update: Vaccinated passengers and those recovered from COVID-19 will be exempted from travel restrictions from 1 March | Travel Advisory | Scoop.it
Vaccinated passengers and those who have recovered from Covid-19 will be exempted from travel regulations based on the epidemiological categorisation of their country according to the new national travel regulations to be in force as of March 1.


In a second decision, the cabinet reduced the self-isolation period from 14 to 10 days, for people who are close contacts of a confirmed positive. The decision enters into force on January 24. Release earlier than 10 days can be done by PCR laboratory test with a negative result on the 7th day after contact at a person’s own expense. Those who have received their booster or seven months have not passed since their second jab do not have to self-isolate.
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Switzerland: Authorities extend quarantine, work-from-home rules until end of February

Switzerland: Authorities extend quarantine, work-from-home rules until end of February | Travel Advisory | Scoop.it
ZURICH, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Switzerland will extend until the end of February coronavirus quarantine and work-from-home rules and plans to keep until the end of March other curbs on public life it tightened last month while trying to avoid another lockdown as the coronavirus pandemic rages, the government said on Wednesday.


Those measures included the need for people to prove they have been vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 to gain entry to many indoor venues, as well as making work from home mandatory.


The cabinet last week proposed extending all the restrictions until the end of March but encountered resistance from regional authorities who wanted a shorter duration.


It also said people who have been vaccinated on recovered from COVID-19 will no longer need to present a negative test result to enter the country as of Jan. 22.


Switzerland this month halved its quarantine time to five days to help cope with a wave of coronavirus infections that threatens to hamstring the economy as tens of thousands more people get infected every day.


Officials worry that the wave fuelled by the highly transmissible Omicron variant could swamp the health care system in a country where only two-thirds of the population has got two jabs and just 35% has had a booster shot.


National authorities have reported nearly 1.8 million confirmed infections on Switzerland and tiny neighbour Liechtenstein since the pandemic broke out in early 2020. More than 12,000 have died of the ailment.
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India: Update: Government will maintain ban on scheduled international passenger flights until 28 February because of COVID-19

India: Update: Government will maintain ban on scheduled international passenger flights until 28 February because of COVID-19 | Travel Advisory | Scoop.it
NEW DELHI, Jan. 19 (Xinhua) -- Commercial international flights to and from India will remain suspended until Feb. 28 amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Indian aviation authorities said on Wednesday.


According to a circular issued by the country's Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), the restriction will not be applicable for international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by the DGCA.


"In partial modification of circular dated Nov. 26, 2021, on the subject (Travel and Visa restrictions related to COVID-19), the competent authority has decided to extend the suspension of Scheduled International commercial passenger services to/from India till 23:59 p.m. local time of Feb. 28, 2022," the order issued by India's civil aviation watchdog said.


"However, flights under air bubble arrangement will not be affected," it added.
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Japan, U.S.: All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines cancel flights to, from the U.S. due to 5G services concerns

Japan, U.S.: All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines cancel flights to, from the U.S. due to 5G services concerns | Travel Advisory | Scoop.it
Airlines such as ANA and Japan Airlines are canceling most B777 flights to/from the U.S. this week over concerns on how 5G will affect jet instruments.


The high-speed 5G cellular network uses so-called C-band frequencies similar to those used by radio altimeters on aircraft. Top U.S. airlines have warned that the rollout near airports could interfere with equipment that planes use to take off and land.


According to Nikkei Asia News, ANA canceled 10 flights connecting Tokyo with Los Angeles and New York, scheduled to depart Tuesday through Thursday, affecting roughly 650 passengers. It also called off 10 cargo flights.


JAL canceled three flights scheduled to take off on Wednesday, including those between Tokyo and New York, as well as five cargo flights.
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United Arab Emirates, U.S.: Emirates airline will suspend flights to several destinations in the U.S. from 19 January due to concerns related to 5G mobile services

United Arab Emirates, U.S.: Emirates airline will suspend flights to several destinations in the U.S. from 19 January due to concerns related to 5G mobile services | Travel Advisory | Scoop.it
CAIRO Jan 18 (Reuters) - Emirates airline announced on Tuesday that it will suspend flights to several destinations in the United States as of Jan. 19 and until further notice, according to an announcement on the company's portal.


The move comes "due to operational concerns associated with the planned deployment of 5G mobile network services in the U.S.", adding that the destinations include Boston, Chicago, Dallas Fort Worth, Houston, Miami, Newark, Orlando, San Francisco, and Seattle.


According to Gulf News, the airports are Boston (BOS), Chicago (ORD), Dallas Fort Worth (DFW), Houston (IAH), Miami (MIA), Newark (EWR), Orlando (MCO), San Francisco (SFO) and Seattle (SEA). 


