News for Asia

Tourism Authority of Thailand announces border measure changes from May-2022

3 May, 2022

Tourism Authority of Thailand announced (30-Apr-2022) the following pre-arrival entry requirements will take effect on 01-May-2022:

  • Travellers vaccinated against COVID-19 must provide:
    • A valid passport and a Thailand Pass or a border pass for arrivals via border checkpoints;
    • An insurance policy with coverage of no less than USD10,000. Thai citizens and foreign expatriates under Thailand's national healthcare coverage are exempt from this requirement;
    • A certificate of COVID-19 vaccination;
  • Unvaccinated and non-fully vaccinated travellers:
    • A valid passport and a Thailand Pass or a border pass for arrivals via border checkpoints;
    • An insurance policy with coverage of no less than USD10,000, with the above mentioned exemptions;
    • A proof of prepayment for five nights of quarantine at a government approved facility, as well as proof of prepayment for one PCR test. Thai citizens are not required to prepay for the test;
    • The quarantine is exempt for unvaccinated and non-fully vaccinated travellers who are able to upload proof of a negative PCR test within 72 hours of travel via the Thailand Pass system. The exemption also extends to travellers under six years of age travelling with parents.

Upon arriving in Thailand, all travellers must undergo entry screening, including a body temperature check, and present the required documents to the Immigration/Health Control officer to carry out the checks. [more - original PR]

Qantas Group domestic market share increases in Q3FY2022, expected to reach 70%

3 May, 2022

Qantas Group reported (02-May-2022) the following highlights for Q3FY2022:

  • Leisure demand is very strong, with Qantas and Jetstar operating at approximately 110% of pre-COVID-19 capacity over the Easter school holidays;
  • Small business travel is now above pre-coronavirus levels and corporate travel is at 85%;
  • Group overall domestic market share has increased and is expected to be 70% between the two main competitors;
  • Bookings for markets including London, Los Angeles, South Africa and Bali are all above pre-coronavirus levels and Jetstar has resumed more than 60% of its international routes as more leisure destinations in Asia have reopened;
  • Higher domestic freight volumes are expected to be largely maintained given the structural shift in Australia's e-commerce activity. Some softening of international yields is anticipated as more passenger flights return in the months ahead;
  • Qantas Loyalty's underlying EBIT is expected to approximately double from Q3FY2022 to Q4FY2022. [more - original PR]

New Zealand Government welcomes visitors from approximately 60 visa waiver countries

2 May, 2022

New Zealand's Tourism Minister Stuart Nash and Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi announced (02-May-2022) visitors from approximately 60 visa waiver countries may travel to New Zealand from 02-May-2022. Mr Nash stated: "Thousands of passengers are touching down today on around 25 flights at Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch international airports as New Zealand opens up further for business". Services arriving on 02-May-2022 are departing from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Australia, Nadi and Rarotonga. Mr Nash added: "We are currently seeing around 33,000 arrivals per week and we know today's changes will further boost arrivals as interest in travel to New Zealand remains high. International flight searches to NZ are running 19 per cent higher than pre-COVID (March-April 2019)". [more - original PR]

Hong Kong Government lifts outbound travel alert issued due to COVID-19

2 May, 2022

Hong Kong's Government announced (29-Apr-2022) the outbound travel alert issued for COVID-19 on overseas countries and territories will be lifted on 01-May-2022. The travel alert was issued on 17-Mar-2020. [more - original PR]

Air Niugini: Inbound arrivals from Australia no longer required coronavirus test

28 April, 2022

Air Niugini, via its official Facebook account, announced (27-Apr-2022) inbound arrivals from Australia no longer require a coronavirus test on arrival in Port Moresby, effective 28-Apr-2022. Passengers arriving from Singapore, Philippines, China and Hong Kong are required to undergo a coronavirus test at reduced fee. Passengers from Asia are required to download the "LooK PASS" mobile application.

Malindo Air to officially rebrand as Batik Air

28 April, 2022

Malindo Air announced (27-Apr-2022) plans to officially rebrand as Batik Air from 28-Apr-2022, following a new air operators certificate granted by the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia. The rebranding exercise is part of Lion Air Group's aim to establish a common identity for the full service airlines within its group. The exercise will be conducted in phases and Batik Air will communicate to its passengers and partners progressively during the rollout. [more - original PR]

SriLankan Airlines to increase Colombo-Melbourne frequency from May-2022

28 April, 2022

SriLankan Airlines plans to increase Colombo Bandaranaike-Melbourne frequency from six times weekly to daily from 07-May-2022, as per a 27-Apr-2022 GDS inventory and timetable display. The airline operates the service with A330-300 equipment.

Malaysia Airports welcomes health and safety SOP relaxation from 01-May-2022

28 April, 2022

Malaysia Airports MD Iskandar Mizal Mahmood welcomed (27-Apr-2022) a government decision to relax various health and safety standard operating procedures (SOPs) from 01-May-2022. Mr Iskandar stated: "Based on the feedback we received from passengers travelling through our airports since border reopening, we are confident that passengers now will be more encouraged to travel to Malaysia". He added: "Apart from reducing the hassle, this latest move will also incur less expenses as COVID-19 tests are no longer required for fully vaccinated travellers and insurance are no longer necessary". [more - original PR]

Cathay Pacific to operate additional frequencies to India, Australia, Amsterdam, Tel Aviv in May/Jun

27 April, 2022

Correction: Cathay Pacific, via its official WeChat account, announced (26-Apr-2022) plans to increase frequencies on services from Hong Kong to Delhi, Mumbai, Amsterdam, Brisbane, Perth, Tel Aviv and Auckland between May-2022 and Jun-2022. Services to mainland China remain suspended for transit passengers only. The announcement comes as Hong Kong's Government recently announced that non Hong Kong residents will be allowed to enter Hong Kong from 01-May-2022. 

United Airlines and Singapore Airlines expand codeshare agreement

26 April, 2022

United Airlines and Singapore Airlines (SIA) announced (25-Apr-2022) the following expansion to their codeshare agreement from 26-Apr-2022:

  • United customers will be able to connect to Bandar Seri Begawan, Siem Reap, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Bali, Jakarta, Surabaya, Perth and Male with Singapore Airlines;
  • SIA customers may connect on United's flights out of Los Angeles to Austin, Baltimore, Boise, Cleveland, Denver, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Reno and Sacramento. This complements existing connections available on United's network from Houston to Atlanta, Austin, Dallas Fort Worth, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, New Orleans, Orlando and Tampa. [more - original PR]
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