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Emirates becomes one of world’s first airlines to use IATA Travel Pass

Emirates has partnered with International Air Transport Association (IATA) to trial IATA Travel Pass. It is a mobile app to help passengers manage their travel in line with any government requirements for COVID-19 testing or vaccine information. It allows passengers to create a digital passport to verify if pre-travel test or vaccination meets the destination’s requirements.

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UAE and Egypt resume flights to Qatar since 2017

First direct flights since 2017 between Qatar and UAE and Egypt flew on Monday, after the end of regional diplomatic crisis. First flight to take off from Qatar to Egypt in three and a half years was an EgyptAir service taking off from Doha airport. Air Arabia had also announced direct flights between Sharjah and Doha, and Air Arabia flight landed in Sharjah from Doha.

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India moving towards normalcy as travel picks pace: Aviation minister

India aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri took to Twitter to share the latest figures of the travel industry in the country. Puri stated the number of passengers is growing steadily and will soon touch pre-COVID figures. As many as 2,53,171 passengers took 2,161 flights on 16 January, while total flight movements were 4,301. Moreover, the total footfall at airports across the country was 4,98,931, Puri reported.

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Abu Dhabi allows entry within 48 hours of negative PCR test

Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee for the COVID-19 pandemic has updated procedures to enter Abu Dhabi from 17 January. Entry has been allowed into the emirate within 48 hours of receiving a negative PCR or DPI test result, instead of 72 hours. Mandatory PCR tests on day four of entry for those staying for four days or more have also been approved.

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COVID-19 pandemic turns tourist hubs into ghost towns

Thailand's sandy beaches find no takers due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Tourism and local authorities are desperately trying for economic recovery to bring punters back. “Without tourists even Venice has become a ghost town,” said a tour guide. Nevertheless, tourism officials are making efforts to see hope for tourism and economic recovery soon after the vaccine roll-out.

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New railway line between Afghanistan and Turkmenistan to improve relations

The railway line link between Afghanistan and Turkmenistan has been officially inaugurated by the leaders of two nations. 30 km long, Aqina-Andkhoi rail line borders town in the northern province of Faryab in Afghanistan now connects with an important Central Asian country. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani marks this as an important milestone for improving relations between Turkmenistan and Afghanistan.

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Wizz Air Abu Dhabi begins operation with first flight to Athens

UAE’s new national airline 'Wizz Air Abu Dhabi' will commence operation from today with flights from Abu Dhabi International Airport to Athens, Greece. The airline will start flights to Greek city of Thessaloniki from 4 February. Wizz Air Abu Dhabi is a joint venture established between Abu Dhabi's ADQ and Wizz Air Holdings. The airline has a fleet composed of four brand new Airbus A321 neo aircraft.

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UK bans travel from South America, Portugal over new COVID-19 variant fears

UK has banned flights from the whole of South America as well as Portugal, Panama, and Cape Verde over concerns about a new Coronavirus variant that emerged in Brazil. British and Irish citizens will still be able to travel but must isolate for 10 days. UK reported 1,248 Coronavirus deaths on 14 January. The previous day saw a record figure of 1,564.

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Air Arabia resumes direct fights between Sharjah and Doha

Air Arabia has announced that it is resuming direct flights between Sharjah and Qatar capital Doha, starting from 18 January 2021. Customers can now book their direct flights for the route via website, call centre, or through travel agencies. Air Arabia has also added to convenience and confidence of passengers by introducing free COVID-19 insurance coverage.

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Air Arabia resumes direct fights between Sharjah and Doha

Air Arabia has announced that it is resuming direct flights between Sharjah and Qatar capital Doha, starting from 18 January 2021. Customers can now book their direct flights for the route via website, call centre, or through travel agencies. Air Arabia has also added to convenience and confidence of passengers by introducing free COVID-19 insurance coverage.

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Europe: Night trains set to make a comeback

National rail operators in Germany, France, Austria, and Switzerland have announced plans to revive Europe's night train network. Routes from Vienna to Munich and on to Paris, and Zurich to Amsterdam via Cologne will be re-established in 2021. The next few years will see revival of routes linking Berlin, Brussels, Rome and Barcelona.

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Al Ula impact: First Qatar to Saudi Arabia flight takes off in 3 years

Following the historic Al Ula declaration in Saudi Arabia, the first flight from Qatar in three years landed at Riyadh International Airport. A Saudi Airlines plane will also fly from Riyadh to Doha soon. Services between Jeddah and Doha are also on the cards. Saudi Arabia and its allies, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt had slapped a blockade on Qatar that included closing airspace in 2017.