Customers holding tickets with the final destination to any of the above airports will not be accepted at the point of origin, Emirates added in an update on their website. Emirates flights to New York JFK, Los Angeles (LAX) and Washington DC (IAD) continue to operate as scheduled.
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Canada: Update: WestJet cancels 20 percent of February flights in response to staffing shortages and Omicron variant

Canada: Update: WestJet cancels 20 percent of February flights in response to staffing shortages and Omicron variant | Travel Advisory | Scoop.it

WestJet has made significant cuts to its February flight schedule in response to staffing shortages and pandemic-related barriers on air travel.


The Calgary-based airline says the spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 has led to a staffing shortage and 20 percent of its February flights have been "consolidated."


"As we continue to navigate the unpredictability of the Omicron variant on our staffing levels along with the ongoing barriers to international travel, we are making every effort to proactively manage our schedule in order to minimize disruption to our guests’ travel plans," said Harry Taylor, interim president and CEO of WestJet Group, in a statement. "To our guests impacted by these additional consolidations, we sincerely apologize for the disruption and appreciate your continued understanding and patience."


WestJet says passengers affected by the flight schedule change will be notified of their new itinerary in the coming days. The airline's scheduled change refund policy remains in effect.

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Germany: Update: Dortmund Central Railway Station resumes operations after security issue

Germany: Update: Dortmund Central Railway Station resumes operations after security issue | Travel Advisory | Scoop.it

From media reports: Police in North Rhine-Westphalia reported on Twitter that Dortmund Central Railway Station has reopened after a suspicious item halted train traffic and prompted the evacuation of most of the building.

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South Africa, United Arab Emirates: Update: Emirates extends ban on outbound flights from South Africa until 31 January

South Africa, United Arab Emirates: Update: Emirates extends ban on outbound flights from South Africa until 31 January | Travel Advisory | Scoop.it
South Africans looking to fly with Emirates will have to wait a while longer.


Emirates has extended a ban on outbound flights from South Africa to 31 January.
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China, U.S.: Update: Chinese aviation regulator will suspend another eight incoming flights from U.S.

China, U.S.: Update: Chinese aviation regulator will suspend another eight incoming flights from U.S. | Travel Advisory | Scoop.it

China's aviation regulator on Tuesday suspended another eight incoming US flights by US airlines, bringing the total cancellation this year to 84, based on a Reuters tally.


The Civil Aviation Administration of China ordered United Airlines to suspend four more flights from San Francisco to Shanghai over COVID-19 cases, while ordering Delta Air Lines to cancel two flights from Seattle to Shanghai from the week of Jan. 31.


Two Dallas-to-Shanghai flights from American Airlines will be canceled from Feb. 21 over COVID-19 cases, the regulator said.

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U.S.: Update: Road traffic diverted from Mississippi's Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport following verbal security threat

U.S.: Update: Road traffic diverted from Mississippi's Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport following verbal security threat | Travel Advisory | Scoop.it

From media reports: Yahoo! News reported authorities evacuated Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport (JAN) in Rankin County, Mississippi, on Monday afternoon after someone made a threat.

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration evacuated all passengers and airport staff as a precaution, according to a news release.

The evacuation delayed several flights and at least one Southwest Airlines flight to Houston is canceled, according to online flight-tracking tool FlightAware.

Members of the Pearl Police Department are diverting traffic from the airport while a security sweep is being completed. Would-be travelers are stuck in parking lots and are tweeting about it.

An airport official said the threat was made verbally. It's unclear at this time if anyone is in custody.

Passengers planning to fly into or out of the affected airport should contact their airline concerning flight status.

Travelers are advised to follow the advice of authorities, monitor local radio and other media, and remain aware of developments.

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Afghanistan, Africa, Middle East: Update: Etihad Airways passengers from restricted countries not allowed to enter Saudi Arabia

Afghanistan, Africa, Middle East: Update: Etihad Airways passengers from restricted countries not allowed to enter Saudi Arabia | Travel Advisory | Scoop.it
Gulf News reported on Monday that Etihad Airways passengers will not be permitted to enter Saudi Arabia if they are traveling from or have been in Afghanistan, Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Seychelles, South Africa, Turkey, Comoros, Zambia or Zimbabwe in the past 14 days. This does not apply to Saudi nationals.


Saudi nationals or exempted passengers, who have been in the above restricted countries in the past 14 days, must book institutional quarantine for a period of five days regardless of vaccination status. One can travel to Saudi Arabia if they are a national of Saudi Arabia, a Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) national, or have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with an approved vaccine.


As a precaution, passengers of other airlines should confirm their entry eligibility into Saudi Arabia before travel.
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