Seychelles tourist arrivals decline 37% in Dec-2021. compared to Dec-2019, 182,849 tourists in 2021

20 January, 2022

Seychelles National Bureau of Statistics reported (19-Jan-2022) the following tourism highlights:

  • Dec-2021:
    • Tourist arrivals: 24,472, -37.1% compared to Dec-2019;
      • Russia: 4238, +175.2%;
      • France: 2954, -1.4%;
      • Germany: 2380, -73.3%;
      • United Arab Emirates: 1921, +10.7%;
      • US: 658, -37.9%;
  • 2021:

Switzerland to remove testing requirements for vaccinated and recovered travellers from 22-Jan-2022

20 January, 2022

Switzerland's Federal Council announced (19-Jan-2022) COVID-19 vaccinated or recovered travellers, will no longer be required to present a negative PCR or rapid antigen test before their arrival, effective 22-Jan-2022. Unvaccinated travellers, or those who do not have a COVID-19 recovery certificate, will be required to take tests prior to entering the country, however will not be required to take follow up tests after their arrival, due to limited testing capacity. Travellers arriving by plane and long distance bus services are also required to complete the passenger locator form. Additionally, the Federal Council also shortened the validity period of all vaccination and recovery certificates from to 270 days, effective 31-Jan-2022. [more - original PR]

India DGCA extends prohibition of scheduled international passenger services until 28-Feb-2022

20 January, 2022

India's Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), via its official Twitter account, announced (19-Jan-2022) it extended its prohibition on scheduled international passenger services to and from India until 28-Feb-2022, rather than until 31-Jan-2022. As previously reported by CAPA, scheduled international passenger services to and from India have been prohibited since 25-Mar-2020. The DGCA stated the prohibition "shall not apply to international all cargo operations and flights specifically approved by the DGCA" and noted: "International scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on a case to case basis". It further clarified that international services operating under India's travel bubble agreements with 35 countries will continue to operate until 28-Feb-2022.

Visitor arrivals to Japan down 94% in 2021

20 January, 2022

Japan National Tourism Organisation reported (20-Jan-2021) visitor arrivals to Japan. Details include:

  • Dec-2021:
    • Visitor arrivals: 12,100, -79.4% year-on-year;
    • Japanese departures: 48,900, -97.1%;
  • 12 months ended Dec-2021:
    • Visitor arrivals: 245,900, -94.0%;
      • China: 42,300, -96.0%;
      • Taiwan: 5100, -99.3%;
      • South Korea: 19,000, -96.1%;
      • Hong Kong: 1250, -99.6%;
      • Thailand: 2700, -98.8%;
      • US: 20,000, -90.9%;
      • Vietnam: 26,500, -82.6%;
      • Australia: 3300, -97.7%;
      • Philippines: 5500, -95.0%;
      • Indonesia: 5300, -93.2%;
      • Malaysia: 1800, -97.6%;
      • Singapore: 860, -98.4%;
      • Canada: 3600, -93.3%;
      • UK: 7300, -85.7%;
      • France: 7000, -83.8%;
    • Japanese departures: 512,200, -97.4%. [more - original PR - Japanese]

Melbourne Tullamarine Airport Dec-2021 pax up 46%

20 January, 2022

Melbourne Tullamarine Airport stated (19-Jan-2022) Christmas travel and the progressive re-opening of interstate borders combined to drive a surge in Melbourne Airport's passenger numbers in Dec-2021. Total traveller numbers for the month were up 46% on the year-on-year, with 1,115,233 people passing through Melbourne Airport's four terminals. This included 135,823 overseas travellers, which was the highest monthly figure since the international border closure in Mar-2020. While passenger numbers for the first half of FY2022 were double what they were in 2020, they remain down more than 89% on the corresponding period in 2019. [more - original PR]

Etihad Airways suspends UAE-Morocco flights until 28-Feb-2022

19 January, 2022

Etihad Airways, via its official website, announced (17-Jan-2022) the suspension of passenger services between the UAE and Morocco until 28-Feb-2022, in line with Moroccan government health directives. 

Visitor arrivals to New Zealand down 27.3% in Oct-2021

19 January, 2022

Statistics New Zealand reported (13-Dec-2021) 3687 visitor arrivals to New Zealand in Oct-2021, a decline of 27.3% year-on-year. Visitor arrivals from Australia declined 58.5% to 540. [more - original PR]

Air France to increase Canadian capacity by 25% during summer 2022

19 January, 2022

Air France announced (17-Jan-2022) it will increase capacity to Canada by 25% during summer 2022, compared to the pre pandemic period. In addition to its planned launch of Paris CDG-Quebec service, the carrier plans to increase frequencies to Montreal (up to four times daily), Toronto (up to twice daily) and Vancouver (up to daily). Following the capacity increase, the carrier will offer the largest capacity between Europe and Canada, amongst European airlines. [more - original PR]

Virgin Atlantic Airways and LATAM Airlines announce codeshare agreement

19 January, 2022

Virgin Atlantic Airways announced (18-Jan-2022) a codeshare agreement with LATAM Airlines which will provide network connections to Brazil. The carriers will codeshare on Virgin's London Heathrow-Sao Paulo service, as well as connections onwards to 12 domestic locations including Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and Florianopolis. Passengers travelling from Sao Paulo to London Heathrow will also have access to Virgin destinations through Terminal 3, including Tel Aviv, Delhi and Hong Kong. [more - original PR]

Visitor arrivals to Maldives up 5% in Nov-2021, compared to Nov-2019

19 January, 2022

Maldives' Ministry of Tourism reported (18-Jan-2022) the following tourism highlights for Nov-2021:

  • Tourist arrivals: 144,725, +4.9% compared to Nov-2019;
    • India: 29,708, +105.9%;
    • Russia: 15,935, +95.0%;
    • Germany: 13,704, +6.9%;
    • US: 7592, +46.7%;
    • Italy: 5535, -50.2%. [more - original PR]
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