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India resumes travel with UK as 256 passenger-flight lands in Delhi

An Air India flight landed in Delhi on Friday morning with 256 passengers onboard. It was the first flight to arrive in India from the UK since the suspension of travel between the two countries. India had suspended flights to and from the UK on December 23 following the detection of a new, more contagious COVID-19 strain there.

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Qatar Airways sends first flight through Saudi airspace since 2017

Qatar Airways has, in a landmark moment, sent its first flight through the Saudi Arabian airspace since 2017. The flight QR1365 was from Doha to Johannesburg, and was the first of the services to fly through the route since blockade started on Qatar. The flight had a scheduled departure from Hamad International Airport at 20:45, and made its way across Jeddah.

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BREAKING: Delhi government announces new rules for UK returnees

Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi Chief Minister ordered new rules concerning new Coronavirus mutant strain. All those arriving from UK and test positive will be isolated in the isolation facility. Additionally, those who test negative will be taken to the quarantine facility for 7 days followed by 7 days home quarantine. This comes as UK variant proved to be much more transmissible than original COVID-19.

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Nepal regulator warns airlines over ferrying UK passengers

Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) has warned airlines of action if they ferry passengers from UK, where a new COVID-19 strain has prompted a nationwide lockdown. Noticing laxity by airline companies in following COVID-19 guidelines, CAAN warned them of suspension of their operations. Some companies were also given notices for violating safety norms including mandatory filing of travel form before boarding.

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Good news for UAE residents stuck in home countries for several months

UAE residents stuck in the county for more than 6 months are now allowed to return till March. According to reports, if you hold a UAE resident visa and staying outside the country for more than 180 days, you will be allowed to enter UAE. The airline's announcement to passengers will be a huge relief to several UAE residents stuck in their home countries for several months.

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Breaking: Saudi Arabia restarts international flights, reopens borders

Saudi Arabia ministry of interior announced that the country’s borders will be reopened on 3 January 2021. Land and sea borders have been reopened, and international flights to and from the Kingdom will be resumed, taking effect from 11am on 3rd January. Non-Saudis coming from countries with UK strain must stay out for 14 days to enter, while citizens coming from such countries shall be quarantined for 14 days.

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India to resume flights to UK from 6 January

Resumption of flights between India and UK has been announced. Flights from India to UK will commence from 6 January, while flights coming from UK to India will resume from 8 January. 30 flights will take off every week, with Indian and UK carriers operating 15 flights each. The frequency of flights will be revised on 23 January.

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Half a million customers expected at Dubai Airports in January 2021

Dubai Airports is gearing up for an upsurge as from January 1-7 an estimated 545,000 passengers are expected. Meanwhile, Dubai Airports is working closely with its service and commercial partners to ensure the well-being and comfort of the customers. Also, Dubai Airports has implemented a series of precautionary measures throughout the airport to maintain the health and safety of customers and staff.

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Maldives records over 90,000 tourist arrivals in December

Tourist arrival in Maldives saw a dramatic rise in December, with total footfall crossing the 90,000 mark. Government had earlier set a target of 100,000 tourists for remaining months of 2020 as it reopened borders in July. The tourism-dependent country was hit hard by COVID-19, recording the biggest slump among its South Asian counterparts.

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India extends FASTag deadline till 15 February 2021

India’s Road and Transport Ministry has announced an extension of deadline for 100% collection of toll charges on National Highways through FASTag. The 15 February 2021 extension is not the first time that government has deferred the deadline of implementation. As per reports, current share of FASTag in toll payments is about 75-80%.

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IRCTC launches revamped version of booking website

Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has unveiled a new avatar of its e-ticketing website on 31 December. The revamped version aims to offer users a seamless experience while booking tickets. Some of the features include improved payment pages for easy selection, prompts for review of journey and cache system to give current status with speed and accuracy.

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Emirates expects travel boom in first week of 2021

Emirates Airline expects travel to peak in first week of 2021. A high volume of travellers will be making their way to Emirates’ dedicated Terminal 3 facilities on 2 and 3 January 2021 to depart Dubai. A rush of inbound traffic is also expected into the city. Airline urged customers to check and follow the arrival guidelines of their destination country as they embark on travel plans post COVID-19 outbreak.

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India suspends UK travel till 7 January over new COVID-19 strain

Union civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri said central government has extended temporary suspension of flights to and from the United Kingdom (UK) to 7 January 2021. The announcement comes in wake of the COVID-19 strain recently detected in UK. He added that afterwards, regulated resumption will take place, and details will be out shortly.

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Air India all set to expand new services to US from January 2021

National carrier Air India will commence new services to United States from January 2021. The first-ever non-stop services between Bengaluru and San Francisco, Hyderabad and Chicago will begin from 9 and 13 January next year, respectively. Currently, Air India operates non-stop flight services from Delhi to New York, Newark, Washington, San Francisco, etc.

