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Most recent bans | ATPI Alert Travel Opportunities | 22 January 2021

Below you may find the most recent bans in short. Note that unexpected travel cancellations are taking place and airlines status may change at any given time without prior notice. The enlisted information are based on the officially announced governmental travel restrictions and quarantine measures.

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Areas & airports opening or softening restrictions

  • Africa, Asia, Middle East, South America, U.S.: Update: President Biden signs executive action to end travel ban from several Muslim-majority countries
  • Sri Lanka: Update: Government reopens country for tourism with restrictions, including COVID-19 testing requirements and a local 'travel bubble'
  • Greece, United Arab Emirates: Wizz Air resumes connections between Abu Dhabi and Athens; flights from Thessaloniki set to follow from 4 February
  • U.K., U.S.: American Airlines will resume flights between Washington, D.C., and Birmingham from 11 February
  • Qatar, United Arab Emirates: Update: Etihad Airways will resume flights between Abu Dhabi and Doha from 15 February after blockade
  • Germany, Namibia: Lufthansa will increase flights between Namibia and Frankfurt for March, April
  • Kyrgyz Republic, Turkey: Turkish Airlines to increase flights between Istanbul and Bishkek
  • Nigeria, United Arab Emirates: Air Peace will resume flights between Lagos and Dubai on 5 February
  • Germany, Singapore: Singapore Airlines resumes flights between Singapore and Munich
  • Maldives, U.K.: SriLankan Airlines will resume London-Maldives direct flights from 13 February

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Areas & airports imposing further restrictions:

  • U.K.: Update: London Stansted Airport will be closed overnight because of reduced demand
  • China: Government restricts travel for Lunar New Year in February
  • Lebanon: Update: 24-hour lockdown extended until 8 February
  • Australia: Update: Border closure information updated; some states, territories remain closed to Greater Sydney
  • U.K.: Manchester Airport will cut its business hours for arrivals and departures because of new strict measures imposed
  • Czech Republic: Update: Authorities extend state of emergency until 14 February because of COVID-19
  • Portugal, U.K.: Update: Portuguese authorities ban all flights to, from U.K. starting 23 January to tackle spread of COVID-19 variant
  • U.S.: President Biden signs order to require air passengers to quarantine on arrival in country
  • France: Negative COVID-19 test required for all international arrivals, including from EU, beginning 24 January; cross-border workers, truckers exempt, ships crew and offshore workers are not exempt
  • Denmark, United Arab Emirates: Danish government bans arriving flights from United Arab Emirates for five days because of potentially unreliable COVID-19 tests
  • Bermuda, Canada: Update: Air Canada flights from Toronto to Bermuda suspended until at least 12 April
  • Canada: Update: Central Mountain Air will suspend flights between Fort Nelson and Prince George from 3 February
  • Japan: Skymark Airlines will temporarily suspend 70 percent of its routes from 15 to 28 February because of COVID-19
  • Belgium: Brussels Airlines will cancel 900 flights in February and March because of travel restrictions linked to COVID-19 pandemic; flights to African destinations will not be affected



  • This information is up to date at the time of publication and is subject to change without prior notice. The above (as uploaded in ATPI Alerts) are the most recent and urgent travel news. However, we suggest that you also follow the below links including updated news for any country of your interest.
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  • Own face coverings / masks will be required across all airports and flights, to comply with COVID-19 measures.
  • It is strongly advised to arrive as early as possible to the airport for your departure.
  • Airlines have their own policies which are being updated regularly and can be checked directly on their respective websites.
  • For the latest information about local country restrictions we advise to check the website of Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • IATA prepared some leaflets for travelers that might need some extra confidence before they feel assured to travel safely again. Perhaps these are interesting to share with your travelers, for those that might still be a bit hesitative to travel:

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