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#961947 by ColOrd
09 Sep 2021, 13:54
Thanks for this, there was loads of pics on LinkedIn (I follow the Head of Clubhouses) on there about JNB reopening!
#961973 by flyingfox
15 Sep 2021, 18:30
Reuters reporting the US is developing a “new system” for international travel ;

WASHINGTON, Sept 15 (Reuters) - White House coronavirus response coordinator Jeff Zients said on Wednesday the United States is developing a "new system for international travel" that will include new strong mitigation procedures like contact tracing.

Zients told the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board the administration does not plan to immediately relax any travel restrictions because of COVID-19 Delta variant cases.

"We are exploring considering vaccination requirements for foreign nationals traveling to the United States," Zients said.


full article here
#961975 by flyingfox
16 Sep 2021, 10:10
Update from VS Trade;

Cancellations
Effective until & including

USA
LHR-MCO 20 Oct
MAN-MCO 20 Oct
LHR-LAS 9 Oct
LHR-SFO 1 Oct
LHR-IAD 9 Oct
LHR-SEA 7 Oct
MAN-ATL 9 Oct
MAN-JFK 9 Oct

Pakistan
MAN-ISB 5 Oct

Bookings affected by these changes will be updated Saturday 18 September 2021.

We’re ready to welcome customers back to the destinations that are important to them and are delighted to let you know that we will resume services to San Francisco from London Heathrow from 2 October 2021.

We are also making some frequency updates for September on selected routes. We will continue to keep our website up to date with all the latest updates to schedule and travel restrictions.

During September we plan to maintain operations on the following routes, subject to late changes:

Our flying programme

USA
LHR-ATL-LHR 7 per week
LHR-BOS-LHR 4 per week
LHR-JFK-LHR 17 per week
LHR-LAX-LHR 13-19 Sep, 10 per week/20-30 Sep, 11 per week
LHR-MIA-LHR 3 per week

Caribbean
LHR-BGI-LHR 7 per week
LHR-MBJ-LHR 3 per week
LHR-ANU-LHR 3 per week
LHR-GND-LHR (via BGI)2 per week
MAN-BGI-MAN 3 per week

South Africa
LHR-JNB-LHR 3 per week

India
LHR-BOM-LHR 7 per week
LHR-DEL-LHR 7 per week

Pakistan
LHR-LHE-LHR 2 per week
LHR-ISB-LHR 3 per week

Hong Kong
LHR-HKG 2 per week/HKG-LHR 14 per week

Nigeria
LHR-LOS-LHR 7 per week

Israel
LHR-TLV-LHR 7 per week

Our partner Delta Air Lines flying programme
LHR-ATL-LHR Daily
LHR-JFK-LHR Daily
#961983 by flyingfox
17 Sep 2021, 17:27
Details from the U.K. Department of Transport on today’s announcement relating too changes on testing and traffic light system, nothing from VS Trade as yet

details here from DOT

Edit to add update on the changes published on the VS website;

Link here
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#961984 by 747G-VXLG
17 Sep 2021, 18:03
flyingfox wrote:Details from the U.K. Department of Transport on today’s announcement relating too changes on testing and traffic light system, nothing from VS Trade as yet

details here from DOT


I suspect MAN-ISB will resume now Pakistan is coming off the red list.
#962031 by flyingfox
21 Sep 2021, 18:01
Update from VS Trade;

The US is runway ready
We’re excited to confirm that President Biden’s administration has announced (on 20 September 2021) that the United States will remove travel restrictions for fully vaccinated international visitors from November 2021.
This means that from November (date to be confirmed) if you’re fully vaccinated with a vaccine recognised by the United States, you’ll be able to enter the US as a visitor, be it for a holiday, business or reuniting with loved ones.
According to the White House announcement, customers will need to show proof of vaccination prior to boarding US-bound flights, and also complete a COVID-19 test within three days of departure. Once further guidance is updated about approved vaccines and accepted format of proof, we’ll update our US travel advice. Please do ensure you check the latest US entry requirements before travel, and if you’re a British national, refer to the UK FCDO website for all regular entry requirements from the UK.
Upon return to England, if you’re fully vaccinated through an approved vaccination programme, you’ll avoid any self-isolation and just have to complete a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 of arrival, as well as a Passenger Locator Form, subject to any changes in UK Government guidance.
The US has been our heartland for more than 37 years since our first flight to New York City in 1984. We are simply not Virgin without the Atlantic. After 18 months of uncertainty, we cannot wait to welcome our customers back onboard, flying you safely to your favourite US destinations.

Virgin Atlantic currently serves the following US destinations from London Heathrow and will be rapidly reviewing US schedules, including from our Manchester base:
Atlanta (up to 7 x week)
Boston (4 x week)
New York-JFK (up to 17 x week)
Los Angeles (up to 11 x week)
Miami (3 x week)
San Francisco (from 2nd October)


Edit to add further similar update from VS Trade issued 23/09/21

United States to lift travel ban for fully vaccinated passengers from November

It’s the one we’ve been waiting for. The US is opening its borders to fully vaccinated visitors from early November 2021, and there are so many amazing adventures just waiting for your customers on the other side of the Atlantic.

We know how important this milestone will be to our many customers awaiting the green light to go to the US to visit friends and relatives, plan that long-awaited holiday, or re-establish business ties.