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Wizz Air Abu Dhabi to operate inaugural flight to Athens

Low-cost-carrier Wizz Air Abu Dhabi will begin operations in mid-January with an inaugural flight from Abu Dhabi to Greece capital Athens. Plans to launch the new airline last summer had to be put on hold due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The airline has been formed as a joint venture between Hungarian budget airline Wizz Air and Abu Dhabi's state holding company ADQ.

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Emirates Airline unveils premium economy plus enhancements for A380

Dubai-based Emirates Airline has unveiled a brand new premium economy cabin onboard its newest A380 aircraft. The airline received its newest A380 aircraft from Airbus’ Hamburg facility last week. Its remaining order of 5 A380s will also be delivered with premium economy cabins over 2021 and 2022. Emirates’ premium economy seats will also be installed on some of its Boeing 777X aircraft.

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RTA launches two bus routes to connect Route 2020 metro stations

Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) will launch two bus routes, which will constitute an important edition in the integration with Route 2020 of Dubai Metro. Two bus routes named F45 and F56 make mobility through public transport for residents, visitors, and tourists easier. Public Transport Agency in the same context revised transit time of certain bus routes and rescheduled service timing.

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New Year celebrations: Travel advice issued for Palm Jumeirah visitors

Master developer Nakheel has initiated a slew of measures to manage a potential increase in traffic on Palm Jumeriah on 31st December. Dubai Police, Dubai Municipality, and RTA will prioritize safety and convenience, and ensure smooth traffic flow. Visitors to the island, one of the most popular New Year destinations, have been asked to use public transport such as The Palm Monorail or taxis.

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Sri Lanka to welcome tourists first time since March lockdown

Sri Lanka will reopen its borders for international tourists from 28 December, the first time since March when it imposed a lockdown to curb spread of COVID-19. The first batch of tourists from Ukraine will arrive on the island nation tomorrow on a chartered flight. The government’s plan to reopen tourism in September was scuttled due to a surge in Coronavirus cases.

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Dubai-Sharjah bus services to resume tomorrow, announces RTA

Dubai’s Roads and RTA announced the resumption of two intercity bus routes between the two Emirates as of Sunday. Six double-deck buses to be deployed on this route. RTA will also re-route two intercity bus routes, namely Route E307A and Route E400. RTA is keen to implement all the precautionary measures to cope with the spread of COVID-19.

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UAE airlines dropped prices for selected Indian and Pakistan cities

UAE-based Flydubai and Air Arabia reduced the ticket prices to Mumbai and Karachi as the emergence of new Coronavirus strain forced various countries to impose travel restrictions. Mumbai and Karachi ticket prices are AED300 and AED430, respectively whereas ticket to London is AED1,600. Airlines are trying to balance consumer confidence being rocked by new variant of COVID-19.

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Asymptomatic passengers will not be tested on arrival: Maharashtra govt

Maharashtra government in a fresh circular said that passengers arriving from Europe, South Africa, and the Middle-East will not be subjected to COVID-19 RT-PCR test immediately upon arrival. The circular amended the Standard Operating Protocol (SOP) issued after detection of a new variant of coronavirus in the UK. COVID-19 test will be conducted on spot only for symptomatic passengers, the new circular added.

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Sri Lanka restricts arrival of passengers from UK

Sri Lanka President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has announced a temporary suspension on arrival of passengers from UK from today due to the new COVID-19 strain in the country. Passengers arriving from England today will be subject to PCR testing and to stay in hotels for 14-day quarantine, under full health supervision.

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France and UK border to reopen for COVID-19-clear travellers

France and UK have reached an agreement wherein France will reopen its borders to passengers from England on Wednesday, after a 2-day stand-off. French Transport Minister confirmed the set-up of testing centres for smooth transport of trucks on the border. Nearly 2,800 drivers had been waiting near England Channel port for crossing over.

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UAE: Abu Dhabi updates COVID-19 preventive measures, know more

Abu Dhabi Crisis, Emergencies and Disasters Committee updated COVID-19 preventive measures to preserve the low number of positive cases in the emirate. Operational capacity of economic, tourism and entertainment activities has also been optimised. Validity of negative PCR and DPI test results has been increased. Approved procedures for international travellers include exempting arrivals from 'green countries.'

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After Emirates airline, UAE's Etihad Airways to resume flights to Istanbul

Etihad Airways said that it will resume passenger flights between Abu Dhabi and Istanbul from 17 January 2021 after a 10-month hiatus. In a statement, the Emirati flag carrier said two flights will take off per week between the two cities. Last week, Emirates Airlines announced that it will resume operating flights to Istanbul from 21 December after a 9-month suspension due to COVID-19 outbreak.

