Month: March 2020

COVID-19: More countries impose travel ban

Chile, Argentina, the Philippines and Egypt are among the latest countries to close their borders to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Egypt suspended all flights into and out of the country’s airports from noon yesterday (March 19), Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly said in a televised news conference. The flight shutdown will last through March 31, and during…
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March 23, 2020 0

SAA cuts regional, international flights

SAA has suspended all regional flights and international flights, until May 31. This is to support the government travel ban aimed at stopping the transmission of Covid-19, the airline said in a statement. Regional flights suspended are Accra (Ghana), Lusaka (Zambia), Harare (Zimbabwe), Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe), Windhoek (Namibia), Lagos (Nigeria), and Entebbe (Uganda) and Mauritius.…
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March 23, 2020 0

Mauritius closes borders

Mauritius has closed its borders to all foreign nationals, including South Africans, effective March 19, 20h00 GMT. The Prime Minister of Mauritius confirmed this Wednesday, March 18 that three people tested positive for Covid-19. All passengers, including transit, will not be allowed to enter the country for a period of 14 days. Air Mauritius will assist…
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March 19, 2020 0

Border posts closed

In a statement on Sunday, President Cyril Ramaphosa stated that 35 South African ports of entry would be closed as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19. There will be no travel in or out of the borders of Lesotho, eSwatini, Mozambique, Botswana and Namibia. “Of the 53 land ports, 35 will be shut down…
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March 17, 2020 0

Emirates and Emirates Skywards offers amid coronavirus outbreak

Emirates introduced a waiver policy for all booked tickets issued from March 7 until March 31, 2020. This will allow customers across its network the choice of changing their travel dates without change and reissuance fees. Customers can change their booking to any date for travel within an 11-month date range in the same booking…
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March 11, 2020 0

Air Mauritius offering more flexible booking options amid coronavirus outbreak

Air Mauritius is offering to its passengers’ more flexible booking options.  The following facilities will apply for passengers holding Air Mauritius tickets issued before April 30, 2020, for departures until June 30, 2020.  Regardless of conditions of the original booking, all penalty fees will be waived for passengers who wish to change their travel date.…
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March 11, 2020 0

Air France and KLM offer flexible booking options amid coronavirus outbreak

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, Air France and KLM have been doing everything possible to assist their customers and allow them to postpone or cancel trips planned to/from areas with a risk of exposure.  The airlines are now going further and extending these measures to their entire network for upcoming reservations and bookings…
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March 11, 2020 0

Israel announces 14-day quarantine for all arrivals

The Israeli government has announced that all international arrivals into the country will be placed on a 14-day quarantine. According to global media reports, non-Israeli citizens will be allowed to enter the country until Thursday, March 12. To enter after this date, non-citizens will need to prove that they have a place in the country…
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March 11, 2020 0

Italy goes into nationwide lockdown

Italy has extended emergency COVID-19 (coronavirus) measures to the entire country. Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte banned all public gatherings to make Italy a protected zone.   The PM ordered people to stay at home and to seek permission if they need to travel for essential work or health reasons. The emergency measures will remain in effect until…
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March 11, 2020 0

What Emirates is doing to help travellers amid the Covid-19 outbreak

Emirates wants to put travellers’ mind at ease with intensified cleaning protocols and waiving of date changes on existing tickets.  The Covid-19 outbreak has airlines the hardest, with travellers not only cancelling their tickets but whole routes to affected countries getting cut to curb the spread of the coronavirus.  The UAE airline has increased its…
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March 10, 2020 0