Industry News Update 29.11.21


UK Inbound Travel Rules Notification
The Prime Minister has delivered a press conference on Saturday 27th November regarding new temporary and precautionary measures the UK Government will introduce following the emergence of the Omicron variant and the two cases that have been identified in the UK.

Targeted measures will be introduced from 04.00am on Tuesday 30th November as a precaution to slow down the spread of the Omicron variant. These are:

  • All fully vaccinated arrivals to the UK are required to self-isolate when they arrive, take a PCR test on or before day 2, and continue to self-isolate until they receive a negative result. For those who test positive, they must isolate for 10 days. There will be no change for unvaccinated travellers.
  • All contacts of suspected Omicron cases must self-isolate, regardless of their vaccination status. They will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace.
  • Face coverings will be made compulsory in shops and on public transport from next week. All hospitality settings will be exempt.


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New Zealand to welcome foreign visitors from April 2022
The government of New Zealand has set out a three-step plan to reopen its borders for the first time since the start of the pandemic in 2022, with foreign visitors to be welcomed back from April – red full story here

IATA calls on governments to simplify air travel
The International Air Transport Association has called on governments to simplify air travel, with complex measures having created a “barrier to global mobility.”  The body has issued a policy paper entitled From Restart to Recovery: A Blueprint for Simplifying Travel which calls on governments to “safely and efficiently manage the ramping-up of international travel” through a focus on three key areas: simplified health protocols, digital solutions to process health credentials, and Covid-19 measures proportionate to risk levels with a continuous review process.

EU proposes booster jab requirement for travel
The European Commission has proposed a nine-month time limit on vaccination certificates for travel to and within the European Union. According to the proposals, travellers would have to show proof of a booster jab once their vaccine status is more than nine months. This would apply from 10 January 2022 and would allow test- and quarantine-free entry to the member states.

The Commission is also favouring a “person-based” approach to travel measures, rather than one based on travellers’ country of departure, to ensure consistency across the bloc. Under its proposals, people with a valid EU Digital Covid Certificate would not be subject to tests or quarantine “regardless of their place of departure in the EU.” Those without the certificate may be required to undergo a test prior to or after arrival. For more information, click here.

Travel news as a glance:
•    South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia and Zimbabwe moved onto the red list at 1200hrs Friday 26 November – there is a ban on all direct commercial and private flights from these countries from this time until further advice is provided
•    Eurowings ‘Happy Hour’ offers customers half price food in bid to cut waste on the last flights of each day
•    United to start Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) flights to Singapore from San Francisco from January 2022, allowing fully vaccinated travellers to visit without quarantine

Information verified at time of publication

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