Industry News Update 06.12.21


Pre-departure tests to return from Tuesday 7th December
Travellers heading to the UK will need evidence of a negative lateral flow or PCR Covid-19 test result, taken up to 48 hours before getting on an aircraft, ferry or Eurostar/Eurotunnel.

The requirement will come into force from Tuesday 7th December in response to worries about the new Omicron variant of Covid-19.


US announces new testing measures for inbound passengers
The following information has been released on the USA’s CDC website:

  • If you plan to travel internationally, you will need to get a COVID-19 viral test (regardless of vaccination status or citizenship) no more than 1 day before you travel by air into the United States. You must show your negative result to the airline before you board your flight.
  • If you recently recovered from COVID-19, you may instead travel with documentation of recovery from COVID-19 (i.e., your positive COVID-19 viral test result on a sample taken no more than 90 days before the flight’s departure from a foreign country and a letter from a licensed healthcare provider or a public health official stating that you were cleared to travel). Click here for more information,

India issues new travel guidelines amid new strain scare
The Union Health Ministry has announced revised the guidelines for the international arrivals in the wake of new Covid-19 variant, Omicron. The new guidelines came into effect from 1 December.

The government have advised that international arrivals will now have to upload their 14-day travel history and valid negative RT-PCR test reports on Air Suvidha portal before embarking on their journey to India. The RT-PCR test report should not be more than 72 hours old and according to the new guidelines, the passengers travelling from countries that are categorised as ‘at-risk’ will have to undergo testing on arrival.   More information on travel to India can be found here.

Travel news as a glance:

  • Cathay Pacific to merge Marco Polo Club and Asia Miles programmes
  • British Airways to power selected flights with sustainable aviation fuel from early 2022
  • Heathrow reopens Terminal 4 as a dedicated red list terminal
  • LATAM submits $8.19 billion restructuring plan to exit Chapter 11

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