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2021 - CURRENT STATUS - (UPDATED 29 November 2021)

Dear Friends in Travel,
Covid-19 has certainly come to test us and without any warning we were all thrown into ‘disaster management’ like never before.   Thank you for all the kind messages of support. This period has been really tough for the travel industry in general, and in Stargate's world, especially with Israel and it's surrounding  Middle-Eastern countries, Europe and Oberammergau  in Germany, the impact of Covid had obvious repercussions on the planned travel arrangements which were put in place for 2020 and 2021.

2021 has unfortunately not started, nor ended well for the travel industry due to the impact of another Covid-wave. 
Our group tours scheduled from February to December had to be re-scheduled to 
 next year.   We at Stargate however are  not being discouraged by the current situation, 
and we are positive that travel will return to it's former state soon again!

Herewith CURRENT UPDATES surrounding some of our suppliers and popular destinations 

ISRAEL:     Last updated 29 November 2021
We regret having to update you today of an unexpected “hiccup” that we trust will soon pass. 
Responding to mounting concerns regarding the new discovered Omicron COVID-19 variant, Israeli authorities decided a few hours ago to tighten up their health regulations in order to “get ahead” of the perceived danger. Unfortunately, the new policies include travel restrictions that will affect all arrivals, starting today at midnight, November 28, 2021, with no entrance allowed at all for foreign passports. Israeli authorities hope to lift these unusual restrictions within two weeks at midnight, December 12, 
and we will keep you updated as the situation unfolds. 

EL AL AIRLINES:   Offices closed until further notice. El Al will be resuming flights with one weekly departure from 15 February
until the end of May, and a second flight per week resuming in June 2022.   El Al would like to assure you that we will make 
every effort to refund our customers as soon as possible and hope to get back 
to regular operations very soon....   EL AL Israel Airlines   

EGYPTAIR:   Egyptair has returned to full operations.  
Return flights to Cairo however have been suspended from 27 November 2021 until further notice 
due to the new COVID-variant.

ALITALIA:     Update received on 18 January 2021 ... Not a good year so far, Alitalia has decided to SUSPEND all Johannesburg flights for 2021 until further notice!! Sad news!!   Alitalia has in the interim  closed it's office in South Africa.  
Response from the Africa head-office in Cairo with all refund-requests have remained unanswered as to date.
Founded on 16th September 1946 in Rome, Italy, Alitalia Airlines will be bidding farewell on 14th October 2021.  

EUROPE:  Updated 27/11/2021    Most European destinations have placed a travel ban on South African passport holders, 
planning to travel to Europe in the near future.  Most airlines have suspended direct flights from South Africa into 
Europe starting from 26 November 2021 until further notice.
New travel protocols are being introduced by various European countries.

JORDAN:   Authorities in Jordan have announced plans to impose a travel ban on South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Mozambique effective Nov. 28. The measure, which will remain until further notice, is in 
response to the emergence of the new Omicron variant of COVID-19. 

EGYPT:  The Egyptian Cabinet announced on Friday night, 26 November that direct flights from seven African countries would be temporarily halted in response to the spread of a new coronavirus variant. In its statement, the Egyptian Cabinet said directs flights from South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, and Eswatini would be blocked and a range of measures would be introduced for any travellers arriving in Egypt from such countries via indirect flights, whether for transit or otherwise.
Our 03 December 2021 has been postponed for departure to 04 December 2022.
NOTE:  Due to the constant change to policies and the status of developing events surrounding the above, 
Stargate will not be held responsible for any inaccurate reports