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India announces new SOPs in view of new Coronavirus strain

India’s central government has issued various new SOPs, which will impose special rules on passengers coming in from Britain. The SOPs state that international passengers from UK to India from 25 November to 8 December will be contacted. The will also have to undergo mandatory RT-PCR tests if they develop any symptoms.

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COVID-19: 89% Indians keen to resume travel, shows Thomas Cook survey

A Thomas Cook India survey has revealed that 89 percent of people in the country are keen to resume travel following months of lockdown-induced weariness. The company surveyed over 2,700 customers across tier-1 and two cities to identify travel preferences during COVID-19 period. About 67pc respondents were willing to travel in the next 6 months while 33 percent would wait until mass inoculation.

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Maharashtra orders 7-day quarantine for Middle East and Europe-returnees

Maharashtra has ordered a mandatory 7-day institutional quarantine for passengers arriving from Middle East and Europe. The COVID-19 task force took the precautionary move to ensure the new strain of COVID-19 found in UK does not spread in the state. Five flights are scheduled to arrive in Mumbai from UK till December 22. Municipal officials will arrange for passengers’ quarantine in hotels and separate hospitals.

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Sri Lanka nationals & dual citizens can return on commercial flights

Sri Lanka nationals and dual citizens abroad can return to the island nation without waiting in a Foreign Ministry list of free quarantine. Migrant workers, short term visa holders, government, and military officers, who can afford paid quarantine are allowed to use commercial flights. Foreign Ministry will continue to arrange repatriation flights from 26 December.

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Kuwait releases new rules for travellers from UK after banning arrivals

Kuwait has added UK to a list of 'high-risk' nations and banned flights from the country. It has also imposed new regulations on passengers who came to Kuwait from EU or UK. Such passengers who arrived between 11 December and 21 December will now have to undergo a PCR examination. The test will be performed on the fifth and tenth day of their arrival.

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Israel bans entry of all foreigners, shuts down airspace for 10 days

Israel has banned entry of foreigners into the country for 10 days after the discovery of a new COVID-19 strain in UK. The country has also decided to shut down its airspace. Only diplomats and 'exceptional cases' will be allowed to enter Israel. UK recently discovered a new strain of COVID-19 post which several countries banned travel from it.

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UAE airlines suspend all flights to Saudi Arabia amid COVID-19 strain

UAE airlines have suspended all flights to Saudi Arabia till 27 December amid rising COVID-19 strain. Saudi Arabia also announced the cancellation of flights to the Kingdom for a week for the second time. Air Arabia confirmed the suspension of all flights to Saudi Arabia temporarily until further notice in line with Riyadh’s decision to suspend air traffic.

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Visa restrictions on Pakistan due to COVID-19: UAE foreign minister

HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign and International Cooperation has publicly acknowledged visa restrictions on Pakistan. Following the meeting with his Pakistan counterpart, Nahyan stressed restrictions were imposed due to COVID-19 pandemic. He affirmed bilateral relations with the country were intact. UAE has reportedly placed similar restrictions on Lebanon, Kenya, Iran, etc.

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BREAKING: Sultanate of Oman suspends international travel from 22 December

Oman decided to prevent entry to and exit from Sultanate through land, air, and seaports starting 1 am, local time, tomorrow. The ban will restrict all travellers for a period of one week with exception of aircraft, cargo, ships, and trucks. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia also restricted entry and exit in the Kingdom through land, air, and seaports.

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BREAKING: India bans flights originating from UK till 31st December

Given the spread of a strong second strain of COVID-19 in UK, India has announced to suspend all incoming flights originating from UK. From midnight 23 December, no flights from UK will be allowed to land in India till 11:59 pm IST 31 December 2020. Meanwhile, incoming passengers arriving before 11:59 pm IST Dec 22 will have to undergo a mandatory RT-PCR test.

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Bihar's glass bridge beckons safari-lovers from March 2021

Bihar has a new tourist attraction to offer to safari-lovers from March 2021. The glass bridge in Rajgir Wildlife Sanctuary is coming up on sprawling forests. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar yesterday inspected the 'nature safari' work at the tourist hotspot and asked officials to complete 'glass floor bridge' (skywalk) by March 2021.

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Scotland bans travel from UK, reduces Christmas relaxation window

Scotland has become the latest country to ban travel to and from UK after the country discovered a new Coronavirus variant. Scottish authorities have also reduced the Christmas relaxation window from five days to just one day. Belgium has also banned flights and trains from UK out of precaution, prime minister Alexander De Croo said.

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