It also follows confirmation from the UK Government last week that the system for international travel will be simplified from 4th October, when countries will be categorised in a new two-tier system as either ‘go’ or ‘no-go’. For fully vaccinated customers with an approved vaccine, when they travel from an approved non-Red country to England, they’ll no longer be required to do a pre-departure test for travel or an arrival PCR test, which will be replaced by a cheaper lateral flow test in late October.

Some of our mutual customers will already hold an open ticket with us and may be plotting their return to the skies with Virgin Atlantic following this positive news. We offer significant flexibility through our rebooking policy, having extended its rebooking horizon all the way until 30 April 2023, for all booking periods.

Customers flying to America from the UK with Virgin Atlantic and our partner Delta Air Lines can discover one of the 50 states of America from vibrant New York to sunny Californian cities or beautiful Florida beaches. Virgin Atlantic currently serves the following US destinations from London Heathrow and will be rapidly reviewing US schedules, including from our Manchester base:

Atlanta (up to 7 x week)
Boston (4 x week)
New York-JFK (up to 17 x week)
Los Angeles (up to 11 x week)
Miami (3 x week)
San Francisco (from 2nd October)

Our partner Delta Air Lines are also back in the skies, flying from London Heathrow to:
Atlanta (7 x week)
New York-JFK (up to 10 x week)
Detroit (from 17 October)

And, if your customers are heading somewhere we don't fly to directly, don't panic, our partnership means we can get them to a choice of over 200 final destinations with flights that link up neatly with ours
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#962049 by flyingfox
23 Sep 2021, 21:11
FAQ Update from VS Trade on the opening up of US travel;

FAQ - US reopening for fully vaccinated visitors

When will I be able to travel in November? What date is it effective from?
The White House spokesperson who made the announcement indicated ‘early November’ but we are still to learn the exact date.

Who will be able to travel once the rules come into effect?
When the new US policy comes into effect, fully vaccinated international visitors will be allowed to enter the USA. The detailed guidance has not been published on which vaccines will be accepted but as soon as this is available, we’ll update US travel advice on the main Virgin Atlantic Website

Under the current US restrictions (effective until early November), it is not possible for most British nationals to enter the USA if they have been in the UK, Ireland, Schengen zone, Iran, Brazil, or China within the previous 14 days. US citizens and permanent residents of the USA, certain specified close family members and certain other limited categories of visas holders (such as UN staff and diplomats) are exempt.

What format of vaccination proof will I be able show?
We are awaiting further official guidance from the United States but we’ll ensure this is communicated clearly to customers on our US travel advice page and before travel.

Will Astra Zeneca vaccine be accepted?
We are now confident that the Astra Zeneca vaccine will be accepted and this has been confirmed by spokesperson from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

What about under 18s – will they have to be fully vaccinated?
The White House press secretary has said that the requirement for full vaccination will apply to “adult foreign nationals traveling to the United States”. As yet we don’t have confirmation on the details for under 18s and await further detailed guidance, which we will add to our US travel advice page.
#962051 by mitchja
24 Sep 2021, 09:13
The MAN>MBJ launch date has been pushed back till 14th December now:


VSbulletin COVID-19 Ongoing Travel Disruption - 24 Sep
It remains a dynamic time for international travel and we’re continually reviewing our flying schedules in response to the ongoing impact of Covid-19 and any restrictions in the destinations we fly to. We hope to be back to a full flying programme as soon as we can.

We’re excited to confirm that President Biden’s administration has announced that the United States will reopen its borders for fully vaccinated international visitors from November 2021. This means that from early November (date to be confirmed) if you’re fully vaccinated with a vaccine recognised by the United States, you’ll be able to enter the US as a visitor, be it for a holiday, business or reuniting with loved ones. Further information can be found here

Because of ongoing travel restrictions and Red list designations, we are making further adjustments to our Havana, Trinidad & Tobago and Cape Town schedules, resulting in cancellations. We’re sorry for the inconvenience caused to our customers and look forward to returning to these destinations as soon as possible. The Red list should focus purely on Variants of Concern, in order to protect public health, therefore it’s imperative to rapidly and continuously remove countries that don’t pose a threat, in order to open travel back up to countries like South Africa.

We’ve taken the difficult decision to delay the start of our Manchester-Montego Bay services until mid-December, with travel to Jamaica restricted for holidaymakers due to current FCDO advice currently advising against non-essential travel. Following the confirmed opening of US borders for fully vaccinated international visitors from early November, we’ve also adjusted some of our US schedules.

As a result of the fast-moving travel environment, we continue to make schedule changes which will affect our Flying Programme for the coming weeks.

Cancellations
Effective until & including

USA
LHR-MCO 30 Oct
MAN-MCO 31 Oct
LHR-LAS 31 Oct
LHR-IAD 16 Oct
LHR-SEA 16 Oct
MAN-ATL 30 Dec
MAN-JFK 31 Oct

Caribbean
MAN-MBJ 14 Dec
LHR-TAB 31 Dec
LHR-HAV 31 Dec

Pakistan
MAN-ISB 14 Oct

South Africa
LHR-CPT 1 Dec

China
LHR-PVG 15 Oct



The MAN>ATL cancelation until Dec 30th seems a bit harsh? No idea if that is a typo or not?

If so that's just wiped out 2 more of my trips for this year >-(
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